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Job Title:  Program Analyst
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Job Announcement Number:  NFCR-13-148-GVM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



The mission of the National Finance Center: To design, develop, implement and operate, cost-effective, financial, administrative, and management information system and services supporting the missions of the USDA and its customers.

This position is located in the Office of Chief Financial Officer, National Finance Center (OCFO/NFC), Government Employees Services Center, Payroll/Personnel Operations Directorate, Contact Center.  


This vacancy may be used to fill additional similar positions in GESD.


  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Travel relocation and expenses will NOT be paid


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As a Program Analyst you will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing project plans, schedules, tasks and setting and revising priorities;
  • Analyzing and documenting (including web-based publishing) existing systems, proposed changes; and implementing of changes and/or enhancements to those systems.
  • Analyzing new system proposals and determining interface feasibility with existing systems;
  • Analyzing user security requirements;
  • Evaluating and certifying effectiveness of a variety of systems and subsystems related to GESD’s payroll/personnel and customer support missions. 
  • Serving as customer support liaison between NFC and client agencies.
  • Designing and conducting both user training for client agencies and in-house training for systems operations/support personnel.


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Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS7 level in the federal service which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position.  For this position, specialized experience must have involved analyzing, evaluating, and making substantive determinations with regard to an agency's current or projected operating systems and subsystems (i.e., Payroll/Personnel, direct premium remittance).  This experience must include researching, analyzing, and evaluating application systems; devising and recommending changes to improve system/program objectives and operations; advising on the effectiveness and feasibility of changes and enhancements to existing systems and of new systems. 


Substutuion of Education: A master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR a LL.B. or J.D., if related, from an accredited institution that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-09 grade level. If you are using education to qualify, you must submit transcripts with your application.




COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position is fully qualifying at the GS-09 grade level. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.

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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: 

Candidates must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. All candidates' eligibility must remain active to receive further consideration throughout the employment process. Qualification standards are found in the Operating Manual of Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions which is published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may review these operating manuals in their entirety at and all Federal personnel offices.


Category Rating: 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 meet minimum qualifications and your application demonstrates you possess the particular competencies for this position. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 1 of the 3 groupings: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within each of these groupings, applicants eligible for Veterans Preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans preference eligibles.  All CP/CPS preference eligibles that meet minimum qualifications and eligibility requirements will be included in the "Best Qualified" grouping. 


The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.  You are NOT required to respond to these separately:


 A. Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

B.  Customer Service: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individual who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems or satisfy their expectations.

C.  Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others and responds appropriately.

D.  Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner.



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This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program, to be eligible to exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at least Well-Qualified, based upon the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action. For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see:

Selective Service:   If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 Member-4 copy(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

Assessed applicants will be placed in the appropriate quality category and ranked according to veterans' preference eligibility and non-preference eligibility. Within each category, all qualified preference eligibles are placed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Preference eligibles do not receive additional points under category rating procedures.  For positions other than professional and scientific at the GS-09 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the highest quality category.  For professional and scientific positions at the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the appropriate quality category for which rated. 

Below is the link to OPM's "Category Rating Fact Sheet" (answers questions regarding various hiring reform issues (i.e.,  the purpose of Category Rating, Veteran's preference and how it's applied under Category Rating, etc.):


·   Survey: In order to determine if the recruitment efforts of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer are reaching the broadest possible spectrum of America's population, we request that you complete the Demographic Information on Applicants form available at the

following link, , and then print and submit the form along with their application. Submission of this form is entirely voluntary and your replies on it are highly confidential.   Your completion of the form will not impact your chances of selection but will; instead, assist us in improving our recruitment efforts in the future.


Some positions within this series may require the selectee to obtain/maintain a high-level background investigation and/or security clearance. Failure to obtain/maintain the appropriate background investigation and/or security clearance may serve as the basis for termination of employment.This position may be eligible for Alternative Work Schedule, Flexible Work Schedule and/or Telework assignments


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, which includes the documents listed below in Required Documents:


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 857691. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note : To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:


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


2.      Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and


3.      Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring all faxed documents are transmitted and received in the system.


The following documents are required and must be received by Tuesday, March 26, 2013:

1. Your Résumé (We encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to speed the application process. Although we do not require a specific format, certain information is required to determine if you are qualified, i.e. hours worked per week for each job listed and indicate month/day/year employment began and ended).

2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents: (See below)


Other Supporting Documents:

The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status in how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. These documents must be submitted as part of the complete application package.

3a. Veterans Preference Documentation: DD-214, SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable (Further explained under Other Information).

3b. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 Form that documents the RIF separation action.

3c. College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education. Copies of transcripts may be submitted with application; however, upon selection official transcripts will be required.


All candidates interested in consideration must submit the appropriate legible forms as required by the type of consideration for which eligible. Failure to submit required forms will ultimately result in elimination from consideration.


WARNING: All submitted documents (application/resume, college transcripts, etc.) must support each other. Any exaggeration or misrepresentation of your experience or education, or attempt to conceal information, is cause for not hiring you, removing you from a Federal position, or barring you from Federal employment in the future. Prior to appointment or promotion, you will be asked to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment. You will also be asked to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application.


Phone: (504)426-0272
Agency Information:
USDA OCFO National Finance Center
13800 Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, LA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided 

and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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