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Job Title:Statistician (Operations and Administration) -SV-1530-J

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:HQ-CFO-13-649757

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$88,648.00 to $137,402.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 29, 2013 to Friday, August 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

SV-1530-J

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

J

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens. 

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.22%. 

This position is located in Arlington, VA.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.                     

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.  In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please:
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KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • Overtime may be required at various times of the year.

DUTIES:

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This position is located in the Financial Management Analysis Branch, Financial Management Division, Office of Finance and Administration (OFA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  If selected for this position, you will serve as a Statistical Accounting Analyst in the Financial Management Analysis Branch.  You will assist the branch chief in the preparation of the monthly fluctuation analyses for the DHS and internal and external auditors.  This preparation will include deep analysis of trends data in capitalized costs for year-to-year, quarter-to-quarter, and month-to-month fluctuations.  You will use your comprehensive technical knowledge of new statistical theories and methods, such as linear regression and moving average, to perform multiple, varying, and complex assignments as a principal technical specialist, project manager, or team leader for large statistical analysis activities using SAS statistical software.  Typical assignments include:

  • Working with the Financial Systems Branch, leading in the development and maintenance of an automated cost research and analysis tool that dissects costs across different lines of accounting, object classes, vendor names and types, and other reporting attributes for effective, efficient, and timely trends summarization. Developing and maintaining a communication network that provides business information exchanges to corroborate key budget and cost information supporting trend analyses.  Providing meaningful trend reports to management and executives as needed. Serving as the subject matter expert and liaison for internal and external audits.
  • Ensuring the precision of statistically supported financial reporting by working directly with contract statisticians to review and adjust statistical models, tables, and reports that support statistics-based accounts payable estimates and other statistical projections developed and maintained within the Financial Management Division. Validating the models developed by the contract statisticians.
  • Providing quality assurance reviews of statistical samples used to make financial estimates and their supporting documentation. Researching in the accounting system to resolve documentation issues.
  • Ensuring that TSA's complex accounting transactions for real property and leases are processed in accordance with the U.S. Standard General Ledger (USSGL). Ensuring that balances in the Fixed Asset (FA) Module and supporting schedules are reconciled to the balances reported in the general ledger on a monthly basis, and that differences are identified and resolved.
  • Reviewing and analyzing abnormal balances in quarterly TIER Accounts Payable (AP) estimates submission. Preparing correcting entries that are compliant with the USSGL and other DHS financial reporting requirements.
  • Researching financial and accounting issues and presenting findings and recommendations to management. Issuing range from statistical data mining analyses to systems implementation data reconciliation.
  • Reviewing and updating operating procedures on an annual basis and creating standard operating procedures for new processes.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements for all Statistician Positions: 

A. A 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 should be given for courses in which 50 percent 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.

OR

B. A combination of education and experience -- courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included 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, to qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to the GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Such experience includes applying statistics and statistical analysis and applications to conduct analysis on large data sets; and experience with data maintained in financial systems relevant to the property, plant, and equipment and costs (e.g., Sunflower Asset Management System (SAMS); the Fixed Asset (FA) Module, the Accounts Payable Module, and the Purchase Order Module of Oracle's Core Accounting System (CAS); MarkView; and Oracle Business Intelligence, OR similar systems).


You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation.  You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position.  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee.  At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.
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BENEFITS:

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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 www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."



OTHER INFORMATION:

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies.  Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov.

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 as a condition of placement into this position.  

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

Your application must include:

1. Resume
2. Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position
3. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the TSA HRAccess Help Desk before the closing of this announcement for alternative options on how to apply.  The Help Desk is available by phone at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 8:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 11:00AM - 4:00PM ET Sunday.  If outside these hours, please email your question or concern to Helpdesk@TSA-HRAccess.com or fax 1-877-872-7993.  

When contacting the Help Desk please provide your contact information, the Job Announcement Number of the position you are interested in, and your questions or concerns.  


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status (if you are not a current TSA employee), Veterans' Preference, or education or a combination of education and experience:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for internal/status consideration.

If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent personnel action SF-50
(or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.  If you elect Status for the consideration of your application without submitting an SF-50 demonstrating your current or previous permanent Federal employment status, and you are not a current TSA employee, your application may not receive Status consideration.

DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 5-point preference.

SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference.

Transcripts - If you wish to qualify for this position based on your education, submit copies of your transcript(s) from accredited colleges or universities for each school attended.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7990
Fax: 877-872-7993
TDD: 877-872-7992
Email: Helpdesk@TSA-HRAccess.com
Agency Information:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Shared Service Center
2650 Park Tower Drive
Suite 201
Merrifield, VA
22180
US
Fax: 877-872-7993

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.

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Job Announcement Number:

HQ-CFO-13-649757

Control Number:

348436000