Program Analyst


Vacancy ID: 838852   Announcement Number: FS-838852-ET13   USAJOBS Control Number: 337375500

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Vacancy Identification Number

838852
1. Title of Job

Program Analyst
2. Biographic Data

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3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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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

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 838852.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive & Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
510100013 Arlington, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Minimum Qualifications

1. From the descriptions below, select one statement that best describes your experience to meet the basic requirement for this position at the GS-12 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which involved performing activities such as: 1) participating in the IT requirements gathering process in order to identify completed deliverables; 2) analyzing and evaluating IT requirements to ensure that they are clear, consistent, and not conflicting with any other requirements; and 3) providing advice to customers on the requirements phase based on knowledge of software development lifecycle methodologies.
B. My experience is not reflected in the statement above and therefore I do not qualify.

2. From the descriptions below, select one statement that best describes your experience to meet the basic requirement for this position at the GS-13 level.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which involved performing activities such as: 1) developing high level and/or detailed storyboards, mockups, use case scenarios, and/or task flows to effectively communicate IT design ideas and interactions based on product and business requirements; 2) gathering, analyzing, and documenting IT system/software requirements; and 3) providing authoritative recommendations to customers, stakeholders, or management regarding the design, development, and functional system/software requirements.
B. My experience is not reflected in the statement above and therefore I do not qualify.

Knowledge of the principles and methodologies to identify, analyze, specify, design and manage functional and infrastructure requirements

From the statements below, choose the one statement that best identifies your experience and/or training.

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.

3. Identify and document functional requirements through process analysis, document review, procedures, and stakeholder meetings/interviews.

4. Manage all system requirements activities in order to achieve an on-schedule delivery of all work products, tasks, and other deliverables.

5. Assist in translating requirements and use cases into test conditions and expected results for product, performance and user acceptance testing.

6. Participate in quality management reviews of the designs, prototypes, and other work products to ensure they fulfill the requirements.

7. Perform quality checks on system requirements and analysis work, suggest improvements, and train/coach others to adopt changes.

8. Participate in transitioning IT requirements and use cases to the designers and ensure a clear and complete understanding of the requirements.

Knowledge of software development life cycle methodologies in relation to the requirements phase

9. Evaluate and assess software, system and architecture during the Software Development Life Cycle process to include function/security requirements definition, design, development and testing phases.

10. Assist customers in defining what type of requirements are needed to fulfill their objectives.

11. Establish scope document to identify the scope of the requirements development.

12. Ensure that requirements are actionable, measurable, testable, traceable, and related to identified business needs or opportunities, and defined to a level of detail sufficient for system design.

13. Develop high level and/or detailed storyboards, mockups, use case scenarios, and task flows to effectively communicate design ideas and interactions based on product and business requirements.

Ability to communicate orally

14. Consult with users, managers, staff and others to gather inputs that define goals for the system and requirements.

15. Serve as liaison between system users and information systems staff in the development, implementation, administration and maintenance of systems/software development and life cycle.

16. Work with management, project managers, other IT specialists and programming staff as part of a project team to recommend improvements to existing IT processes and procedures.

17. Coordinate with IT project supervisors and management to develop data dictionaries, standards and quality assessments.

18. Assess customer needs; provide information and assistance; and satisfy their expectations.

Ability to communicate in writing

19. Prepare reports on system requirements, updates, and changes to the infrastructure for management review.

20. Prepare responses to inquiries pertaining to program areas from the general public, other parts of the organization, and/or congressional inquiries.

21. Prepare comments, impact statements and recommendations on new or proposed legislation, executive orders, directives and other agency decisions for managerial considerations.

22. Produce written information which includes technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.