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Job Title:  Operations Research Analyst
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  HQ-13-CAT-03-CF-00354

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map


This position is also advertised to current Headquarters (DOE) employees with competitive status. # HQ-13-MP-05-CF-00354.


This position is located in the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation, CF-20, Office of the Chief Financial Officer.  CF-20 is responsible for providing independent analytical advice to the Secretary, through the Chief Financial officer, on strategies to achieve the Department’s goals utilizing different investment portfolios and resource profiles, including forward-looking analysis of opportunities and risk as well as historical analysis of program performance and benefits. 

Analysis is performed by synthesizing data from departmental performance information, technology cost and performance data, empirical market indicators, and forecasting models to inform strategy and budgeting alternatives under a range of policy and market scenarios.

A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Senior-Level Operations Research Analyst responsible for assisting in developing and executing an integrated corporate approach to strategy, performance, and resource analysis for the Department that considers and incorporates, as appropriate, existing DOE analysis and current efforts.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Relocation is at your own expense.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a Operations Research Analyst, you will:

  • Serve on teams to conduct projects and/or studies by compiling, Reviewing and analyzing substantive program performance, technology, and market economic data related to energy and transportation systems and technologies. 
  • Defines problems and develops and coordinates study plans. Projects frequently are part of larger efforts assigned to senior staff and may require working across disciplinary boundaries and developing cross-cutting solutions to complex problems.
  • Coordinates, gathers, compiles and analyzes various data and information from a variety of sources within and outside of DOE using statistical algorithms/models and processes to assess program performance and to support decision-making. Studies involve a range of operations research analysis assignments entailing unique problems, creativity, innovative use of techniques, advanced approaches, and/or new technologies.
  • Performs portions of studies on issues arising in varied subjects of advanced difficulty and complexity in areas such as energy, economics, environmental and national security.  Establishes assumptions, measures effectiveness of approaches, and evaluates available alternatives.
  • Analyzes the feasibility of advanced analytical approaches or radically different proposed  policies.  Utilizes mathematical and statistical techniques, elements of operations research theory, economic and technical knowledge to perform studies. Recommends innovative efforts to develop new solutions to previously highlighted and/or new problems or problems which may be totally lacking in precedent. Initiates and formulates plans and carries out project(s) through extensive and specialized original performance analyses and evaluations.
  • Performs technical, policy, and economic analyses of alternative plans and programs relating to Departmental priorities to analyze and evaluate the capabilities, effectiveness, feasibility, and costs of proposed and alternative projects. Conclusions and recommendations have a major impact on top-level management plans, policies, and decisions regarding portfolio investment strategies and resource profiles.


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A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

Planning, conducting and applying complex scientific and techno-economic analyses in reviews of various program offices to develop and recommend alternative strategies and/or innovative approaches that significantly impact the direction of an organization or nation-wide program.


Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of one or more specialized areas of operation research sufficient to apply new analytical developments, methodologies, and research findings to broad studies of an unprecedented nature.
  2. Thorough knowledge of preparing analytical plans and reports to inform resource-related and programming process such as Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution (PPBE) in a large organization.
  3. Knowledge of agency program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key program events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the worth of program accomplishments.
  4. Skill in advanced mathematical methods and scientific principles to accomplish complex studies, develop, use, and or assess a variety of mathematical models and provide management with viable solutions or recommendations.
  5. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing; to prepare and deliver reports and assessments; to present analyses, plans, and proposals; and to effectively articulate policies, choices and positions to internal and external audiences.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

  • CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

EDUCATION: You must provide documentation supporting your education claims. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

This position requires a Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


Background and/or/Security Investigation is required.

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

Occasional Travel may be required.


We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.

If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Worklife4You Resource
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page.


  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

Steps to submit a complete application:

  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.

If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under Merit Promotion procedure as announcement #HQ-13-MP-05-CF-00354. You must apply to the vacancy for which you wish to receive consideration. If you wish to be considered for this position under both DE and MP procedures, you must apply to both announcements.



  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.



Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • Applicants using education to qualify (if applicable): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Education may not be applicable for some jobs at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form (SF) 50. To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show: position title and type, occupational series, grade, and tenure. This is a blank sample SF-50 and should not be submitted with your application!
  • Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


Patti Parks
Phone: 202-287-5907
Fax: 202-586-8106
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Human Resources Office
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-586-8106


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