About the Agency
We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as a Data Scientist and be a proactive member of our team. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the General Services Administration (GSA) is one of the original OIGs established by the Inspector General Act of 1978. The OIGs were created as independent and objective entities within an agency (A) to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of the agency and (B) to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in agency programs and operations. The OIGs report to the agency head and Congress through semi-annual and other reports.
The GSA OIG operates as an autonomous entity within GSA under a presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed Inspector General who supervises a diverse team of over 300 professionals in headquarters administrative, legal, and operational components and in regional operational offices throughout the country.
The GSA OIG is dedicated to protecting the public interest by bringing about positive changes in the performance, accountability, and integrity of GSA programs and operations. Oversight is provided through auditing, inspections and evaluations, and investigations of GSA extensive procurement, real property, and related programs and operations, which primarily support other federal agencies. OIG oversight components report their findings and recommend courses of action to promote efficiency and economy in the GSA’s activities. Last fiscal year, our OIG professionals’ efforts resulted in $243 million in criminal, civil, administrative, and other recoveries; over $1.4 billion in GSA management decisions that agreed with GSA OIG audit recommendations; over 40 successful criminal prosecutions; and numerous suspensions and debarments. Applicants are encouraged to review the work and accomplishments of the GSA OIG on our website, https://www.gsaig.gov/.
This position is located in the General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Headquarters Office, Internal Operations Division. The incumbent serves as a Data Scientist who provides expert analysis of IT infrastructures, security, software systems integration, expert design and development of data models, statistical analysis, database design and implementation.
Some of the primary duties of the position include:
- Collecting, analyzing, evaluating, and maintaining information, as well as developing data mining and predictive analytical tools to identify indicators of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement and to support OIG investigations;
- Performing research for the design and implementation of the program infrastructure, hardware, communications and software to be used in the formulation of methodologies for the analyses of various data;
- Developing contract needs assessments and formulating and evaluating OIG’s requirements for procuring highly specialized goods and services which may include hardware and software to support the data analytics program;
- Designing and developing customized software applications in a data analytics environment;
- Applying, researching, and implementing computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems;
- Designing, developing, and deploying data-driven predictive models to solve problems and answer questions using technologies in data mining, statistical modeling, analytics platforms, and business intelligence;
- Identifying and analyzing data and information from multiple sources, internal and external, to help support fraud, waste and abuse programs that contribute to the accomplishment of agency mission requirements;
- Collecting and analyzing data using a variety of methods, including parsing/cleaning data and then connecting unstructured and structured data sets to build data tables;
- Building and testing analytic models to incrementally improve the relevance of predictions related to financial transactions and program management; and,
- Performing data discovery, data mining, predictive modeling, simulation and visualization to further enhance insights and drive decisions based on data; and learning new data modeling techniques and software to bring cutting edge technology to the OIG.
- Occasional Travel
- Selected applicant must be able to acquire and maintain a government-issued travel charge card.