Policy Specialist


Vacancy ID: 721095   Announcement Number: NIFA-M12N-0019   USAJOBS Control Number: 324008300

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 721095
1. Title of Job

Policy Specialist
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade you are willing to accept for this position.
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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

Please indicate below how you would like to be considered for this position.  You may make more than one selection as applicable.  You will only be considered under the options you have selected, so please choose carefully.
 
MERIT PROMOTION – You may apply under Merit Promotion procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:

1. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying for promotion or transfer to a position at a higher grade level than your current permanent position in the competitive service.

2. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying for reassignment, transfer, or change to lower grade to a position that has greater promotion potential than currently or previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.

 

3. Current competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status applying to a temporary promotion in excess of 120 calendar days to a higher graded position or one with higher potential than position previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.

 

4. Former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility applying to a higher grade or position with greater promotion potential than a position previously held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.  

 

If applying based on #1-4 above, you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing tenure group 1 or 2 in block 24.  You should also submit your most recent performance appraisal.

5. Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).  You must submit a copy of your DD-214.

 
NON-COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY - You may apply under Non-Competitive procedures if you meet the requirements for one of the following categories:

1. C urrent competitive service Federal employees with career or career-conditional status who hold a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for; or former competitive service Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility who held a position with the same or higher promotion potential as the position applying for.  You must provide a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing the same or higher promotion potential as that of the position applying for (i.e. initial hire action, promotion action or reassignment action.)  Do not submit SF-50s for awards, within grade increases or pay adjustments.

2. Veterans eligible for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA).  You must submit a copy of your DD-214.  NOTE:  VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

3. 30% or more disabled veterans.  You must submit your DD-214 and a completed SF-15.

4. Military spouses whose active duty military spouse:  1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty.  For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shams/index.aspx#msaa.

5. Persons with disabilities eligible for a Schedule A appointment.  You must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness.  

 

6. Former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers.  You must provide documentation as proof of non-competitive eligibility.

7. Employees in the excepted service under an OPM approved Interchange Agreement.


1 Merit Promotion
2 Non-Competitive

20. Occupational Specialties

001 Policy Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

Select at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment.  The location code(s) for this position is/are:
110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Your responses to the questions below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the Policy Specialist position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

1. Choose one answer that best describes your experience for the GS-13 grade level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes the following: assisting in the development of policy for formula funds, grants or cooperative agreements; researching, codifying and troubleshooting new financial management procedures; working with staff from other units to improve business processes relative to formula fund, grant or cooperative agreement programs.

B. I do not meet the requirements as described above.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Interpret and apply Federal financial assistance laws, regulations, policies, and procedures such as 2 CFR Parts 215, 220, and 230; 2 CFR Parts 3015, 3016, 3017, 3018, 3019, and 3021; OMB Circulars Nos. 21, 103, 110, 122, and 133; and the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency and American Recovery and Reinvestment Acts .

3. Interpret and apply administrative laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, such as the Administrative Procedure, Paperwork Reduction, Freedom of Information, and Federal Advisory Committee Acts.

4. Understand and apply knowledge of Federal formula grants, competitive grants, and cooperative agreements.

5. Orally communicate information relating to Federal assistance, administrative procedures, and/or financial management policies and procedures.

6. Communicate information, in writing, relating to Federal assistance, administrative procedures, and/or financial management policies and procedures.

7. Make oral presentations to supervisors and co-workers within my organization as well as to outside agencies or organizations.

8. Prepare or oversee the preparation of briefings, reports, procedures, training programs, and/or other policy-related analyses.

9. Communicate technical and non-technical information concisely, both orally and in writing, to various audiences within and outside my organization.

10. Negotiate with an outside organization when there is disagreement over a proposed course of action and persuade those outside officials to my recommended course of action.

11. Conduct training presentations on Federal assistance, administrative procedures or financial management policies, either inside or outside of my organization.

12. Conduct briefings for senior management officials within my organization to present, explain, interpret, and negotiate review findings, often involving problematic policy issues relating to Federal assistance or financial management.

13. Implement a Federal assistance, administrative, and/or financial management policy or program (e.g., Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act).

14. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with external parties such as OMB, GAO, Congressional Staff, or other professional organizations.

15. Represent my organization in outside workshops, task forces, or committees in order to address and resolve policy issues relating to Federal assistance or financial management.

16. Lead the implementation of complex policies, procedures, or programs.

17. Use computer systems and software, including electronic workflow, to implement new or revised Federal assistance, administrative, and/or financial management policies and procedures.