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Program Analyst


  • Duties
    Help Duties Summary

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) offers you the opportunity to become a part of one of the most challenging and important missions facing the country today. The OIG ensures that all DHS programs and operations are carried out in the most effective, efficient and economical manner by conducting independent audits, inspections and evaluations, and investigations. In our dynamic environment, you will work with special agents, attorneys, auditors, program analysts and IT experts to deter, identify, and address fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste of taxpayer funds invested in homeland security.

    View the Common Definitions of terms in this announcement.

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
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    Responsibilities

    Being a Program Analyst makes you a valuable member of the Office of Investigations and Evaluations. You will conduct broad program assignments requiring integrated analysis of a number of management programs, systems, and operations. The work involves gathering information, identifying and analyzing issues, and developing recommendations to resolve substantive problems of effectiveness and efficiency of work operations in a program or program support setting. This is in addition to improving conditions of a procedural nature which relate to the efficiency of organizations. Your work will require the application of qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques that frequently require modification to fit a wider range of variables.

    Typical assignments at the grade 9 level include:
    - Assisting in the preparation of audits and program evaluations, which focus on fraud, abuse, mismanagement and waste of taxpayer funds
    invested in Homeland Security.
    - Assisting with inspections, evaluations and special reviews of programs and operations.
    - Conducting interviews to obtain background information to assist in program evaluation.
    - Preparing work papers, schedules, and exhibits.
    - Drafting summaries that contain findings, conclusions and recommendations.

    Typical assignments at the grade 11 level include:
    - Establishing methods and techniques to utilize in projects and studies pertaining to audits, inspections and evaluations, and investigations.
    - Conducting independent inspections, evaluations and special reviews of programs and operations, which focus on fraud, abuse,
    mismanagement and waste of taxpayer funds invested in Homeland Security.
    - Conducting interviews to obtain background information to assist in program evaluation.
    - Preparing work papers, schedules, and exhibits.
    - Drafting summaries that contain findings, conclusions and recommendations.

    Travel Required
    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    13

  • Job family (Series)
    0343 Management And Program Analysis

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation
    • You must be able to obtain a secret level security clearance
    • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing
    • Financial disclosure is required
    • Selective Service registration required
    • The selectee must pass a drug test by urinalysis prior to appointment.
    • Completion of one year probationary period will be required.

    Qualifications
    You qualify for the grade 9 level (starting salary $56,233) if you have at least one specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the federal service which has given you the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the GS-9. Specialized experience at this level may include: experience analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of program operations; assisting in the development, design, documentation, and implementation of reports; providing technical advice on program operations; and, preparing data summaries for inclusion in routine and special reports. Education may be substituted for experience at the grade 9 level; see below for additional information.

    You qualify for the grade 11 level (starting salary $68,036) if you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the federal service which has given you the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the GS-11. Specialized experience at this level may include: experience analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of program operations; independently developing, designing, documenting, and implementing reports; providing technical advice on program operations; preparing data summaries for inclusion in routine and special reports; and, participating in discussions, meetings and conferences with senior leadership and external agencies to present conclusions and recommendations. Education may be substituted for experience at the grade 11 level; see below for additional information.

    Selective Placement Factor
    In addition to the above, applicants must demonstrate knowledge of researching, organizing and analyzing data from a variety of sources such as programs, case studies, and/or policies to draw conclusions and write reports that focus on deterring, identifying, and addressing fraud, waste, and abuse.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement which is 04/19/2018.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Education
    Substitution of education at the grade 9 level: Possession of a master's or equivalent graduate degree; or two (2) years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; or a J.D related to the duties of the position. You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.

    Substitution of education at the grade 11 level: Possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; or a LL.M. related to the duties of the position. You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification.

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

    Special Instructions For Foreign Education : If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

    NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcript(s) for verification.

    Additional information

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a secret clearance level as a condition of placement into this position.

    Veterans , Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements, including the selective placement factor (SPF). If you meet these, we will use a job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Ability to analyze data using various software techniques in a timely manner.
    • Ability to conduct research
    • Ability to participate in team settings
    • Ability to plan and coordinate
    • Ability to present information in writing and orally


    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including the Selective Placement Factor (SPF) and Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
    2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including the SPF and the QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including the SPF and the QRFs as determined by the job analysis.

    If you are among the best-qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration, in accordance with OPM requirements for referral of veterans, and may be called for an interview.

    Preview the job questionnaireat https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10159109 ~

    Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference .

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under ICTAP, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    1. Your resume
    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10159109
    3. Your completed and signed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment , will be required, if tentatively selected for this position.
    4. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed and any degrees granted. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.
    5. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information .
    6. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit a copy of your: agency notice, most recent performance rating, and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
    7. Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current/highest grade held, and/or promotion potential.
    8. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: position title; type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee), agency, beginning and ending dates of appointment.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Help Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    Your application must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on the closing date of the announcement which is 04/19/2018. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

    If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you may submit a paper application and the required forms. To do so, please contact Tanya Harris, as listed below, prior to the close of this announcement.

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    Agency contact information Tanya Harris

    Phone
    (202) 734-3120
    Email
    [email protected]

    Address

    Office of Inspector General
    245 Murray Lane
    SW
    Washington, DC
    US

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    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications, in accordance with OPM requirements for referral of veterans, to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information".

    If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. View more information on applying for federal employment.

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  • Fair & Transparent
    Fair & Transparent
    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

    Read more Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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    • Financial suitability
    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period



This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495821200 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Office of the Inspector General
Posted
04/12/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Washington DC, District of Columbia, US