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Job Title:  Medical Instrument Technologist-Ultrasound, GS-0649-10
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-IHS-DE/MP-13-852520

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,252.00 to $67,931.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 14, 2013 to Thursday, March 28, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Lawton, OK United StatesView Map
Indian Preference Candidates, US Citizens, Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles), noncompetitive authorities


As a Medical Instrument Technician (Ultrasound) in the Radiology Department of the Lawton Service Unit, you will provide ultrasound studies to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases and abnormalities.

Who may apply:

Any U.S. Citizen (DE)

Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP) - Indian Preference

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act Candidates (VEOA)

- visit for more information on Who May Apply

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be reannounced.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT - In accordance with the IHS Employee Immunization policy, selectee will be required to be immunized against measles and rubella by providing documentation/proof of immunity to measles and rubella prior to entrance on duty. Exceptions are persons born before 1957 who are not required to take the measles vaccine or provide proof of immunity. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of vaccine or have a history of severe reaction to a vaccine or who are currently pregnant. This applies to candidates for positions in any Service Unit or any Area Office position which requires regular work at a Service Unit.

In accordance with the Child Services Act, applicants must complete the attached addendum and submit it with their application.

Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available at:

If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints.

After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position.

The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

Relocation Expenses Not Paid:  Travel expense - not paid:  travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the employee.

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays is a requirement.



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required
  • IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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·         Performs a variety of sonography procedures to include abdominal and small parts scans; obstetric/gynecological exams; echocardiography; and vascular ultrasounds.

·         Prepares patients, exam areas, and equipment for ultrasound tests.

·         Provides preliminary interpretation of exams and transmits results and images to clinicians for final interpretation.

·         Develops, documents, and implements written policies and procedures for ultrasound services.

·         Schedules and counsels patients, monitors and maintains inventory, and supports the operation of the ultrasound unit.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-10 grade level, you must meet Specialized Experience Requirements and the Selective Placement Factor.

Specialized Experience Requirements: You must have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level or higher in the Federal Service) providing patient scheduling and inventory support for an ultrasound unit; developing procedures for ultrasound services; providing initial interpretation of ultrasound test results; and performing sonographic imaging that included abdominal and small parts tests; breast, obstetric, and gynecological scans; echocardiograms; and vascular ultrasounds.

Selective Placement Factor: Additionally, you must be certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in one or more of the following modalities: Abdomen and Small Parts, Breast, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Echocardiography, or Vascular Technology.

You must provide proof of your professional certification with your application.   Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education:   If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on  foreign education.

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualifications requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Physical Demands: Physical Demands:  Work requires long periods of standing.  There is some bending and lifting.  Considerable physical effort involved in positioning patients who are unable to assist or cooperate.  heavy lifting of totally incapacitated patients is done only with the help from other employees.


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.   If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.   Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  You are responsible for the accuracy of your application package.  

For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:    Will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:

1) Best Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and excels in most requirements of the position;

2) Well Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets most requirements of the position;

3) Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless approval has been granted.

For Merit Promotion Applicants:  Who meet the qualification requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following skills and competencies:        

·         SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Professional certification

·         Knowledge of ultrasound principles, practices, and techniques

·         Skill in solving problems related to ultrasound work

·         Ability to support the operations of an ultrasound unit

·         Skill in oral communication

·         Skill in written communication

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions


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Indian Preference:  If you are claiming Indian Preference for Federal employment, you must submit form BIA-4432 for verification and be found suitable for Federal employment.  Form BIA-4432 can be found at:

Veterans' Preference:   If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit appropriate documentation (e.g., DD214, VA letter, etc.).  For more information on veterans' preference, click on:

Career Transition Program:   This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified' or at a score of 85 and above.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to:

Selective Service:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit


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Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on Vacancy 852520

If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., resume, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.


Required Documents:

·       Your Résumé

·       Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire

·       Selective Placement Factor: Required Certification

·       Child Care Addendum Form must be included for this position and is available at:


Other Supporting Documents:  (only submit if applicable to you)

·       College transcripts 

·       Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., Member Copy 4 of the DD-214, SF-15, VA letter)

·       CTAP/ICTAP documentation

·       SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (if you are a current or former Federal employee)

·       Non-Competitive Appointment Documents

Indian Preference applicants - If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." The current form (expiration date 11/30/2014) does not need to be used if an older Form BIA-4432 is submitted with a signature that predates the expiration date on the form. Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal decent, state or academic records that document you possess one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA-4432). Please contact your tribal enrollment officer or your local BIA Office for your most current form.  

Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.  

To obtain a Child Care Form and BIA-4432 form, click on the links below or copy and past links into your internet search:

You may use the fax or upload feature to submit your documentation. 



Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
1900 E St NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

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