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Job Title:Public Assistance Closeout Specialist-GS-0301-09/11

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-201201278-780312-KSTCO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 06, 2012 to Tuesday, November 20, 2012




Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 years




2 vacancies in the following location:
Kansas City, MO United StatesView Map


United States 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.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here


This position is ideal for a Public Assistance (PA) Program Specialist under the supervision of the Public Assistance Branch Chief  looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the duties needed for the implementation of the public assistance program lifestyle grant monitoring and close out process.  This professional must have an understanding of the life cycle of a public assistance disaster declaration. This position starts at a salary of $47448.00 (GS-09), with promotion potential to $74628.00 (GS-11). Apply for this opportunity to become a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Recovery Division, Public Assistance Branch in Region VII located in Kansas City, MO.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service. 

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: This position is subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of an emergency and may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a (Public Trust ) security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • Occasional non-emergency travel may be required.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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Organization: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Recovery Division, Public Assistance Branch, Region VII located in Kansas City, MO. 


Primary Purpose: Under the supervision of the Region VII Public Assistance Branch Chief, or his designated representative, the incumbent will serve as a Public Assistance Closeout Specialist responsible for the implementation of public assistance operations in support of PA grant monitoring and closeouts in cooperation with State counterparts. Closeout duties include the following:


  • Implements disaster closeout operations and adheres to long-range closeout objectives.
  • Conducts negotiations with States and sub-grantees in order to resolve remaining issues associated with specific disaster operations.
  • Provides technical assistance for the closeout activities for disaster-related projects.
  • Reviews committed disaster funds, including authorizations, tracking, and management funds.
  • Reviews disaster financial status reports, quarterly status reports, and State reports.
  • Reconciles and balances funds, responds to questions regarding discrepancies, reviews expenditures and obligation reports, and makes recommendations to disaster financial teams.
  • Researches all documents and closeout contracts.
  • Performs special projects, makes recommendations and writes financial closeout reports and referrals.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and interprets guidance in the assigned program areas.
  • Meets with disaster assistance applicants/grantees and sub-grantees to address and resolve project issues.
  • Maintains lines of communication with appropriate State and local officials, Regional staff, Recovery Center staff, and FEMA Headquarters personnel.


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You qualify for this position at the GS-09 level if you possess one of the following:

A.  At least one year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-07 level that has given me knowledge of Federal disaster programs, authorities, and plans, including Incident Command Systems (ICS), National Response Framework (NRF), the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF, the Individual and Public Assistance Programs, and the disaster programs of other federal, state, local and volunteer agencies.
B. I have a Master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree at an accredited college or university.
C. I have a combination of experience and education.
You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following:

A. At least one year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level that has given me experience in researching, analyzing, disseminating, and presenting information to assist in the overall formulation of policies and strategies that provide direction and cohesion in establishing program priorities, goals, objectives, and deliverables.
B. I have a PHD or equivalent.
C. I have a combination of experience and education.

Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience. Comprehensive experience is one year in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization,or the private sector that is equivalent to at least a GS-07/09 that gives you experience in public assistance eligibility, policies, rules and regulations, and the grants life cycle closeout phases in a disaster response and recovery environment, and an ability to apply analytical and evaluation methods and techniques in problem solving.  


The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.



Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for (Public Trust level) as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: 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.”


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

Include any other information not covered elsewhere in the JOA (ex. firearms requirements, travel requirements, mandatory fitness requirements, etc).


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. 

To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here.


  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. Are you qualifying based on education?  Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Those with foreign education, click this link[Remove this bullet if it is not applicable]
  4. Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.
  5. Are you a current or former Federal employee?  Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)


Kym A. Thompson
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. 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 job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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