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    This position is with the Office of Inspector General, Office of Strategic Programs (OSP), Data Analytics Unit (DAU). The DAU performs data science and data analytics work to support internal decision-making and the OIG's oversight of DOI programs through audits, evaluations, and investigations.

    You will serve as a Statistician (Data Scientist) that leads and conducts complex data analyses to support OIG planning and work.

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    As a Data Scientist, you will be responsible for:

    • Leading and conducting complex data analyses by utilizing statistical methods and statistical, data management, and business intelligence tools; combining data sets; and applying filters and models to large data sets. Performing quality control on the work of others by reviewing and verifying coding, statistical work, research methods, data cleaning, and the interpreting results.
    • Developing analytical solutions for a broad range of requests from auditors, evaluators, investigators, and other OIG staff. Developing data warehouses; dashboards; and data pipelines, data models, and architecture for continuous and/or proactive monitoring projects.
    • Advising all levels of OIG staff and management, including senior executives, on the interpretation of data and results of analyses. Developing and delivering written products, visual aids, and oral presentations to OIG executives and employees that clearly communicate conclusions and recommendations related to complex subjects.
    • Providing expert technical advice to peers and management within and outside of the OIG on statistical methods and techniques. Maintaining contacts within the DOI, Federal community, and private and public industries to maintain awareness of emerging issues and trends and share best practices.
    • Developing material for and/or conducting training sessions for OIG personnel on relevant statistical and data analytic topics.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 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
      • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service
      • Successful completion of a background investigation
      • Position is subject to initial and random drug testing
      • OGE-450, Confidential Statement of employment may be required
      • May be required to complete a one-year probationary period


    All education and experience qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


    Education Requirement:
    1. Degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.


    2. Combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlations, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
    Minimum Experience Qualification GS-13:
    One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service performing ALL of the following:
    1. Conducting complex data analyses utilizing statistical analysis tools (e.g. SQL, Python, R)
    2. Applying valid statistical techniques (e.g. modeling, sampling, hypothesis testing)
    3. Presenting technical information to management in meetings
    4. Reporting on technical material, studies, analyses, or findings containing data, and
    5. Fulfilling requests for data acquisition and analysis


    There is no educational substitute for the GS-13 level.

    Education Accreditation: Coursework used to satisfy the Education requirement must come from an accredited institution by the U.S. Department of Education (https://www.ed.gov/accreditation)

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the education requirement, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

    CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated at 70 or above on the rating criteria for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.

    Additional selections may be made within 90 days from the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants will be evaluated based on their possession of the following competencies: Statistics, Data Analysis, Data Management, Data Engineering, Interpersonal Communication, Written Communication, and Customer Service.

    Under this Direct-Hire announcement, applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements (education and experience requirements) will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration as vacancies occur at the locations specified by the applicants. Veteran's Preference, category rating, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply under the Direct Hire process.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness, National security

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    Required Documents

    All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit the required documents will disqualify you from further consideration for this position.

    Resume (required): Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    Transcripts (required): You must submit transcripts verifying you meet the basic education requirement of this position. Documentation submitted must show courses completed. Official copies of your transcript will be required upon entrance of duty.

    Foreign education equivalency (if applicable): If you are using foreign education to satisfy the education requirement, you must submit documentation to demonstrate that such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program or institution.

    CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility (if applicable): Such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, or a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.

    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

    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 apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of Interior's OIG Automated Application System.

    You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
    STEP 3: Answer the eligibility and assessment questionnaires on-line through the automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your student eligibility for this job opportunity.
    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement.

    You may update your application documents and some questions related to your personal information at any time during the announcement open period. However, you will not be able to make changes to questions related to assessing the minimum qualifications and competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) mentioned in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section above. To make an allowed update to your application, return to your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

    If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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    Next steps

    To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account. All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated.

    For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified by email of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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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.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/598137600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.