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Job Title:IT Specialist (Web Application Developer)

Agency:Merit Systems Protection Board

Job Announcement Number:MSPB-DE-2014-0001

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

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$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 01, 2013 to Friday, November 15, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map


This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement # MSPB-MP-2014-0002.)


Protect the Merit Principles and promote an effective Federal Workforce free of Prohibited Personnel Practices.
MSPB carries out its statutory responsibilities and authorities primarily by adjudicating individual employee appeals and by conducting merit systems studies. In addition, MSPB reviews the significant actions of the Office of Personnel Management to assess the degree to which those actions may impact merit.

About the Position: The incumbent serves as an Information Technology (IT) Specialist for the Office of Information Resources Management (IRM), reporting to the Director and Deputy Director of IRM or designated IRM supervisor. IRM has full responsibility for providing information systems technology support to the offices of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). IRM serves as the focal point for developing, coordinating, implementing, and maintaining MSPB information resources management systems and provides technical direction to MSPB staff located across the nation in multiple offices. The performance of IRM is linked to MSPB strategic plans and goals.


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The incumbent designs, develops, tests, modifies, documents, implements, and maintains complex web applications for the office of Information Resource Management (IRM) using Microsoft.NET framework, such as VISUAL BASIC.NET and C#. Maintains legacy enterprise systems. Configures and maintains development, test, and production environments, including Internet Information Server and Visual Studio. Promotes teamwork and exceptional customer service. Manages priorities, resources, assignments and work processes to meet IRM and MSPB goals. Communicates with customers, project members, senior management, and other business units within MSPB as required. Performs other related duties as assigned, including application support, user training, product research, and assistance to other IRM business units. The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.  Applicants can qualify by meeting either the EDUCATION or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements specified below.
EDUCATION AT THE GS-2210-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or a degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts TRANSCRIPTS are required.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-2210-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have designed, developed, and implemented at least one major business critical application utilizing Microsoft Dot Net technologies and must have one year of specialized experience performing the range of duties as described above and knowledge of the Microsoft Dot Net architecture and ability to utilize Dot Net functionality via a Microsoft Dot Net programming language such a C# or VB NET. Applicants must have maintained at least one business critical legacy enterprise system. Some examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: ability to program in C# and/or VB NET, ability to utilize Microsoft SQL Server and/or Oracle enterprise databases, ability to write Microsoft Visual Basic scripts, skill in applying systems engineering concepts and factors, such as: structured design; support ability; survivability; reliability; scalability, and maintainability; application software design principles, concepts, and methods; and interrelationships between IT disciplines. The required experience must be equivalent to the GS- 2210-9 level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-2210-12 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have designed, developed, and implemented at least two major business critical applications utilizing Microsoft Dot Net technologies and must have maintained at least two business critical legacy enterprise systems and must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-2210-11 in the Federal service, plus additional specialized experience, with examples, to include, but are not limited to: ability to develop database stored procedures, ability to utilize Microsoft Visual Basic scripting to interface with server and workstation computers, and mastery of systems engineering concepts and factors. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-2210-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have designed, developed, and implemented at least four major business critical applications utilizing Microsoft Dot Net technologies and must have maintained at least three business critical legacy enterprise applications and must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-2210-12 in the Federal Service, plus additional specialized experience, with examples to include, but are not limited to: ability to create Microsoft SQL Server and/or Oracle enterprise databases, knowledge of Federal IRM policies promulgated by law, OMB, NIST, and GSA; interrelationships of multiple IT specialties; providing advice on IRM technology to senior management; negotiating with management effectively to obtain approval and implement recommendations. In addition, all applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies within the body of the resume; no separate statements addressing them are required. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
Additionally, applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.  Possession of these competencies can be demonstrated within the body of the resume; no separate statements addressing them are required. 

  • Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans’ documents required to receive veterans’ preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Some lifting and installation of personal computers, printers, and servers may be necessary.
  • Some work may require walking and standing in conjunction with travel by car, train, or air to regional offices and to attendance at meetings and conferences away from the work site.


Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above.

  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below.
Range for GS-11: $62,467 to $81,204 (incl. 24.22% locality pay)
Range for GS-12: $74,872 to $97,333 (incl. 24.22% locality pay)
Range for GS-13: $89,033 to $115,742 (incl. 24.22% locality pay)


For information regarding CTAP eligibility for applicants who are displaced Federal employees click on the link below: Career Transition Assistance Programs More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: 1-800-877-8339. MSPB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER and employment decisions are based on merit factors only. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in an employment decision by this agency, you have the right to seek counseling to resolve your complaint. You must do so within 45 days of the alleged discrimination action. If you desire to seek counseling, call the MSPB Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at 202 653-6772, Ext 4405.


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A complete Application Package must be submitted and received prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date. The following documents are required for your application package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisor's phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • Responses to the core federal questions and vacancy specific questions 

For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For information on how to submit your supporting documtation through our automated hiring system and/or print additional fax cover sheets click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


Other required documents as applicable:
  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional: MUST submit a copy of your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, your federal status, position title, series and grade; AND current Federal employees must also submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee’s official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
  • Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy). Disabled veterans must include a copy of your VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit a certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Non-Competitive Reassignment/Transfer/Reinstatement: Most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) in the competitive service with the same or higher promotion potential as this position.
  • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: MUST submit verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage), a copy of your spouse’s DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) AND one of the following: a copy of your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders issued within the last 2 years that lists you as authorized to accompany the military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); OR verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate).
  • CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position from which you will be separated.
  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If you are claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority, you must submit supporting documentation. For more information, click: Supporting Documentation
Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders
  • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
  • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
  • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
  • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


Andrea Opitz
Phone: 612-336-3424
Fax: 612-336-3555
Agency Information:
Merit Systems Protection Board
100 N. 6th Street
Butler Square Bldg, 5th Floor, Suite 510 C
Attn: MSPB Service Team
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: 612-336-3555


You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click: Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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