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Job Title:Assistant Chief of Benefit and Employment Analysis

Agency:Railroad Retirement Board

Job Announcement Number:13-DEU-17 864807DE

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

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$89,664.00 to $105,956.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 21, 2013 to Sunday, July 21, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago Metro Area, IL United States


United States Citizens


Come aboard the Railroad Retirement Board and join us in using creativity, automation and innovation to carry out our mission to administer insurance benefit programs under the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.  You can be a part of the team that delivers best in class service to railroad workers and their families!

As an Assistant Chief of Benefit and Employment Analysis, you will work closely with the Division Chief on regular and special statistical programs of the Railroad Retirement Board.


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

This position may be filled at the grade GS-13 or GS-14 levels in the federal service.  An individual selected at the grade GS-13 level will be promoted when qualified and after having demonstrated the capacity to fully perform at the target GS-14 level.

This vacancy is also announced concurrently with Vacancy Announcement Number 13-57B 874714DE.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  Note:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

NOTE:  The incumbent interacts with the Chief Actuary on various work duties.  Therefore, hiring preference may be provided to qualified applicants who indicate actuarial experience, achievements, and/or actuarial science educational coursework on their resume.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Be sure to read the 'How to Apply' section and submit required documents
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Probationary Period (See "Other Information" Section)
  • Educational transcripts must be submitted


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As the Assistant Chief of the Benefit and Employment Analysis Division, you will:

  • Participate in planning, organizing, and providing technical direction of statistical programs and research studies of the operations of benefit provisions under different railroad programs, and employment trends within the railroad industry.
  • Advise and consult with high level RRB officials, managers and officials of other federal agencies and organizations on statistical and financial matters.
  • Determine complex cost computations and provide analysis/recommendations on the implications of proposals to amend laws and regulations.
  • Use various scientific methodologies, simulations and models to analyze problems of the interrelationships and complexities of data to conduct studies, benefit implications and financial interchange concerns.
  • Assist in assigning division work, determine rescheduling and adjustments in plans to cover changing priorities and/or deadlines, make recommendations for both supervisory/subordinate positions, evaluate work performance, assist in resolving complaints and grievances, and implement staff training.


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This vacancy is announced as an interdisciplinary position which may be filled at either the GS-1515 (Supervisory Operations Research Analyst) or GS-1530 (Supervisory Statistician (General)) series depending upon qualifications of applicants.  Please read the requirements as specified below:

Basic Qualification Requirements for Series 1515 (Operations Research)

Bachelor's Degree in operations research, or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, engineering, mathematics, probability, statistics, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics.  At least 3 of the 24 hours must be in calculus.

Basic Qualification Requirements for Series 1530 (Statistician)

Bachelor's Degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following:  physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.  Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements will be given for courses in which 50% of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.


A combination of education and experience - courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  The experience should include a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

In addition to the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also meet the following specialized experience requirement. (For both series and grades listed below, there is no substitution of education for this experience).

At the GS-13 level for both series, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the federal service for at least one year.

At the GS-14 level for both series, applicants must have on year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or higher in the federal service for at least one year.

Specialized experience at the GS-13 level - Specialized experience is defined as experience in statistical computing to develop econometric models and apply statistical analyses to data.  Such experience may have included working with advanced models to research policy issues; providing advice to managers on the quality and improvement of data collection; or studying costs and preparing results on the effect of long and short range financial planning.

Specialized experience at the GS-14 level - Specialized experience is defined as extensive experience executing statistical research studies and cost calculations associated with the interrelationships and complexities of data.  Examples of such experience may involve the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and objectives regarding affordability and costs; making recommendations on statistical methodologies; or providing expert guidance, preparing formal reports, or making presentations to higher level officials or policy makers on the effects of proposed legislation and economic factors relating to financial operations.

NOTE:  If you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting educational requirements, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants.   If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.   The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Category rating procedures will be used to rank eligible candidates.  The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire, and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Thus, your application should contain information about specific work performed that relates to this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following categories:  Best Qualified, Qualified, and Minimally Qualified.  Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  

Applicants will be rated on the following competencies:

  • Ability or experience in managing, training and supervising a subordinate staff, including ability to plan and organize work assignments to meet emergency or changing program requirements
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the Railroad Retirement Act, Social Security Act and Railroad Unemployment and Insurance Act benefit provisions, and the Railroad Retirement Tax Act and FICA tax provisions
  • Knowledge of data collection, analysis, and evaluation techniques and ability to analyze data, reach sound conclusions and make pertinent recommendations
  • Knowledge of SAS, QMF, and other query languages
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic
  • Knowledge of mathematical techniques, actuarial science, probability theory, and statistical methods
  • Ability to communicate orally
  • Ability to communicate in writing


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The Railroad Retirement Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more about benefits as a Federal employee click here:


May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP):   ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies.   You must be determined to be well-qualified for the vacancy to be eligible for special selection priority.   After submission of an acceptable application which meets ICTAP eligibility, you will be determined to be well-qualified for a vacancy if your rating places you in the best qualified category.  

ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility for special selection priority, such as: a separation notice; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. 

You must also submit a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) notating your current position, grade level, and duty location, and a copy of your most recent Performance Rating.   Click here for more information on ICTAP.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 you are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act; the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

The Notification and Federal Employees Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act) requires agencies to provide a notice to all job applicants and new employees about their rights and remedies under antidiscrimination and whistleblower laws.  You may view this notice here.


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You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, July 21, 2013.

    • 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.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
    • 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.
    • 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.



  • RÉSUMÉ showing relevant experience.
  • Responses to the OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. View Occupational Questionnaire
  • TRANSCRIPTS:  Copies of all college courses must be submitted.  Original transcripts will be required if selected.
  • VETERAN'S DOCUMENTATION:  If you are a veteran, you must provide a copy of your Record of Military Service (DD-214), and proof of your veterans' preference, if applicable.  Veterans with a service connected disability must submit a completed claim form SF-15 (click here for form) along with the required proofs.  Go to FedsHireVets-Veterans Preference for more information.
  • INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) documentation:   If you are eligible under ICTAP, you must submit all required materials verifying your eligibility as listed in "Other Information."
  • For statistical purposes only, please complete and submit Form OMB-3046-0046, DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS.  Submission of this form is optional.  Click here: to access this form.  Please attach this form with your application materials.

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 864807
  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 Sunday, July 21, 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 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.



RRB Human Resources Office
Phone: (312)751-4580
Agency Information:
Railroad Retirement Board
844 N Rush St
Chicago, IL


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and possible referral to the hiring official.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.

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