ALL APPLICANTS (including current Federal employees) must demonstrate
that they meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT for at least one of the series listed
OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST, GS-1515, Basic Requirement:
A. Bachelors or higher degree: in Operations Research; or a Bachelors or
higher degree with at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations
research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or
subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level
mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been
in calculus. Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research
positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research,
e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics,
Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science. The following are illustrative
of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory;
engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics;
biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process
analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management;
mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application
of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management,
marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable
quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics
is a prerequisite. NOTE: to be found qualified under this option, you must
submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.
GENERAL ENGINEER, GS-0801, Basic Requirement:
A. Possess a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering. To
be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) Be in a school of engineering with at
least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR (2) Include
differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year
physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering
science or physics: statics, dynamics; strength of materials (stress-stain
relationships); fluid mechanics, hydraulics; thermodynamics; electrical fields
and circuits; nature and properties of materials (relating particle and
aggregate structure to properties); and any other comparable area of
fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil
mechanics, or electronics. NOTE: to be found qualified under this option, you
must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify your education.
B. Do not meet the complete requirements of option A, but have a
combination of qualifying education and experience consisting of successful
completion of college level education, training, and/or technical experience
that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical
sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding,
both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and
their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such
background must be demonstrated by one of the following: a) Professional
Registration -Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the
District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. b) Written Test - Evidence of
having successfully passed the Engineering-in-Training (EIT) examination, or
the written test required for professional registration, which is administered
by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of
Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination
and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in
engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that
included 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of courses in the physical,
mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited
by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) will also be
acceptable. c) Specified Academic Courses - Successful completion of at least
60 semester hours or 90-quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical,
and engineering sciences and in engineering that included courses specified in
the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the
requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph
A above. d) Related Curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading
to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate
professional field, e.g., physics, architecture, computer science, mathematics,
hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering,
provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional engineering
experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
NOTE: To qualify under this option you must submit transcripts to verify your
education in addition to the documentation showing your possession of a), b),
c) or d).
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT, GS-13:
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements for at least one of the
series shown above, to qualify for this position at the GS-13
level applicants must also have at least one full year of
specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12
level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors)
which required them to perform the following duties: 1) design research and
study methods for qualitative and quantitative analyses of T&E (test and
evaluation) problems; 2) review the adequacy of T&E plans and recommend or
implement necessary changes; and 3) participate in work groups , panels or
committees that formulate test and evaluation infrastructure and resource
policy for a major research and technology area such as radiological-nuclear,
chemical, biological, non-nuclear explosives, nuclear explosives,
communications interoperability, infrastructure, maritime, or border security.
NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail
to prove you have one year experience performing these duties. Otherwise, you
will be found ineligible.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT, GS-14:
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements for at least one of the
series shown above, to qualify for this position at the GS-14 level applicants
must also have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in
scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in
either the public or private sectors) which required you to perform the
following duties: 1) lead the planning and development of test and evaluation
strategies for a major technology system; 2) recommend and implement changes to
a test and evaluation program; and 3) represent an organization or Department
on internal and external work groups , panels or committees that formulate test
and evaluation infrastructure and resource policy for one or more major
research and technology areas such as radiological-nuclear, chemical,
biological, non-nuclear explosives, nuclear explosives, communications
interoperability, infrastructure, maritime, or border security. NOTE: To
qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to prove
you have one year experience performing these duties. Otherwise, you will be
The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this NONCRITICAL SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to place you in one of the three categories based on your experience, education and training. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:
1. ABILITY TO APPLY ADVANCED OR RECENTLY DEVELOPED TECHNIQUES TO COMPLEX TEST AND EVALUATION PROBLEMS IN A NEW OR CREATIVE FASHION
2. ABILITY TO APPLY ADVANCED TECHNIQUES DEVELOPED FOR UNRELATED PURPOSES AND EXPERT JUDGMENT TO THE VALIDITY OF ASSUMPTIONS AND ALTERNATE EVALUATION CRITERIA
3. ABILITY TO APPLY BROAD AREAS OF ADVANCED ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES RELATED TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, COMPUTER MODELING AND MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING
4. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ORALLY
5. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
- Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
- Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
- Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.