Computer Scientist, GS-1550-13, Census-MP-LDS

Suitland, Maryland
Jun 28, 2022
Jul 05, 2022
Full Time

  • Serve as a technical expert who utilizes the latest technologies to design and develop innovative software solutions for enterprise or custom Census Bureau systems.
  • Investigate system concepts and system interactions to identify and/or predict the critical software engineering and physical problem areas in the system, develops solutions, and recommends a course of action.
  • Provide enhancements, improvements, and cutting-edge development to solutions by adapting the latest computer technology that is consistent with overall bureau policies, procedures and budgetary constraints.
  • Establish a work plan and staffing for each phase of the project, and arrange for recruitment or assignment of project personnel. Evaluates and identifies budget, schedule, and other pertinent evaluation criteria.
  • Prepare project reports and give presentations to management, clients, and others. Identify effects of unforeseen problems and modify procedures as required to counteract any problems and provide authoritative technical advice to senior management.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.

Due to COVID-19, the Census Bureau is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period consistent with the Census Bureau's telework policy and approval from your supervisor.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see ADRM-2022-0031, Computer Scientist, GS-1550-13, FPL 13, CENSUS-DE-LDS .

A probationary period may be required.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This is a BARGAINING unit position.

Relocation expenses may be paid.

This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for referral is May 13, 2022. After this date, the cut off dates are as follows:

June 13, 2022

July 13, 2022


Minimum Education Requirement:

Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.


In addition to meeting the Minimum Education Requirement above, applicants must have the experience below.

For the GS-13, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: establishing software design concepts to craft standard system designs from existing system functionality and new user requirements; using Object Oriented programming and the latest tools to create new or improved methods and techniques in applications and system software; developing innovative software solutions using large volumes of data; using modern project management techniques; and providing technical insight and developing complex software systems using processes such as: data structures, computer system architecture, software engineering and computer communication.

Education cannot be substituted for experience for this position at this grade level.

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.

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
  • VRA (GS-11 or below)
  • VEOA ( permanent positions )
  • 30% or more disabled
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • CTAP

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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