Supervisory Operations Research Analyst (Data Scientist)

Washington, D.C
Jan 19, 2021
Jan 20, 2021
Full Time


Location of position:
Federal Acquisition Service, Information Technology Category, Office of Portfolio Management

Washington, DC

The GSA's Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) provides access to private sector IT & telecommunications solutions for federal, state & local government agencies.

The internal titling for this position is Supervisory Data Scientist.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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As a Supervisory Operations Research Analyst (Data Scientiist), you will act as a data scientist performing complex studies of business processes, specifically Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Performance Measurement & Management, Acquisition, Program Design & Service Delivery, and Portfolio Management.

The internal titling for this position is Supervisory Data Scientist.

  • Organizes, leads, directs, and coordinates quantitative and qualitative studies and analyses that are highly technical in nature.
  • Performs studies that directly support strategic management decisions and planning, which include investment strategy, program design, acquisition strategy, business policy and business models, and portfolio and program performance plans. Applies scientific techniques, with emphasis on mathematical disciplines, to improve operations and acquisition programs as a whole.
  • Leads contributions to government-wide and program level data analysis including reporting responsibilities across multiple areas of focus by working with raw data, ensuring data quality, creating baselines, building automated reports and/or models, using statistical approaches to arrive at conclusions, and creating projections while leveraging a variety of data sources.
  • Develops analytical and/or mathematical models for use in preparing evaluation criteria or testing sequences.
  • Provides expert advice and insight to internal and external organizations on quantitative analysis programs, proposals and plans (including the probable effects of alternatives solutions to supply chain and acquisition problems)
  • Prepares technical and non-technical written and oral reports, updates, or presentations regarding study findings, conclusions, and recommendations for a wide variety of stakeholders and/or leadership; synthesizing highly technical information for non-technical audiences.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position
  • Serve a one year supervisory or managerial probationary period, if required


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-14 salary range starts at $122,530 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or higher in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is experience that shows the ability to conduct, organize, lead, direct, and coordinate quantitative and qualitative studies and analyses that are highly technical in nature and address key policies and programs; and support a wide range of acquisition functions. Work involves designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, statistical, econometric and other scientific methods and techniques; ability to analyze mathematical/statistical results and prepare and write reports based on the findings; ability to plan and conduct studies relating to strategic portfolio and financial management issues and activities within a major IT acquisition organization; knowledge of systems analysis design methodologies for automation and database management applications.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS All applicants for Operations Research Analyst positions must meet the Basic Requirements. Carefully read the following Choices A and B which states the ways to meet the basic eligibility requirements for all Operations Research Analyst positions:

Choice A) A degree in Operations Research.

Choice B) at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours were in calculus.

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: None

Management Rights

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your overall possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
  • Knowledge of research techniques to conduct and lead professional and highly technical work involved in the performance of operations research studies in support of related acquisition process area(s), portfolio management, and supply chains.
  • Knowledge of acquisition programs is required as is familiarity of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to perform and/or act as project leader of analyses requested by FAS senior management and customers. Such knowledge is gained through experience and through formal education and professional development.
  • Skills in coordinating extensive study projects. Projects are characterized by high visibility, unusual urgency, or program criticality.
  • Ability to design and build very complex and sophisticated decision models.
  • Skills in written and oral communications including presentation techniques in order to present study findings and recommendations to high level organization and field site management officials.

Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.

If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:

(a) Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
(b) If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).

If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.

If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement: Submit your latest SF-50.

If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer: Submit your Description of Service.

If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:

(a) one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.

(b) Copy of your agency's annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).

If you have a disability: Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS's People With Disabilities page.

If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.

If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

If you are a current or former political appointee: Submit your SF-50.

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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