The primary purpose of this position is to ensure the provision of expert cost analysis support to Components as they grow a self-sustained capability, conduct independent cost estimates and assessments to inform Acquisition and/or Resource decisions, provide CAD with the necessary policies and processes to improve the capabilities of DHS cost estimating and analysis, and address the analytical needs of the DHS cost estimating community through the development and enhancement of databases, models, and cost methodologies.
This position is located in the Cost Analysis Division (CAD), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
"Applicants may be selected to serve in either a Top Secret/SCI or Top Secret or Secret security clearance level position."
This vacancy has been amended to extend closing date to August 15, 2016.Learn more about this agency
- Serve as an expert on cost analysis/estimating of DHS programs; provide authoritative advice to program managers and other DHS stakeholders on best practices in enhancing cost estimating/analyses.
- Lead a team of cost estimators for the development of independent cost estimates and assessments for DHS programs and recommend approaches to addressing complex issues and concerns to the Acquisition Decision Authority.
- Lead efforts to incorporate DHS policies, procedures, standards, directives, guidance, templates, and identity resources necessary to implement make significant changes and enhance improvements.
- Develop cost models, incorporating cost sensitivity and benefit analyses that are communicated to DHS senior-level management for consideration in making budgetary decisions.
- Anticipate future problems by staying abreast of the state-of-the art cost estimate programs, including those in exploratory, advance development, engineering development and production; and assessing the accuracy of program-generated cost estimates.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…United States Citizens
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- This position may be subject to random drug testing.
- Financial Disclosure is required.
- You must be able to obtain S or TS or TS/SCI security clearance.
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 a TOP SECRET/SCI or TOP SECRET OR SECRET security level clearance as a condition of placement in this Special Critical or Non-Critical sensitive position. This review includes the financial issues such as delinquency on the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. The selectee is required to obtain and maintain this clearance. Failure to do so will result in separation for the efficiency of the Federal Service.
QualificationsSELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:
Applicants must possess a professional certification in cost estimating analysis, such as ICCEA Certification: Professional Cost Estimator/Analyst, DAWIA Level III Business Cost Estimating (BCE), or DAWIA Level III Business, Cost Estimating and Financial Management (BCEFM), or DHS Level III Cost Estimating, or similar professional certification. (Must provide proof of certification when applying for this position).
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
All applicants must demonstrate that they meet the BASIC REQUIREMENTS for the Operations Research Analyst occupational series: [You must submit a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) to verify this claim.]
A. Bachelor's degree or higher in operations research; or
B. Bachelor's degree or higher 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.
In addition to the Basic Requirements above, applicants must possess the following Specialized Experience Requirement for qualification at the GS-14 grade level:
To qualify at the grade GS-14 you must 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 sector). This experience must include: 1) leading a team in cost estimating and analysis policy, policy implementation, and guidance; 2) organizing and coordinating efforts in providing efficient and effective support and oversight of a major acquisition programs to include Cost Estimating Baseline Documents (CEBDs) and Life Cycle Cost Estimates (LCCEs); and 3) providing advice to program managers and other stakeholders on best practices in enhancing cost estimating/analyses. NOTE: The contents of your resume must fully and explicitly support this response in its entirety in order to qualify.
The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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
Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance levelGS-14.
Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles.
This job opportunity announcement (JOA) include Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). Active duty service members who have begun their civilian job search prior to discharge or release from active duty will know how their application will be considered.
a. Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be conserved for competitive service positions and granted tentative veterans preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying to a federal job.
b. A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of certification is signed.
Veterans, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. 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 additional proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.
If you are a person with disabilities see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities, you may qualify for a Schedule A appointment (a special authority used to hire people with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities who have documentation from a licensed medical professional or other entity (such as rehab counselor)? If you qualify for Schedule A, you must submit appropriate documentation. For more information to determine your eligibility or to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, you may click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).
DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
All applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters may be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal use of drugs prior to receiving a final offer of employment. A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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 competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:
- Ability to manage a cost analysis and estimating program, policy, policy implementation, and function as a cost expert within the organization
- Skill in the application of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, econometrics and other scientific methods and techniques to test, evaluate, and improve cost estimating and analysis theories, principles, concepts, and practices
- Ability to communicate with higher level management within the organization
- Ability to teach and coach acquisition workforce personnel
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
- Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
- Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
- Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibilityon OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of  for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View information on VEOA in OPM's Vet Guide).
Background checks and security clearance
1. Your resume
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire [View Assessment Questions]
3. Must submit a professional certification in cost estimating analysis, such as ICCEA Certification: Professional Cost Estimator/Analyst, DAWIA Level III Business Cost Estimating (BCE), or DAWIA Level III Business, Cost Estimating and Financial Management (BCEFM), or DHS Level III Cost Estimating, or similar professional certification. (Must provide proof of certification when applying for this position).
4.Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. View information for those with foreign education.
5. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information.
6. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under 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.
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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1618011.
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 Monday, August 15, 2016 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
3. Fax 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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Employee Benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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 Monday, August 15, 2016 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
Agency contact information
AddressDepartment of Homeland Security Headquarters
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street Suite 13-300
San Francisco, CA 94103
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 60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/445189000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.