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Statistician - Direct Hire

Employer
Department of Homeland Security
Location
South Boston, Massachusetts
Closing date
Jun 8, 2024

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Business
Summary

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In our dynamic environment, the OIG conducts investigations, audits, evaluations, and inspections to enhance program effectiveness and efficiency and to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DHS programs and operations.

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Overview
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

05/20/2024 to 06/03/2024
  • Salary

$122,198 - $183,202 per year
  • Pay scale & grade

GS 14
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Locations

1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Washington, DC
  • Miramar, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Show more locations (5)
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Boston, MA
  • Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Frisco, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Remote job

No
  • Telework eligible

Yes-as determined by the agency policy.
  • Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

No
  • Appointment type

Permanent
  • Work schedule

Full-time
  • Service

Competitive
  • Promotion potential

14
  • Job family (Series)

1530 Statistics
  • Supervisory status

No
  • Security clearance

Top Secret
  • Drug test

Yes
  • Position sensitivity and risk

Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
  • Trust determination process

National security
  • Announcement number

DE-12418392-24-TM
  • Control number

791828000

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This job is open to
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
  • The public

U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All U.S. Citizens ICTAP/CTAP

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Duties

This position is in the Data Services Division (DSD), Office of Innovation, Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DSD seeks to identify and obtain important sources of internal and external data; promote the use of analytics and technical assessments in OIG audits, inspections, and investigations; and conduct projects to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of OIG's internal operations. DSD is responsible for assisting OIG program offices to leverage data and incorporate data analytics in all aspects of DHS OIG's mission. DSD performs all activities related to the development of the DHS OIG Data Analytics Cloud System (DACS).

Serves as DSD's expert and authoritative source in statistical areas with respect to all phases of study design, data analysis, and statistical interpretation of the results relating to projects under consideration. Evaluates study proposals in terms of appropriateness of study design, outcome measures, data collection and analysis methods, and quality control. Typical assignments include:
  • Examines and evaluates the quality of large datasets, including the integrity, precision, and sources of error or bias in the data.
  • Designs and implements workflow automation, algorithms, and code (R, Python, SAS) for analyzing complex datasets to conduct data modeling, data mining, and advanced research.
  • Combines, analyzes, visualizes, and interprets large and/or complex datasets to perform exploratory analyses, including frequency distributions, multivariate modeling and analysis, statistical sampling, risk models, simulations, and other advanced analytic testing. Develop and maintain statistical analysis programs for databases.
  • Provides statistical support to OIG program offices to make informed projections, data-driven decisions, and recommendations based on findings.

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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 TOP SECRET security clearance
  • Financial disclosure is required
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Completion of one-year Probationary Period may be required
  • Submission of Performance Appraisal is mandatory

Qualifications

Basic Requirements

A. Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also meet specialized experience:

Specialized Experience Requirements for GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes: (1) Demonstrated experience leading statistical projects involving multivariate modeling, statistical sampling, hypothesis testing, simulations, risk models, or advanced statistical testing. (2) Demonstrated expertise using various programming languages (e.g., R, Python, SAS) to prepare, clean, join, analyze, and visualize data for advanced analysis.

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, 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 06/05/2024of this announcement.

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

Basic Requirements:
  • Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.

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; 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 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 TOP SECRET clearance as a condition of placement into this position.

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.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. 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 required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Additional identical positions may be filled from this announcement at a later date.

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  • 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 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 minimum qualification requirements. Your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
  • Oral Communications
  • Technical Skills
  • Written Communications

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12418392.

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.
  • Benefits

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Review our benefits

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  • Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your resume NOTE: For what to include in the resume, click on the link.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12418392
  • Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current grade; your highest grade held; your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases and accessions.
  • Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. 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.
  • 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.

    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.
    • How to Apply

    To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and or required supporting documentation. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English. If you are unable to apply online or need to submit a document you do not have in electronic form, visit this link for more information regarding an alternate application process.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. The address below is for inquiries only. You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used. You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59PM EST on 06/03/2024.

    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. Determining your eligibility and qualifications is dependent on the supporting documentation and information provided, which may impact your referral for further consideration. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application.

    Agency contact information

    Timothy Martin

    Phone

    202-427-5086

    Email

    Timothy.Martin@oig.dhs.gov

    Address

    Office of Inspector General

    245 Murray Lane SW

    Washington, DC 20548

    US

    Learn more about this agency

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications 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.

    Interview (If applicable): Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

    The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act prohibits the Department of Homeland Security and its Components from requesting an applicant's criminal history record before that individual receives a conditional offer of employment. In accordance with 5 U.S. Code § 9202(c) and 5 C.F.R § 920.201 certain positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Chance to Compete Act. Applicants who believe they have been subjected to a violation of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act, may submit a written complaint to OIG.HROperations@oig.dhs.gov.
    • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Criminal history inquiries
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your resume NOTE: For what to include in the resume, click on the link.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12418392
  • Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current grade; your highest grade held; your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases and accessions.
  • Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. 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.
  • 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.

    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.

    Help

    How to Apply

    To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and or required supporting documentation. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English. If you are unable to apply online or need to submit a document you do not have in electronic form, visit this link for more information regarding an alternate application process.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. The address below is for inquiries only. You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used. You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59PM EST on 06/03/2024.

    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. Determining your eligibility and qualifications is dependent on the supporting documentation and information provided, which may impact your referral for further consideration. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application.

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    Agency contact information

    Timothy Martin

    Phone

    202-427-5086

    Email

    Timothy.Martin@oig.dhs.gov

    Address

    Office of Inspector General

    245 Murray Lane SW

    Washington, DC 20548

    US

    Learn more about this agency

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications 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.

    Interview (If applicable): Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

    The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act prohibits the Department of Homeland Security and its Components from requesting an applicant's criminal history record before that individual receives a conditional offer of employment. In accordance with 5 U.S. Code § 9202(c) and 5 C.F.R § 920.201 certain positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Chance to Compete Act. Applicants who believe they have been subjected to a violation of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act, may submit a written complaint to OIG.HROperations@oig.dhs.gov.

    Read more

    Fair & Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Criminal history inquiries
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

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    Overview
    • Accepting applications
    • Open & closing dates

    05/20/2024 to 06/03/2024
    • Salary

    $122,198 - $183,202 per year
    • Pay scale & grade

    GS 14
    • Locations

    1 vacancy in the following locations:
    • Washington, DC
    • Miramar, FL
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Chicago, IL
    • Show more locations (5)
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Boston, MA
    • Cherry Hill, NJ
    • Frisco, TX
    • Houston, TX
    • Remote job

    No
    • Telework eligible

    Yes-as determined by the agency policy.
    • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
    • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    No
    • Appointment type

    Permanent
    • Work schedule

    Full-time
    • Service

    Competitive
    • Promotion potential

    14
    • Job family (Series)

    1530 Statistics
    • Supervisory status

    No
    • Security clearance

    Top Secret
    • Drug test

    Yes
    • Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
    • Trust determination process

    National security
    • Announcement number

    DE-12418392-24-TM
    • Control number

    791828000

    This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/job/791828000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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