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Job Title:  Program Analyst (Planner)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  MG-2013-T0100-LFR-836158DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.


Who May Apply


  • All U.S. Citizens
  • This position opportunity is also being advertised at the GS-11/12 grade levels. Please see the Merit Promotion vacancy announcement numbers MG-2013-T0100-LFR-836161MP for additional information.


This position is ideal for a program analyst/emergency response planner looking for an opportunity to analyze, evaluate and implement the requirements and objectives for improving Federal departmental and agency emergency/disaster response preparedness and planning.  This position starts at a salary of $62,467 per annum for GS-11, $74,872 per annum at the GS-12 level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Response Directorate, Planning Division, National Planning Branch.


PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  GS-12  Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies:  Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites.  All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.


Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a Public Trust security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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In this position, the incumbent serves as a planner and will support the mission of the Planning Division through the National Planning Branch.  The Planning Division’s mission is to plan for the coordinated Federal disaster response to communities throughout the Nation impacted by an incident, regardless of cause.


Specific Duties:

·    Supports the development of deliberate and crisis action plans in support of FEMA's mission.  Supports the establishing, developing, coordinating, and publishing of policy and guidance to Federal departments and agencies regarding the national system for planning.  Collects, assesses and analyzes information on the impact of imminent and actual disasters, and determines the most appropriate information to provide to agency executives, Federal, State, and local response team and other Federal agencies. 

·    Identifies complex issues or problems in programs of small scope.  Recommends and coordinates resolutions and improvements.  Conducts research or coordinates with other program offices to obtain information.  Participates in the revision of documents, concepts, manuals, and training courses related to planning programs.

·    Assists in the situational awareness activities within the team.  Utilizes the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) and the Common Operating Picture (COP) network systems to facilitate and enhance information sharing and situational awareness among multiple agencies, and State and local governments. Assists in the analysis of information to enhance the decision making of senior officials and to mitigate the risk factors associated with specific disasters and incidents.

·    Participates in the review and development of long-range plans for new or complex programs based on directions from senior analysts.  Works with top management to develop long-range management plans for the efficient and effective operations of the organization.  Coordinates work with others and interprets policy.

·    Keeps abreast of legislative, budgetary, and Federal, State, and local developments and actions with could affect policy, programs, missions, and activities.  Reviews relevant documents and other materials. Participates in the study and analysis of response operations for inclusion in future plans, policies, and regulations.

·    Participates with other Agency specialists at conference and meetings.  Participates in task forces and working groups with members from Regional Offices, program offices and other Federal departments and agencies related to direction for headquarters and field organization, mission and functions. Coordinates program aspects with assigned Regional Response Coordination Centers to ensure consistence and uniformity.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-11/12 levels you must possess one of the following:

GS-343-11: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience at the level of complexity and difficulty equivalent to GS-9 in the Federal Service in analyzing and evaluating emergency/disaster response programs and plans.

OR Qualifying Education

GS-343-11:   Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a major field related to the position. Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.


OR Qualifying Combination of Education and Experience

GS-343-11: Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 2 full years.

GS—343-12:   Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience at the level of complexity and difficulty equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service in analyzing and planning emergency/disaster response programs and plan, and recommending changes to plans, policies, and guidance in order to ensure effective emergency response operations for potential/actual incidents.


The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust security clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


We will review your resume 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 a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:


1.    Knowledge of and skill in applying the concepts, theories, principles and practices of deliberate and crisis action planning to coordinate agency’s  emergency management programs and to make recommendations to change public policy.


2.    Knowledge of a wide range of methods for the assessment and improvement of complex emergency management programs, processes and systems.


3.    Ability to communicate in writing sufficient to articulate a clear presentation of study results that provide options and recommendations for requirements or capabilities and develop correspondence, reports, position papers and policy that often deal with controversial issues.


4.    Ability to convey technical information to a variety of audiences in meetings, presentations and/or briefings and to negotiate effectively to gain acceptance of recommendations and Agency policies.


5.    Ability to manage information and its flow via reporting, tracking, and monitoring activities with an understanding of data and information flow in conditions often encountered during response operations.

If you are applying under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:


1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.


2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.


3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.


If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions 


Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.


Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional.


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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.”


This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.


Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, February 08, 2013. 


To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.


We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here.


  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. Are you qualifying based on education?  Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Those with foreign education, click this link
  4. Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.
  5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  You must submit:
      • a copy of your agency notice, and
      • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Lila Renchard
Phone: (202)400-3189
TDD: 800-87708339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Avenue Portals III
Mail Stop 3715
Washington, DC


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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