Deputy Director, Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization

District of Columbia, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located in the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization Program Office (FEHRM). The FEHRM was designated by the Secretaries of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support the delivery of a single, seamlessly integrated electronic health record (EHR) that maximizes commercial health record interoperability and to provide joint decision-making authority and oversight of the single Electronic Health Record.

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The Director and Deputy Director are senior executives who oversee and manage joint EHR modernization programs for the Military Health System, VA and United States Coast Guard, which is under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Deputy Director position is allocated to VA, and this official also reports directly to the deputy secretaries of both agencies.

The Deputy Director works closely with the Director to oversee and manage joint EHR implementation activities and support a diverse staff comprised of DoD and VA government employees and contractors. In the absence of the Director, the Deputy Director has equal authority to speak on all matters related to joint FEHRM efforts.

The Deputy Director will work in collaboration with the Director to oversee the programs necessary to achieve a longitudinal health record and maintain interoperability between community care partners, the VA, DoD, and any other participating federal agencies. The Deputy Director performs the following major duties:
  • Manage the approved joint technical, programmatic, and functional requirements of the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization Program and execute decisions as appropriate in alignment with FEHRM Program Office objectives.
  • Manage the approved joint functions necessary for the deployment, implementation, and sustainment of the seamless EHR, working closely with required acquisition assets as needed to satisfy requirements.
  • Manage each department's health information exchange to securely and reliable exchange health data with commercial partners.
  • DOD acquisition authority for EHR modernization and related activities under the purview of the FEHRM Program Office is aligned to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment USD (A&S) who will provide oversight of cost, schedule, and performance, and ensure timely reporting for all matters pertaining to DoD acquisition activities.
  • VA acquisition authority for EHR modernization and related activities under the purview of the FEHRM Program Office is a aligned with the Deputy Secretary of Veteran Affairs, as Chair of the VA Operations Board, who will provide oversight of cost, schedule, and performance, and ensure timely reporting for all matters pertaining to VA acquisition activities. The Deputy Director may perform Acquisition Management duties of the Director with equal authority as needed.
  • Directs the development of approaches and documentation for resource requests and budget justifications within the FEHRM Program Office purview for federal budget resources. Lead program review boards at VA, DoD, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congressional Committee levels as required to defend resource requirements and expenditure plans.
  • In collaboration with the FEHRM Director, makes joint EHR budget decisions regarding allocation of the DoD and VA budget. Review and approve joint EHR obligations, expenditures, and reprogramming requests based on a full program assessment that is aligned to the FEHRM Program Office's success. Assess revised expenditure plans and actions to ensure sound execution of allocated funds in accordance with governing statues, policies, and allocation limitations.
  • Directs allocation of work among internal resources, field activities/labs, and private industry. The Deputy Director may perform Resource Management duties of the Director with equal authority as needed.
  • As a senior executive for the FEHRM Program Office, the Deputy Director will present to various internal stakeholder audiences including Congress and Executive Branch, as required. Serves as a technical and FEHRM executive authority in various stakeholder meetings. Actively participate in planning and executive decisions as appropriate in alignment with FEHRM Program Office objectives. The Deputy Director may perform Organizational Representation duties of the Director with equal authority as needed.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of drug screening required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
  • May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.
  • In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Rosslyn, VA is the primary location, although frequent transit to Veterans Affairs Central Office (VACO), Washington, DC and the Pentagon, Arlington, VA are part of the job.


To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess all of the necessary requirements for this position, you MUST SHOW in your RESUME that you possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Your application must also include a narrative statement specifically addressing the mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQ's) not to exceed a total of two pages. Eligibility will be based on clear and concise accomplishments that emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments (with results), policy initiatives and level of contacts. Your resume must not exceed FIVE pages including an optional cover letter. Any information in excess WILL NOT be considered or evaluated.

Applicants can obtain a sample resume along with additional information regarding the Executive Core Qualifications on the Internet at

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.


ECQ 1. LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2. LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3. RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4. BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Applicants may focus on resource management, with particular emphasis on financial management (budget).

ECQ 5. BUILDING COALITIONS: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Applicants may demonstrate that they have external contacts as well as internal interactions.


TQ 1: Proven ability to manage and lead a diverse professional, technical, and administrative staff across multiple functional areas in a complex and dynamic environment involving multiple organizations. Includes the ability to bring together divergent views for common solutions to complicated problems.

TQ 2: Knowledge of laws, policies, regulations, guidelines, and business imperatives that govern project management, best practices, Federal IT investment, and strategic planning with proven success managing a large-scale enterprise electronic health record (EHR), other health information technology, business system, or related clinical systems deployment

TQ 3: Demonstrated program management experience delivering enterprise electronic health record (EHR) systems; experience managing multiple systems, and/or a portfolio of programs, and the proven ability to effectively lead and supervise multiple program managers simultaneously to deliver capabilities to an enterprise or functional communities.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.: .

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA Senior Executive Service employment in any position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Step 1: Resume addressing all of the ECQs (not exceed 5 pages): MANDATORY.

Step 2. Technical Qualification(s): MANDATORY FOR ALL APPLICANTS.

Step 3. Structured interviews will tentatively be conducted in September by VA ERB.

Step 4. Subsequent interviews may be scheduled for the Best Qualified applicants

Step 5. Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening such as background and reference checks)

Step 6: OPM Qualifications Review Board, if Applicable.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishments, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY executive core qualification requirement(s) for this position. Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (the results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contacts. Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated. DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.

2. Complete responses to the Online Questionnaire.

All material must be received by the closing date of this announcement to be considered.

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