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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Application Software)

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:PH-JC-12-747376

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 28, 2012 to Friday, October 05, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Founded in 1970, EPA is a dynamic organization employing people from diverse backgrounds dedicated to improving and preserving the quality of public health and the environment.

EPA seeks to recruit exceptional men and women who will work in new creative ways that are cleaner for the environment, cheaper for business and taxpayers, and smarter for America's future. 

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Travel may be required between 6-10 days per month.
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance.
  • Must submit a Financial Disclosure Form.


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This position is an Information Technology Specialist located in the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General, Office of Mission Systems.  In this capacity, you will:


-Provide information technology support to Office of Inspector General staff located across the country in multiple offices.

-Be responsible for implementing the OMS mission in support of the organizational vision of the OIG, as well as its strategic plans and goals.

-Help plan and support projects in all aspects of the system development life cycle.

-Perform software development, and commercial-of-the-shelf system configuration.



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Basic Requirement:  You must have information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

1. Attention to Detail--Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

2. Customer Service--Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provides information or assistance, resolves their problems or satisfies their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

3. Oral Communication--Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

4. Problem Solving--Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must meet the following requirements:




A.  At least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service.  Your experience must include: participating in the development, and enhancement of computer systems that employees use to perform fundamental business processes; applying the principles and methods of application software development, commercial off-the shelf software package configuration, data conversion, and system testing.

B. A Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. in such field as computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaptation of computer programs and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.

C. A combination of experience and graduate level education that, when combined, equals at least 100% of the total requirement. 

(To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)




One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Your experience must include: participating in the design, development, and/or enhancement of computer systems that employees use to perform fundamental business processes; applying the principles and methods of application software development, commercial off-the shelf software package configuration, data conversion, and system testing; and applying software engineering practices over an entire system life cycle including design, development, testing, deployment, maintenance, and version control. Your experience must also include programming and the evaluation or assessment of work assignments involving computer software programs, technology, or applications (such as, ColdFusion application development, Oracle Database Development, web application, Javascript, AJAX, XML and JSON, graphics manipulation (Photoshop)) and the application of new and innovative customer support methods and technologies.




In addition to meeting the above requirements, you must also meet the following Selective Placement Factors:  

1.  You must have experience with using ColdFusion in order to build, deploy, and maintain internet applications programming.

2.  You must have experience with Oracle Database.

3.  You must have experience with web application.

You must clearly show in your resume how you meet these selective factors, or you will be rated ineligible.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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:

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


-Knowledge of software design principles, methods and approaches

-Knowledge of IT concepts, principles, methods and practices

-Knowledge of IT systems development life cycle management concepts

-Skill in applying database management concepts, principles and methods

-Ability to communicate effectively in writing

-Ability to communicate effectively orally

-Ability to provide customer service


If you meet the qualifications, you will be rated and ranked under Category Rating procedures . The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best-Qualified; Highly-Qualified; and Qualified.  The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position as listed above.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans' preference see

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes all of the documents listed below under "Required Documents."  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 05, 2012.  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.  Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 747376.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé, which clearly shows how you meet the qualification requirements, including Selective Factors.

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
         - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

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