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Job Title:  Senior Policy Analyst (Counterparty & Portfolio)
Agency:  Federal Housing Finance Agency
Job Announcement Number:  OHRP-13-03

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$111,471.00 to $189,501.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 11, 2013 to Monday, August 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is a small, dynamic, fast-paced federal agency whose work has far-reaching impact. If selected, you will be part of an integrated team playing a key role in the current and future U.S. housing market. 

At FHFA, every employee is critical in meeting our mission. Our team primarily consists of examiners, accountants, economists, financial analysts, information technology specialists, and attorneys – which make up our Mission Critical Occupations (MCO).  However, we also employ budget and procurement specialists, human resources specialists, administrative, facilities and space management professionals and student interns.

We offer competitive salaries and a great benefits package.




  • You must be a US Citizen to apply for this position.
  • Selective Service Registration if you are a male born after 12/31/1959.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • A cover letter is required for this announcement.


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The position is located in the Office of Housing and Regulatory Policy (OHRP) and will report to the Manager of Counterparty & Portfolio.

The incumbent will:

Develop analyze, evaluate, monitor, and/or implement effective housing finance policies, procedures and guidelines, related to but not limited to asset disposition policies for large retained mortgage portfolios (both securities and loans), review of servicing policies including transactions/transfers, as well as the evaluation of broader strategic business policies that effect the taxpayer/borrower.

Use knowledge of price discovery, asset disposition, transaction execution, market impact, other capital market operations and public policy to advise on the effective management of the portfolios of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Identify policy issues relevant to FHFA’s oversight responsibilities and evaluate their implications and significance.

Monitor the regulated entities' housing programs to ensure that program operations and policies are in compliance with statute, regulations, and FHFA policies.  Work with the staff of the regulated entities to assist in program improvements, realignment, or to resolve areas of noncompliance.

Manage special projects and coordinate within the FHFA and/or with the regulated entities.

Develop and deliver presentations, with written materials, as necessary.

Prepare policy and issue papers, briefings, and memos for the Director, Senior Associate Director for OHRP, other senior FHFA staff or officials, as well as external audiences.

Maintain sufficient documentation to verify any analysis included in the materials and to reproduce the analysis.

Establish and maintain professional contacts relevant to the financial services and mortgage finance industries.

 Additional selections may be made from this announcement.  




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Qualifying experience for the EL-14 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to EL-13 (GS-13) which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience include the following: 

Providing technical analysis and policy expertise in housing finance, particularly related to large retained portfolios of mortgage loans and related securities.  Recent experience with price discovery, asset disposition, transaction execution, market impact, other capital market operations and public policy to advise on the effective management of the portfolios of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  

Proven ability to plan, lead, and organize interdisciplinary teams and projects as a team leader and work collaboratively with staff, industry, the enterprises, public interest groups and other parties with diverse interests.

Expert skill in applying sophisticated policy research and analytical skills to complex and varied issues.

Expert ability to communicate technical, general and sensitive information, both orally and in writing.


Applicants must meet all qualifications requirements (listed above) by Monday, August 05, 2013 to be eligible for further consideration. Eligibility will be based on clear documentation indicating that the applicant's training and experience are of the scope, quality and level of responsibility sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, status as a parent, sexual orientation, political affiliations, national origin, age, disability, or any other non-merit factor.





Candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures. Based on your veteran's status and responses to the job specific questionnaires you will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category. There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified. Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.

All of the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references or through other means, such as the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible.



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In addition to the regular benefits offered by Federal agencies, the FHFA offers additional benefits to its employees. These benefits, some at minimal cost, are some of the best and most competitive in both the private and public sectors.

To find out more:
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Interagency Career Transition Program: The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified candidates are those who are rated in the well-qualified or highly-qualified category. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.   See

Veterans' Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified if selected.

Veterans claiming preference who have met the basic qualification requirements will be placed ahead of other applicants in the category to which they are assigned based upon the rating of their application. 


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, except when doing so would pose an undue hardship on the employing agency. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency at (202) 649-3746. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Ethics: FHFA employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions. In addition, certain FHFA employees are prohibited from accepting compensation from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a two-year period after terminating employment with FHFA. Furthermore, to avoid financial conflicts-of interest or the appearance of conflicts-of-interest, FHFA employees may need to divest or sell certain assets they, their spouse, or minor children own or control, including securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the Federal Home Loan Banks. Employees who work on Federal Home Loan Bank issues may need to sell or divest financial interests with any of the Federal Home Loan Bank members, which may include stock in bank holding companies, insurance companies, and other financial services firms. Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Office of General Counsel at (202) 649-3088.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume or CV 

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, August 05, 2013

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the MORE INFORMATION link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  923049 Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire         

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire

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.




·       Resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required.  It must contain your full name, address, phone number, a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your salary.

·       Cover Letter: A cover letter should provide examples that accurately describe your personal and specific contributions to resolving previous challenges and are relevant to the job for which you are applying.

·       Are you a current or former Federal employee?  Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document that shows your appointment in the competitive service, your tenure and your current and highest grade level. 

·       Veterans PreferenceTo apply veteran's preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:

1.    Five Point Preference:  DD Form 214 showing dates you served, type of discharge, and any campaign badges or expeditionary medals you may have earned.

2.    Ten Point Preference:  DD Form 214, as described above, and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference).  Click this link for a copy of the SF-15:

3.    If you are currently serving on active duty.  A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.  If selected for this position, your preference will be verified using your separation DD Form 214, as described above.  For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:

·       Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? 


1.    a copy of your agency notice,

2.    a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

3.     a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action

                              Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found:  Click Here


Paul Nguyen
Phone: (202)649-3953
Agency Information:
Federal Housing Finance Agency
400 7th Street SW
Washington, DC


After all application packages have been received, we will review your materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in his/her resume and the completed Supplemental Questionnaire.  Applicants deemed best-qualified may be contacted for an interview.  We anticipate making a final job offer for this position within 45 days after the deadline for applications.  All candidates will be notified of the final disposition.

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