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Job Title:  Medical Officer (Occupational Medicine), GS-0602-14
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  U.S. Coast Guard
Job Announcement Number:  12-1802-SE-PW-DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 18, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013
This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Berkeley, WV, USView Map
Open to all United States Citizens. This position will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA). All applicants who meet basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration. The "Rule of Three", Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority:


For 200 years, the United States Coast Guard has answered the call to serve. Every day, our family of 7,000 civilians helps us save lives, protect the environment, safeguard the nation, and stop drug traffickers. In the nation's ports and waterways, along the coast, and on international waters - we are there, always ready. The U.S. Coast Guard: - Protects ports, the flow of commerce, and the marine transportation system from terrorism - Maintains maritime border security against illegal drugs, aliens, firearms, and weapons of mass destruction - Coordinates efforts with federal, state, and local agencies

NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS PUBLIC VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT. This vacancy is being advertised under Direct Hire Authority for positions with a critical hiring need. This announcement will be open to the receipt of applications for a period of 90 days, with the first consideration date of August 2012. Additional certifications may be conducted every two weeks throughout the filing period. In addition to the normal salary range, when applicable requirements are met, this position may include Physicians Comparability Allowance (PCA). This position is located in Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, National Maritime Center, Medical Evaluation Division, Martinsburg, WV.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


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This position is located in the Medical Evaluation Branch, Mariner Evaluation Division of the Coast Guard's National Maritime Center (NMC). The NMC manages the Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation (MLD) program and is responsible for implementing policies related to one of more missions of the United States Coast Guard. The incumbent serves as a medical officer and an authority in determination of medical suitability of merchant mariner applicants, which is essential to the success of the Coast Guard's mission of ensuring the safe operation of commercial vessels.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.  Typical work assignments include:

* Planning work to be carried out by subordinates.

* Setting and adjusting short-term priorities.

* Assigning work to subordinates.

* Providing advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.

* Hearing and resolving complaints.

* Identifying developmental and training needs of employees, and providing or arranging for needed development and training. Subject Matter responsibilities include:

* Performing and ensuring the consistency and accuracy of agency medical fitness for duty evaluations conducted by medical evaluation personnel.

 * Conducting second level physician reviews of medical evaluations to confirm the approval or denial of a medical waiver.

 * Preparing agency responses to requests for reconsideration or appeals of medical fitness for duty evaluations.

 * Overseeing the implementation of rules, regulations, guidance, and policy relative to the evaluation of merchant mariners.

* Provides consultative services to occupational medicine physicians conducting merchant mariner physical examinations.

 * Provides testimony at hearings and/or in civil court cases as an expert witness involving credentialed mariners.


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To meet the basic eligibility requirements for this position, applicants must possess the following: Degree: Doctor of Medicine from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).] Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians. * An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA).

* A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) 

 * A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.

* Licensure: For positions involving patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Additional Requirements:

At the GS-14 level, 3 years of residency in the specialty of the position to be filled or equivalent experience and training is required. Knowledge, skills, and abilities for work in this program area may have been acquired in occupational Medicine, family practice, internal medicine, surgery, pathology, dermatology, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, public health, aerospace medicine, and general preventive medicine. FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States you 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. For more information regarding Foreign Education, please visit

This position HAS a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met at the time your resume is submitted. You will be responsible for updating your resume to keep information current. You may update your resume at anytime during the open period of this announcement. You must have a current certification, licensure, or registration credentials as a Medical Officer for this position


We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line self assessment questions that are based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:


1. A physician licensed to practice in any state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Ricao or a territory of the United States.

2.  Board certified in Occupational Medicine and must maintain board certification and licensure.

3.  Requires a very high degree of medical knowledge in order to render sound professional judgement on cases involving highly complex medical issues.

4.  Knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of merchant mariners sufficient to oversee evaluations of the mariner's medical standing and its potential effect on applicant's ability to perform those duties and responsibilities in accordance with mariner medical standards.

Skill and experience in Occupational Medicine and one of the following is required; a well rounded medical background such as that attained by the completion of a clinically oriented residency program, clinical experience in primary care medicine.  


To preview questions please click here.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits."


Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.

This is a supervisory position, under provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act, first time supervisors and/or managers will be required to
serve a one-year probationary period.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

Competitive status is not required if the person selected is an individual with a disability who is eligible for appointment under Schedule A of the excepted service.  Visit Opportunities for People with Disabilities

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6330.  Decisions on granting
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation


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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 12 Midnight EST on the closing date of the announcement. There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:


*Responses to on-line core questions

*Responses to on-line self-assessment

*Supporting documents if requested High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, essay response, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from consideration. If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, excluding Federal holidays.


If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" which indicates the type of discharge you received, or other proof of eligibility, as well as an SF-15, "Application for 10-point veteran preference", plus the proof required by that form. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85. We require documentation to support CTAP or ICTAP eligibility at the time of application. A copy of your official transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted. All documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must indicate the vacancy announcement number on the documents. A fax coversheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. (Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard, Ofc of Civ Pers, CG-1211SE, 4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22201-7130.


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
4200 Wilson Blvd
Suite 800
Attn: Ofc of Civilian HRl, CG-1211-SE
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your basic qualifications. All applicants who meet basic eligibility will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. This announcement is being conducted under a Direct Hire Authority for positions identified as having a critical hiring need. Under the provisions of the Direct Hire Authority, veterans preference and the Rule of Three do not apply; however, veterans are encouraged to submit documentation of their veteran preference. To check your application status for this job, please go to My USAJOBS, input your User ID and password, and select "Track your online job Applications".

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