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Job Title:Entry-Level Computer Scientist (IT Analyst)

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Government Accountability Office

Job Announcement Number:GAO-13-IT-1550-05

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$52,373.00 to $87,697.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Wednesday, December 26, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




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This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens, including status applicants (current and former federal government employees who meet certain conditions). Click the following link for more information about status applicants:


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the U.S. Congress in its oversight responsibilities by conducting original research and analysis to assess how well federally-funded programs are operating and assist with the development of legislation and appropriation reviews.

Information technology can be a key element of management reform, dramatically reshaping government to make it more responsive and efficient. Today's rapid technological change and innovation, including the growth of the Internet, offer unprecedented opportunities to use information technology to enhance government service to citizens by improving performance and reducing costs. The Information Technology team leads GAO's efforts to help the government address these important challenges by working to build the government's capacity to manage information technology and to manage the collection, use, and dissemination of information in an era of rapidly changing technology.


IT analysts participate in evaluations of the federal government's more than $80 billion annual investment in information systems, focusing on both institutional and system-specific IT management issues. Institutional issues include IT capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture development and implementation, information assurance and computer security, system or software acquisition and development capability, network management, and telecommunications management. Systems-specific areas relate to modernization and to operations and maintenance programs and projects including systems architecture, system life cycle management, system investment management, and system security. Work products include evaluation reports, Congressional briefings and testimony, and technical advice to Congressional members and staff. Project teams range in size from two to several analysts.


Entry-level Information Technology analysts learn to perform the full range of IT analyst duties through a two-year Professional Development Program (PDP) during which they typically contribute to three or more projects. During your first two years with GAO, the PDP experience includes a combination of on-the-job and classroom training, regular feedback and coaching, and exposure to different projects and management styles. Project assignments are based on a combination of GAO's needs and the employee's professional background and interests.


Voted one of the best places to work in the federal government since 2005, we provide flexibilities and benefits to our employees. We promote dynamic and forward-thinking workplace practices. We foster an inclusive work environment that emphasizes continuous learning, personal and professional development, and incentives for exceptional performance. We promote equal opportunity for all staff without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. GAO's success in embracing and leveraging the diversity of its employees is central to our mission of serving a diverse American population through its congressional representatives.


If you want to help improve government services; and you have exceptional analytical, communication, and collaboration skills and can demonstrate high levels of initiative, then GAO is where you want to be!


To learn more about GAO, please visit us on the web at


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.
  • A 2 year probationary period will be required.
  • You will have to complete a financial disclosure statement.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • Your complete application must be received by closing date of announcement.
  • All supporting documents must also be received by closing date.


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Typical entry-level duties include:


Information Technology audit design: supporting the development of appropriate IT audit approaches, and the project's scope and methodology, in collaboration with GAO experts in IT audit methodologies;


Data collection: gathering and reviewing IT policies and procedures and conducting interviews of agency officials;


Program evaluation/organizational analysis: understanding and describing government agencies' IT structures, missions, goals, and processes;


Data analysis: summarizing facts in writing, interpreting data, understanding data limitations, and utilizing data to determine patterns, trends, or irregularities in internal control activities, policies, and procedures, and assessing the reliability of information and the adequacy of systems of internal control;


Collaboration: working well in a team-based environment through effective communication and information sharing;


Presenting information orally: contributing to the effective delivery of technology related information to internal and external interested parties, through oral briefings, the use of visuals and graphics, and other appropriate means;


Writing: recording information from interviews with agency officials and drafting segments of reports, briefings or testimony statements.


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(a) Bachelor's degree in computer science OR (b) a bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.


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BACHELOR'S DEGREE PLUS ONE YEAR OF DIRECTLY RELATED GRADUATE-LEVEL EDUCATION. The bachelor's degree must meet the description of (a) or (b) above. One year of graduate education is generally considered to be 18 semester hours or the number of hours as determined by the school attended to represent 1 year of full-time graduate study.




BACHELOR'S DEGREE PLUS ONE YEAR (52 WEEKS) OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE NEXT LOWER LEVEL, or equivalent to the GS-5 grade level, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as professional experience involving information technology policy or program analysis that demonstrates analytical, data gathering, evaluation, and communication skills.


Evaluation of Education: Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.


After you submit your application, we will review it to determine whether you have submitted all of the required documents (i.e. resume, assessment questionnaire, transcripts, etc.) and meet the key requirements and qualifications. It is important to have well written, narrative responses that are supported by your resume. Please do not use statements such as "see resume" and "N/A", as they do not allow for a thorough review of your application. Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans preference please visit




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Individuals selected will be eligible for a full range of federal employment benefits, including vacation and sick leave, retirement coverage and Thrift Savings Plan, and health and life insurance. A complete list of benefits is available on the web at


Travel and relocation expenses will NOT be paid.  Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement. 


Bargaining Unit Status:  This position is included in the bargaining unit.


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Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.


You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.


Step 1: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the bottom of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. If you are not registered with USAJOBS, click on the "create your account now!" button to obtain access and electronically build your resume.  You will not be able to begin the actual job application without first having a resume (not uploaded) in the USAJOBS system.  Resumes that are uploaded into USAJOBS will not successfully transmit into GAO's application system.


Step 2: Once you submit your resume, you will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Career Connector, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to your account for future announcements.


Step 3: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy assessment questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Click on "Submit" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Career Connector or MY USAJOBS account.


Step 4: Career Connector offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.


(1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.


(2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.


(3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be pre-printed on each cover sheet.


Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 3 DD-214s, be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include all 3 of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, each one will overwrite the other. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible to the reviewers. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.


Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50 or equivalent) MUST be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.


If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE 5 PM EASTERN on THE CLOSING DATE.


For all technical issues, please contact Requests for extensions will not be granted.


GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities.  To request an accommodation, please email or call Tammy Stenzel, Disability Program Manager, on 202-512-3139.


Since there is a BASIC REQUIREMENT for education for this position, you MUST, at a minimum, submit your college or university undergraduate transcript(s) (official or unofficial) that supports your qualifications for this position. If you are qualifying based on also having completed one-year of graduate-level education or completed your masters degree, you will need to submit your graduate transcript as well.


Foreign/Non-U.S. Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, you must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. You must submit this evaluation along with your transcript. For additional information, please visit


Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent)showing Tenure (Block 24). If you are a current federal employee, you must also submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.


Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces (i.e., Member 4 copy of the DD- 214, which indicates Character of Service) in order to receive preference in hiring. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying your percentage of disability and preference for hiring.


Disabled applicants claiming Schedule A eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness.


Angie Mable
Phone: 202-512-3943
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
441 G Street NW
Room 1157
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


After the closing date, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your rating and/or ranking.  If interviews are required, you will be contacted. 


Interviewing may begin in February 2013.

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