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Job Title:Review Appraiser, GS-1171-12/13

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Office of the Secretary of the Interior

Job Announcement Number:OST-DA-14-MM1045652(DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,908.00 to $117,343.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 24, 2014 to Wednesday, March 26, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Islanders.

The Mission of the Office of Appraisal Services program (OAS) is to provide impartial estimates of market value for a variety of specific real property interests in real estate owned in trust or restricted status by tribes or individual Indians necessary to protect the common welfare; and to specifically protect the interest of the individual and the individual and the U.S. Government by presenting factual evidence of equity in all real estate transactions.


This is position is located in the U.S. Department of the Interior; Office of the Special Trustee (OST); Office of Appraisal Services (OAS), Anchorage, AK.


Please note:  You may be required to operate a vehicle while traveling; therefore you must be able to obtain and maintain a valid state driver’s license.


Salary Information

Anchorage, AK:  GS-12: $75,908 - $98,677 per annum.  GS-13: $90,264 – $117,343 per annum. 


First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.


This is a permanent, full-time, appointment.  The position has a full performance level of GS-13.


Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.


Indian Preference Policy:  Preference in filling this vacancy is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472).  Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application prior to the closing date of the announcement, if claiming Indian Preference.  Applicants selected under Indian preference from this vacancy will be appointed under the Excepted Service, Schedule A 213.3112(a)(7) appointing authority.  Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applications in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles.


This vacancy is also announced as OST-DA-14-MM1045653(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.


  • 25% or Greater
  • May be required to travel up to 1 to 5 nights per month


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


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Major Duties


The duties listed below are at the full performance level of the position. If selected at the lower grade level, the duties will gradually progress in intensity until the duties listed can be performed independently.

  • Prepares real property appraisal reports for transactions including easements, sale, exchange, condemnation, lease, grazing permits, and trespass on residential, commercial, industrial, special use, and agriculture properties.
  • Reviews appraisals to determine whether appraisal principals, techniques, and procedures are used properly by staff appraisers and fee appraisers and appraisals conform to federal laws and regulations.  Writes appraisal reviews, and recommends to the Supervisory Appraiser to approve or reject individual appraisals.
  • Provides advice and assistance to client agency and third party appraisers, contract appraisers in the business process of obtaining appraisals of all types of uses. 
  • Serves as technical authority in real property valuation, responsible for maintaining impeccable professional valuation standards and ethics.
  • The incumbent prepares valuation services to include real estate appraisals, appraisal reviews, contracting, and consultation services to OST’s clients. 
  • The incumbent serves as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for procurement of real estate appraisal services via contracts. This includes the preparation of contract specifications and/or written appraiser instructions or statements of work, analysis of appraisers’ qualifications, serving on or leading Technical Evaluation Committees, pre-contract conferences, contract administration, and work acceptance or rejection (appraisal review).
A current qualifying professional real estate appraisal or appraisal review designation or accreditation from a current sponsor organization of The Appraisal Foundation that requires approved classroom training in appraisal practice, experience requirements, preparation of a demonstration appraisal report or appraisal review report, and a comprehensive qualifying examination is HIGHLY desirable. 


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Minimum Qualifications




To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11. Specialized experience must include the following:


  • Utilize automated statistical and analytical applications to perform functions such as multiple and linear regression analysis, automated valuation modes, and mass appraisals.
  • Routinely apply federal, state, and local land laws, zoning rules, regulations, and ordinances required for property appraisal.
  • Has served or is serving as an appraiser who independently performs difficult, controversial and complex appraisals.
  • GS-13
  • To qualify for this position at the GS-13 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-12. Specialized experience must include the following:
  • Provide appraisals for at least two of the following property types:  agricultural, recreational, timber, mineral estates, commercial property, residential subdivision, industrial structure(s), or functioning and non-functioning agricultural dwelling or business.
  • Utilize automated statistical and analytical applications to perform functions such as multiple and linear regression analysis, automated valuation models, and mass appraisals.
  • Routinely applying federal, state, and local land laws, zoning rules, regulations, and ordinances required for property appraisal.
  • Has served or is serving as an appraiser who independently performs difficult, controversial and complex appraisals.

All applicants must possess a current General Appraiser Certification in at least one state whose certification standards comply with the minimum Federal standards for general appraiser certification in compliance with Title XI of the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA).   If so, you must provide a copy of your current certificate with your application in order to be considered. 

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website:

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an INELIGIBLE rating.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

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.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire  Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.


Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.

There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (View Assessment Questions) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, your rating will be adjusted accordingly, and may subsequently place you in a lower quality category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Appraisal Experience- Knowledge of valuing real property, property valuation, or land valuation. Knowledge of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (aka “Yellowbook”).

Planning and Evaluating- Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines strategies to achieve goals; coordinates with other organizations; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

Technology Application- Knowledge of developments and new applications of IT; ability to apply and implement software in the development and writing of appraisals.

Communication- Ability to 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); ability to write in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.


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Important Note: Holding ourselves to a higher standard; the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians inspires public confidence in its fiduciary trust responsibilities by maintaining high ethical principles. If selected, you may be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-Form 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information will be required annually.

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 to receive consideration.

§  To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

§  Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

§  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

§  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.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other (BIA Form 4432)
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.   To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is   1045652

2.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

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

2.   Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3.   Fax all six pages of 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.


Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at

Your application package must include:
• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
• College transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
      o If claiming 5 point preference:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service)
         • If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.

Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 day.

       o Other Official Documentation (e.g. copy of military orders, campaign documents such as: expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under HONORABLE conditions and that your service meets the OPM criteria for veterans preference to be awarded.
      o If claiming 10-point preference or greater:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service) and;

An official statement dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran (i.e., the applicant) has a service-connected disability of 10% or more.


NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, veterans’ preference, and/or Indian preference.  For additional veterans’ employment information please visit, or call 1-800-827-1000.



HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Agency Information:
Office of the Special Trustee
4400 Masthead Street
Suite 185
Albuquerque, NM


If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.

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