Program Analyst (Congressional Affairs)

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 12, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


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This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Immediate Office.
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As a Program Analyst, applicant will
  • Assist the Director of Congressional Affairs in developing and facilitating OIG's strategic and policy planning related to congressional, legislative, and regulatory matters;
  • Assist in developing strategies for improving and maintaining strong relationships with Congress;
  • Make recommendations to the senior officials and staff on actions initiated by Congressional committees, individual Members of Congress, and their staffs that are of direct and indirect concern to OIG;
  • Review and provide analysis of congressional and legislative activities in light of Departmental and OIG policies and objectives to identify positive or negative ramifications for OIG;
  • Review and provide analysis of OIG work plans, activities, and other products to identify potential congressional and/or legislative issues and make recommendations to advance OIG priorities;
  • Prepare briefing materials on congressional and legislative matters; - Review proposed or new legislation and consult with the appropriate OIG officials in evaluating the impact of this legislation on OIG programs, authorities, and operations.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S Citizenship is required.
  • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Time in grade must be met within 30 days of closing date of announcement.


Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Specialized Experience GS-12: Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service or (private sector equivalent) that demonstrate the ability to assist and assume responsibility and accountability for the development and/or implementation of program activities in support of congressional affairs (i.e. liaison activity with congressional staff member; identify potential congressional and/or legislative issues) as it pertains to agency's mission.
  • Specialized Experience GS-13: Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service or (public sector equivalent).that demonstrate the ability to manage, oversee and assume responsibility and accountability for the development and/or implementation of program activities in support of congressional affairs (i.e. liaison activity with congressional staff member; identify potential congressional and/or legislative issues) as it pertains to agency's mission; AND
  • Selective Placement Factor: 1) Regular and direct contact with senior Congressional staff from personal Congressional offices and/or Committee offices; 2) Assist or led the Congressional hearing preparation process.


There is no education substitution at the GS-12 or GS-13 grade level for this position.

Additional information

Security and Background Requirements: A background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to: .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

The self-assessment questions relate to the following competencies. You do not have to provide a narrative response to the competencies.
  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Writing

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be adjusted or lowered accordingly which may affect your overall final rating. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
  • Most Recent SF-50 (indicating time in grade, highest grade and step attained
Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, COULD AFFECT YOU RECEIVING CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
  • Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)
  • A copy of your last 2 performance appraisals may be requested at any time during the hiring process.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
Financial Disclosure: This position may be subject to financial disclosure requirements and must be filed within 30 days of the appointment. For more information about Financial Disclosure and OGE Form 450, you may go to the Office of Government Ethics website at and select Financial Disclosure. Frequently Asked Questions can be found at .

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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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