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Job Title:  Grants and Financial Policy Officer
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Job Announcement Number:  NIFA-S13N-0030

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 02, 2013 to Friday, August 23, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
All US Citizens. Status Candidates, VEOA eligibles, reinstatement eligibles, and those eligible under noncompetitive or special appointing authorities may apply to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement number NIFA-M13N-0031


The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit

This position is located in the Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Grants Policy and Oversight Division. As the Division Director of the Policy and Oversight Division of OGFM you will supervise both the Policy and Oversight Staff . OGFM is responsible for the execution, administration, and payment of the Federal assistance instruments (formula funds, grants, cooperative agreement, and special projects) to further the mission of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the lead agency in the Federal Government for the food and agricultural sciences.  


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • A one year probationary period is required
  • You are required to submit a financial disclosure report


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·       Serve as the primary Policy Advisor to the Assistant Director for the Office of Grants and Financial Management and is responsible for establishing Federal assistance policies for the programs.


·       Review, analyze, and develop highly complex, precedent-setting, and often controversial policy matters covering a great variety of Federal assistance issues.  This includes all oversight activities related to Agency programs; planning and directing Improper Payment Information Act (IPIA); administrative and financial reviews/audits of funded institutions and projects; reviewing and resolving grantee’s A-133 audits; managing the OIG audit resolution process; and coordinating of the Agency’s involvement in GAO studies.


·       Responsible for the entire A-123 process for NIFA (i.e., the documentation, testing, corrective action plans, tracking of the milestones, and validation testing of the Agency internal controls).


·       Develop the Division’s work plans, operating budgets, and priorities; establishes schedules and milestones for the accomplishment and review of work assigned based on Departmental, Agency, and organizational requirements. 


·       Lead the assessment of proposed and newly enacted legislation, regulations, and policies relating to formula funds, grants, cooperative agreements, and special projects; and develops recommendations for changes in regulations and Government-wide guidance.


·       Provide expert guidance and direction to officials at recipient institutions regarding the maintenance of their financial systems and internal controls to ensure they are in compliance with applicable Federal laws and regulations.


·       Plan, organize, and conduct financial and compliance reviews at NIFA recipient institutions, such as the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, and for-profit and non-profit organizations.



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To qualify at the GS-15 grade level you must possess one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14. Examples of specialized experience include experience planning, organizing and directing the overall functions of a Grants Policy and Finance office; knowledge of and experience with budgeting, financial management, accounting, and reporting concepts; internal management control and accountability processes; knowledge of laws, regulations, rules, policies, procedures and methods governing the administration of grants, cooperative agreements, and awards; developing studies, analyses, and research; applying concepts and methodologies;  experience analyzing data from large and complex grants programs; reviewing, analyzing, and proposing laws, regulations, policies, methods, and procedures for grants management issues; experience that demonstrates the ability to communicate complex and politically sensitive budget and fiscal policy issues orally and in writing, identify problems and causes, to develop practical solutions, and explain them to various audiences such as senior Agency, Departmental and Administration officials, and Congressional members and their staff.


Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures.  Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:  

·       Knowledge of research, education, and extension Federal assistance programs conducted at the nation's land-grant institutions.

·       Knowledge of Federal financial and administrative oversight requirements

·       Skill in rulemaking and policy development for grant programs

·       Skill in managerial practices related to team building, internal budget planning, setting goals and developing standards.

Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


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A benefits package is authorized for this position. CLICK HERE for more information concerning federal benefits.


Relocation expenses may be paid. 


Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.
CLICK HERE for further information.

Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.
CLICK HERE to access the Optional Form 306.

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the
REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.


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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, August 23, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions.

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

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 and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
Click here to print a fax cover page
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 935445.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the
1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire, and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.


The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume (OF-612 will not be accepted)

In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference:  To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, CLICK HERE.  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.  


Wahkeela Hines
Phone: (301)504-2373
Agency Information:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
800 9th Street SW
Washington, DC


Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.


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