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Job Title:Supervisory IT Specialist (Internet)

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Announcement Number:DE-14-BLS-OT-036

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to Monday, May 05, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

Also being advertised as job announcement #MS-14-BLS-OT-037 for status applicants, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants & persons eligible under these non-competitive authorities: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans; persons w/disabilities (Schedule A); To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.


Not Applicable




About the Agency

The Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Special Employment Consideration: DOL encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Also, DOL provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities - the decision would be on a case-by-case basis.  Click here for more information.

This position is located in the DOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Office of Technology and Survey Processing (OTSP), Directorate of Technology and Computing Services (DTCS), Division of Enterprise Web Systems (DEWS).

BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.  The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the DOL.

- This position has no promotion potential.
- This position is outside the bargaining unit.
- A writing sample may be requested at the time of the interview.
- This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional like positions.
- This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.


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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and at least 16 years of age.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires supervisory probationary period if requirement has not been met.


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Duties include but are not limited to the following:

1. As the Web Applications Development Manager, the Branch Chief is responsible for developing concurrently one or more applications through Agile Software Development Practices.  Responsibilities include directing subordinates in the operation, maintenance, and disposition phases of systems.

2. The Branch Chief serves as senior technical expert for IT software development related to data collection and data dissemination.  The Branch Chief provides expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical IT issues.  Applies modern web technologies to solve problems and makes decisions or recommendations that significantly influence important agency IT policies or programs. 
3. Provides advice on and devises solutions to a wide range of IT issues.

4. The Branch Chief supervises software development teams whose work includes the development of web-based data processing systems and the operation and maintenance of such systems. The efforts involve iterative development methods as favored by Agile Software Development Practices. Other responsibilities involve implementing and supporting best practices in areas such as Project Management, Requirements Gathering, Analysis & Design, Automated Testing, Configuration & Change Management and Automated Deployment to system environments.

5. The Branch Chief resolves critical issues affecting the operations of web applications and related IT infrastructure. The incumbent ensures that applications are optimized for state-of-the-art technology and functionality.

6. The Branch Chief initiates and manages the investigation and evaluation for selection of tools and methods for improving productivity and software quality throughout the product life cycle. He/she manages and assesses the feasibility of adopting new software technologies within the current systems environment and ensures the use of best practices by software development staff. 

7. The Branch Chief supervises IT Specialists and other staff who represent various specialties and is responsible for the allocation of resources and assignment of work in order to accomplish the BLS mission in accord with priorities that have been agreed upon with the Division Chief, other Project Managers, senior IT executives, and program managers. He/she is responsible for establishing performance goals, assigning work, tracking achievements of his/her staff, appraising employee performance, providing technical and managerial direction to subordinate staff, approving employee leave requests, and reporting to senior BLS IT management and BLS program managers.  Serves as the initiating official for personnel actions, the requesting official for procurement actions and is responsible for initiating and monitoring labor hour task orders. 

8. The incumbent works with BLS Contracting Officers and Contracting Officer Representatives to develop work packages for deliverables assigned to Contractors.

9. Makes major contributions to Program and Project Office-wide initiatives and policy decisions to improve IT methodology, system operations, and organization effectiveness.  Coordinates multiple, high-level resources to best meet the needs of division and program customers and stakeholders; and participates in senior BLS and DOL teams and committees.


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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is defined as experience leading application development teams working on complex IT projects utilizing Agile SCRUM application development methodologies.  Evidence of this experience may include an active Certified Scrum Master (SCM), Certified SCRUM Product Owner (CSPO), or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification, however, such certification is not required.  Candidates must have demonstrated mastery of developing applications using Java, Spring framework, jRuby, Oracle PL/SQL and Big Data/noSQL in a Continuous Integration (CI) / Continuous Delivery environment.

Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Problem Solving
Oral Communication
Policy and Planning
Team Building
Applications Software
Data Management
Operating Systems

Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.


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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.



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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.  FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week).

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

Certification Documentation to be used as evidence of SCM, CSPO, or PMI-ACP certification.  This documentation may be submitted but is not required to be considered for this position.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

(a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A)
(b) 30% or More Compensably Disabled Veterans

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Kyle Zagorski
Phone: 202-691-6649
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Bldg.
2 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Suite 4280
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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