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Job Title:Deputy Chief Policy Officer - DE

Agency:Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Job Announcement Number:OPEA-2013-0004

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

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$119,554.00 to $174,700.00 / Per Year


Saturday, July 06, 2013 to Monday, July 8, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens and Nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)


This position is located in the Deputy Chief Policy Office/Office of Policy and External Affairs, of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).

You may be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period unless met during prior Federal service.

PBGC protects the retirements of millions of Americans, by working with companies and monitoring pension plans, and by paying retirement benefits when those plans fail. The PBGC's budget in FY2012 was $471 million. The agency monitors some 26,000 private defined benefit pension plans and makes pension payments to some 887,000 people monthly. PBGC is recognized by the pension world as a very competent federal agency, and by its employees as one of the best places in government to work. We think it is one of the few places in government where one can affect the lives of millions of Americans on a daily basis, yet still get home to your family.

PBGC has long been recognized as one of the best agencies in the US government, both by pension administrators and by its employees. We will look to the Deputy Chief Policy Officer to direct the development, forecasting, communication, and implementation of legislation and policy affecting pensions, retirement plans, and retirement security. We will look to the Deputy Chief of Policy to maintain our record of excellence while helping us to adapt to changes in the world of employee benefits, in technology, and in the economy as a whole. We're looking for an individual with leadership skills and broad management experience to lead a diverse team of attorneys, actuaries, economists, financial analysts, public affairs specialists, visual information specialists, web communication specialists, writers and others to oversee forecasting and research activities using economic, actuarial, financial, and other analytic techniques to provide expert advice on retirement laws, regulations and practices.

We need a Deputy Chief Policy Officer (DCPO), who can mold and lead a talented team of highly professional staff and who is ready to take on highly technical and analytical assignments for a broad range of pension policies, actuarial studies, and economic forecasts as well as overseeing the development of legislation and organizational policies, the analysis of financial forecasts and models, and the execution of communication strategies.

Marketing Statement:

Are you a leader with the energy and management talent to make a great federal agency even better? If so, read on: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has a distinguished and important mission in protecting America's pensions. At PBGC, you will use your skills in accounting, auditing, business, finance, law, actuarial science, or information technology and more, to protect the retirement income of nearly 44 million hardworking Americans. Our work is challenging, compelling, and important. Whatever your background or expertise, you will find your future at PBGC exceptionally rewarding because the work you perform will have a daily impact on the lives of relatives, friends and neighbors. It will be like no other career choice you have explored. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported, so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider PBGC and start making a difference today! If you are interested in a challenging career with great benefits, training, and strong growth potential, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Deputy Chief Policy Officer today!

Note: If eligible, you may receive a recruitment incentive of up to 25% of your base salary.





  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
  • 1 year probationary period required unless met during prior Federal service
  • Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete an OF-306
  • Travel: Less than 10%


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As a Deputy Chief Policy Officer (DCPO), you will be required to perform the following functions:

- Direct the development, forecasting, communication, and implementation of legislation and policy affecting pensions, retirement plans and retirement security.

- Provide advice and recommendations on a broad range of critical policy, legislations, and issues impacting the analysis, evaluation, and reporting on PBGC's programs, policies, laws, and legislation affecting pensions, retirement plans, and retirement security.



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You may start at $119,554.00 if you possess the following by the closing date of this announcement:

Specialized Experience- In order to qualify for this position, applicants must have at least one year of relevant specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-15) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience analyzing, coordinating, and communicating pension policies; developing legislation; and, overseeing forecasting and research activities using economic, actuarial, financial, and other analytic techniques. Examples would include overseeing the development and implementation of retirement laws/ legislation; or overseeing the development of actuarial forecasting of health/insurance benefits or pension plans.

Examples that do not meet specialized experience are: financial, policy and/or legislative experience related to budget activities involving operating budgets, OMB 300's, segment architecture (IT planning); accounting of daily expenditures or budget forecasting; procurement planning, oversight or execution; government accounting policy; workforce planning; financial systems implementation; or any related financial/budget experience associated with the administrative infrastructure of an organization.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.



Category Rating is being used for this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your resume to determine the quality and extent to which your background (experience, education, training, etc.) relates to the following experience statements:

1) Skill in developing legislation and organization policies, analyzing results of financial forecasts and models, and executing communication strategies. 

2) Ability to communicate technical information on pensions, retirement plans, retirement security, and financial and actuarial policies and other sensitive political issues.

Based on that evaluation, we will place you in one of the following categories- 1) Gold; 2) Silver; 3) Bronze.

If, after your application has been rated by the Subject Matter Expert, you are found to meet none of the experience statements listed above, you will be placed in the Bronze category.

The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points  or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Gold) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

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Visit Federal Employee Benefits for information on the major benefits offered. Visit PBGC Employee Benefits to learn more about PBGC specific benefits.


To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities; the Veterans' Recruitment Appointment(VRA) authority; the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities.

PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC's Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4000 ext. 3637 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637.


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In order to be considered, submit all of the required information (including your supplemental documentation) before midnight EST on the closing date.  

If you are not able to apply online or require reasonable accommodations, contact Brenda Tyler on (202) 326-4110 ext. 6586 no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.   

For TTY/TDD users, call the Federal Relay Service toll free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4111.

Please complete all the steps in the online application process at
USAJOBS (  You may make updates to your information
at any time prior to midnight EST on the closing date of this

*  Register with USAJOBS, which will store your information and resume. You will only need to complete this step once.
*  Locate and review the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. Click the Apply Online link and then select a resume to submit with your application.
*  Click on Apply for this Position Now. You will be redirected to our online system.
*  Complete or review the online core questions, which determine the types of positions you are eligible for.
*  Specify which series and grade(s) you wish to be considered for.  
*  Complete the online vacancy questions, then click "Finish". You will continue to the Vacancy Documents page.
*  Submit each of the documents that apply to you by upload, USAJOBS, or fax according to the instructions provided.   
*  Click "Next," and you will see an overview of your responses. To finish, click "Finish."


RESUME : You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience qualification requirement and competencies so that we can determine your qualifications for this position.  Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.  

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.  

VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives. For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15  Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded.  If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. If you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit, which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.  Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at:Veterans Guide.

CTAP and ICTAP: Candidates must submit documents showing eligibility for selection priority (e.g., RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or other proof of eligibility for priority selection) and an SF-50 showing the current position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location.

ICTAP AND/OR CTAP CANDIDATES: To receive selection priority, surplus and displaced employees must apply to and be found well-qualified for the position. A well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP employee is one who satisfies all medical, physical, education, and/or experience factors for the vacant position; is rated Silver or better against the Rating Schedule/Crediting Plan for the position ; and can satisfactorily perform all of the duties of the position within a reasonable orientation period, e.g., 30 days.

For additional information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit OPM's Career Transition Resources page.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION (OPTIONAL): Please complete and submit the form "Demographic Information on Applicants" located at  This form is used to determine if our recruitment efforts are reaching all segments of the population, consistent with Federal equal employment opportunity laws. Your voluntary responses are treated confidentially and are not released to anyone who can affect your application, or to the public.


Brenda Tyler
Phone: 202-326-4110
Fax: 202-326-4086
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Human Resources Dept.
1200 K Street, NW
Suite 120
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-326-4086


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You may check the status of your applications by clicking on the My USAJOBS tab at the USAJOBS website.

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