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    This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment.

    This assignment is with Department of Homeland Security, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans.

    Assignees will fully work virtually until COVID restrictions are reduced. Office is supportive of full time virtual for non-local (no DC-Metro pay) assignees.

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    An assignee will work with other statisticians and senior staff in the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) to support and develop statutorily required reporting, research and develop reports and graphics supporting White House and DHS Leadership priority efforts, and provide statistical support for select projects. Statutory reporting and historic research and statistical projects can be found on www.dhs.gov/office-immigration-statistics.

    The specific focus for this assignment will be supporting OIS's effort to accelerate its core data processing from a quarterly to a monthly rhythm and to use OIS's comprehensive person-level statistical system of record to support end-to-end modeling of immigration enforcement and benefits adjudication. The assignee may also contribute to additional OIS analysis and reporting, including analysis of alien recidivism, alternatives to detention, non-immigrant overstayers, and DHS enforcement priorities, as well as improvements to OIS's population estimates and COVID-19 modeling.

    Daily/general activities will include working in the SAS statistics package to process administrative data and selecting, modifying, and implementing statistical techniques to contribute to OIS reporting and analysis. Assignees with higher levels of statistical experience and/or immigration related experience will have a stronger role in planning analytical projects related to immigration issues with a specific focus on immigration benefits and enforcement. All assignees will be active in establishing and maintaining a working relationship with operational Components and other key stakeholders to accomplish work and provide advice on data-related issues.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
    • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
    • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
    • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
    • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
    • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


    Qualifications required:

    A successful candidate and assignee is required to have SAS skills. Any interview type process will include an assessment of these skills in addition to other (optional) statistical capabilities.

    Additionally, an assignee will be able to independently be capable of:
    1. Analyzing administrative data or large datasets;
    2. Implementing analytical projects requiring application of statistical theory and techniques;
    3. Evaluating statistical limitations of data
    4. Developing analytical projects requiring application of statistical theory and techniques;
    5. Recommending new or improved methods for analyzing data
    6. Developing statistical approaches to address policy research questions.
    7. Managing studies that included multivariate analysis, factor analysis and forecasting of populations;
    8. Implementing improved methods of data management to include methods of data masking, data anonymization, and linking data across datasets using a variety of software packages and routines; and
    9. Presenting statistical findings clearly as main contributor to senior leadership and/or in public forums

    Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
    1. Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
    2. Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
    3. Name of Federal agency
    4. Supervisor name, email, and phone number
    5. Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)


    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:

    1. Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
    2. Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
      • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
      • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
      • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
    3. Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
    4. Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:

    1. Your appointment in the Federal service
    2. Tenure
    3. Grade and Step
    4. Full performance level
    If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02.

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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

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/10/2021 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and other supporting documents, and complete the questionnaire.
    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link, and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. 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.

    Agency contact information

    DHS Joint Duty Program


    DHS Joint Duty Program
    301 7th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20024
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    DHS is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters.

    The DHS Joint Duty Program (JDP) is an intra- and inter-departmental program which offers civilian personnel professional and developmental opportunities. Joint Duty Assignments (JDAs) enhance operations and mission execution through unity of effort and collaboration.

    The DHS JDP is a human capital program initiative which is managed by OCHCO at DHS headquarters. The DHS JDP's purpose is two-fold: to encourage and to facilitate assignments of DHS personnel to other DHS components as well as outside agencies. The purpose of JDAs is to gain multi-component, multi-faceted experience focused on cross-cutting DHS and Federal-wide operations to enhance performance of the individual, the organizations, and the Department. JDAs are for a period not to exceed 1 year and do not qualify for Joint Duty credit.

    The DHS JDP covers current Federal employees at the GS-13 through GS-15 grade levels and equivalent. The DHS JDP does not apply to members of the military service or contractors. JDAs do not offer Temporary Promotions.

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    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final JDA offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    Telework: Telework eligibility is based on the needs of the office and is subject to change.

    Additional information pertaining to your interest and availability for this position may be needed after the closing date of the Joint Duty Assignment vacancy announcement; therefore, a timely response to these requests must be adhered to in order to remain in consideration.

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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/594433300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.