Program Analyst

Washington, D.C
Oct 27, 2020
Nov 03, 2020
Full Time


The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making.

This is with the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS).

- This is inside the bargaining unit

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The incumbent is a program analyst who reports to the NLS Director and serves as a primary advisor to the NLS Director and Assistant Director. The incumbent will play a vital contributing role in ad hoc working groups that are formed to meet various NLS objectives, and will regularly participate in meetings with NLS staff, OEUS research, and program staff, staff from other organizations within BLS and the Department of Labor (DOL), other government agencies, NLS contractors, and NLS users. The incumbent may lead or co-lead meetings that pertain to IT and security contracts and agreements for which the incumbent is responsible.

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Oversees provision of IT services to NLS by contractors and/or other BLS/DOL entities to support NLS data acquisition, curation, analysis, maintenance, and provisioning to users, with an emphasis on IT security and data confidentiality. Receives and reviews IT reports, scans, and deliverables, verifies compliance, assesses strengths and weaknesses and initiates improvements.
  • Plans and manages projects to improve data security and ensure adherence to systems requirements for a complex information moderate system, including management of IT audits and assessments. Manages risk concerning systems security, FISMA compliance, and ATO governance, while promoting BLS values such as independence, data quality, confidentiality, innovation, and cost control.
  • Creates and maintains documentation of security compliance for NLS systems. Reviews a variety of forms, reports, data, and other administrative records and files to secure information that substantiates compliance with contracts. Preserves records of actions taken.
  • Conducts research and analytical studies to assess approaches for developing and maintaining NLS data systems. Develops specifications, justifications, and analysis in support of recommended actions.
  • Provides expert technical advice to NLS management, with special emphasis on data security. Communicates complex technical material concisely to support the monitoring and evaluation of contractor activities covering NLS data systems and enable effective oversight of detailed planning design, development, programming, and testing.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential
    13 - This position is at the full performance level (FPL).


    Conditions of Employment

    • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
    • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
    • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

    Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

    Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

    Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. This experience must have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    Specialized experience is defined as all of the following:

    • Knowledge of the Information Technology (IT) tools for protecting the security of information systems and the confidentiality of the data they hold and;
    • Knowledge of Federal laws and regulations, and Department of Labor (DOL) policies, procedures, and requirements, associated with computer security and data confidentiality and;
    • Knowledge of information gathering, documentation, problem identification techniques, and methods for setting forth recommendations and describing solutions and;
    • Interpersonal and verbal communication skills, to effectively represent the program to other organizations, to articulate policy, to facilitate the resolution of issues, and to make presentations to management.


    Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

    If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

    Additional information

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) -All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    Technical Competence -Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

    Information Systems/Network Security - Knowledge of methods, tools, and procedures, including development of information security plans, to prevent information systems vulnerabilities, and provide or restore security of information systems and network services.

    Information Management - Identifies a need and knows where or how to gather information, organizes, and maintains information or information management systems.

    Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

    Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

    Self Management - Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

    Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

    Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

    - The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

    ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

    *WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

    - Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

    - Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

    The following documents are required if applicable:

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility .

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

    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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