Oversight and Compliance Specialist

Washington, D.C
Feb 18, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The mission is to create employment opportunities for people who are blind or have other significant disabilities. It is the Commission's responsibility to determine what products and services required by the Federal Government are suitable for provision by Non Profit Agencies. It then leverages the Federal procurement system to facilitate the award of contracts for those products and services to NPAs designated by the Commission to provide them.
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Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Conducts inspections of Central Nonprofit Agencies, (CNAs) Nonprofit Agencies, (NPAs) to ensure compliance with the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act and Commission regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Makes recommendations and determinations about CNA/NPA compliance which requires in-depth analysis of CNA/NPA operations, data reported and ambiguities therein.
  • Reviews, validates, and confirms the implementation and completion of corrective action plans initiated to remedy findings of non-compliance with Program requirements.
  • Supports, adheres to, and assists with administering cooperative agreements and other prescribed/formalized arrangements
  • Provides staff support to Commission members participating in subcommittee or other activities of the Commission.
  • Develops rationale and makes recommendations to the Commission about the extent of labor operations (compliance with statutory overall agency and project-specific direct labor hour ratio requirements, recruiting, staffing, training, and safety plans, phase-in schedules and plans) and CNA/NPA initial and continuing qualifications.
  • Reviews, validates, analyzes and reports on data received via annual NPA representation and certifications, inspection reports, and regulatory review reports.
  • Prepares requests to the Office of the General Counsel for investigations by the Office of Inspector General.
  • Receives, conducts inquiries, and makes recommendations/decisions about complaints received from NPA employees through the Commission complaint process.
  • Conducts complex technical assistance and analysis on issues related to the areas of oversight and compliance.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with key Program personnel outside the Agency (e.g. CNAs, DOL, OFCCP, OSHA) to assure good working relationships at the operating level, to maintain up-to-date awareness of all OCD-related activity in order to identify trends, issues, and important developments.
  • Represents the Commission and makes presentations at conferences and meetings where issues related to the Program are discussed.
  • In conjunction with OCD leadership, analyzes and evaluates OCD oversight and compliance activities; identifying areas in need of improvement; establishing, implementing, and monitoring Commission policies, goals and objectives as they relate to the Strategic Plan, Cooperative Agreements, and OCD Annual Compliance Inspection Schedule.
  • Provides training to Agency, CNA and NPA staff in various areas of oversight and compliance on an as-needed basis to promote common understanding regulatory and policy requirements.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • May be required to complete background investigation.
  • A one year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents).
  • Time-in-Grade: Current or former Federal employees applying under merit promotion considerations must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements for consideration.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience for the respective grade level in which you are applying:
  • You must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent in both difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (or private sector) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that demonstrates that the applicant has conducted inspections pertaining to compliance regulations, policies and procedures; has performed work involving administering cooperative agreements or other formalized arrangements; reviewing, validating, and analyzing program data; preparing required documents pertaining to program investigations; analyzing and evaluating agency, organization or program compliance activities; and establishing, implementing and monitoring program policies, goals and objectives.
  • Possess Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree / or/ 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related
  • Possess a combination of specialized experience as described and graduate level education as described that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement. (Please note that only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours may be used in this calculation.)
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-09is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the
GS-11 level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade if you are a current permanent Federal employee. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your 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 an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

In addition, when reviewing applicant's transcripts, assumptions will not be made. Applicants MUST state which coursework is relevant.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level(s) of this announcement.

Additional information

  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
Physical Demands: Work involves extensive nationwide travel on a regular recurring basis using commercial aircraft and rental vehicles (must possess a valid driver's license and ability to drive a motor vehicle); involves the ability pack, move, transport, and set-up laptop computers and peripheral devices in order to fully function from locations remote to the Commission main offices.

Working Conditions: Work is normally performed in remote office settings and co-located with CNA/NPA office locations and in facilities established during travel that replicate an office setting.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Communicates Technical Information
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Problem Solving

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/26/2021.
  • Résumé which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format , and indicate hours worked per week . If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  • College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
  • PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS: Applicants are required to provide their most recent performance evaluation. A justification is required if the applicant is unable to provide a recent evaluation.
  • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
    • Current/Former Federal employees: Your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis and containing information which shows you meet time-in-grade (e.g., STEP increase, etc.) You must submit an SF-50(s) that shows permanent (career/career/conditional tenure) and competitive service eligibility to be considered. No award SF-50 will be accepted.
    • Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
    • Veterans Preference Documentation:
      • If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15 . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives .
      • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
      • If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15 , and if applicable, a completed SF15 . You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
    • Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
    • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation or benefits office citing disability - eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
    • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems Eligible: Documentation of eligibility as listed in each individual interchange agreement.
    • Other noncompetitive or special appointing authorities (e.g., Peace Corps, VISTA, Public Land Corp, Military Spouse, VRA, 30% Disabled Veterans, Certain Former Overseas Employees, Foreign Service, Boren Fellows, etc.) must provide substantiating documentation as required.
    • Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.
    Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    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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