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    This position is in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), Cybersecurity & Communications Reliability (CCR) Division.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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    Incumbent will serve as a statistical advisor and communications reliability subject matter expert, responsible for evaluating and analyzing communications network infrastructure and reliability data submitted under CCR’s information collection efforts, including but not limited to annual industry 911 certifications and reports submitted to both the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) and Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).

    Applies a mastery knowledge of statistical theories, principles and techniques to a broad range of engineering disciplines, to include network architectures and internet design, optical networks and integrated voice/video/data networks as well as provides expert advice on statistical methods used for the analysis of hardware reliability, software reliability and network reliability, (e.g., Weibull analysis methods, Non-Homogeneous Poisson Process methods, Markov models for system reliability, analysis methods for censored data, Poisson regression models, and risk estimation methodologies).

    Utilizes comprehensive knowledge and expertise in 911 systems and communications networks, particularly with a focus on the reliability and resiliency of technologies, methods and policies; provides expert skills in evaluating statistical data by applying mathematical or statistical tools, models, methods and techniques; functions as a technical consultant in the evaluation, redesign and data enhancements to databases and other relevant data activities.

    Prepares recommendations, decision memoranda, notices of inquiry, notices of proposed rulemaking orders, correspondence, technical analysis, statistical reports, technical or engineering aspects of pending or future communications reliability issues; performs quantitative analysis and interpretation of results of data collected; oversees and directs the development, analysis, implementation and publishing of multiple studies; proposes, develops and implements projects to ensure communications networks are reliable, resilient and secure.

    Serves on and/or leads interdisciplinary working groups directed to perform investigative analysis and original research with respect to critical communications policy issues that involve the evaluation of communications reliability, resiliency, integrity and security; recommends, establishes or modifies existing policies as it relates data trends and statistical analysis of network infrastructure and communications reliability.

    Serves as a technical advisor; provides guidance to management and staff on the use of commercial computer software for conducting data analysis; performs ongoing evaluation of commercial computer software for its adequacy and applicability to CCR program application and recommends procurement as necessary; in the absence of commercial statistical programs, establishes his or her own statistical methodologies.

    Makes presentations to technical and non-technical personnel which includes Agency senior managers, private industry and other federal government executives, data communication entities, as well as international organizations involved in communication reliability and related technology issues.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    DELEGATED EXAMINING (DE) - ALL U.S. CITIZENS and MERIT PROMOTION (MP) - STATUS CANDIDATES. Individuals who typically apply for positions under other authorities may also apply under DE (e.g. VRA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, Students, Land Management, Military Spouses, National Guard, Indian Preference, Family of Overseas Employees). MP candidates include Federal Employees, Agency Employees, VEOA, etc. Indicate all authorities for which you wish to be considered.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Education-Transcripts Required
    • US Citizenship.
    • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
    • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.

    Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.


    Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Specialized Experience: For GS-15: Applicants must possess at least one-year of specialized experience or equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience at the GS-14 level or equivalent include: 1. Skill applying traditional statistical techniques including sampling theory, survey design, regression analysis and data analysis. 2. Experience applying statistical methods used for analyzing the reliability of systems and networks (e.g., Markov modeling, Non-Homogeneous Poisson Process models, Poisson regression, censored data modeling and outage data analysis). 3. Skill in developing new methods or altering existing statistical methods used to collect security and reliability data, (e.g., utilizing software tools such as SAS, Mathematica, and SPSS to analyze communications data and make modifications to existing tools. 5. Experience performing data analytics on large datasets (e.g., 911 and communications networks used to improve communications security and reliability). 6. Experience reviewing, assessing, and advising on the effectiveness, technical adequacy, and suitability of the work and proposals performed by others to include resolving complicated and critical problems; communicating ideas, opinions, and technical information clearly, concisely and accurately both orally and in writing.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: 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.


    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.
    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents using the CATEGORY RATING PROCESS. All eligible applicants under Delegated Examining (DEU) will be placed in one of the following three categories:

    1. Highly Qualified (Score 90-100) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of major job related competencies and possession of all evaluation criteria;
    2. Fully Qualified (Score 80-89) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of major job related competencies and possession of the evaluation criteria; and
    3. Minimally Qualified (Score of 70-79)- the applicants possessing only the specialized experience described in the vacancy announcement.

    An automated score is administered based on the on-line application process used. Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based on their responses to the job specific questions for this position.

    Application of Veterans Preference: The category rating process 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 eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability at least 10 percent MUST be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

    A selecting official may make selection from the highest quality category ("HIGHLY QUALIFIED") provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in the same category.

    Applicants under Merit Promotion will be considered in accordance with the agency's merit promotion plan and union agreement.

    There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

    1. the core questions
    2. the vacancy questions
    3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts), if applicable; and
    4. your resume.

    Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions, provide supplemental documents and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process.

    You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

    Knowledge of principles, theories and techniques of applied statistical methods used to perform statistical studies of inferences related to reliability, resiliency, integrity and security of traditional and IP-based networks.

    Ability to apply statistical methods used for the analysis of hardware reliability, software reliability and network reliability, (e.g., Weibull analysis methods, Non-Homogeneous Poisson Process methods, Markov models for system reliability, analysis methods for censored data, Poisson regression models, and risk estimation methodologies.)

    Ability to communicate complex technical information in writing.

    Ability to communicate complex technical information orally.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    ***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s). All required supporting documents MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents. The fax number will be listed on this sheet. If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided. Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again. If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

    Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:

    1. When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

    2. If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.

    3. Veterans MUST submit form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

    4. College Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.

    Required Documentation for CTAP and ICTAP eligibles:

    1. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation, which shows that you were declared displaced or surplus while serving as a career or career conditional competitive service employee, in tenure group 1 or 2, OR are a current or former Executive Branch agency employee in the excepted service serving on an appointment without time limit, at grade levels GS-15 or equivalent and below, and who has been conferred noncompetitive appointment eligibility and special selection priority by statute for positions in the competitive service.

    2. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation which shows the position you may be or are being separated from has the same or higher promotion potential as that of the vacancy.

    Additionally for CTAP eligibles:

    A copy of your Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice;

    A notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area;

    A Certificate of Expected Separation; your agency's certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).

    Additionally for ICTAP eligibles:

    A copy of your RIF separation notice, a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area;

    An OPM notice that your disability annuity has been (or will be) terminated;

    Certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or

    Certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for a disability retirement and will receive the special OPM annuity.

    A copy of a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent (not required if you are an ICTAP eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement).

    For more information on CTAP and ICTAP download a copy of The Employee's Guide to Career Transition at http://archive.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.pdf

    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 to this announcement go to the website: https://fcc.usajobs.gov

    Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webpage

    If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission's Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question.

    The Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) are programs designed to afford selection priority to well-qualified Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

    To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, you must be a current FCC employee who has received an official notice stating that your position is no longer needed, or that you will be separated by reduction in force (RIF).

    To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, you must be one of the following:

    Be a displaced Federal employee and have a current duty station within the local commuting area of this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a RIF separation notice, a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration status with your application package.

    The following categories of candidates are considered displaced Employees:
    • Current or former career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) competitive service employees who: 1. Received a specific RIF separation notice; or 2. Separated because of a compensable injury, whose compensation has been terminated, and whose former agency certifies that it is unable to place; or 3. Retired with a disability and whose disability annuity has been or is being terminated; or 4. Upon receipt of a RIF separation notice retired on the effective date of the RIF and submits a Standard Form 50 that indicates "Retirement in lieu of RIF", or 5. Retired under the discontinued service retirement option, or 6. Was separated because he/she declined a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area.
    • Former Military Reserve or National Guard Technicians who are receiving a special Office of Personnel Management (OPM) disability retirement annuity under section 337 (h) or 8456 of title 5 United States Code.
    • Be applying for a position at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been separated. The position must not have a greater promotion potential than the position from which you were separated.
    • Have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent. This must be submitted with your application package. (This requirement does not apply to candidates who are eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement.
    • Occupy or be displaced from a position in the same local commuting area of the position for which you are requesting priority consideration.

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