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    The job announcement opening period has been extended to Friday, November 9 at 11:59 pm EST.

    The Office of Management and Policy (OMP) formulates and executes the OIG budget; coordinates development of the OIG long-range strategic plan and oversees OIG performance measurement and reporting systems; establish OIG wide administrative policies and procedures; and provides OIG with information technology (IT), human capital and administrative support services.

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    As a Student Trainee (Information Technology Specialist) GS-5, the incumbent will receive informal and on the job training which are intended to enhance individual technical competencies. Assignments may involve applying available technologies and basic management principles to adapt computer methods to a variety of subject matter situations in a highly technical communications environment. The purpose of this trainee position is to perform analytical work related to integrated systems, computer programs, and/or equipment. Participates in a variety of projects utilizing basic computer skills to provide assistance in evaluating requirements and procedures, assisting with the preparation of technical and administrative reports, and interfacing with senior program officials.

    As a Student Trainee (Information Technology Specialist) GS-7, the incumbent will perform a variety of routine and recurring assignments, technical tasks such as solving minor problems, and analysis in support of higher level Information Technology (IT) Specialists. Gather and analyze basic facts; organizes documentation to facilitate use by more experienced specialists in troubleshooting problems. Provide information and assistance to customers. Evaluate established methods and procedures, and prepares recommendations for changes in methods and practices where appropriate. Ensure the application of appropriate security measures to the assignment.

    As a Student Trainee (Information Technology Specialist) GS-9, the incumbent plans and carries out routine work independently and participates on more complex studies and projects to develop expertise. The employee makes minor adaptations to procedures and accepted practices, and handles unexpected conditions arising in the normal course of the work. The work involves the execution of specific rules, regulations, or procedures and typically comprises a complete segment of an assignment or projected of broader scope. Identify and resolves issues and problems. Gather and analyze basic facts; organizes documentation to facilitate use by more experienced specialists in troubleshooting problems.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
    • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
    • Must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement
    • Must be able to work full-time for the duration of the program.
    This is an excepted service appointment under the OIG Internship Program. The internship will begin May 2019 and is not to exceed September 27, 2019. This appointment does not allow for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the federal service.


    You must meet all eligibility requirements for the OIG Internship Program and all qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Internship Eligibility Requirements:

    Individuals accepted for enrollment (must provide an acceptance letter from the academic institution on letterhead) or students enrolled (you must provide academic transcripts) in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

    Note: You must provide an unofficial academic transcript that reflects your current enrollment and a verification of Spring 2019 enrollment. If you have been accepted for enrollment at a qualifying academic institution, you must submit an acceptance letter from the academic institution on the institution's letterhead. For Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 enrollment, you must provide sufficient proof of acceptance.

    Minimum Qualifications

    To qualify for the GS-05 grade level, the applicant must have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or equivalent degree; or a Bachelor's degree; OR applicants may qualify using specialized experience if they have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service or obtained in the public sector. Specialized experience includes basic knowledge in standard computer hardware and software programs and preparing written reports; OR the applicant may qualify based on a combination of education and experience for the GS-05 grade level if the applicant exceeds 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

    To qualify for the GS-07 grade level, the applicant must have 1 year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement; OR 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-05 grade level or equivalent level; OR applicants may qualify based on a combination of the experience and education requirements described above.

    *One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks. Specialized experience includes knowledge in standard computer hardware and software programs; knowledge in computer security, including layers of protection, anti-virus software, logins, passwords and user rights and preparing written reports.

    Note: Superior Academic Achievement (SAA), may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) allows applicants to apply for certain positions at the GL-7 level if they have a Bachelors degree in a qualifying field of study and they meet one of the following requirements: class standing (upper 1/3 graduating class), G.P.A. is 3.0 or higher, or if applicant was a member in a National Scholastic Honor Society.

    To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, the applicant must have 1 year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the competencies required to perform successfully the duties of the position; OR applicants may substitute the following education for the specialized experience requirement; if the applicant has a master's or equivalent graduate level degree, OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a LL.B or J.D.; OR applicants may qualify based on a combination of the experience and education requirements described above. Specialized experience includes knowledge and skill in standard computer hardware and software programs; knowledge and skill in computer security, including layers of protection, anti-virus software, logins, passwords and user rights and preparing written reports.

    Experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work.

    If you fail to submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, you will be deemed ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.


    Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

    Additional information

    Security and Background Requirements: A National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy),or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. For more information on veterans' preference, go to: http://www.opm.gov/Veterans.

    EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

    Benefits for Students: This appointment is not eligible for annual leave if the appointment is less than 90 days, sick leave may be offered. This appointment is not eligible for health benefits and retirement, but may be eligible for transit benefits.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education (if applicable), and training relevant to the duties of this position. If you are found minimally qualified for the job, your application package will be further evaluated to determine your possession of the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities and other characteristics listed below.

    Your responses to the job questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualifications requirements for this position. Your resume must provide enough detail to fully support your answers to the questionnaire. Applicants found to be among the top candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

    If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    • Customer Service
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication
    This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. Under Delegated Examining, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
    The Category Rating Process protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

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

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume
    3. Assessment Questionnaire
    4. Academic Transcripts
    5. Veterans Preference documentation, if applicable.
    Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript. However, an official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position. All required documents must be uploaded as a scanned document, smartphone screenshots and photographs will not be accepted.

    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 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 assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    A complete application package for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/09/2018 to receive consideration. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.

    If you are unable to apply online and have the required information, please call 1-478-744-2360 to start your Alternate Application. You will connected with a member of our staff who will initiate the Alternate Application process. More information on the Alternate Application process can be viewed at the following link: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.

    Questions regarding this vacancy or the application process should be directed to the HR Specialist. The HR Specialist can be reached at (855) 291-2284. Someone is available to answer phone calls and emails from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday excluding Federal holidays.

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    Ebony Brock


    OIG Office of Management and Policy
    330 Independence Ave, SW
    Washington, DC 20201
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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

    You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.

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.

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/515189300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.