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Job Title:Chief Cost Estimation, Analysis and Assessment, GS-1501-15, Census-D-CH

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of the Census

Job Announcement Number:DIR-2013-0033

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, March 28, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013




Competitive Service: Career or Career-Conditional - Full-Time




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Silver Hill, MD, USView Map
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US


All qualified United States citizens.


The Census Bureau produces quality data that help Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours and work arrangements, developmental opportunities, recognition, a variety of benefits and health insurance plans, and a host of other employment incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality and diversity and allows you to innovate, engage in problem solving, and achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the Census Bureau is the place for you. Come join the Census Team and be responsible for contributing to the fabric of our nation -where everyone counts.

The closing date on this announcement has changed from 4/11/13 to 4/17/13.


This series covers positions that manage, supervise, lead, or perform scientific work of a mathematical, statistical, or actuarial nature, this includes operations research.  

Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only. This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as DIR-2013-0029. (Click here if you cannot find this vacancy in USAJOBS) Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into and clicking on "Search Jobs." Merit promotion procedures apply to current or previous Federal employees in the competitive service who are eligible for transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement. Merit promotion procedures MAY also apply to applicants seeking consideration through a special appointing authority such as Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), Schedule A, etc. Please read the vacancy announcement to determine who may apply.

This position is in the competitive service.

This vacancy is for one Chief of Cost Estimation, Analysis and Assessment.  This position is located in the Office of Cost Estimation, Analysis and Assessment (OCEAA) under the Office of the Director of the Census Bureau.

One year probationary period may be required.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

This is a supervisory position. If not already completed, the selectee will need to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If your resume is incomplete, you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Any required investigations and clearances must be completed
  • before the selectee can be placed in the position.


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The individual selected for this position will:

*Major Duty 1 - Serve as chief of the OCEAA and is the senior advisor to the Census Bureau Director and Deputy Director for independent cost assessment, program effectiveness and analysis, and workforce optimization.

*Major Duty 2 - Direct the design, implementation and maintenance of a Census Bureau-wide Activity Based Cost (ABC) Management program that assigns the total cost of activities to survey and census life cycle components.

*Major Duty 3 - Direct the development and maintenance of policies, standards and guidance for conducting and reporting of cost estimation, cost analyses and cost assessments in the Census Bureau, including the establishment of uniformity in definition and consistency within Activity Based Costing, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and financial management coding schemes.

*Major Duty 4 - Direct staff that serve as resource persons to aid or support Census Bureau staff conducting cost estimation, cost analysis, and cost assessment assignments.

*Major Duty 5 - Develop analysis of alternatives supported by cost-benefit analysis(CBA), cost effectiveness analysis(CEA), net present value(NPV), and return on investment (ROI) analysis; developing “bottom-up” method and parametric or “statistical” method to create cost estimates; reviewing and assessing program area cost estimates for completeness, use of best practices, and cost realism; using cost model equations to approximate all random inputs to determine cost ranges.

*Major Duty 6 - Communicate cost policies and practices to both internal and external stakeholders, as necessary, to carry out assigned responsibilities and functions and consistency within Activity Based Costing, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and financial management coding schemes.


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Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade Levels:

Degree: Mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. The degree must be in a major field of study (at least at the baccalaureate level) appropriate for the position. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. A course of study in mathematics, statistics, economics, business, accounting, operations research and management sciences is qualifying.


Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major field of study as shown in paragraph A above, plus additional education or appropriate experience.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: You must have the experience listed below.

Grade Level Requirements:

In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is cost analysis work performing activities such as business case analysis, best value analysis, cost-benefit analysis, independent cost estimates to support analyses of alternatives, life cycle cost estimates, support cost, schedule, and performance baseline development, activity- based-costing, trade-off/what-if analysis , and will cost/should cost estimation and differentiation. Experience in managing budget and financial plans for programs, monitoring fiscal resources, and determining cost-effective methods of operations. Experience managing and maintaining strategic partnerships with other program managers and key stakeholders to identify and integrate organizational needs; planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating agency programs; developing and implementing standard operations procedures in an organization; working across organization lines to develop work relationships needed to accomplish organizational goals; and briefing and advising senior management officials on key program issues. 

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This position requires a security clearance. 

Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) 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 that you completed as part of the application 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 occupational questions, or your score will 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) for all positions except for Professional and Scientific positions at the grade 9/ band II and above.

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

-- KSA 1 Knowledge of current Federal cost estimation methods, standards and best practices; and resource allocation and optimization methods.

-- KSA 2 Ability to plan and organize to meet the missions of the Office; and to supervise professional and administrative staff.

-- KSA 3 Ability to lead special studies; integrate cost assessment information into an Organization or Bureau's mission and budgetary environment; and to present technical information to both technical and non-technical high ranking officials.

To preview questions please click here.


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The U.S. Census Bureau offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Additional benefits available at our Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union and commercial bank; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc.


Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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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 To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side 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 and place your cursor over “My Account” and then 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 immediately within a hour of your issue by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Catherine Hayes at (301) 763-3705.


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 education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).

*Veterans' Preference documentation.  If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 OR Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.)  to validate your claim.  For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:

*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable.  See the “Other Information” section. 

*Education.  If this position requires 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.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.



Catherine Hayes
Phone: 301-763-3705
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2K038
Attn: Human Resources/ECB/DEU
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." 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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