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Job Title:  Inspector General
Agency:  Federal Maritime Commission
Job Announcement Number:  2013-05-MP-959884

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, October 21, 2013 to Monday, November 04, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals within the civil service


This announcement was previously advertised from 9/16/13 to 10/7/13, and due to the Federal Shutdown was closed. We are now re-advertising this position and applicants who applied to this announcement during the previous open period are not required to re-apply and will receive further review to determine eligibility.

The FMC is an independent regulatory agency with a mission to foster a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system and to protect the public from unfair and deceptive practices.   More information about the FMC and its programs can be found at


This position is located in the Office of the Inspector General, Federal Maritime Commission, in Washington, DC.


  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Subject to completion of SF-278, Financial Disclosure Report.
  • Must complete a 1-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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The incumbent serves as the Inspector General of the Federal Maritime Commission and performs the following duties and responsibilities: 

  • Serves as the Inspector General (IG) and independently develops, directs and executes the audit, investigative, and support operations of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and leads initiatives that improve efficiency and effectiveness of the office and FMC.
  • Provides leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities designed to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of FMC programs and operations.
  • Communicates to the Commission and Congress regarding problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of the agency’s programs and operations, and the necessity for and progress of corrective actions.
  • Reviews existing and proposed legislation and regulations concerning programs and operations of the agency and makes recommendations concerning the impact of such legislation and regulations on the economy and efficiency in the administration of such programs and operations.
  • Plans and directs an audit and investigative program to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in agency program activities.
  • Serves as the spokesperson on matters of internal audits and investigations and represents the OIG in meetings with agency leadership, Administration officials, members of Congress and their staff, the accountability community, the public, and media.
  • Submits semiannual reports to the Commission, who in turn, transmits the report to each House of the Congress. Such reports are transmitted to Congress in accordance with the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.


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In order to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:  

As a basic requirement, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and possess experience that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below.  Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.  Failure to meet the basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualifications determinations will eliminate you from further consideration.


Examples of specialized experience include: conducting investigations and audits and preparing appropriate related reports to identify and propose corrective or legal actions; OR experience in applying laws and regulations applicable to the conduct of business by Federal, State, or local government agencies, employees, or private organizations including laws governing audits and investigations; OR experience in planning and directing an audit and investigative program to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in agency programs; OR experience in conducting investigations and audits of the full scope of agency operations, and developing policies, procedures, and internal controls to ensure regulatory compliance. Such experience may have been gained while performing work as an Inspector General, Assistant Inspector General, senior member of an Inspector General staff, Investigator, or other similar positions that allowed the applicant to independently perform auditing and investigative assignments and to brief management officials on findings.



ECQ 1: LEADING CHANGE – This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  This ECQ requires the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.  Competencies required:  Creativity and Innovation; External Awareness; Flexibility; Resilience; Strategic Thinking; and Vision.

ECQ 2: LEADING PEOPLE – This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.  This ECQ requires the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.  Competencies required:  Conflict Management; Leveraging Diversity; Developing Others; and Team Building.

ECQ 3: RESULTS DRIVEN – This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  This ECQ requires the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  Competencies required:  Accountability; Customer Service; Decisiveness; Entrepreneurship; Problem Solving; and Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4: BUSINESS ACUMEN – This core qualification requires the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  Competencies required:  Financial Management; Human Capital Management; and Technology Management.

ECQ 5: BUILDING COALITIONS – This core qualification requires the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  Competencies required:  Partnering; Political Savvy; and Influencing/Negotiating.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ) - Knowledge and skill in applying investigative and auditing standards, policies, procedures and techniques in order to develop, direct, and execute the audit and investigative program operations of the Office of the Inspector General.


Each of the following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation. These competencies should be addressed in your responses to the ECQs. 


Must be a U.S. Citizen 


Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications and then further reviewed and ranked by the FMC’s Executive Resources Board (ERB) for the quality and extent of your total experience, accomplishments, and education.  Highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and undergo a reference check.  The ERB will review results and make recommendations on final selection to the appointing authority.  Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.


If you are a current career member of the SES, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained OPM Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply to be considered competitively and/or noncompetitively. To be considered competitively, you must submit a resume, written statements addressing the ECQs, technical qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable.  To be considered noncompetitively, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the technical qualifications, and other qualifications, as applicable, but need not submit written statements addressing the ECQs.  Note in your email, cover letter, or resume that you are applying as a competitive or noncompetitive applicant.



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1. This position has been designated as a Career position and will be filled on a career basis. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approval and a probationary period will be required for any applicant who does not have Senior Executive Service (SES) career status.


2. OPM Certification: An initial appointment to an SES position is contingent on approval from the OPM Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully completed an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) or has evidence of an SES appointment.


3. Veterans’ preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.


4. Executive Branch agencies are barred from accepting or considering prohibited political recommendations and are required to return any prohibited political recommendations to the sender.



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To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, November 04, 2013.



1.  A current, complete application, for example a resume or any other application in written format (required); 


The following information must be contained in your application package:

a.       announcement number, title, and grade(s) - please indicate lowest grade acceptable

b.       full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers

c.       social security number

d.       country of citizenship

e.       highest Federal civilian grade held (give job series and dates held)

f.       education level:

(1)      High school (name, city, state, and date of diploma or GED)

(2)      Colleges or Universities (name, city, state, major field of study, and type and year of any degree received - if  no degree(s), show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours)

g.       work experience (give the job title, duties, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and phone number, starting and ending dates, hours per week, salaries, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)

h.       job-related training courses (title and year)

i.        job-related skills (e.g., other language skills, computer software/hardware skills)

j.        job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, public speaking, etc.);

2.    A copy of the most recent performance appraisal and performance plan (elements and standards for achievement, if not indicated clearly on the annual performance appraisal)  (required of current Federal employees);


3.    A copy of the last or latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (required of all current Federal employees and of candidates applying on the basis of their reinstatement eligibility);


4.    If applicable, a copy of OPM SES Certification or SES Candidate Development Program Certification (required);


5.    A separate narrative description for each ECQ and TQ – No more than one (1) page each (required); and


6.    A one-page cover letter - (optional).


Additional Required Documentation:
Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g., severely disabled, eligible Peace Corps appointments, etc.);

  • - ICTAP/CTAP documentation - In order to receive special selection priority, ICTAP and CTAP eligibles must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements, be assessed and placed in the “Well Qualified” category, and submit appropriate documentary evidence, e.g., Reduction-in-Force (RIF) Notice, Certification of Expected Separation, SF-50 documenting separation by RIF, or a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration; and


Applications must be received no later than the closing date of the announcement and should be sent to the Federal Maritime Commission, Office of Human Resources, 800 North Capitol Street, N.W., Room 924, Washington, D.C. 20573, Attn: Wanda Fisher, Human Resources Specialist.  Also, the following methods of receipt apply:


1.    Applications can be e-mailed to:  All e-mailed applications must be sent as an attachment in MS Word, WordPerfect, PDF, or other compatible format.  Applications included in the body of the e-mail or in other formats will NOT be considered.  Applications submitted electronically should be received in our agency e-mail system no later than 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of the announcement.   Additional application materials may be faxed to the agency at the number shown below and should be received no later than 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of the announcement.


2.    Applications can be faxed to the FMC to:  202-523-7842.


3.    *Applications can be sent to the FMC by US Postal mail or via a private delivery service such as UPS, FedEx, etc.


*PLEASE NOTE:  If you choose to use the USPS or private delivery service to mail your application, it must be received in our office no later than the closing date in order to be considered.  No exceptions will be made to this requirement.  Applications submitted become the property of the Federal Maritime Commission and will not be returned.


NOTE: The filing of job applications is a personal matter, not official government business.  Such personal mail is, therefore, subject to payment of postage by the employee.  Applications received in official postage-paid or government franked envelopes will not be acknowledged or considered.


This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please contact the Office of Human Resources on (202) 523-5773.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case-basis.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Guidance on Addressing the ECQs and TQs:   Current or former SES Career employees are not required to address the ECQs.  Each ECQ and TQ statement must not exceed one (1) page, is separate from your resume, and the page limit for your resume, ECQs, and TQ should be 10 pages.  The 10-page limit does not include your SF-50, appraisal, SES or SES CDP certification, or cover letter.  If you exceed the 10-page limit for the resume, ECQs and TQ you will not be considered.

Applicants should not send position descriptions, writing samples, or copies of publications. Structure your ECQ statements in terms of actions you have taken, the context or environment in which the action was taken, and the outcome or results of those actions (Challenge-Context- Action-Result (C-C-A-R) Model). For further information and tips on writing effective narrative statements, see OPM's publication, A Guide to SES Qualifications, available on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at:


Wanda Fisher
Phone: (202)523-5773
Agency Information:
Federal Maritime Commission
800 North Capitol Street
Room 924
Washington, DC


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications.  An SES panel will review and rank applicants and refer the most highly qualified candidates to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  All applicants will be notified by email or US Mail of the outcome of your application upon receipt and throughout the review process.  This process can take approximately 90 calendar days to complete.  If you have questions, forward an email to 


If not indicated on your application, please provide a valid e-mail address.


For further information regarding this employment opportunity and the work of the FMC contact Wanda Fisher at (202) 523-5773 or by e-mail at

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