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Welcome to BEA

Congratulations on your new position and welcome to BEA!

We are excited to have you join our team!  My name is Eddie Albetski, New Employee Program Manager. I want to extend a warm welcome to you as well as get you started on your way to a rewarding career at BEA. Use this Web site as the source for all you need to know before beginning your first day at BEA. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Again, welcome to BEA; we are glad to have you!

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Eddie Albetski
New Employee Program Manager
Bureau of Economic Analysis
(202) 606–2893

 

 

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First Things First

On this page: Before Orientation | Forms to Bring to Orientation

Before Orientation

You must complete these forms by the date identified in your offer letter, usually no later than one(1) week before your scheduled orientation day. You will receive a pre-addressed envelope to use for returning the information to the Census Hiring and Employment Check (CHEC) staff.

If you have questions regarding the completion of any of the listed forms or the fingerprinting process, please call the CHEC staff at (877) 615–2585.

Please use the Printable Checklist to ensure you have all the forms completed.

 

  • I–9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form (PDF)
    Complete section one(1) only. Please include copies of two forms of I.D. from the approved list on the I–9 form (one of which must be a federal or state-issued picture I.D.)You must bring the originals of your two forms of I.D. to orientation.
  • OF–306 Declaration of Federal Employment (PDF) If your answer is YES to any of the questions on the OF–306, please contact James Davis immediately at (202) 606-2061. Remember to sign and date section 17a with the date of your offer letter. Do not sign section 17b.
  • Two (2) Completed Fingerprint Cards
    You will receive two fingerprint cards in the mail on which fingerprinting must be completed. If you live in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area, you can make an appointment with Cody Dunlap, BEA Physical Security Officer, (202) 606–9282, at 1441 L Street, NW, to be fingerprinted at no cost. You may also visit your local law enforcement agency to be fingerprinted; there may be a cost for this service.

  • e-QIP Applicant Release Form and Certification Statement
    Visit the Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) Web site to complete the online questionnaire by the date identified in your offer letter. Review the Quick Reference Guide for e-QIP Applicants prior to beginning your questionnaire. Print the release form and the certification statement before exiting the e-QIP Web site to submit. If you experience problems with the e-QIP site, please contact the CHEC staff at (877) 615–2585.

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  • Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Applicant Training Completion Certificate
    Visit the Office of Security Web site and complete the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) applicant training. Submit a copy of your completion certificate to the CHEC staff along with the other documents listed above.

  • An original/sealed copy of your transcripts (if requested in offer letter)

If, for some reason, you have not completed and submitted the required documents by the date identified in your offer letter, you will not be able to begin your employment. You must contact James Davis at (202) 606-2061 to establish a new orientation date.



Forms to Bring to Orientation

In order to make your first day of work a productive one, please complete the forms listed below and bring them with you to orientation. If you have any questions, please contact James Davis, (202) 606-2061 (James.Davis@bea.gov). You are also more than welcome to make note of the questions and hold them until your orientation date.

You must fill out each document listed below even if you have already done so before.
checklist icon Please use the Printable Checklist to ensure you have all the forms completed.

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Your First Day


Reporting to Work
We have a half-day new employee orientation at 8:30 a.m. on your start date identified in your offer letter. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before orientation to complete our security process. Once you enter the first set of glass doors, the Visitor’s Center is to your right. I am your point of contact (Eddie Albestski, (202) 606–2893) and will escort you to the conference room.

  • Location/Directions
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis is located at 1441 L Street, NW, Washington DC.

  • Metro DC Map
    We are conveniently located between McPherson Square (blue and orange lines) and Farragut North (red line) Metro Stations.

    • From McPherson Square: take the White House exit from the station, you will be at 15th and I Streets, NW; exit the station and cross I Street, NW; continue along 15th Street, walking to L Street, NW, and make a right; 1441 is on the north side of L Street, NW, midway between 15th Street and Vermont Avenue.

    • From Farragut North: exit the station on the L Street side and you will be facing L Street, NW (cross street is Connecticut Avenue); turn left on L Street, NW, and walk 3.5 blocks east up L Street (the numbered cross street will be descending). 1441 is on the north side of L Street, NW, midway between 15th Street and Vermont Avenue.

  • Parking
    If you prefer to drive to work, there are multiple independently owned parking facilities in the area. Facing the building, there is an independently owned parking garage to the right of our building. There is a charge to park on the street and in all local garages (prices vary).

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Benefits


  • Transit Subsidy
    As a federal employee, you are eligible to receive a transit subsidy each month to compensate you for your travel to and from work via certain types of public transportation.

  • Training
    BEA supports employee development in many ways, including academic course work, information technology training, managerial training, mentoring opportunities, project management, and other general skills-building programs. All training and development opportunities support the competencies BEA has identified to build the mission-critical skills needed for organizational success. We offer classes on site and will assist you in locating off-site classes as well.

  • Other Benefits
    You are entitled to benefits that include retirement, health and life insurance, and the Thrift Savings Plan. You will have 60 days from the day you start with BEA to submit the proper paperwork for benefits. If you have any questions regarding a certain program, I recommend you call the program’s contact directly or the HRD Call Center at (800) 871-5816. Use the links below to connect to more information about these benefits.


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Quality of Work life


  • Bicycle Room
    A bicycle room on site provides secure storage of your bicycle while you work.

  • Fitness Center
    A no-cost fitness center on site offers free weights, a universal weight machine, elliptical machines, and an open floor where we sometimes host yoga classes.

  • Men’s and Women’s Shower/Locker Rooms
    Showers are available for use on a daily basis. Lockers are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Employee Lounge
    The lounge is a great place to eat lunch with coworkers or grab a snack.

  • Library
    An on site and online library houses archived information as well as other periodicals and journals. The library is self service and also has a reading room.

  • Commerce Kids
    A daycare program housed at the Herbert C. Hoover Building located at 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230.

  • Health Unit
    An on site Occupational Health Unit, with a nurse practitioner, offers free flu shots annually, an allergy clinic, and treatment for minor injuries.


Work Schedules

  • BEA core operating hours are 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. with a Flexitour option. You will coordinate your specific work schedule with your supervisor.

  • BEA also supports a Compressed 5/4–9 Work Schedule (CWS). The schedule allows employees to have one off day every 2 weeks and must be approved by the supervisor.


Housing Resources

The Partnership for Public Service has compiled a list of neighborhoods, apartments, and sublets around Washington, DC, that are common areas for students, recent graduates, and young professionals. The housing options range from dorm rooms to apartment rentals. They have put together a wonderful starter’s guide for housing options.

Pay and Time Off

The Bureau of Economic Analysis operates on the Commerce Alternative Personnel System (CAPS), a pay-for-performance system that enhances mission accomplishment and organizational excellence. Please visit the CAPS Web site for more information.

The federal government issues salary payments on the 2nd Thursday after the close of each biweekly pay period. As a new employee you will not receive your first paycheck until 4 weeks after you have started working. The ¨pay lag,¨ as it is commonly referred to, is offset by the receipt of a payment 2 weeks following the date of separation.

Leave


Annual Leave
For full-time employees, the amount of annual leave earned is generally based on the length of creditable civilian and/or military service as follows.

Length of Service Biweekly Yearly
Up to 3 years 4 hours 13 days
3 to 15 years 6 hours 20 days
15 years and over 8 hours 26 days


Sick Leave
Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 4 hours per pay period for full-time employees regardless of length of service and is prorated for part-time employees based on the number of hours they work per pay period.

There are also 10 paid federal holidays!

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For Interns Only

On this page: Before Orientation | Forms to Bring to Orientation | Other

Welcome to BEA
Congratulations on your intern position with BEA! We are excited to have you join our team. My name is Eddie Albetski, New Employee Program Manager. I want to extend a warm welcome to you as well as get you started on your way to a rewarding internship with BEA. We offer our interns professional development as well as networking opportunities. Use this website as the source for all you need to know before beginning your first day at BEA. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Again, welcome to BEA, we are glad to have you!

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Eddie Albetski

Program Details
BEA has an intern program during the summer providing interns with opportunities for professional development and social activities throughout their tenure at BEA. Activities include career coaching and an intern only lunch. Check back for more information on this year’s schedule!



Before Orientation

Forms
Please read the instructions carefully for each of the forms identified here. You must complete these forms by the date identified in your offer letter, usually no later than one week before your scheduled orientation day. You will receive a pre-addressed envelope to use for returning the information. If you have questions regarding the completion of any of the listed forms or the fingerprinting process, please call the Census Hiring and Employment Check (CHEC) staff at (877) 615-2585.

checklist iconPlease use the Printable Checklist to ensure you have all the forms completed.

  • I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form (PDF)
    Complete section one only. Please include copies of two forms of I.D. from the approved list on the I-9 form, one of which must be a federal or state issued picture I.D. (Note- you must bring the originals of your two forms of I.D. to orientation.)

  • OF-306 Declaration of Federal Employment (PDF)
    If your answer is YES to any of the questions on the OF-306, please contact James Davis immediately at (202) 606-2061. Note: Please sign and date section 17a with the date of your offer letter. Do not sign section 17b.

  • Two (2) completed fingerprint cards
    You will receive two fingerprint cards in the mail on which fingerprinting must be done. If you live in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, you can make an appointment with Cody Dunlap, BEA Physical Security Officer, (202) 606-9282, at 1441 L St NW, to be fingerprinted at no cost. You may also visit your local law enforcement agency to be fingerprinted; there may be a cost for this service.

  • e-QIP Applicant Release Form and Certification Statement
    Visit the Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) webpage to complete the online questionnaire by the date identified on the information mailed to you. Review the Quick Reference Guide for e-QIP Applicants prior to beginning your questionnaire. Print the release form and the certification statement before exiting the e-QIP website to submit.

  • Resume

  • Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Applicant Training Completion Certificate
    Visit the Office of Security Web site and complete the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) applicant training. Submit a copy of your completion certificate to the CHEC staff along with the other documents listed above.

  • Official SEALED Transcripts
    An official sealed transcript from each college/university attended is required.

If, for some reason, you have not completed and submitted the required documents by the date identified in your offer letter, you will not be able to begin your employment. You must contact James Davis at (202) 606-2061 to establish a new orientation date.


Forms to Bring to Orientation

In order to make your first day of work a productive one, please complete the forms listed below and bring them with you to orientation. If you have any questions, please contact James Davis, (202) 606-2061 (James.Davis@bea.gov). You are also more than welcome to make note of the questions and hold them until your orientation date.

You must fill out each document listed below even if you have already done so before. Please use the Printable Checklist to ensure you have all the forms completed.

checklist iconPlease use the Printable Checklist to ensure you have all the forms completed.

Required

Optional

Other

  • Housing Resources
    The Partnership for Public Service has compiled a list of neighborhoods, apartments, and sublets around Washington, DC that are common areas for students, recent graduates and young professionals. The housing options range from dorm rooms to apartment rentals. They have put together a wonderful starter’s guide for housing options.

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FAQs

Questions our new employees frequently ask.

Q. Is there a dress code at BEA?

A. There is no specific dress code here at BEA. Employees are expected to present a clean and professional appearance when representing BEA inside and outside the office. It is just as essential that employees act in a professional manner and extend the highest courtesy to co-workers, visitors, customers, vendors and clients. Once you begin working, you will get a better feel for the culture of your division and expectations.


Q. Is there a cafeteria on site?

A. BEA does not have a cafeteria on site but there are a multitude of restaurants in the area ranging from deli style to sit down. We do have kitchenettes on each floor with a microwave, refrigerator, and sink if you would like to bring your lunch in.


Q. How long do I get for lunch?

A. Employees are allowed two 15 minute breaks throughout the day and 30 minutes for lunch. A common practice at BEA is to combine the two fifteen minute breaks into lunch for a one hour lunch break as approved by your supervisor.


Q. Does BEA offer training?

A. BEA prides itself in offering a variety of training opportunities on site as well as sending employees off-site for training not provided here.


Q. What if I need special accommodations due to a disability?

A. BEA provides reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. If you would like to discuss any accommodation needs you may have, please contact the Census Disability Program Office, which services all BEA employees.
hrd.disability.program@census.gov
(301) 7634060
TTY via the Federal Relay Service (800) 8778339


Q. As an intern, am I eligible to enroll in any benefits programs?

A. Only Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) interns are eligible to enroll in benefits programs. You can find out more information regarding the various benefits on our Benefits tab.


Q. Can I change my withholding after I turn in my HR forms?

A. Yes! You may change your withholding on the NFC Employee Personal Page. This system provides a number of self-service features including financial allotments, residence address, and state and federal tax withholdings.


Q. Do I have to use the fingerprint cards that came in the mail?

A. Yes- you must use the fingerprint cards that were mailed to you whether you are coming to BEA to be fingerprinted or going to your local law enforcement agency.


Q. What do I do if the weather forecast looks bleak?

A. Visit www.opm.gov for guidance on weather related delays or closings. When OPM announces a late start or delay, please apply this to your starting time on orientation day. If orientation is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. but OPM announces a two hour delay for all federal government, please adjust your schedule to arrive at 10:30 a.m. If the federal government is closed, orientation will be held on the next working day that the government is open.