Washington D.C.
Sep 28, 2017
Sep 28, 2017
Full Time

SPECIAL NOTE: A Recruitment Bonus may be offered for this position. The incumbent in this position may be reassigned to another Headquarters Unit or to a NASS Regional Field Office, contingent on the needs of the Agency.

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Occasional travel - Travel to NASS Regional Offices, professional conferences and meetings no more than 5% of the time.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses may be authorized.

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • •  This position requires up to  5  % travel.

    To qualify for this position, you must meet the Basic Requirement AND Specialized Experience requirements below.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must meet the Basic Requirement via one of the two ways detailed below.

    Education for a Mathematical Statistician:
    Applicants must have a degree that included that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics. MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS


    : You must possess a combination of education and experience, as shown in (A) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance. MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS

    Specialized Experience: defined as experience related to the work that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To qualify for a GS-15, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-14 level. Such experience would include guiding an organization responsible for information technology infrastructure research, design, implementation and maintenance, providing program management and tactical planning; interdisciplinary collaborations with industry, academia, and guiding multiple government agencies to develop and implement information technology standards and best practices; and development and maintenance of secure information and operations systems.

    Note: There is no education substitute for Specialized Experience. Time in grade: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement  including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience as identified by grade level. For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

    E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligibility see 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.

    •  Relocation expenses are authorized.
    •  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    •  Special Hiring Authorities Information: Click here for more information regarding applying under the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, and Schedule A Disabled.
    •  This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
    •  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). See:

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

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Managements (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencie

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

    • Knowledge of analytical mathematical and statistical principles to perform survey methodology studies in the agricultural sector.
    • Knowledge of mathematical and statistical techniques to research new methodologies in all areas of statistical analysis.
    • Ability to develop plans and procedures which are used in the analysis of alternative statistical and/or data collection methodologies.
    • Ability to prepare and present mathematical and statistical recommendations to a variety of internal and external audiences.

    We will review your application, including the online Occupational Questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

    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 can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

    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 Online" button to the right.

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