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    "These positions are being filled under the Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority. The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority to appoint certain Civilians to positions designated pursuant to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improve Act (DAWIA); positions are located Air Force-Wide. Positions are filled as permanent with a full-time work schedule. Pay may vary by geographic location."

    The PALACE Acquire Program offers you a permanent position upon completion of your formal training plan. As a Palace Acquire Intern you will experience both personal and professional growth while dealing effectively and ethically with change, complexity, and problem solving. The program offers a 2.5- year, or 3-year formal training plan with yearly salary increases. Promotions and salary increases are based upon your successful performance and supervisory approval. This is your opportunity to begin a successful civilian career with the United States Air Force.

    NOTE: Notices of Results (NORs) will not be sent to applicants under this authority. Please do not contact this office for status. If you are selected for this position, you will be contacted.

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    Executes Component Cost Analysis (CCA) Program Taskings.  As a member of a CCA team, observes and participates in a limited manner in cost analysis assignments by performing a variety of routine taskings associated with the preparation of system cost analyses.  Assists the project team leader or division chief in gathering data and research.  Specific duties include extracting and organizing raw cost data under the supervision of an experienced analyst, and assisting other analysts in the collection, development, and implementation of cost-related information. Results will highlight trends, accomplishments, deficiencies, and other desired indicators.

    Provides support to senior analysts, Division Chief and Technical Director in development of cost data bases, parametric relationships, cost estimating software and documentation, and research reports.   Assists the project team leader or division chief in the conduct of research of considerable scope and complexity for the development of analytical methods and techniques necessary for accurate cost estimates for future weapon and automated information systems and programs by performing support tasks or clearly delineated portions of assignments of limited scope and difficulty.  Observes and participates at the same level in identifying analytical concepts, methods and techniques, e.g. regression analysis, sensitivity analysis, linear programming, etc. appropriate to systems costing.  Also, observes and assists in validating and testing research findings for inclusion in high priority studies and proposals which are often presented to the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB), OSD Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG), Air Force CAIG, and the Secretariat.  Also, at the same limited level, observes and assists in the analysis of problems related to the development of costing models, data sources, and techniques.  Participates with senior analysts in the preparation and maintenance of statistical information work sheets, cost data records and related correspondence.

    Assists in the preparation of taskings, projects, studies, reports, summaries and briefings specially assigned by the Air Force Secretariat, Air Staff, and/or the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency (AFCAA).  Observes and performs tasks to support higher level analysts conducting cost analysis studies to evaluate and determine total resource requirements for advanced weapon systems and automated information systems.  Observes and participates at a limited level in the conduct of special analyses for cost/effectiveness studies and cost sensitivity and trade-off analyses.  Tasks include work such as gathering and inputting data into computers, drafting portions of and proofing reports and briefings, and assisting in the design of and preparing visual aids.

    Performs a variety of special projects in keeping with the formal training plan. Incumbent familiarizes self with the appropriate regulations, analytical techniques and computer resources to accomplish the cost analyses performed at AFCAA.  Develops knowledge of the mission and organization of the financial management community. Participates in formal training at appropriate DOD, other schools, and programs to obtain the information and techniques for performing the above duties. Assigned to appropriate on-the-job training projects.  Receives training in other areas necessary for an Air Force and U.S. Government employee to include security, safety, administration, and personnel activities appropriate for the position.  Performs special assignments such as preparing reports for areas of special interest; developing and presenting reports of accomplishments and results of assignments, etc.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - To attend mandatory training classes

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    1515 Operations Research

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Security Clearance
    • Mobility Agreement
    • Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA-DAWDF)


    1. Mobility - you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training.

    2. Successful completion of all training and regulatory requirements as identified in the applicable training plan.

    3. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

    4. May be required to travel by military and/or civilian aircraft in the performance of official duties. 


    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 or other copy showing type of discharge).  If you are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15 (utilize SF 15 with revision date of Oct 2013),  "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. (Approved VA Letter from the VA that shows percentage of disability, I.E. 10, 20. 30 etc.)

    For more specifics on all veterans employment issues such as Veterans preference or special appointing authorities see the Veteran's Guide: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp


    Air Force Qualification Standards

    To qualify for a GS-07:  Completion of 1  full year of graduate level education, or bachelor's degree with Superior academic Achievement as provided in the "General Policies and Instructions" for Qualifications Standards Operating Manual, or 5 academic years of pre-professional study, or 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5.

    To qualify for a GS-09:  Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B or J.D., if related. 

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., 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 that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05/07 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as knowledge of utilizing statistical techniques and developing mathematical models in order to define and analyze problems; and advising officials of different approaches as a basis for management plans and decisions.

    To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience, click on the following link:


    FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) Requirement for General Schedule (GS) Positions: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-05, or GS-07 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. The purpose of TIG restrictions is to prevent excessively rapid promotions in competitive service GS positions and to protect competitive principles.

    Once the application and selection process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the applicable OPM qualification requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made. Applicants who fail to provide the necessary documentation to support their educational grade point average/masters degree requirements, qualifying experience or veterans' preference claim will be determined incomplete, ineligible or not identified as claiming veterans' preference. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your consideration in the referral and selection process.


    1. Knowledge of fundamental cost and economic analysis concepts.

    2. Knowledge of acquisition requirements, and the development and approval processes used in large organizations.

    3. Practical understanding of models and estimating relationships.

    4. Ability to develop and utilize data collection techniques and to analyze data.

    5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

    6. Ability to interact effectively with others.




    Additional information


    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

    Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.  Click here for more information.

    You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. 

    You must upload/submit all required documents in order to be considered, i.e., Resume, All transcripts (we will accept unofficial), (DD 214, Veterans Award Letter and SF 15 if applicable).

    "If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties, please click on the following link:


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


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    Required Documents

    The following documents are REQUIRED and MUST BE submitted by the closing date of the announcement.


    Current Resume - For qualifications determination, your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

    Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable; however, if selected, official transcripts are required).

    Veteran's Preference documentation: DD214, Statement of Service (in lieu of DD 214 if currently active duty), VA letter, SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference, if applicable and Online Application (Questionnaire).

    VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS:  The appointing authorities for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA), and 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans, as well as all claims of veterans' preference for employment, require proof of active duty service.  Proof of creditable active duty is usually demonstrated by submitting a DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, with your application.  For active duty members who have not yet received a DD214, the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act (5 U.S.C., Chapter 21, Section 2108a) allows you to furnish a "certification" of your active service.  A "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the "certification" is submitted.  Agencies are required to accept, process, and grant tentative veterans' preference to those active duty service members who submit a certification along with their job application materials.  The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable).  Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.  If you are claiming veterans' preference for employment or are applying for consideration under the VRA, VEOA, or 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans appointment authorities and fail to provide a DD214 or valid "certification" of service with your initial application, you will not be afforded veterans' preference and/or will be found ineligible for consideration.  Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

    To be considered, you must submit all required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are acceptable.



    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.

    The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

    Positions filled under General Schedule (GS) at entry level. Early promotion or re-promotions will not be granted.  During the three-year training program, there will be annual promotion opportunities based upon meeting time-in-grade requirements, successful performance, and supervisory approval at each grade level.  You will be eligible for noncompetitive promotion to the intervening and target grades dependent on satisfactory performance, successful completion of a full year of training at each lower grade level, and supervisory approval.

    Selectee may be eligible for student loan repayment program; three year service agreement required.


    reCRUITMENT incentive may OR may not be authorized.


    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon competing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

    This position requires completion of a two year probationary period.

    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 which includes:

    1. Your Résumé
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire as part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.   

    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete application package, including supporting documentation, must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Click here for more information on eligibility categories and the documentation requirements.  You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted within each application package to be considered. Transfer and Reinstatement eligibles must provide their most current SF-50, AND SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if different from your latest SF-50. **Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list**

    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 Online Questionnaire

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 2028246 to fax your documents: 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 any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 

    PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date.   You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clicking here .   Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.   Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.

    Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

    Agency contact information

    Civilian Force Renewal Branch


    AF Civilian Force Renewal and Development
    550 C Street W
    JBSA Randolph, TX 78150
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    The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.   Do you have the desire to be intellectually challenged? Are you looking for a secure career? Do you have initiative? If so, then read on! A Civilian Career with the Air Force offers challenging work, and the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference. We're offering you an exciting career—begin as a PALACE Acquire intern and then determine how far you want to go. You are the key to your success!

    Next steps

    Electronic submission is the quickest and easiest option. Please ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

    Applicants will be notified by USAJOBS when their application has been received. This notification does not imply that you have submitted all the necessary documentation for this announcement, so read the announcement carefully. After the announcement closes, your application will be evaluated

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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.

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 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 in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488853300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.