The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is seeking candidates for a policy analyst position in OIRA's Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Branch. OIRA is responsible for regulatory, information and statistical policy within OMB and the Federal government generally. The NRE branch is responsible for the review of draft federal regulations and information collection requests from Departments of Interior and Energy and others.Learn more about this agency
As a POLICY ANALYST, GS-0301-9/11/12/13, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
Policy analysts within the NRE Branch are the core source of expertise on matters pertaining to the regulatory and information policies of Federal departments and agencies with environmental, energy, and natural resource missions. Policy analysts are responsible for:
- Conducting analyses of regulations and/or regulatory policy to identify significant economic, scientific, and legal issues, with emphasis on regulatory costs and benefits, and alternative regulatory approaches.
- Reviewing Information Collection Requests pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act to ensure that agency collections of information meet all of the requirements of the Act.
- Developing recommendations for higher-level decision makers.
- Drafting and presenting succinct written products to describe and summarize analyses and recommendations.
- Reviewing and interpreting pertinent subject-related directives, proposed legislation, and policy documents, to identify expected impacts and conducting analysis and studies of their implications and alternatives.
- Providing critical feedback and recommendations to OIRA and OMB leadership regarding policy positions on national-level regulatory and information collection strategic directives and policy statements.
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Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. citizen or national
- Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
- Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
- Direct Deposit is required
- RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID
- Suitability for Federal employment
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
- Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
- More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.
- Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.
QualificationsMINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
You may qualify at the GS-09 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that includes conducting analyses of environmental, energy or natural resources regulations and/or regulatory policy to identify economic, scientific and legal issues, with emphasis on regulatory costs and benefits, and alternative regulatory approaches. Such experience must include: 1) assisting in the objective qualitative and quantitative analyses of energy, natural resources or environmental policy and/or economic issues to inform decision-making; 2) assisting in the development of recommendations to higher-level decision makers; AND 3) drafting succinct written products to describe and summarize analyses and recommendations; OR
B. A master's or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.B. or J.D degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position; OR
C. A combination of education and experience as listed above.
You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that includes conducting analyses of environmental, energy or natural resources regulations and/or regulatory policy to identify economic, scientific and legal issues, with emphasis on regulatory costs and benefits, and alternative regulatory approaches. Such experience must include: 1) initiating and performing objective qualitative and quantitative analyses of energy, natural resources or environmental policy and/or economic issues to inform decision making; 2) development of recommendations to higher-level decision makers; AND 3) drafting and presenting succinct written products to describe and summarize analyses and recommendations; OR
B. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.M. degree, if related; OR
C. A combination of education and experience as listed above.
You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or private sector that that includes conducting analyses of environmental, energy or natural resources regulations and/or regulatory policy to identify economic, scientific and legal issues, with emphasis on regulatory costs and benefits, and alternative regulatory approaches. Such experience must include: 1) initiating and performing objective qualitative and quantitative analysis of complex energy, natural resources or environmental policy and/or economic issues to inform decision making; 2) development and presentation of recommendations to higher-level decision makers; 3) independently drafting and presenting succinct written products to describe and summarize complex analyses, policy options and implications, and recommendations; AND 4) developing strategies to improve the effectiveness of regulatory policies.
You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or private sector that that includes conducting analyses of environmental, energy or natural resources regulations and/or regulatory policy to identify economic, scientific and legal issues, with an emphasis on regulatory costs and benefits, and alternative regulatory approaches. Such experience must include: 1) initiating and performing objective qualitative and quantitative analysis of complex energy, natural resources or environmental policy and/or economic issues to inform decision making; 2) leading the development and presentation of recommendations to higher-level decision makers; 3) independently drafting and presenting both succinct and more in-depth written products to describe and summarize complex analyses, policy options and implications, and recommendations for audiences with differing levels of expertise; AND 4) independently developing and implementing strategies to improve the effectiveness of regulatory policies.
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.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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:
OMB Diversity and Inclusion Statement: OMB is committed to creating a multicultural and supportive work environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization.
Condition of Employment
OMB Financial Disclosure: This position is subject to the confidential financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) (OGE Form 278 SES) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with OMB. Providing this information will be an annual requirement.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and 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. For more information on veterans' preference visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.
Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm
Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page
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 Alternative Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Cost Benefit Analysis, Economics, Oral Communications, and Written Communications
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
2. Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional
- College transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement or if you are utilizing education as part of your qualifications.
- Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member 4 or Service 2 Copy which reflects the type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
- Career Transition Assistant Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
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.
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 online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and uploaded, (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.
Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail. Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages.
Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10500837.
Agency contact information
Client Services EOP - OA
AddressOffice of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.
After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening. If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
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/533627400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.