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Job Title:  Secretarys Honors Program Policy Fellow
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  DHS Headquarters
Job Announcement Number:  DHSHQ13-773574-HC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,075.00 to $74,872.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 to Thursday, November 29, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
US Citizens and Non Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Job Title: Secretary’s Honors Program Policy Fellow

Agency: Multiple agencies within DHS

Salary Range:
$34,075 - $51,630 (Bachelor’s degree) / Per Year
$51,630 - $74,872 (Master’s degree) / Per Year

Series & Grade:
GS-301 5/7/9 (Bachelor’s degree) (or pay band equivalent for TSA)
GS-301 9/11/12 (Master’s degree) (or pay band equivalent for TSA)

Promotion Potential:
Full potential is GS 9 (Bachelor’s degree)
Full potential is GS 12 (Master’s degree)

This Continuous Open Announcement (COA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the announcement period.  Eligible applicants will be placed on a standing register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur within DHS locations.  Cut-off dates will be established as future vacancies occur.

Position Information: This is a Schedule D Full Time Excepted Service one-year appointment with potential for non-competitive conversion (upon successful program completion) to a term, career or career conditional position as a Policy Analyst.

Secretary’s Honors Fellows follow a regimented training and development plan to ensure they have the skills required for their advanced position.

Developmental activities include: on the job training, developmental assignments and activities, participation in the Secretary’s Speaker Series, and mentoring. This is an opportunity for top academic achievers to gain real-world work experience and subject matter expertise in a mission-critical occupation within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

This is a Recent Graduate position in the Pathways Program.

To learn more about Pathways Programs go to

The program duration is one year and upon successful completion of the program requirements, the incumbent may be converted to a term, career or career conditional position.

Duty Locations: multiple vacancies - Washington DC National Capital Region


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must successfully pass a Background and Security Investigation.
  • Including financial disclosure.
  • You must pass a drug screening.


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Duties: Duties for the Secretary’s Honors Program Policy Fellow may include any of the following:

• Assignments include data collection, specialized research, agency organizational studies, strategic planning, and statistical analyses.
• Frequent contact with agency employees and managers to gather data or discuss findings.
• Applies knowledge of research methodology; statistical and analytical techniques; and strategic planning, theory, and process.
• Ability to analyze and compile data and to write reports and recommend actions.
• Applies knowledge of research, analysis, planning, evaluation, and measurement techniques; and specialized knowledge of agency program areas, and related agency and federal policies.
• May represent agency at legislative committee meetings, sub-committee meetings, board meetings, hearings and other public meetings.
• Provides technical and/or administrative advice/guidance regarding the modification of policies, contracts and other program or procedural areas.
• May have contact with agency management, public officials, and special interest groups to discuss, interpret, and review research, studies, findings, and recommendations.
• May have responsibility for project leadership.
• Considerable independence in analyses, research, and evaluation.
• Decision-making based on knowledge of specialty area and interpretation of policy, laws, and regulations. Provide decision makers with data and hypotheses about the effects of different policies.
• Evaluate results by determining whether an existing policy has been effective.
• Provides guidance to agency management and others regarding policies, regulations, and other issues.
• Collect information, analyze potential policies and make recommendations, evaluate the outcomes of existing policies.
• Policy analysts must be able to do independent research, which requires reading and digesting complex information. They must communicate effectively through speaking and writing. They must work well in groups but also be self-starters able to work alone on a project. And they need patience to study one subject for a long time.


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Who May Be Considered: To be considered for the Secretary’s Honors Program Policy Fellow , you must be a recent graduate. Your degree must have been conferred within two-years of your application.

Note: Veterans may be eligible for an extension to the two year requirement. Veterans, if your Master’s degree was conferred more than two years ago (but not more than six years ago) and you were obligated to military service after your degree was conferred, you may be eligible. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree was completed.

How You Will Be Evaluated: Your resume, college transcripts and relevant experience will be compared to other applications. Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that addresses the knowledge, skills, and abilities described under the Duties for the Secretary’s Honors Program Policy Fellow.
To be considered for the GS 301 5/7/9 Policy Fellow
Education: undergraduate degree in Pre-Law, Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, Humanities, Government Policy, History, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Statistics or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours (at the graduate level) in one or more of the fields identified above.

To be considered for the GS 301 9/11/12 Policy Fellow
Education: graduate degree in Law, Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, Humanities, Government Policy, History, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Statistics or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours (at the graduate level) in one or more of the fields identified above.

Experience: Experience will be considered to distinguish between two equally qualified applicants (education and GPA). Experience must be Policy related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience as appropriate.

You must meet the eligibility requirements provided by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Pathways Programs and the Memorandum of Understanding between OPM and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


After the announcement closes, components within DHS will request lists of eligible candidates.  Applicants with the required level of education, that meet the definitation of a recent graduate, and submit all required documentation will be sent to the components for further evaluation.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, that may include, depending on your type of appointment:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


Agency Contact Information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer
1201 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-357-8471

Questions about this job:


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How to Apply: If you have not done so, please create a USAJOBS account and provide a valid email address before you begin the online application process. This will allow you to upload and store documents and it will allow you to sign up for notifications regarding your application.

Click on the "Apply Online" button. Please Note:

• You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
• You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR you may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
• The complete application package, including any required documents, is due on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
• If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.



Required Documents: Applicants using education to qualify for this position must submit an unofficial transcript (all documentation will be verified). Education completed in foreign colleges and universities may be used if the institution has been accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

You must submit your resume and supporting documentation including an unofficial copy of your undergraduate and graduate college transcripts (all documentation will be verified)

The following documents are required (if applicable):
1. Your resume
2. A list of three references that includes the phone number and email contact information for each reference
3. A copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
4. Are you a veteran? Submit a copy of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.


Secretary Honors Program
Phone: (202)357-8471
Fax: (202)357-8471
Agency Information:
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer
245 Murray Lane
Washington, DC
20005 Fax: (202)357-8471


What to Expect Next:
If you have not done so please create a USAJobs account and provide a valid email address before you begin the online application process.

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• When the status of an application you have submitted changes

If you have a USAJobs account and you have signed up for notifications the following describes the notification process:

Notification Process: After your application and supporting documentation is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your resume will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel.

Eligible applicants will be placed on a standing register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur within DHS locations. 

Based on application materials provided, highly qualified applicants will receive a telephone interview. Best qualified applicants from the telephone interviews will receive an in-person structured, panel-interview. If selected for a follow-on face-to-face interview, you will be required to write a response to an essay question. A laptop and workspace will be provided before or after the interview (no personal laptops, tablets or cell phones will be permitted during the writing demonstration). Selectees will be chosen from the best qualified candidates. The number of candidates chosen for the program will be based on the overall need of the agency. Candidates may be offered a Secretary’s Honors Program Policy Fellowship in any of the following DHS Agencies: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Secret Service (USSS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), and DHS Headquarters.

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