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Job Title:  Social Science Analyst
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-ASPE-DE-13-788924

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This vacancy announcement will be processed using an early cut-off date for one or more positions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  These are permanent, full-time positions.  Complete applications will be processed in the order received and by cut-off date.  First consideration will be given to eligible applicants who submit all required application materials by the early cut-off date.  You are encouraged to file expeditiously.




This position is located in the Office of the Secretary (OS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in Washington, DC.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-ASPE-MP-13-789128 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply:  Open to all United States Citizens.

PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.


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Incumbent performs program and policy analyses of services provided by organizational programs related to health and human services programs and performs the following duties:

  • Utilize theories and research methodologies to develop research ideas and conduct research projects that are policy relevant, methodologically sound and meet organizational objectives related to health and human services programs.
  • Plan, direct and monitor activities involved in conducting program surveys as required as they relate to health and human services programs.
  • Review and assist in the development of legislative, regulatory and budgetary proposals incorporating in-depth understanding of applicable research findings and the availability of relevant data sources related to health and human services programs.
  • Develop, interpret and apply policies pertaining to health and human service related programs.
  • Participate in implementation of program reforms based on research and evaluation results related to health and human services programs.
  • Present research findings and policy alternatives to senior officials.



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Basic Qualification Requirements:

A. Have at least a bachelor's degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position from an accredited college and/or university.


B. Have a combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


C. Have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


Additional Qualification Requirements: In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirements candidates must also:


Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service, applying quantitative and qualitative research methods in health programs research; developing a health programs research agenda; developing and evaluating legislative and regulatory proposals on public health issues; and briefing senior level officials on health programs research findings and alternative legislative proposals.



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:

Conditions of Employment:


1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 

2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 

3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. 

5. Pre-employment physical required: No

6. Drug testing required: No

7. Financial disclosure may be required

8. Mobility agreement required: No

9. Immunization required: No

10. Travel may be required

11. Moving expenses authorized: No

12. Relocation incentive authorized: No

13. Recruitment incentive authorized: No

14. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No

15. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No

16. One-year probationary period may be required.

17. Bargaining Unit Position: No


Once the application process is complete, a review of the 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.  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 eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.


The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points 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 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). 


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


1. Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of social sciences research.

2. Knowledge of health and human services policy and program areas.

3. Knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods in order to conduct program analysis.

4. Ability to conduct comprehensive studies and independent research and analysis of health policies.

5. Skill in oral communication.

6. Skill in written communication.


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points 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 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


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


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 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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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 788924.  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.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Deborah Konanec at (216)615-2005 or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement)


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 07, 2013.


Phone: (216)615-4005
Agency Information:
200 Independence Ave SW
HHH Building
Suite 801
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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