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Job Title:  Supervisory Nurse Consultant (OWCP)-GS-0610-13
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number:  MG-2013-02511-KAS-879481COR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 Years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here


This vacancy announcement is being extended until 5/6/2013.


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mission Support Division, Workforce Effectiveness located in Washington, DC.  The incumbent will serve as a Supervisory Nurse Consultant with primary responsibility for providing management, oversight, coordination, consultative and advisory services for FEMA's Office of Worker's Compensation Program (OWCP) through application of a professional knowledge of nursing.  Incumbent has full program responsibility, to include planning, developing and implementing a comprehensive and intensive case management and return to work program. This position starts at a salary of $89,033.00 (GS-13).  The full performance level for this position is at the GS-13 level.  Apply today to become a valued member of the Workers' Compensation Unit.   


This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service. 

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies:  Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites.  All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a Public Trust security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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Serves as the authoritative resource for the agency regarding the Injury Compensation Program Administrator (ICPA) implemented under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) and the liaison to the Department of Labor (DOL).  Researches and analyzes regulatory guidance and policies on FECA and return to work issues to develop and recommend local policy and procedures that implement all aspects of the program.

  • Develops, implements, administers, and evaluates FEMAs OWCP program, initiatives, or projects for referral and utilization management
  • Serves as the coordinator for the OWCP, providing advice and guidance to FEMA managers, supervisors, and employees in matters regarding federal workers compensation and individual patient management
  • Analyzes and evaluates programs, services, and systems to ensure effectiveness in ensuring high quality healthcare, efficient utilization of resources, and compliance with all legal, regulatory, and policy requirements
  • Promotes and assists personnel and management in the establishment of a workable alternative "light" duty program where appropriate in order to reduce lost time and facilitate rehabilitation
  • Compiles, interprets and disseminates statistics and/or status reports relating to tracking and trending of referral patterns



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You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level if you possess the following:

Education:  Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. 

Registration:  Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.  An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing education program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment.  No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to the GS-12 level that have given you experience with medical conditions and treatments of work related diseases and illnesses resulting from occupational exposures from radiation, chemicals, or other work-place toxins.  Experience in reviewing prescriptions for and on-going care related to home health care, durable medical equipment, and other medical treatment and issues to determine appropriateness of care and medical billing.  Experience in working with case management practices and medical modalities in reviewing or auditing workers' compensation cases.  Experience in fact-finding, analysis, and problem solving techniques.  Experience in evaluating administrative processes and providing written reports on findings.  Experience analyzing health policies, published health standards and practices to provide expert interpretations of these regulated guidelines and their correlation to automation system and data management.  Experience in arranging and meeting with varied medical specialists and medical offices to resolve and clarify issues on diagnoses, treatment, and ongoing care.  Experience communicating both orally and in writing; presenting findings, information, and recommendations in diverse settings such as briefings, trainings, meetings and teleconferences.  Experience composing and presenting materials in both narrative and statistical format.  

The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Additionally, this review will include the verification of your qualifications, as indicated in your resume, based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA) concepts, principles, laws, regulations, which provide the capability to recommend substantive program changes or an alternative new course of managerial action requiring the extension and modification of the existing workers' compensation program
  • Case management expertise to apply technical knowledge of the various skills normally associated with occupation health nursing, while managing Federal civilian workers' compensation claims
  • Ability to interpret and apply Workers' Compensation rules and regulations
  • Knowledge of chronic diseases and disability which may affect or be affected by employee occupational placement
  • Knowledge of symptoms and causes of occupational illness and injury and methods of treatment
  • Knowledge and skill in motivational methods to foster early return to work in compliance with DHS goals of reduction in FECA claims and associated costs 

All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Selectee may be subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period.

This vacancy announcement is being extended until 5/6/2013.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Requested Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 06, 2013 to receive consideration.

Applying Online:

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 879481.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 06, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of 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.


  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. Are you qualifying based on education and registration?  Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Submit a copy of your active, current registration.  Those with foreign education, click this link
  4. Are you a current or former Federal employee?  You are encouraged to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current/former grade and step.


Katie A. Short
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here

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