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Job Title:  Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and Planning
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-834264-NE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from all sources: within VA, within the Federal government, and from the private sector. Therefore, we have streamlined our recruitment process and now only require you to submit a resume to apply for this position. Because of this improvement, we are only announcing our positions for 14 days.



The Office of Policy’s mission is to serve as the principal advisor to the Secretary for policy and strategy, providing comprehensive advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Administrations in the areas of strategy, strategic planning, policy development, and policy analysis.  The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy is responsible for developing Veteran policy and providing forward-leaning strategy development and concept analysis capabilities that identify long-range issues and drive innovation and transformation across the Department. 


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a pay band 2 position and the salary range is $119,554 to $173,600.


A recruitment incentive/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer may be authorized.


Multiple similarly categorized positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.   




  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of a background investigation
  • Selectee may be subject to reassignments geographically or organizationally
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • One-year probationary period is required for initial SES appointment


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The Deputy Assistant Secretary, is responsible to the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, through the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:




Leads VA’s Quadrennial Strategic Planning Process (QSPP) (including the Alternative Futures effort) and development of the VA Strategic Plan in partnership with the administrations and staff offices.  Influencing programming and resource allocation through the publication of annual Planning Guidance.


Utilizes futures analysis and continual environmental scanning to provide pro active recommendations for addressing critical trends, issues, and implications through adjustments to strategic plan goals, agency priority goals, and performance measures.  


Ensures VA’s compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRA-MA) to support accomplishment of the Department’s mission, fulfillment of the Secretary’s vision, and achievement of the major goals and objectives established in the VA Strategic Plan.  Establishes, with senior leader coordination and approval, the biannual Agency Priority Goals and coordinates with the Performance Improvement Officer to track progress and performance management.


Develops and publishes the VA Strategic Policy Agenda, a five-year list of cross-cutting policy issues to be probative explored and analyzed by the Department, with recommendations for near-term actions and longer-term planning.


Manages the VA governance process, including serving as the Executive Agent for the Senior Review Group (SRG), Strategic Management Council (SMC), and VA Executive Board (VAEB).  Serves as co-chair and principle advisor for the Functional Operations Manual Task Force (FOMTF).  Maintains the VA Knowledge Management System (VAKMS) to synchronize event planning and strategic communications.


Serves as the Executive Agent to standing policy review boards, such as the VA Policy Steering Committee (VAPSC) and the Institute of Medicine Task Force (IOMTF).  Provides leadership for policy analysis of issues that have cross-functional implications or affect multiple functional areas within the Department.


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The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills, share a broad perspective of government, and a public service commitment.


Both competitive and non-competitive applicants MUST SHOW in your 5 PAGE RESUME that you possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined below.


The target competencies deemed most pertinent to this position have been specified under each ECQ description below. It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas. Remember, your resume must not exceed 5 pages including an optional cover letter. Any information in excess of 5 pages will not be considered or evaluated.


The definitions of the SES ECQs and their underlying competencies can be found at:


A.  Executive Core Qualifications



Creativity and Innovation

Strategic Thinking 



Developing Others

Team Building




Problem Solving



Human Capital Management

Technology Management 




Influence and Negotiating


B.  Technical Qualification(s)


Demonstrated experience leading and managing strategic planning, policy analysis, and policy development at the highest levels within an agency and across multiple agencies.



Other Requirements:

1.  Drug Testing:  All non-VA applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in any position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. 

2.  Travel:  Some travel may be required.


Step 1: Minimum ECQ-based qualifications


Step 2: Technical qualification screening


Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking


Step 4: Structured interviews to determine Best Qualified (BQ) applicants


Step 5: Tentative selection by Nominating Organization (May include additional screening)


Step 6: Approval by the Selecting Official (May include additional screening)


Step 7: OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Certification



Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career SES appointee, reinstatement eligible SES, or a QRB certified graduate of an SES candidate development program. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application as noted under Required Documents.  The agency has the option of considering you noncompetitively or including you in the competitive process (steps 2-6).


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.


Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service:

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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We strongly encourage you to apply online. Your complete application must be received by 11:59pm EST on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.


To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, login in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue. 


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print your resume and required documents.


3. FAX to (478)757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, to provide your answers. Refer to the link below for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is at:


Please note you may also call USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 to have the OPM Form 1203-FX mailed to you; however, this is not a practical alternative if the announcement is nearing its closing date. After the introduction on the recording, press 1, and listen for instructions to request the form.


A complete application for this position includes the following items:


1.  Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY technical and executive core qualification requirement(s) for this position.  Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact.  Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated.  DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.  DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical and executive core qualifications.


2.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


3.  Non-competitive applicants:  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required.  Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your executive core qualifications from the OPM administered QRB. Traditional method applications will NOT be accepted.


Nikole Ellis
Phone: (202)461-5478
Agency Information:
VA Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of the status of your application throughout the process. If you are deemed a "Highly Qualified" applicant, you should be prepared to begin interviewing approximately one week following the closing date of this announcement.


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