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Job Title:Health Care Entry-Level Analyst

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Government Accountability Office

Job Announcement Number:GAO-13-HC-0347-02

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$44,622.00 to $87,697.00 / Per Year


Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




FEW vacancies - DC, Atlanta, Chicago & Seattle


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.

This position is located in the Health Care Team. The incumbent of this position will perform entry-level analyst duties which consist of developing research methods, reviewing documents, conducting interviews, summarizing facts, interpreting data, performing program evaluations, drafting segments of reports and testimonies, and delivering oral briefings. Typically, the Health Care team work focuses on the following topics: * reforms, financing, and operations associated with Medicare, Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and the health systems operated by the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Department of Defense; * trends, reforms, and federal oversight of private health insurance coverage and issues related to the uninsured population; * effectiveness of public health programs, including their ability to detect and respond to naturally occurring and bioterrorist events; * and strategies for financing and overseeing the delivery of chronic and long-term health care services. Voted one of the best places to work in the federal government since 2005, GAO provides 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 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. Citizenship 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 documentations must also be received by closing date.


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Typical entry-level duties include: * Research design: supporting the development of appropriate research questions and the project's scope and methodology, in collaboration with GAO experts in research methods; * Data collection: reviewing documents and conducting interviews with agency officials, focus groups, and participating in surveys and expert panel discussions; * Program evaluation and/or organizational analysis: understanding and describing government agencies' structures, missions, goals, and processes; * Data analysis: interpreting data, understanding data limitations, and utilizing data to determine patterns, trends, or irregularities in program activities, policies, and procedures; * Collaboration: working well in a team-based environment through effective communication and information sharing; * Presenting information orally: contributing to the effective delivery of information to internal and external interested parties through briefings, the use of visuals and graphics, and other appropriate means; * Writing: recording information from interviews, summarizing information in writing, and drafting segments of reports or testimony statements.


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BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants may qualify based on education or experience as described below.




EDUCATION: BACHELOR'S DEGREE WITH SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. For more information about superior academic achievement, please visit OR BACHELOR'S DEGREE AND AT LEAST ONE YEAR OF FULL-TIME GRADUATE-LEVEL EDUCATION. One year of graduate education is generally considered 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) or the number of hours determined by the school attended to represent 1 year of full-time study. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

OR EXPERIENCE: ONE YEAR (52 weeks) OF SPECIALIZED (DIRECTLY RELATED) EXPERIENCE. Specialized experience for this position is described as conducting program analysis, or professional experience in a team-based environment that clearly demonstrates analytical, data gathering, writing, and research skills.


After you submit your application, we will review it to determine whether you have submitted all of the required documents (i.e. resume, vacancy questionnaire, transcripts, etc.) and meet the key requirements and basic qualifications. It is important to have well written, thoughtful 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


If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you are required to register under the Selective Service Act. The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


This position is covered by a labor union.


Background Investigation – If selected, you will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment by authorizing fingerprinting, a credit check and a background investigation. You will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be terminated after you begin work, or you may be fined.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid.


Positions filled under this announcement will be in the locations listed below:


Salary ranges:  Atlanta, GA   $44,622 - $83,313; Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL & Washington, DC $47,202 - $87,697. 


GAO does not honor OPM Interchange agreements with other agencies.  If you are a status applicant or have prior competitive status you must provide an SF-50 verifying this service.


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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. 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 our account for future announcements. Step 3: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application 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 available on the 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. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., 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 both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, the last one sent will overwrite the first one. 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 in our system. 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, etc.) 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 THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact Requests for extensions will not be granted.


Your electronic submission of:
- your resume and vacancy questionnaire
Your faxed submission of:
- your college/university transcripts (official or unofficial)
- your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (current
or former Federal employees only)
- your most recent Performance Appraisal (current Federal employees only)
- if applicable, proof of veterans' preference eligibility (i.e., DD-214, Member 4 copy, which indicates Character of Service). To claim 10- point preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs, certifying your disability.

If you have already registered with GAO and submitted your application, but failed to generate the fax cover sheets, follow these steps:
1. Log back into USAJOBS and choose MY Applications.
2. Locate the application you submitted to GAO and select "more
information" under the application status column.
3. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet." For each requested document, print a fax cover sheet by selecting the check box in the "Select Cover Sheet" column and click on the "Print Cover Sheet" button.
4. Load the fax cover sheet and supporting documentation in the fax machine and complete the fax transmission.

*NOTE: This constitutes ONE fax transmission. You will have to repeat this process for each supporting document you wish to submit.  Wait until you receive a confirmation sheet from your sending machine before you fax the next cover sheet and document.


Allison Y. Powell
Phone: 202-512-5502
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
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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