Mathematical Statistician

Woodlawn, Maryland
Jan 19, 2021
Jan 25, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Analytics, Review, and Oversight, Office of Program Integrity, Division of Analytics and Operations, Woodlawn, MD.

The incumbent serves as a senior analyst and technical advisor to management officials responsible for overseeing the agency's Anti-Fraud Program.

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  • The incumbent designs, develops, and presents analytical models and methods for implementation, performs qualitative and quantitative analysis, and conducts research to support and further SSA's anti-fraud initiatives.
  • The incumbent performs advanced mathematical analyses, including building and evaluating predictive models to:
  • 1) detect and prevent fraud in the agency's programs; 2) measure and/or enhance program performance; and 3) increase operational efficiencies.
  • Designs research studies of SSA programs and develops models to improve the efficiency of SSA's anti-fraud program. Determines methods and approaches to gather and develop required data to complete studies.
  • Designs models and methodologies well suited to the analysis of generally stated problems, ascertaining and defining the validity of problems and
  • [CONT] and developing appropriate criteria for evaluation in order to achieve improved program operations and management systems.
  • Analyzes study findings, develops recommendations, and prepares and presents confidential in-depth reports and position papers to management officials regarding analyses of problems.
  • Develops, reviews, and evaluates anti-fraud program management information. Applies best practices to develop and maintain reports on anti-fraud program initiatives for executive-level audiences.
  • Reviews and evaluates anti-fraud initiatives to improve targeting of resources and/or quality of operations, develops and applies statistical profiling techniques to ensure potential for, or achievement of desired results.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement


There are two requirements that all applicants must meet to be eligible for consideration:
  • Individual Occupational Requirement which includes education that must be verified by submitting a transcript that contains full name of the applicant, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, date of completion (degree confer date) and degree earned. Transcripts are REQUIRED to substantiate education. Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. (Read Education section of this announcement for specific requirements)
  • 52 weeks of Specialized experience (described below) at the GS-12 level or equivalent. This experience must be explicitly demonstrated on resume with full-time or part-time hours noted and full dates of employment.
  • Please read below for important information regarding specialized experience.

    Applicants must have 52 weeks of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled which has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes designing, developing, and adapting mathematical methods and techniques to statistical processes (e.g., stratification and clustering in probability sampling; survey and sample design techniques; alternative variance estimating; rare events modeling; event history analysis); researching new and complex mathematical and statistical techniques, developing and adapting methods for subject-matter experts; and initiating, formulating, and planning major statistical studies.

    NOTE: Your resume must specifically address the specialized experience above in order to be eligible for consideration. This information is instrumental in determining the highest quality candidates to be referred to the Selecting Official.

    Qualification standards and additional information for this position can be found here:


    Applicants must have ONE of the following:

    A degree that includes 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics which includes at least 4 of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite; and 6 semester hours were in statistics. Transcripts are REQUIRED to substantiate education.
    A combination of education and experience that together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. Education must include at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown above. Experience 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. Transcripts are REQUIRED to substantiate education.

    NOTE: If you have a Capstone course on your transcript, you can provide elaborate details of your experience working on the project. You must include dates engaged and hours spent completing the project.

    Education and experience requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Providing Proof of Education or Substituting Education
    For information on providing proof of education or substituting education for experience, visit

    If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts that includes your name, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, and date of completion (degree conferred date). Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.

    Foreign Education: If your transcripts show education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also provide documentation that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    Additional information

    Selective Service: 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 .

    Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include:
    • Knowledge of operations research or statistical principles, concepts, and methods.
    • Ability to plan, coordinate, and execute complex studies and analyze the results.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
    • Skill in developing business intelligence reports using qualitative and/or quantitative methods and appropriate tools.
    Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link:

    Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

    1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.
    2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
    3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

    Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    To be eligible for consideration, all applicant must submit the following:
  • Your Resume
  • Your Transcripts
  • Occupational questionnaire
  • Any of the additional documents to substantiate claimed eligibilities listed below
  • You must submit supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.

    INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. To receive selection priority, candidates must meet the requirements for the Well Qualified category as described in the vacancy announcement. Candidates must also provide:
    • proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50); and
    • proof of your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent.
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    VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) . Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit the Vet Guide .

    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS : The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.

    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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