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Job Title:  Chief, Health, Education, Veterans and Social Programs Branch
Department:  Executive Office Of The President
Agency:  Office of Management and Budget
Job Announcement Number:  OMB-13-02-CMJ-ES

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Monday, February 04, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


This position has been designated as a Senior Executive Service (SES) position.

If you are not already a member of the SES serving under a career appointment, the individual selected must have his/her executive qualifications certified by a Qualifications Review Board of the Office of Personnel Management before appointment to this position, and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period in this position.  The actual salary will be set by determining the appropriate SES level for the person selected.  For more information regarding the SES, go to


This position is located in the Legislative Reference Division.  This Division manages the Executive Branch’s legislative coordination and clearance process pursuant to OMB Circular A-19.  Links to the circular and a related OMB memorandum to agency heads are below:


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Be at least 18 years old and obtain a favorable security determination
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required


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Under the general direction of the Assistant Director for Legislative Reference, the Branch Chief is responsible for the management and oversight of the legislative coordination and clearance process for all issues falling within the Health, Education, Veterans, and Social Programs Branch – one of three branches of the Legislative Reference Division.  The portfolio of the branch includes legislation affecting the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Education, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Social Security Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, and other agencies.


Specific duties are as follows:

Leads and supervises a staff of legislative analysts in the coordination and clearance within the Executive Branch of:  (1) legislative proposals transmitted to the Congress by the President and Executive departments and agencies; (2) letters and testimony presented by Executive Branch officials to the Congress and its committees concerning proposed and pending legislation; and (3) Statements of Administration Policy that are transmitted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the House and Senate prior to floor action on legislation.


Leads legislative analysts in the detailed analysis of complex legislation and the preparation of memoranda to the President on bills that have been presented to him for approval.  Where appropriate, manages the production and clearance of Presidential signing statements and veto messages on these bills.


Acts for OMB and the Assistant Director as a main point of contact and primary liaison officer between OMB and Executive departments and agencies on assigned issues.  Works closely with the White House staff and other elements of the Executive Office of the President on matters related to the legislative clearance process. 


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Qualification Requirements: You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical qualifications related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.


Your narrative statements should include examples of experience, education, and accomplishments applicable to the qualification.   Structure your statements in terms of the action taken, the context or environment in which the action was taken, and the outcome or results from such actions.   You should write each statement with the vacancy in mind as all qualifications are directly related to the position being filled.   Be sure to include appropriate training and awards when addressing your qualifications.  Please limit your narrative statements to one and a half pages per factor.


For further information and tips on writing effective narrative statements, see OPM's publication ‘A Guide to SES Qualifications available on the OPM website at: .


If you do not submit a separate statement addressing these qualifications, you will not receive consideration for the position.


MANDATORY PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MPTQs) :   All applicants must submit written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications.   You must address each technical qualification separately.   You are required to respond to all technical qualifications.   Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application and you will be rated as ‘ineligible.'


          1. Experience in, or demonstrated potential for, leading teams and/or managing and developing a professional staff to achieve timely, effective, and high quality results.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior officials and staff at all levels, and the ability to represent agency policies and positions effectively and negotiate differences.
          2. Ability to independently manage and direct coordination and clearance actions on a large volume of complex legislation; to facilitate resolution of divergent agency views; to edit a large volume of material that OMB prepares for consideration of the President and the Congress; and to schedule work so that deadlines are successfully met.
          3. Knowledge and experience in the legislative process, and with Congressional procedures, including committee organizations and operations.  Knowledge of programs assigned to the branch is desirable.   
          4. Demonstrated ability in public policy analysis of government programs.  Such ability includes proven capacity to identify issues, establish priorities, and propose alternatives that are workable and show a sensitive understanding of the U.S. government system.   

            MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFCATIONS (ECQs):   In addition to the Mandatory Technical Qualification Requirements listed above, all new entrants into the SES under a career appointment will be assessed for executive competency against the following five mandatory executive core qualifications.


            If you do not submit a separate statement addressing the ECQs and MPTQs, you will not receive consideration for the position.


            Note:   If you are a member of the SES or have been certified through successful participation in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), or have SES reinstatement eligibility, you do not need to respond to the ECQs.   Instead, you should attach proof (e.g., SF-50, Certificate of Completion of SESCDP) of your eligibility for appointment to the SES.


            The following Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative.   It is not necessary to address them directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of the competencies on the whole.   The competencies are: Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communications; Continual Learning; Written Communication; Integrity/Honesty; and Public Service Motivation.


            1. Leading Change – This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
            2. Leading People – This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.   Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
            3. Results Driven – This core qualification involves the ability to meet organization goals and customer expectations.   Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
            4. Business Acumen – This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
            5. Building Coalitions/Communications – This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


            Please see "Qualifications Required" for requirements of the position.


            How You Will Be Evaluated: The Office of Administration's Human Resources Management Division will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory professional/technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs.   Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" candidates.   The panel may conduct interviews with the top candidates and then make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that he/she should interview.


            Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board, unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.


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To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager. Your application packet must include a completed Occupational Questionnaire, resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation.  To complete the Occupational Questionnaire, please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.  Please see "Required Documents" section below for additional information.  All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, February 04, 2013.


We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you are unable to upload your supporting documents, please complete and use the cover page located at and fax them to 1-478-757-3144.  The cover page MUST include: VIN #823391, SSN, name used to complete Occupational Questionnaire, and address.


If you are not able to apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, ;
  • Print form 1203FX to provide your response to the Occupational Questionnaire:; and
  • Fax completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Form 1203FX will serve as a cover page for the fax submission. 


It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate.   Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.   If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means   applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.


Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail.  Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages.


  • Resume which must include the following information: announcement number and job title for which you are applying; beginning and ending dates (mo/yr) for paid or non-paid work experience; and average number of hours worked per week.
  • Narrative statements addressing the five ECQs are mandatory for consideration for this position.
  • Narrative statements addressing the MPTQs are mandatory for consideration for this position.


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Phone: (202)395-1088
Agency Information:
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725 17th Street NW
Washington , DC


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.   We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and may interview the best qualified applicants.   After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening.   If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.


You will be notified four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.

2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.

3. After the certificate(s) is issued.

4. After the final selection(s) is made.

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