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    Summary



    OIG is organized into three line elements: the Offices of Investigations, Audits and Evaluations, and Healthcare Inspections; along with the Office of Contract Review, the Office of Management and Administration and the Office of Special Review. In addition to the Washington, DC, headquarters, OIG has offices located in more than 30 cities throughout the country.

    The selectee of this position serves as a Student Trainee (Data Analyst) in the Office of Management and Administration.

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    Responsibilities

    Who May Apply:  This opportunity is open to students who are U.S. citizens and U.S. Nationals enrolled on at least a half-time basis, or accepted for enrollment, in a qualifying degree program or certificate program of a high school, accredited college or university. This vacancy is limited to 200 applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.

    As a Student Trainee (Data Analyst), you will perform the following duties:

    • Provides OIG components with data analysis support. This includes researching the methods and means, developing alternative approaches, ensuring security for data, and justifying all significant data-related investments, including those for supplemental data services and software.

    • Assists with defining overall project requirements; plans and coordinates project design, development, and implementation; provides customer support and services; and resolves a wide range of technical data-related issues.

    • Responds timely to requests for data analysis support, and maintains efficient and well-documented SAS code used to produce requested data files.

    • Determines organization of data in the database and assigns names and definitions to the various records and fields; and oversees the security system and controls the information placed in or deleted from the database. Uses SAS to write or modify scripts to extract, transform and load data into a data warehouse.

    • Works closely with VA and other governmental and private sector agencies to obtain databases and files for VAOIG use that will improve staff output, provide better product, and increase productivity within the OIG. Ensures that new application development and changes to applications within VA are monitored and that OIG management officials are informed of potential OIG data library and expertise gaps.

    • Coordinates implementation of database designs and modifications of design characteristics in response to routine performance problems, changing requirements, or new design methods.

    • Uses SAS systems to modify systems and database configurations to correct routine problems that affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. Participates in a variety of training activities, which may include classroom instruction, workshops, and on-the-job training designed to promote knowledge and skills related to his or her job functions.

    • Other duties as assigned

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel may be required as needed.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    09 - This position may be made permanent upon completion of the qualifying academic program without further competition.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • This position is a Temporary Internship position not to exceed one year.
    • You must be at least 16 years of age.
    • You must be in and maintain good academic standing.
    • An application limit of 200 is being placed on this announcement.
    • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
    • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

    The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

    Program Requirement:
    If selected, you must: 1) sign a Pathways Internship Program agreement; 2) provide official documentation of enrollment and registration; 3) provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic semester/quarter; 4) participate in mentorship opportunities; 5) complete 40 hours of professional development training; 6) prepare and implement an Individual Development Plan; 7) maintain satisfactory performance; and 8) complete 640 hours of work experience in order to be considered for conversion to a Career or Career-Conditional appointment. You may be made permanent upon graduation if you meet all qualifications, eligibility, and educational requirements, are recommended for conversion by your supervisor, and funding is available.

    Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Basic Qualifications: You MUST meet the definition of a STUDENT for the duration of your appointment.
    The definition of a student is: an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93–842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

    Specialized experience:

    For the GS-05, you must have three (3) years of progressively responsible experience; one (1) year of this experience must have been equivalent to GS-04 that demonstrates the ability to: 1) Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions, 2) Plan and organize work, and 3) Communicate effectively orally and in writing. Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work.
    OR
    You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.
    OR
    You may qualify on a combination of education and experience. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent.

    For the GS-7, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

    Collecting and researching data for studies or evaluations of programs or operations and summarizing your results; AND
    Gathering and analyzing data and using them to write conclusions and recommendations.
    OR
    One full year of graduate level education in a related field; or Superior Academic Achievement based on a bachelor's degree that is demonstrated through class standing (upper 1/3 of class); or grade point average (2.95/4.0 overall or 3.5/4.0 in major), or election to membership in a qualifying national scholastic honor society.
    OR
    You may qualify on a combination of education and experience. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent.

    Education

    You MUST meet the definition of a STUDENT for the duration of your appointment.
    The definition of a student is: an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93–842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

    Additional information

    - Serve a trial period for the duration of the appointment.
    - Maintain student status for the duration of the appointment.
    - Must successfully complete a background investigation.
    - Public Trust – Background Investigation will be required.
    - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9.  Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    - Obtain and use a Government-issued purchase card for business-related travel.

    - This position may be made permanent upon completion of the qualifying academic program without further competition.

    - We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

    - Applicants who apply for this position may be considered for other positions within the Office of Inspector General that require the same knowledge, skills and abilities.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Student Enrollment Status, Knowledge and Skill in applying basic IT principles, Communication Skills, and Analyzing facts to draw conclusions. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, A-Exceptionally Qualified, B-Highly Qualified, or C-Qualified, depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. 

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents.  Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). 

    ** It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 200th application or at 11:59 p.m. ET on 03/13/2019; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.**


    All applicants
    are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing.  (Cover letters are optional.)  To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé.  We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation. In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

    CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) designating semester or quarter hours earned or a course listing for the appropriate job specific question showing the type of information that appears on a transcript such as course title, department, hours earned (semester or quarter), and grade to ensure proper credit. You may submit unofficial transcripts with your application. However, if selected for the position, you will be required to submit your official transcript. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions recognized by the recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    CURRENT PROOF OF ENROLLMENT: You MUST submit a copy of your current schedule or upcoming schedule as proof of enrollment. Must show proof of current or future 2019 academic season enrollment.

    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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    Benefits

    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.

    Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    - We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. 
    - This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    - We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

    https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    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

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday).  If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. 

    VAOIG provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
     
    To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
     
    You will be re-directed to VAOIG's CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; or Reuse existing documents.  To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.

    To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.

    Agency contact information

    Hope Jones

    Phone

    202-461-4390

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    OIGHRLiaisons@va.gov

    Address

    VETERANS AFFAIRS OIG
    Please see "How to Apply"
    Washington, District of Columbia 20001
    United States
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    The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) mission is to serve veterans and the public by conducting effective oversight of the programs and operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs through independent audits, inspections, and investigations.

    Next steps

    To check the status of your application for this position, please follow these steps:

    1. Login to your USAJOBS account, select the "Applications" section and click on the vacancy you would like to view and have already applied for.
    2. Under "application status," click "additional application information" and you will be taken to the CareerConnector website where you can check your application status. The "additional application information" link may not be available if your application status says "Unavailable." This indicates that your application is not 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.

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/526838000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.