Information Technology Specialist (Data Scientist)

US Department of Agriculture - Kansas City, MO

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary
This position is located within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Data Sciences (ODS). ODS is responsible for developing, coordinating and conducting data analytics to support data-driven OIG administrative decisions. The incumbent of this position will serve as an IT Specialist providing results, outcomes and products through the use of statistical sampling, modeling, computer matching, and highly technical predictive analytics.

Responsibilities
Developing, coordinating, conducting, and overseeing data analytics, statistical sampling, predictive and risk modeling, and data mining research efforts to support OIG?s mission to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in USDAs programs and operations.
Provides assessments for key customers and identifies areas worth further fraud analysis. Data analysis may encompass a range of analytic capabilities, such as aggregations, statistical analysis, time-series analysis, dynamic profiles.
Works on large sets of structured data, semi-structured data, and unstructured data using statistical and data mining techniques to design, develop, prepare and propose solutions.
Provides expertise on leading-edge methods of integrating advanced programming and visualization tools to better understand significant patterns in a wide variety of data.
Contributes technical expertise and prepares and publishes project reports, research papers and peer review documentation.
Prepares and presents technical information as educational material for non-technically trained audiences at a variety of forums.
Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served
Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/
You will be required to complete an OGE-450, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests
Relocation expenses are NOT authorized
Qualifications
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade Requirement: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the lower grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-12 and 13 levels (MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 THAT SHOWS TIME-IN-GRADE ELIGIBILITY AS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION).

Basic Requirements:
Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. Experience must be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate. The agency has identified the specific level of proficiency required for each competency based on the on the requirements of the position being filled. Your resume must demonstrate that you meet the following competencies:

1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3. Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Written communications are well-organized, understandable, complete, and in good form.
4. Problem Solving - Proactively identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

AND

Minimum Qualification Requirements for the GS-12 Grade Level:
In addition to the basic requirements described above, the incumbent must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: performing work related to data mining, data warehousing, predictive analysis information, documentation, personnel security, and special projects. This experience includes applying statistical or data mining techniques to soundly and effectively solve real problems; applying the interrelationships of multiple IT disciplines, e.g., database management, security, applications software, and systems design independently or with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualification Requirements for the GS-13 Grade Level:
In addition to the basic requirements described above, the incumbent must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: performing work related to data mining, data warehousing, predictive analysis information, documentation, personnel security, and special projects. This experience includes applying statistical or data mining techniques to soundly and effectively solve real problems; applying the interrelationships of multiple IT disciplines, e.g., database management, security, applications software, and systems design independently.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, credit may not be given for your response(s).

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Education
EDUCATION MAY NOT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THESE GRADE LEVELS.

Additional information
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website.
See the above announcement for more information.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

Data Management
Problem Solving
Project Management
Information Systems/Network Security
Oral Communication
Writing
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need only meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

Note: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit:
https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10596076

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

Resume that includes:1)personal information such as name, address, contact information;2)education;3)detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable);4)other qualifications.
If education is required or being used to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, official transcripts will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

Current and former Federal employees:
Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade held (or promotion potential) on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND
Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute.
Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, that shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.
If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference.
Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority or an interchange agreement with another merit system not listed above, see the requirements for that authority and submit the required supporting documentation. Go to: USAJOBS Hiring Path for Special Authorities or Special Hiring Authority for more information.
Benefits

Benefits
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.