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Job Title:  Program Analyst, ZA-0343-03 (DE/CR)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NOS-MBO-2013-0002

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, March 08, 2013 to Friday, August 23, 2013
Competitive Career/Career Conditional - Full-Time Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map

All qualified United States citizens.



NOS is a scientific and technical organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the nations coastal resources and ecosystems and advocates coastal and ocean stewardship. It achieves this through scientific research; monitoring, observing, and predicting scientific phenomena; preserving and restoring ocean and coastal areas; establishing and enhancing state and local governments coastal resources; mapping and charting; and responding to hazardous substance spills.

This position is located in the National Oceanic Service,  Management and Budget Office, Policy, Planning and Analysis Division, in Silver Spring, MD. The incumbent is responsible for assessing various programs or organizations for effectiveness and efficiency, and developing solutions to the found problems, developing evaluation plans and procedures.  This position is covered under the Department of Commerce Alternate Personnel System (CAPS). CAPS replaced the Federal General Schedule (GS) pay plan and structure. Under this system, positions are classified by career path, series, and pay band. The pay band ZA-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12 level.

This position is also being advertised as a Program Analyst, ZA-0343-03 under announcement number NOS-MBO-2013-0001(Status).  You must apply seperately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.

A one-year probationary period may be required.

This is not a bargaining unit position.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.


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The individual selected for this position will:

Execute, analyze and implement the division's responsibilities to oversee and coordinate strategic planning and performance management, including development, implementation, and monitoring progress on achieving strategic goals, objectives, performance measures and metrics of annual operating plans.  Duties include:

  • Monitor program performance.
  • Brief and advise senior on program performance and progress toward meeting performance goals, measures and metrics.
  • Review, analysis and issuance of guidance throughout the program planning and performance process.
  • Lead and participate in meetings and supporting efforts to articulate and evaluate compliance with agency strategic execution and evaluation procedures.

Serve as the primary point of contact for all incoming requests for information coming through agency headquarter's program coordination office and legislative affairs. 

  • Review and analysis of incoming requests for program information.
  • Draft and issue policies and guidance to programs for responses to such requests.
  • Review, analyze, edit and compile program office input.
  • Report and maintain records of responses to incoming requests.
  • Provide oversight and advice on the associated processes, including proposing improved procedures to streamline efforts. 


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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: Qualifications.

There is no positive education requirement.

Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent indifficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (ZA-02/GS-9). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the Federal Government.

Specialized experience is defined as: Experience reviewing, analyzing, and editing strategic plans and performance management.  Leading meetings and obtaining results from senior planning and performance staff from a diverse number of programs, and developing, monitoring, implementing and reporting on annual performance and operating plans.  This experience need not have been in the federal government. Applicants may substitute the following levels of education for specialized experience as follows: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.  NOTEYour resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Click Here


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. 

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices of program performance and evaluation.
  • Analysis skills pertaining to complex strategic planning and program performance processes and principles for a diverse range of programs.
  • Knowledge of the concepts and theories of strategic planning and performance management.
  • Ability to develop and implement annual operating plans.
  • Skill in the development and implementation of performance measures, metrics, and milestones.
  • Skill in organizational detail, writing, editing and oral presentation.
  • Ability to integrate diverse input into a unified document and to manage multiple concurrent assignment, and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to manage records, including digital tracking and reporting.

To preview questions please click here.


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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.


Additional vacancies may be filled under this announcement.

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP  

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
* 30% or more disabled veteran
* Persons with disabilities


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel listed in this announcement.


A complete application consists of the following:

• Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. For more information, please go to Veterans Preference
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
• Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Qualification Standards for more information.
• Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.) 
Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. You must provide all the required documents by the closing date of the announcement or you may lose consideration for this vacancy.

* Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website- Foreign Credentials. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.


Marcy McAdams
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 East 12th St,
Suite 1737
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:

1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and

4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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