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Job Title:Senior Program Analyst

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Office of the Inspector General

Job Announcement Number:OG-2012-742105


to / Per Year


Wednesday, September 12, 2012 to Wednesday, September 19, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




3 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and regarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigrations laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; and join DHS.

Become a part of one of the most challenging and important missions in the country today.  The Office of Inspector General (OIG) ensures that all of DHS programs and operations are effective and efficient by conducting audits, and carrying out criminal investigations. In our dynamic work environment you will work side by side with special agents, attorneys, auditors, program analysts and IT experts to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in DHS programs and operations.

Begin an exciting career with The Office of Inspections. The Office of Inspections provides the Inspector General with an alternative means to analyze and evaluate quickly the efficiency, vulnerability, and effectiveness of Department operations. The Office conducts inspections and evaluations using different study methods and evaluative techniques to provide more timely information to Department managers to improve policies and programs. The Office reports and makes recommendations to Department managers to ensure program compliance with regulatory and policy requirements, streamline operations, improve customer service, and reduce program vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. In addition, the Office conducts special reviews of sensitive issues as assigned by the Inspector General that arise suddenly and require immediate attention.


This vacancy is also being announced under Merit Promotion procedures as vacancy announcement OG-2012-741783. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligibile for consideration.  You must apply seperately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • A pre-employment drug test is required for this position.
  • You are required to pass a background investigation.
  • You must be able to obtain Top Secret security clearance.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Moving Expenses will not be paid.


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The team leader develops new approaches where no precedents exist, and/or develop creative solutions to complex problems, or resolve conflicts where governing laws and regulations are highly interpretive.  Reviewing controversial issues, and may involve shaping major program or facilitating the resolution of long-standing problem areas of vital importance.

  Typical work assignments include:

·         Acting solely or with others, in directing reviews of programs and operations.

·         Analyzing statements, documents, and policies, and memorializing them in a report. 

·         Identifying review objectives and legal and policy requirements.


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You qualify for the GS-13 if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level performing the duties such as:

·       Planning and coordinating team efforts     

·       Mentoring team members    

·       Developing conclusions and recommendations  

·       Developing report drafts; briefing findings to congressional staff and senior officials  


Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position.  Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in an online job questionnaire.  The KSAOs are:

1.      Ability to develop and design inspection or other evaluation plans.
2.      Ability to perform research and analysis.

3.      Ability to communicate orally.

4.      Ability to write precisely worded documents.


All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

You do not need to respond separately to each KSA above. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire will serve as responses to the KSAs.


The selectee must pass a drug test by urinalysis prior to appointment.

Completion of a one year probationary period may be required.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, OIG requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for Top Secret as a condition of placement into this position.


The Category Rating system will be used to evaluate applicants on their total background including experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in the resume/application and any other supporting documents.  If you are current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held.  If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held.  All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position.  One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week.  Part-time hours are prorated. Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training in relation to the evaluation criteria, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:

  • Best Qualified- Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
  • Well Qualified- Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
  • Qualified-Overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.

Applications of Veterans Preference: The Category rating method does not add veterans preference points or apply the rule of three, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.  Preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the minimum qualifications requirements "will be listed in the highest quality category (except if the position is a scientific or professional position at the GS-09 level or above). The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had defined the professional and scientific professional positions and can be accessed here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp

NOTE:  If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.



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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; uniform allowance; 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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”


Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. To receive selection priority, surplus and displaced employees must apply and be found well-qualified for the position. A well qualified CTAP or ICTAP employee is who satisfies all medical, physical, education, experience and selective factors (if any) for the vacant position; meets the criteria of “Highly Qualified Category” as described in the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement; and upon entry satisfactorily  perform all of the duties of the position.  CTAP and ICTAP candidates must submit the following documents which show their eligibility for selection priority: 1.) a copy of a RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or some other proof of eligibility for priority selection: 2.) a copy of an SF-50 showing their current position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location; 3.) a copy of their most recent performance appraisal.

Special Hiring Authorizes: If you are eligible and would like to be considered under a special hiring authority such as Schedule A of the excepted service for persons with disabilities; a veteran who is eligible for appointment under the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority or the direct-hire authority to  appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special  hire authority, appropriate documentation to support your claim for eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotion will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level and administrative approval.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Resume
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. You may not receive consideration for this position, if you do not submit a complete application package.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documentation you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 742105. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your resume and any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required (if applicable):

1.      Resume or any other written format you choose is required to submit your application for consideration.


2.     DD214, Certificate of release or Discharge from Active Duty, must be provided in order to receive veterans preference. If a DD-214 Form is not available at the time of application, applicant MUST submit proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status or active duty status. Veterans with a service connected disability and other claiming 10 point preference are required to provide a copy of the letter from the VA or branch of service showing disability dated after 1991 and are encourage to submit Form SF-15. NOTE: If you do not submit all of the required documentation, you will not receive additional veteran preference points.


3.     TRANSCRIPTS, from a college or university  recognized by the U.S Department of Education are required to verify that you meet the basic education requirement. For a listing of accredited U.S. schools, please visit: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.  For graduates of foreign universities, an evaluation of all course work form an organization recognized as specializing in interpretation of credentials is required.  For a list of accredited agencies for foreign education, please visit: http://www.naces.org/members.htm  NOTE: If the request information is not provide, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.


Agency Information:
DHS Office of Inspector General
STOP 2600
Attn Chief of Operations 12th floor
245 Murray Drive SW Building 410
Washington, DC


The process of consideration of applicants may take several weeks.

Notification Process:  Once the online questionnaire is received you will received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  After review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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DHS Office of Inspector General
STOP 2600
Attn Chief of Operations 12th floor
245 Murray Drive SW Building 410
Washington, DC

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