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    jobs_top-300x2381Job Title:Data Analytics Specialist

    Department:General Services Administration

    Agency:Office of Governmentwide Policy

    Job Announcement Number:1400414RRDE


    $106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year


    Monday, October 20, 2014 to Monday, November 3, 2014




    Full-time – Permanent




    Few vacancies in the following location:
    Washington DC, DC View Map


    All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island).


    Public Trust – Background Investigation




    About the Agency

    There is only one position to be filled at this time. However, this announcement may be used to fill similar vacancies in this organization or any other GSA organization.

    GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the ‘Best Places to Work in the Federal Government’.

    This position is located in the Office of Government-wide Policy, Office of Associate Administrator at 1800 F Street, NW, in Washington, DC.

    GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:

    • Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
    • Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
    • Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
    • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
    • Flexible work schedules and telework
    • Transit and child care subsidies
    • Training and development

    This vacancy is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement Number 1400415RRMP under Merit Promotion regulations. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion Procedures. Note: You must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.


    • Not Required


    • No


    • Meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of closing date
    • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
    • U.S. Citizenship or National


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    Duties will include:

    • Supports the formulation and implementation of policies that streamline operations, improve efficiency, and capture Government savings in OGP’s main management functions.
    • Develops and analyzes complex business oriented reports impacting GSA as well as other Federal agencies.
    • Designs and undertakes data-gathering efforts, comprehensive data studies, and initiatives not only for GSA but for other agencies as well.
    • Conveys findings to leadership through the creation and presentation of professional documents such as Executive Dashboards, Power Point Presentations, and White Papers.
    • Develops models, forecasts and visualization based on generally accepted statistical methods.


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    The GS-14 salary range starts at $106,263.00 per year, if you meet the following qualifications. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. To qualify, you must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience is experience planning, designing and implementing complex information analysis systems; designing and undertaking data-gathering efforts, comprehensive data studies, and initiatives to convey findings to leadership; and, developing models, forecasts and visualizations based on generally accepted statistical methods. Such experience must include: Use of Standard Query Language (SQL) and Visual Basic or Visual Basic Applications (VBA) programming; Creating and/or customizing existing databases using a relational database management system (Oracle, Microsoft Access, MySQL, SQL Server, etc.); Use of business data systems to structure, review, and present information to senior executives for use in the decision making process.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on length and level of experience. Therefore, in addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week if part time. Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.
    If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
    • Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
    • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
    • Complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment” (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
    • Undergo a background investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
    • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
    • Complete an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, and obtain approval that no conflict or an appearance of conflict exists between your financial interest and this position.


    The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates. If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, Best Qualified. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans’ preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans’ preference.

    You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities:

      • Expert Skill in applying experimental theories to unresolved problems. Ability to make decisions or recommendations that significantly change the interpretation of policies, or develop new important public policies or programs.
      • Expert analytical skills to apply a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness.
      • Experience in relational database management systems ( i.e. SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase)
      • Demonstrated skill in oral communications to interface with Top level Officials in the Agency.
      • Experience with advanced statistical analysis software (i.e. SAS, SPSS, Stata)
      • Experience with data visualization tools (i.e. Tableau, QlikView, Birst, and/or Cyrstal Reports)

    A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

    If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score of 85) to receive priority. ICTAP/CTAP

    To preview questions please click here.


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    You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/insure/federal_employ/index.asp


    -Bargaining Unit status: NFFE

    -Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.

    -Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

    -Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.


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    You must submit a complete application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. For information on applying for a GSA vacancy, please visit Applying for a GSA Job We will only consider applications submitted through the online process listed below unless an exception has been approved by a representative of the HR Office listed on this announcement. A description of the online process is provided below:

    1. Select the “Apply Online” button. Log on to OPM’s USAJOBS to access your existing resume or to create a new one.
    2. From your account, select which resume you wish to submit. You also have the option of attaching any required documents saved in your USAJOBS account. Click “Apply for this Position Now!”
    3. You will be redirected to GSA’s automated system, GSAjobs. First time users will be asked to respond to “Account Creation” questions. If you are a return GSAjobs user, click the links on the left to review and update any necessary profile information before continuing on with the application process.
    4. You will be prompted to respond to “Eligibility Questions” which will be used to determine your eligibility to apply for various types of vacancies. If you are a return user, these fields will pre-populate with your previous responses. Please review and make any necessary changes before proceeding.
    5. Next, you will be asked to respond to vacancy specific questions regarding your qualifications and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or other competencies required to successfully perform this position.
    6. Submit any required documents (see below). A “Vacancy Documents” page is automatically displayed by the GSAjobs system. Most documents become part of your permanent electronic file and you need to submit them only once unless you wish to update. You can view the Description column next to each form to determine if a previously submitted document is on file. For each document you must submit, select one of the following options in the “Action” column:
      • “Upload” – Using the Document Manager, upload document (.gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc format only) directly from your computer;
      • “USAJOBS” – Using the Document Manager, download a document you previously attached from your USAJOBS account for this vacancy.
      • “FAX” – Print the Fax Cover Sheet, then fax cover sheet and document(s) to the listed phone number. We strongly recommend you read the “Fax Instructions” provided on the Document Manager page prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information.
    7. At this point, if you are determined to be qualified for the position based upon your previous responses, additional assessment questions may be presented.
    8. Finally, you’ll receive an Application Review Page which allows you to review the information that will be submitted. You can save a copy of your application by selecting the ‘Save PDF’ button. Then, YOU MUST CLICK THE ‘FINISH’ BUTTON to submit your application.

    Note: If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application will be considered.


    Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application.

    ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles: Submit proof of eligibility including agency notice; SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (or similar agency form); and most recent performance rating.

    Veterans: In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment. If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form.

    Active Duty Military Personnel – In lieu of the DD-214, active duty service members may submit a written document from the armed forces certifying that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. This document must include rank, dates of active duty service, and type of discharge.

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