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    This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audit Services.

    The Office of Audit Services is responsible for protecting the integrity of HHS operations and programs by conducting audits that identify and report ways to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of HHS programs, and help reduce fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

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    The Senior Advisor for Medicare Payments will be responsible for spearheading comprehensive, enterprise wide strategies and deployment plans for value based and fixed fee payments that meet HHS OIG policy objectives and legal requirements.

    As Senior Advisor for Medicare Payments, you will provide expert technical advice and guidance to senior management officials on value based and fixed fee payments issues including advice regarding emerging issues related to value based and fixed fee payments and the potential impact of the emerging issues on HHS and/or HHS program beneficiaries.

    Duties of this Senior Level position include, but are not limited to:

    • Advising OIG personnel on the impact of emerging value based and fixed fee payments issues on audits, evaluations, and investigations as well as the impact on policies, guidelines, and standards.
    • Functioning as Subject Matter Expert on wide range of value based and fixed fee issues involving extremely complex policy questions and/or ramifications and providing expertise to OIG regarding possible solutions that may impact OIG in furthering its stated mission.
    • Providing expert advice regarding value based purchasing incentives, fee-for-service payments and systems, quality of care, denials and appeals of services, and proper beneficiary enrollment.
    • Providing expert advice regarding risks of fraud from providers and value based purchasing, adequacy of data submitted to Medicare, use of data for oversight and compliance, increased adoption of telehealth, and other issues regarding Medicare value based and fixed fee payments.
    • Determining and advising on the variety and complexities of Medicare value based and fixed fee payments and its impact on OIG oversight activities.
    • Promoting effective communication throughout OIG on Medicare value based and fixed fee payment issues and activities.
    • Serving as central point of contact for OIG officials and staff and working with components to address Departmental requests for information and developing strategies to consult effectively with the Department on Medicare value based and fixed fee payments issues consistent with the IG Act.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    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.
    • One-year probationary period may be required.
    • Public Financial Disclosure Report is required.


    Specialized experience: To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, candidates must possess specialized experience at a senior level which demonstrates ability to perform the duties of the position, including progressively responsible experience directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below. Your resume must clearly reflect specialized experience that includes providing expert advice on emerging issues related to value based and fixed fee payments, the potential impact of these issues on the Medicare program and/or its beneficiaries, oversight and compliance of Medicare providers, sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and nongovernment officials. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

    Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory; your resume (5 page limit) must clearly show that you possess the following TQs:

    1. Demonstrated ability to lead comprehensive strategic initiatives regarding issues in value based and fixed fee payments and develop innovative strategies to provide oversight and assess compliance of providers that bill Medicare.

    2. Demonstrated experience gathering, integrating and analyzing sufficient, relevant information on Medicare payment issues from various sources and effectively communicating that information to provide expert technical advice and guidance to senior management officials to empower sound decision-making.

    3. Demonstrated experience providing expert advice regarding a wide range of Medicare value based and fixed fee payments issues. These include: relevant Medicare laws, regulations, and guidance, Executive Orders, industry trends, emerging best practices, and developments in case law, as well as, specific issues related to Medicare payments such as value based purchasing incentives, fee-for-service payments and systems, quality of care, denials and appeals of services, proper beneficiary enrollment, risks of fraud from providers and value based purchasing, adequacy of data submitted to Medicare, use of data for oversight and compliance, increased adoption of telehealth, and other issues regarding Medicare value based and fixed fee payments.


    There is no positive education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    This position is a Senior Level (SL) position in the federal government. Senior Level employees are in nonexecutive positions whose duties are broad and complex enough to be classified above GS-15 level. Senior level positions involve highly specialized and complex work.

    To learn more about Senior-Level (SL) positions in the Federal Government, visit OPM's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/scientific-senior-level-positions

    Security and Background Requirements: A 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.

    Financial Disclosure: This position is subject to public financial disclosure requirements and must be filed within 30 days of the appointment. For more information about Financial Disclosure and OGE Form 278, you may go to the Office of Government Ethics website at https://www.oge.gov and select Financial Disclosure.

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

    Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition.

    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your eligibility for consideration and qualification for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

    Application packages will be reviewed for completeness. Incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration.

    Basic qualifications review. Your resume and questionnaire responses will e reviewed to ensure that you meet the Specialized Experience and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs) requirement. If you do not meet this requirement, you may not receive further consideration.

    If it is determined that you met the basic qualifications for the position, your application package will be further evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

    All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, and security background information and take that information into account in making employment offers. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

    Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

    Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.

    Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills and abilities.

    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.

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10967167

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    • Resume (limited to 5 pages)
    • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
    • Most Recent SF-50 (indicating time in grade, highest grade and step attained)
    Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, COULD AFFECT YOU RECEIVING CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
    • Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)
    • College transcript (if qualifying all or in part based on your education
    • Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim.
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
    • Political Appointment - OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) Political, Schedule A, Schedule C, or noncareer SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or noncareer SES employee in executive branch, your resume must reflect such appointment and you must inform Human Resources by providing a copy of appointment SF-50.
    We strongly encourage applicants to submit a resume that is tailored specifically for this Senior Level position to ensure it includes relevant examples of hoy you possess the required specialized experience and mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs). Your resume should emphasize your level or responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed and program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. Applicants typically provide the following information on their resume:
    • Vacancy announcement number and title of position - HHS-OIG-SL-0501-20-10967167
    • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers
    • Education information, including colleges or universities attended, as well as type of degrees received and certifications
    • Information about paid and unpaid work experience related to the position, including: title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name. duration of employment and grade (if Federal)
    • Information about honors, awards and special accomplishments
    Your resume is limited to 5 pages and must clearly and concisely document specialized experience, and mandatory technical qualifications and support your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

    Do NOT include Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as social security number or date of birth on your resume, cover letter, or any other document.

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    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 12/14/2020 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.

    This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

    Agency contact information

    Cheri Sanders


    OIG Office of Audit Services
    330 Independence Ave, SW
    Washington, DC 20201
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    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides oversight for HHS's over $1 trillion portfolio of health and human services programs that touch the lives of virtually all Americans. Our mission is to provide objective oversight to promote the economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of HHS programs, as well as the health and welfare of the people they serve. OIG is relied upon by taxpayers, HHS officials, and policymakers to ferret out fraud, waste, and abuse in HHS programs. We do this with data-driven oversight performed by our auditors, agents, attorneys, and evaluators in cooperation with dedicated mission support career professionals.

    OIG is ranked as the #1 agency in HHS by the Partnership for Public Service's "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" 2019 ratings and has maintained this top ranking every year since 2015.

    For more information about the HHS Office of Inspector General, go to http://oig.hhs.gov/.

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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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585084600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.