This position is located in the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Mission Support Team (MST), Data Analytics Team. As a Student Trainee (Operations Research Analyst), you will be responsible for providing timely, technical advice with respect to applied data science and mathematical and statistical analyses that solve critical problems, promote program integrity, and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.Learn more about this agency
- Research and apply mathematical, statistical, and text analyses using software and in coordination with other analysts, through the use of cross-industry standard process for data mining (CRISP-DM)/Agile methods.
- Effectively communicate analytical methods and results to teammates and prepare technical documentation.
- Assist project teams by translating requirements into useful mathematical, statistical, or text analyses that contribute value to the organization?s mission.
- Assist with preparation of proposals by outlining the hypothesis, requirements, and potential impact of conducting the analysis.
- Provide data preparation for statistical analysis.
- Effectively work in teams to complete analytical projects.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- Security Clearance: Position has been designated as Noncritical Sensitive. Incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
- Drug Testing: The incumbent of this position is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with the DoD OIG.
- Trial Period: A trial period may be required.
- Pathways Agreement: Incumbents must complete a Pathways Participant Agreement upon appointment.
QualificationsInternship Program Eligibility
Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment and seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis, as defined by the educational institution.
Qualifying Education Institution: Any of the following educational institutions or curricula that have been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education
Academic Program Requirement
Applicants must be in a degree program in operations research; or one that includes 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 be in calculus.
Note: Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may be 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; queuing 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.
You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards
Minimum Qualifications for the GS-1599-07:
A. 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service applying mathematical, statistical, or text analysis using software packages.
B. One year of graduate level education in a related field. An academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. This determination is made based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the graduate program. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours will satisfy the one year of full-time study requirement. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim.)
C. A bachelor's degree in a directly related major and meet Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.). S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. (1) Class standing-Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. (2) Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. G.P.A. as recorded on the final transcript. The final transcript must cover the period being used to determine G.P.A., i.e., all 4 years or last 2 years. (3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society-Applicant can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed. These honor societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education and any other applicable documentation to verify your claim.)
D. A combination of experience as described in "A" above and education as described in "B" above. To combine education and experience, determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine your education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim.)
Minimum Qualifications for the GS-1599-09:
A. 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service applying mathematical, statistical, or text analysis using software packages and effectively communicating analysis results.
B. Having completed, or within 9 months of the closing date of this announcement will have completed, a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. that may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. To be creditable, education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim.)
C. A combination of experience as described in "A" above and education as described in "B" above. To combine education and experience, determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine your education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim.)
***The required education must lead to a degree in operations research; or one that includes 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 be in calculus.
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://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Additional Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional positions.
Conversion: Interns may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent or term (time-limited) position within 120 days of successful completion of the program. To be eligible for conversion, interns must: complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program; complete their degree or certificate requirements; meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted; meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Pathways Participant Agreement; and perform their job successfully. Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours. Once noncompetitively converted, the position has a full performance level of GS-12.
Veterans Preference: For more information on veterans' preference go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Re-employed Annuitants: This vacancy does not meet the criteria identified in DoDI 1400.25 VOLUME 300, Section 3 for the appointment of annuitants. Veterans preference eligibles receive consideration regardless of their annuitant status.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The assessments for this job will measure:
Accountability, Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Decision Making, Flexibility, Integrity/Honesty, Interpersonal Skills, Learning, Reading, Self-Management, Stress Tolerance, and Teamwork.
Your results on these assessments will place you in one of three categories:
Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates a high level of proficiency in the job related competencies based on the answers to the assessments.
Highly Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency in some of the job-related competencies based on the answers to the assessments.
Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualifications.
Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Résumé showing relevant experience and education (cover letter optional). Resume should include the following: where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week and salary;
- Transcripts: You must submit up-to-date transcripts to verify your current enrollment in or acceptance into a degree program. The transcripts, either official or unofficial, must verify your claimed degree program and course history, your name and school's name, support at least half time enrollment)
- Complete initial Eligibility Questionnaire and Additional Online Assessments
- To claim veterans' preference, submit a DD-214 indicating the most recent dates of service, character of service and type of discharge. To claim 10% or more disability, submit a VA certification letter in addition to a DD-214 (If selected, a completed and signed SF-15 will be required prior to your entrance on duty.) Future military retirees can submit a "Statement of Service" only if retirement DD 214 or proof of transitional leave is not yet available. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable).
Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional form/s and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.
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.
How to Apply
You must complete the initial online questionnaire, the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. You must submit a complete application package by the end of the closing date of this announcement.
- Click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to complete the initial online questionnaire and upload your resume/supporting documents.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
- Check the application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, by clicking Application Status and More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. 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/supporting documents.
Once your application is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email. When you receive a notification from your USAJOBS account it may indicate that your application is complete after you submit the initial online questionnaire and documentation; however, your application will NOT be complete until you have successfully completed the next step described below.
- If you meet minimum qualifications based on your initial online questionnaire, you will receive an email from assessments@USAHire.opm.gov with a link to the Competency Based Assessments. If not, the email may appear in a "Spam" or "Junk" folder. If you have not received this link within 24 hours before the closing date and you meet the minimum qualifications, you should contact HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.gov. If you accidently deleted the invitation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments or otherwise need the information re-sent (e.g., you feel you have not received it due to a SPAM filter), you should contact HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.gov to request the invitation to be re-sent. Requests to re-send invitations to the USA Hire Competency Assessments must be received by HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.gov BEFORE the close of the JOA.
- Before taking these assessments, you should visit https://usahire.opm.gov/assess/default/sample/Sample.action to determine whether your computer is likely to experience issues during testing. If you require technical assistance, please contact HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.gov.
- You should plan 3 hours to complete these assessments; however, most applicants complete the assessments in less time. The assessments must be completed within 48 hours after the close of this Job Opportunity Announcement. You may not re-take the assessments for one year. Your results will be kept on record and used for future jobs requiring these assessments.
Agency contact information
HR Customer Care Center
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350
When your application package has been reviewed, you will receive an email advising whether or not you were determined to be best qualified and referred to the hiring manager. Referred candidates may be contacted for an interview. You will be notified when the selection process is complete.
If you accidentally deleted the invitation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments or otherwise need the information re-sent (e.g., you feel you have not received it due to a spam filter), you should contact HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.gov to request the invitation to be re-sent. Requests to re-send invitations to the USA Hire Competency Assessments must be received by HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.gov BEFORE the close of the Job Opportunity Announcement.
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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.
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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.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/520648300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.