Program Analyst

Woodlawn, Maryland
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Full Time


The incumbent is responsible for planning, analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of the agency's Anti-Fraud program. The incumbent performs a variety of assignments and studies that evaluates proposed operating policy and system changes, and application development or enhancements to existing applications used to detect fraud patterns.

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  • Conducts data analytics and fraud analysis to identify suspicious patterns related to the agency?s programs. Investigates and develops a wide range of analytical programmatic initiatives.
  • Develops, implements, and provides guidance to internal and external customers involving electronic technologies in support of the agency?s anti-fraud initiatives.
  • Develops, reviews, and evaluates program performance management information. Establishes common performance and outcome-based goals; and continuously monitors anti-fraud initiatives.
  • Proposes new initiatives, capabilities, skills profiles, and tools based on leading practices and agency needs. Develops anti-fraud data strategy and governance plan and pursues external partnerships, as necessary
  • Plans and directs studies and projects to identify transitional and/or alternative methods to detect fraud, and applies them to the agency?s programs
  • Coordinates various activities involving the design and testing of an analytics tool or model used to identify system vulnerabilities and detect fraud.
  • Reviews and recommends changes to policy and systems; comments on the Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits and participates in audit discussions relating to the agency?s long-term strategy to prevent fraud within the agency?s programs.
  • Researches material, gathers background, and prepares performance reports and information that are presented to top-level management, Congressional committees, OIG, and other pertinent organizations and agencies.
  • Develops new agency policy in support of anti-fraud initiatives. Reviews and evaluates agency policy from an anti-fraud perspective.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to address policy gaps and inconsistencies. Leads cross-component meetings to address anti-fraud policy concerns.
  • Assesses possible fraud risks within agency programs and determines the effectiveness of controls in place to mitigate risks. As appropriate, works with key stakeholders to develop plans to mitigate key risks.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selective Service Registration: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See
  • Background and/or security investigation may be required.
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing.
  • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience should include researching and investigating new or improved business and management practices for application to agency programs or operations fraud analysis. This experience must be related to fraud analysis as it relates to data analytics, studies and projects, creating models, design testing of analytic models or tools, or writing justifications or special determinations related to fraud analysis.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks at GS-12.

Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will only be accepted from applicants eligible for one of the following categories.
  • Federal employees currently serving under career or career conditional appointments;
  • Federal employees currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities; and time limited appointments for veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more;
  • Former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement (i.e., those who have career status or separated from a career-conditional appointment less than 3 years ago);
  • Current or former Federal employees eligible under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); or
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles (i.e., Preference-eligible veterans OR veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service).
  • Federal employees serving under excepted service appointments with competitive service compatibility (e.g. Postal Service, Foreign Service, an agency with an interchange agreement, etc.) may be eligible to apply. Please visit Excepted Service Appointments with Competitive Service Compatibility for more information.
NOTE: Excepted service employees serving under Schedule A appointments for Attorney positions or Pathways Programs appointments (Presidential Management Fellows, Recent Graduates, and Interns) are not eligible for consideration.

Position to be filled under the provisions of the Management Officials Promotion Plan . The best-qualified list for this vacancy may be used to fill the same or similar positions in a component(s) under the same Deputy Commissioner. Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date the best qualified list is issued.

LOCALITY PAY: Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that should they be selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.


This position is eligible for telework according to agency policies.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a high risk public trust position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Knowledge of anti-fraud policies, procedures, and applications.
  • Skill in conducting studies and analyzing data to identify fraudulent activity.
  • Skill in oral and written communication to accomplish goals and negotiate cross component resolution of problems.
  • Skill in assessing program vulnerabilities based on risk management principles and practices.
Applicants will be assessed using the rating criteria listed in the following link:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
NCS/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Your resume must provide all of the information necessary to make qualifications and eligibility determinations (e.g., experience related to your qualifications for this position, grade levels and dates of your current and prior positions, etc.). SSA employees may submit an SSA-45 .

Your resume must specifically demonstrate, in your own words, the possession of the required experience related to the minimum qualifications, selective placement factors and/or evaluation criteria. Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement, rating criteria, KSAs and/or position description will not be considered. If this occurs, you may lose consideration for one or more grade levels or found ineligible.

If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that that reflects your grade/step, possession of time-in-grade (e.g. a Within-Grade Increase or Promotion/Reassignment dated more than one year ago), and career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service. You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to prove possession of time-in-grade. Current SSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50.

If you are a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must also submit your separation SF-50 showing your separation was not for performance or conduct reasons.

If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. You must also include an explanation if you have changed agencies and have not yet received a performance appraisal from your new agency. If you are a new Federal employee who has not yet received a performance rating, you must upload an explanation.

Current SSA employees and VEOA applicants are not required to submit performance appraisals.

If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit your DD-214 (member 4 copy) and any other documentation demonstrating your preference eligibility, such as a disability letter.

NOTE: If you are a current Federal employee eligible under VEOA, you are subject to the time-in-grade requirement and must submit an SF-50 as required above.

If you are applying for selection priority under ICTAP, you must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting your separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

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