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Job Title:  GAO Entry-Level Analyst
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Government Accountability Office
Job Announcement Number:  GAO-13-TEAMS-0347-01C

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$43,187.00 to $97,344.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Wednesday, December 19, 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:  Applicants for GAO-13-TEAMS-0347-01 must reapply to increase essay lenghts.



The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. The GAO, commonly referred to as the investigative arm of Congress, or the congressional watchdog, is independent and nonpartisan. The GAO assists Congress in making informed decisions by providing information on policy and program issues, as well as, by providing recommendations to make government more effective and responsive.

GAO's work is designed to address four common goals:
- to help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;
- to help the Congress address current challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;

- to help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence;

- to help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and

- to maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.


The GAO conducts its work through several Mission Teams.  Entry-Level Analysts hired under this announcement may work for three or more of the following GAO Mission Teams during their first two years while completing their Professional Development Program (PDP) rotation. Duty locations are listed after the Team.


Acquisition and Sourcing Management (ASM) - DC, DENVER, HUNTSVILLE, DAYTON, BOSTON

Defense Capabilities and Management (DCM) - DC, ATLANTA, DALLAS, LOS ANGELES, NORFOLK, SEATTLE

Education, Workforce, and Income Security (EWIS) - DC, BOSTON, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, SEATTLE

Forensic Audits and Investigative Service (FAIS) - DC, DALLAS

Financial Markets and Community Investment (FMCI) - DC, ATLANTA, BOSTON, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO

Homeland Security and Justice (HSJ) - DC, ATLANTA, DALLAS, LOS ANGELES, SEATTLE

International Affairs and Trade (IAT) - DC, LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO

Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) - DC, ATLANTA, BOSTON, DALLAS, SAN FRANCISCO, SEATTLE




In your first two years with GAO, your PDP experience includes a combination of on-the-job and classroom training, regular feedback and coaching, and exposure to different projects, issues, and management styles. Project assignments are based on a combination of GAO's needs and your background and interests. The PDP will place you in various project assignments after discussions with you have had a range of developmental opportunities during your first two years.

For more information about the Professional Development Program,
please visit


  • 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:

  • Planning, prioritizing, and/or balancing own work assignments, identifying feasible work management approaches that address required activities and timelines.
  • Developing, identifying, contributing to, and/or using techniques, tools, and processes that are methodologically sound and targeted to job requirements.
  • Collecting relevant information that is aligned with objectives/planning decisions and meets needs.
  • Conducting analyses that yield quality information aligned with needs; identifying relevant information, patterns/inconsistencies, relationships, interdependencies, and potential implication.
  • Preparing quality written work that meets relevant writing and evidence standards, and that is appropriately targeted to the audience and purpose.
  • Communicating relevant and accurate information during formal or informal presentations, meetings, or interviews.
  • Partnering or collaborating with others to address issues or solve problems; following up with others to ensure needs are met.
  • Contributing to team efforts through participation in activities/meetings, soliciting and listening to others’ opinions, and working collaboratively to accomplish team goals.
  • Soliciting, listening to, and considering diverse perspectives, approaches, or viewpoints, and incorporating others’ perspectives into decision-making (when appropriate).


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APPLICANTS MAY QUALIFY BASED ON EXPERIENCE:  ONE-YEAR OF RELATED EXPERIENCE Applicants must have one year (52 weeks) of directly related full-time experience conducting program analysis, or professional experience in a team-based environment that clearly demonstrates analytical, data gathering, writing, and research skills.  This experience must be equivalent at least to the GS-7 level.

Applicant has completed a full 4-year course of study from an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree and education meets requirements for superior academic achievement.

Superior academic achievement (SAA) recognizes individuals who have achieved superior academic standing. For more information about superior academic achievement, please visit:

Foreign Education - Education completed outside of the United States must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. For more information, see web address for SAA (above).


GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION: Applicants may qualify with a bachelor's degree and at least one year of full-time graduate education. One full year of graduate education is generally considered 18 semester 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.

Applicants can apply for only two locations.  Please provide your first choice and your second choice announcement.  See the questions section.


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
To preview questions please click here.


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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 & Dayton, OH  $44,622 - $83,313; Boston, MA & Los Angeles, CA - $49,991 - $92,959; Huntsville, AL $43,187 - $80,681; San Francisco, CA $52,490 - $97344; Dallas, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, 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 on the right side 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, 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 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.

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.


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.


Jackie Taylor
Phone: 202-512-6401
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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