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Job Title:  Health Insurance Specialist, GS-0107-13
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Health Resources and Services Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-HRSA-DE-14-1173897

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to Tuesday, August 26, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0107-13
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
13
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE:
Q - Nonsensitive
SUPERVISORY STATUS:
No

JOB SUMMARY:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), in Rockville, MD.

 

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Comprising six bureaus and 10 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.

 

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-HRSA-MP-14-1185804 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

 

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

 

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions.

Salary range listed includes locality pay.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 10% travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Background investigation required.
  • Males ages 18 through 25 must be registered with the Selective Service

DUTIES:

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If selected for the position, you will:

  • Conduct legislative and policy analyses issues under the Medicare, Medicaid programs or other issues affecting health insurance programs.
  • Respond to congressional inquiries on policy and program issues.
  • Serve as expert on hospital financing, physician payment structure and national quality improvement efforts.
  • Develop and review legislative policies and proposals related to national health insurance benefits, reimbursement of health care providers, and beneficiary eligibility.
  • Prepare briefing materials, background information, and testimony for agency officials' at congressional hearings.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification Requirements:

 

To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must meet the following requirements: 

 

You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Government. Examples of qualifying experience may include: evaluating and developing health care insurance policies; evaluating Medicare and/or Medicaid policies and regulations; and administering health-related or insurance-related cooperative agreements or contracts.

Documenting experience:   In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.


 

All qualification requirements must be met by Tuesday, August 26, 2014. 

Financial disclosure statement is not required. 

A one year probationary period may be required.

Position is in the Bargaining Unit.

Drug Screening is not required.

Recruitment incentives are not authorized.

Student loan repayment incentive is not authorized.

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Method of Evaluation:

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

 

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). 

 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

-Skill in analyzing legislative policies and procedures under the Medicare and Medicaid programs

- Knowledge of emerging rural health policy issues

- Ability to identify, develop, and propose strategic solutions on health policy issues

- Ability to collaborate with internal and external organizations

- Ability to manage grants and contracts

 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Click here to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees .


OTHER INFORMATION:

Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. The payment of travel expenses for new appointees who are reporting to their first official duty station is limited to individuals who are being appointed to positions at the GS-13 grade level or above and equivalent level positions in other pay systems. The exception to this limitation is for student trainees who are being converted to competitive service appointments in a new duty location.

5. Only mandatory travel allowances may be authorized unless the payment of discretionary expenses is authorized by the OPDIV/STAFFDIV Head and/or designated OPDIV/STAFFDIV Senior Travel Official.

6. A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  More information on veterans' preference from OPM.

 

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service .

Click here for information on " People with Disabilities "

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): Click here for Information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible .   To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Friday, December 12, 2014to 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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript

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.


This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact ONE DHHS (888) 663-3447 (Monday - Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm EST (except Federal holidays); or by email:
askhr@hrsa.gov.  Disability Coordinator, Katherine Slye-Griffin at (301) 443-2538 or by email: kslye-griffin@hrsa.gov.  You must contact the Disability Coordinator prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM EST.


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): To fax your documents, you must use the approved
cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is   1173897. 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   Tuesday, August 26, 2014to 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.

Fax all six page 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.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. A current Résumé - You are encouraged to use the
USAJOBS Online Résumé Builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable (DD-214; Other Veterans Documents; VA letter documenting disability; SF-15

- College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement, or you are qualifying on the basis of education)

For Résumé and Application Tips visit the 
USAJOBS Resource Center .

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRSA HELPDESK
Phone: (888)663-3447
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: ASKHR@HRSA.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS HRSA Center
5600 Fishers Lane
ROCKVILLE, MD
20857 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

What to Expect Next:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

 

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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