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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located in GAO's Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics (STAA) Team - Innovation Lab. STAA’s mission is to produce technology assessments, technical performance audits, science oversight audits, engineering sciences analyses, and advanced analytics and cybersecurity research to Congress and GAO overall.

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    Responsibilities

    • Supports or leads the development of advanced analytical techniques and innovates next generation methods and/or tools with emerging technologies in support of current and future audits (financial and performance), investigations, business operations, and evaluations for any and all of GAO’s mission or support teams on problems such as fraud detection, improper payments, visualization of large data sets, and/or estimation of duplication, overlap, or fragmentation in federal programs, among others.
    • Innovates and expands the agency’s advanced analytics and computational research and offerings to support greater analytic capability through a rigorous problem definition, ideation, review, revision, and execution process to determine to most promising ideas and approaches which, if successful, could profoundly change the business of audit, investigations, and program evaluation for the future GAO.
    • Develops or acquires advanced software systems and/or algorithms based on skills and experience in working with data representation, data structures, file systems, operating systems, computer languages, software development methodologies, and network protocols.
    • Performs advanced analytics projects in addition to consulting with others.  Prepares written assessments of advanced analytics pilots for publication on GAO’s intranet website which describes the problem, approach, and outcome of each advanced analytic pilot tested out in the Innovation Lab. Works with experts outside GAO to determine best practices for advanced analytics as necessary.  Provides related oral presentations to both internal GAO customers and external customers such as Congressional staff as determined by the Chief Data Scientist (CDS).
    • Develops findings for supportable conclusions/outcomes based on sound advanced analytics and/or data science methodological practices. 
    • Provides expert advice, guidance and support to engagement teams across GAO on advanced analytics and related areas. Identifies key deficiencies in problem statements and/or proposed approaches or data access issues which are significant to the design, execution, and reporting out of advanced analytics pilots of the Innovation Lab.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    NA

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen
    • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement.
    • Employees new to GAO in Analyst and Attorney positions must complete a two year probationary period.
    • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
    • You must be suitable for federal employment.

    Qualifications

    In addition to the education requirement, applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal Service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as practical experience developing and implementing quantitative and qualitative advanced analytics research designs and methods (i.e. development of advanced analytical techniques and innovate next generation methods and/or tools with emerging technologies in support of current and future audits (financial and performance), investigations, business operations, and evaluations for GAO’s mission or support teams on problems such as fraud detection, improper payments, visualization of large data sets, and/or estimation of duplication, overlap, or fragmentation in federal programs); and experience guiding others to use these approaches to effectively perform advanced analytics pilots/experiments and related applied research.

    You must meet all the requirements before the announcements closes.

    Education

    This position has a positive education requirement. Documentation to verify your education MUST be submitted with your application in order to be considered.

    An interdisciplinary, professional position is a position involving duties and responsibilities closely related to more than one professional occupation. As a result, the nature of the work enables people with education and experience in either of two or more professions to be considered equally well qualified to do the work. The final classification of the position is determined by the qualifications of the person selected to fill it. You may qualify for this position based on one of the professional occupations below.

    Mathematical Statistics Series, 1529:

    Basic Requirements:

    1. Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.

      OR

    2. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    All Engineering Professional Engineering Positions, 0800:

    Basic Requirements. To qualify for this occupational series, you must posses one of the following :

    A. Degree: Successful completion of a professional engineering degree. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

    OR

    Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    1. Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://www.nspe.org 
     
    2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico The FE examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/HowtoGetLicensed/index.html.
     
    3. Specified academic course - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A (above). The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A (above)

    4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in am appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at the least 1 year of a professional engineering acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of extensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering -type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.) 

    For more information on the qualifications for this series, go to https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

    **YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPT(S) SHOWING THIS COURSEWORK. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING.**

    Additional information

    This is a bargaining unit position.

    Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    Selectee may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit http://www.sss.gov/.

    Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s  policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

    The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.  Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The position(s) advertised in this announcement are covered by a direct hire authority. Traditional rating and ranking of applicants, including category rating, does not apply to this vacancy. Your qualifications will be initially evaluated against the basic qualifications only. Qualified applicants will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to positions covered by a direct hire authority.

    Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume and follow all instructions carefully. If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to an assessment question is "see resume,” your application may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.

    All applicants will be evaluated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

    • Thorough skill in applying data science and advanced data analytics, including structured, unstructured, or relational and data mining and machine learning techniques.
    • Mastery of quantitative techniques for analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of programs and/or operations and communicating results; and educate others through reports and presentations.
    • Professional experience building complex data extraction, transformation, and loading, including Extract, Transform, and Load into structured databases, data warehouses, and data processing systems.
    • Skill in developing, testing, and applying optimized algorithms and statistical models for discovering new intelligence data, minimizing false positives, and recommending courses of action for internal and external stakeholders.
    • Skill in performing machine learning (ML), natural language (NLP), artificial intelligence (AI), text mining and statistical analysis methods, such as classification, collaborative filtering, association rules, sentiment analysis, topic modeling, time-series analysis, regression, statistical inference, and validation methods.
    • Knowledge of analytical concepts, principles, and practices related to detailed analysis and documentation to conduct the data collection, review, and analysis processes of the engagement.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete application package which includes:

    - Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

    - If you are using your education to qualify (even partially), you must submit a copy of your transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you will be required to provide official transcripts. Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service.

    - Current or former federal employees may submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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.

    Individuals selected will be eligible for a full range of federal employment benefits including vacation and sick leave, retirement coverage and Thrift Savings Plan, and health and life insurance. A complete list of benefits is available on the web at http://www.gao.gov/careers/benefits.html

    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

    1. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. Follow the prompts to begin the application process.

    2. You will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process.

    3. Click on "Submit" to transmit your complete application package to GAO.

    Can I send my application package documents to the agency point-of-contact via email or mail?

    Your application package must be submitted online through Career Connector. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents.

    What is a complete application package?

    1. Your resume. This must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder. Resumes created outside USAJOBS (e.g., uploaded resumes) will not be accepted.

    2. The assessment questionnaire.

    3. The documentation listed in the Required Documents section. You only need to submit the documents listed.

    When is the application package due?

    It must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure all the documents are received and the information is readable. Your application may not be considered if it doesn't meet the criteria. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

    1. Sign into your USAJOBS account.

    2. If your application package was successfully transmitted, you will see "Received" beside the position title. Keep in mind, this may take a couple hours because your documents undergo a virus scan.

    3. To view your documents or the complete application package received by GAO, select "Application Status." 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.

    If you have questions about:
    • The vacancy announcement or the position: The agency contact is listed at the bottom of the announcement.
    • Technical issues with USAJOBS: Please refer to the USAJOBS Help page.
    • Technical issues with Career Connector: Please contact CareerConnectorHelp@do.treas.gov.

    Agency contact information

    Aisha Maxwell

    Phone

    202-512-6538

    Fax

    202-512-8869

    Email

    MaxwellA@gao.gov

    Address

    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
    441 G Street NW
    Room 1157
    Washington, District of Columbia 20548
    United States
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    To learn more about working at GAO, see Why work at GAO.

    Next steps

    After the closing date of this announcement, GAO's Human Capital Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications by reviewing your assessment questionnaire and resume to complete an analysis.  Please be as complete and thorough as possible. If your application is rated "best-qualified," your name will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. At this point you may be contacted for an interview.    

    If you do not meet the key requirements, and/or basic qualifications or you fail to submit all required application materials, your application will not be considered.

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/544801500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.