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Job Title:  Compliance Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-DEGP-RSG-12-97

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Billings, MT, USView Map

All United States Citizens and Nationals.


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit:

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-GP-RSG-12-108 for current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans). If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Compliance Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? Incumbent serves as a Compliance Specialist responsible for administering and coordinating the Great Plains Region's enforcement of the acreage limitation provisions of Reclamation law. 

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Promotion to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation. 

LOCATION: Great Plains Regional Office, Resource Services Group, Contract and Repayments, Billings, MT.

For living conditions go to:

Relocation expenses will not be paid by the Government. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National. Financial Disclosure (OGE-450) required.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • Must meet education and/or specialized experience (See Qualifications).
  • Valid state driver's license required. Frequent travel required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.


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- Provides technical guidance and assistance to districts regarding acreage limitation provisions of Federal Reclamation law.
- Reviews and audits the Reclamation Reform Act (RRA) program evaluation process to ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Provides advice and technical guidance to appropriate parties to ensure they meet compliance.
- Determines if lands are eligible to receive Reclamation project water and documents proper approval/disapproval.
- Serves as the Regional point of contact for all RRA billings. Works with Finance staff to ensure all bills are issued and paid.
- Develops and maintains tracking systems to gather, compile and analyze data pertaining to administration of Regional RRA program.
- Supports Repayment staff in technical duties.


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GS-07: One full year of graduate level education -OR- superior academic achievement -OR- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service -OR- a combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience. 

GS-09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related - OR - 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service - OR - a combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience.

GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related - OR - 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service - OR - a combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience.

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement is based on: 1) class standing, 2)grade-point average, or 3) honor society membership. Specific requirements are: 1) Class Standing: Upper third of graduating class based on completed courses; 2a) Grade Point Average: 3.0 or higher as recorded on official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education; 2b) based on courses completed during the final full 2 years of curriculum; -OR- 2c) 3.5 or higher based on average of courses completed in the specific major field of study; or 3) Honor Society Membership: Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society listed in the Association of College Honor Societies, Booklet of Information, and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.)

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled.


GS-07: Experience working with customers regarding a compliance/enforcement program. Experience will have included organizing information/documentation and tracking data. Experience working with Microsoft Word and Excel. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and work cooperatively with co-workers and customers in any capacity.

GS-09: Experience working with customers regarding a compliance/enforcement program. Experience will have included working with a technical program and tracking data in order to provide information/reports for a specific compliance/enforcement program or project. Proficient with numerous computer software programs in order to maintain tracking systems and run reports. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and work cooperatively with co-workers and customers in any capacity.

GS-11: Experience working with customers regarding a compliance/enforcement program. Experience will have included the independent collection and analysis of information in order to interpret it in a logical and systematic fashion; to draw conclusions and take actions or devise solutions; and present balanced findings based on such analysis. Such experience must have been gained with reviewing or auditing programs/projects for compliance/enforcement. Proficient with numerous computer software programs in order to develop and maintain tracking systems and compile and analyze data. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and work cooperatively with co-workers and customers in any capacity. 

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and the date the degree was conferred.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Highly Qualified, 2) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical scare on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of compliance programs that have specific guidance and rules for enforcement.
2. Skill in document tracking and computer applications as relates to word processing and database usage.
3. Ability to communicate orally, and in writing. Interpersonal skills and ability to deal with conflict.
4. Knowledge and understanding of technical aspects of the RRA compliance program or regulatory program. 

Applicants' answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

To preview questions please click here.


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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


-Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

-Frequent travel required.

-The applicant selected for this position will be required to file, prior to final appointment processing, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450.

-Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit:

-Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


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Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire and supporting documents) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you are ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may e-mail your supporting documentation to; fax directly to the HR Office at 406-247-7875; mail to PO Box 36900, Billings, MT 59107-6900; OR hand-deliver to 316 North 26th St., Billings, MT. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

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 notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

-TRANSCRIPT(S): If substituting education for experience, applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcript(s) to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work. 

-DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

-For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

-CTAP/ICTAP: Provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 406-247-7696
Fax: 406-247-7875
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 36900
Billings, MT
Fax: 406-247-7875


After application packages have been received, resumes, assessment questionnaires, and transcripts, if applicable, will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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