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    If you would like to be a part of a Federal organization dedicated to serving our nation and those who defend it, consider a career with the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Our vision is to be a model oversight organization in the Federal Government by leading change, speaking truth, promoting excellence, working together as one professional team and recognized as leaders in our field. The agency promotes integrity, accountability and improvement of critical DoD programs and operations to support mission accomplishment and to serve the public interest.

    As provided within Section 8L of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, the Lead IG is charged with comprehensive oversight, planning, and reporting responsibilities to include the publication of a Joint Strategic Oversight Plan for the designated overseas contingency operations (OCO) Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR) and Freedom's Sentinel (OFS). Within the DoD OIG, the ODIG OCO provides leadership for the Lead IG mission and includes the following divisions: Joint Strategic Planning, Strategic Communications, Joint Program Management, Theater Operations, and Staffing.

    The Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Overseas Contingency Operations is charged with keeping Congress, senior agency, OIG leaders, and the public informed of the oversight work and accomplishments of the Lead Inspector General for a designated OCO. It coordinates with the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and interacts with DoD and other Federal Government agency officials to promote a synchronized reporting effort.

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    • Applies expert knowledge and experience to serve as the Managing Editor/Writer responsible for synchronizing, integrating, and crafting published reports to be submitted to Congress on military, humanitarian, and diplomatic topics directly related to overseas contingency operations.(Operations Freedom's Sentinel and Inherent Resolve)
    • Oversee editorial operations; write, re-write and edit content in support of the publication of quarterly reports on two overseas contingency operations; known as Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq/Syria) and Operation Freedom's Sentinel (Afghanistan).
    • Each report represents an original effort requiring the incumbent to be able to apply knowledge of overseas contingency operations to include areas of strategy, funding, contracting, services, and programs related to the military, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts; an understanding of Federal Government oversight reporting requirements; the ability to serve as a managing editor for comprehensive, complex and sensitive publications of national and Congressional interest; and the ability to immediately contribute in a significant manner to the production process.
    • Reports are coordinated among other Federal agencies and are released to Congress and published on a public web site. The reports may impact national and international funding, perception, policy and strategy. Represents the Office to senior leaders of other Federal agencies in the preparation, coordination, and execution of OCO oversight activities. Leads discussions about projects, activities, and mission requirements; presents briefings to vested parties at all stages of project execution.
    This position is being filled using 5 U.S. Code subsection 3161 authority. This excepted service position is temporary and available for 24-months. This temporary position may be terminated early or extended beyond the 24-month period based upon incumbent performance and the needs of the OIG/Lead IG mission.

    Contingency Operations employees may be required to travel to contingency operations locations, such as Southwest Asia. Travel will include benefits, such as danger pay, post differential, overtime and other relocation incentives. All candidates must meet specific requirements set forth by the related Combatant Command, such as CENTCOM, to be qualified to travel.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)

    1082 Writing And Editing

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • Position requires Secret Security clearance
    • Position requires Random Drug Screening
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service

    • Position has been designated as Non-Critical Sensitive; incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
    • New Hires are required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and are subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DoD OIG. Organizational entities within the DoD are not required to conduct drug testing for DoD civilian employees moving by transfer or reassignment from one DoD Testing Designated Position (TDP) to another TDP with no break in service within the DoD, unless deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis by the gaining Component.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.
    • Requires up to 25% of temporary duty (TDY) travel within the Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS.)


    Knowledge Requirements/Skills for Managing Editor/Writer 1082 series position:
    • Expert knowledge and expertise in strategic communications and the creation of flexible, dynamic communications products. Broad knowledge of publishing concepts, practices, standards and technologies for the media used.
    • Expertise in performing editorial quality control during all phases of a publication production cycle. Comprehensive knowledge of the finer techniques and nuances of writing and editing. The incumbent must possess a high level of expertise in writing, editing, research techniques and methods to develop and prepare authoritative data on oversight programs, policies, services and functions. Ability to edit articles accepted for publication, to include substantial rewriting.
    • Expert knowledge and experience in crafting and preparing appropriate strategic messages that effectively incorporate external and internal standards and trade craft.
    • Demonstrated subject matter expertise of the strategy, funding, contracting, services, and programs related to the military, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts ongoing to support the development and evaluation of strategic oversight plans and to evaluate the conduct of oversight activities such as audits, inspections, investigations or assessments.
    • Expertise in communicating complex issues, findings, and recommendations to senior leaders, Congress, and the public; articulating/conveying unique or complex, or technical requirements and policies to gain acceptance and cooperation.
    • Expert knowledge of collection, research and trade craft and of applicable regulations, policies and precedents that affect the publication of technical, sensitive, and classified information.
    • Experience in managing the staff activities in a fast-paced environment in which each project is an original effort and includes high visibility interest by multiple audiences that include senior level officials, legislators, and international leaders.
    • Prepares high quality work product in compliance with Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Quality Standards for Federal Offices of Inspector General. In doing so, must be free both in fact and appearance from personal, external, and organizational impairments to independence. To maintain independence, all opinions, conclusions, judgments, and recommendations must be impartial and viewed as impartial by knowledgeable third parties. Should avoid situations that could lead reasonable third parties with knowledge of the relevant facts and circumstances to conclude that the OIG is not able to maintain independence in conducting its work.


    Additional information

    As a Federal employee, incumbent may elect health insurance, life insurance, participate in the Federal retirement system, and will receive Sick and Annual leave benefits.

    The OIG offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


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    Required Documents

    • Resume

    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.

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    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.


    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.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

    Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
    1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
    2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
    3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    All documents must be saved as PDFs. You should name your file with your last name, first name, and document name (e.g., Smith, John Cover Letter.pdf). To ensure consideration for employment, submit the following:

    Resume. Please indicate the position or positions you are applying to, valid and current contact information, and include relevant experience/training in private sector, DoD or another federal agency.


    All application materials become property of the office and will not be returned.

    Applicants who have relatives and/or family members employed within the DoD OIG must specify the organizational entity or entities in which these individuals are employed.

    Agency contact information

    Irma Morales


    4800 Mark Center Drive
    Alexandria, VA 22350
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    Next steps

    You will receive emails in the evaluation process to notify you of: 1) receipt of your application; 2) Application forward to Hiring Official; 3) Final disposition of your application when recruitment is complete.

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.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481643400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.