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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Financial Program Specialist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:FEMA-14-NLF-17560DE

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


Friday, June 20, 2014 to Thursday, January 29, 2015




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


All U.S. citizens

Status candidates may also apply under FEMA-14-NLF-17560MP

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About the Agency

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit for additional information.

This position is ideal for a professional that has experience providing oversight of financial research and statistical data analysis related to special projects.  This position starts at a salary of $106,263.00 (GS-14 step 1). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration team within FEMA.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.


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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.


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In this position, you will perform a variety of duties, including financial research and statistical data analysis related to special projects involving program issues that contain complicated elements. Typical assignments include:

  • Conducts sensitive or highly complex negotiations; develops authoritative recommendations for formal action; and provides authoritative advice and technical assistance in support of the Division's mission.
  • Reviews and formulates budget policy and guidance for use in developing an integrated budget for a significant organization component or to fulfill multi-year objectives for a program with national impact.
  • Manages and controls contractor tasks and assets to assigned projects.  Evaluates relationships between major agency administered program changes and the financial state of the organization.
  • Directs all required analysis and reports.  Directs necessary liaison coordination with other departmental offices and federal agencies.
  • Analyzes actual expenses as compared to budgeting plans, making projections and indicates adjustments in plans necessary to maintain equitable program balance.


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The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Candidates may not substitute education for the required experience in order to qualify for this position.

You qualify for this position at the GS-14 level (starting salary $106,263) if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 federal level that demonstrates experience in the budget formulation process; Candidate must also have experience in justifying, interpreting rules, regulations and policies to resolve issues and questions as part of the planning, programming and budgeting execution process. 


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Knowledge of laws, policies, and regulations of a financial and administrative field sufficient to apply new theories and developments.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of program evaluation and oversight, including knowledge of project management and tracking financial software systems.
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement programs, plans and proposals involving substantial resources or required changes in established procedures and to make recommendations to achieve organizational goals.
  • Skill in oral communication.
  • Ability to prepare written documentation and to work effectively.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  3. 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. 

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.  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.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  For information on veterans’ preference, please click here

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  • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
  • A one year probationary period is required unless already completed.


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday) - see Agency Contact Information. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible.
Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (
You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
Step 2 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the CareerConnector website to complete the application process.
Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on the CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.
Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.
Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
Document Upload:
You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. or
2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.


1.  Your resume
2.  Your responses to the job questionnaire 
3.  Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability.  Click here for more veterans’ information.
4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit: 
  • a copy of your agency notice,
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
  • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Nicki Feagin
Phone: 800-879-6076
Fax: 9999999999
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Please apply online
Washington, DC
Fax: 9999999999


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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