Chief Statistician/Statistical and Science and Policy Branch

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 20, 2021
Closes
Oct 28, 2021
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

If not already a member of the SES serving under a career appointment, the individual selected must have his/her executive qualifications certified by a Qualifications Review Board of the Office of Personnel Management before appointment to this position, and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period in this position. The actual salary will be set by determining the appropriate SES level for the person selected. For more information regarding the SES, go to www.opm.gov/ses .
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Responsibilities

The Chief Statistician of the United States provides the vision and motivation to guide quality and innovation in the Federal Statistical System (FSS), including embracing the opportunities presented by the rapid increase in the types and volume of data available inside and outside of government. This individual also serves as the Branch Chief for Statistical and Science Policy, and is the Senior Executive responsible for ensuring the quality, relevance, and timeliness of Federal statistics while maximizing the effectiveness of the (FSS). The Chief Statistician/Branch Chief represents the U.S. as a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission, the OECD Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy, and similar international statistical bodies. As Chief of the Statistical and Science Policy Branch of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, they manage a unit of professional staff engaged in evaluating statistical program performance and agency compliance with government-wide principles and standards for information used in evidence-based regulatory and other government policy. The incumbent represents OMB in major interagency efforts and must demonstrate initiative and creativity in developing, managing, and delivering high-quality staff work to OMB policy officials and to other senior White House officials. Specifically, this position plays a key leadership role in governmentwide data policy priorities through the implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, including serving as the chair of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building. This position also helps to lead the efforts, though serving as the co-chair of the Equitable Data Working Group, to expand and refine the data available to the Federal Government to measure equity and capture the diversity of the American people, while appropriately protecting privacy and confidentiality.

As a Chief Statistician, some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Pursuant the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and predecessor laws, develops long-range plans for the improved performance of Federal statistical activities and programs.
  • Coordinates, through the review of budget proposals and otherwise, the statistical functions of the Federal Government with respect to gathering, interpreting, and disseminating statistics and statistical information that are carried out in more than 100 agencies.
  • Represents the U.S. as a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission, the OECD Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy, and similar international statistical bodies; ensures participation by U.S. technical experts on working parties developing international statistical standards; and coordinates U.S reporting of data to international organizations.
  • Pursuant to the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, provides leadership in Federal statistical activities and programs to meet the promise of evidence-based policymaking, including developing and executing policy in areas such as maintaining the trust and integrity of the statistical system, ensuring data quality and confidentiality, attaining and providing data access, and leading interagency data governance. Responsibilities include serving as the chair of the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building.
  • Pursuant to the Information Quality Act, develops and implements government-wide policies, principles, standards, and guidelines for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information (including statistical information) disseminated by Federal agencies.
  • Pursuant to the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act, coordinates and oversees the confidentiality and disclosure policies and practices of the affected agencies and information collections.
  • Ensures that the Federal Statistical System is positioned to meet the increasing demand for more timely information. and evaluates statistical program performance and agency compliance with government-wide policies, principles, standards, and guidelines.
  • Helps to implement key Administration data policy priorities, including working as co-chair of the Equitable Data Working Group, in partnership with the United States Chief Technology Officer, to expand and refine the data available to the Federal Government to measure equity and capture the diversity of the American people, while appropriately protecting privacy and confidentiality.
  • Forges collaborative relationships with peer executives in the Executive Office of the President.
  • Supervises, as Chief, Statistical and Science Policy Branch, a professional staff comprising of senior scientists and statisticians who assist with the implementation of the Federal Statistical Program.
  • Coordinates the development of responses to Congressional mail or substantive and highly complex issues or legislation.
  • Represents OIRA in interagency and public forums.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Be at least 18 years old and obtain a favorable security determination
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID
  • A one-year probationary period is required.
  • You may be expected to travel for this position
  • OMB Financial Disclosure
  • Please see "Qualifications Required" for requirements of the position.


Qualifications

OMB is committed to creating a multicultural and supportive work environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization.

Qualification Requirements : You must submit a separate narrative statement that addresses each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Your narrative statements should include examples of experience, education, and accomplishments applicable to the qualification. Structure your statements in terms of the action taken, the context or environment in which the action was taken, and the outcome or results from such actions. You should write each statement with the vacancy in mind as all qualifications are directly related to the position being filled. Be sure to include appropriate training and awards when addressing your qualifications.
***Please limit your narrative statements to one and a half pages per factor.***

For further information and tips on writing effective narrative statements, see OPM's publication 'A Guide to SES Qualifications available on the OPM website at: http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf .

If you do not submit a separate statement addressing these qualifications, you will not receive consideration for the position.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) of accomplishments that would satisfy the technical qualifications. You must address each technical qualification separately. You are required to respond to all technical qualifications. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application and you will be rated as 'ineligible.'
  • A high degree of professional education and training in statistics, survey methodology, data science or a related field such as economics or other science or social science field that has a large data or statistical analysis component, and broad acquaintance with one or more topical areas affected by governmental activities.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability to understand the complex problems of governmental and private data gathering and interpretation by numerous agencies, for multiple purposes, and in a wide variety of independent subject matter fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concisely and effectively with senior policy officials, both orally and in writing, particularly in support of policy processes that often involve short timeframes.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent agency policies and positions effectively and to negotiate differences to mutually acceptable outcomes.
  • Experience in, or demonstrated potential for, leading teams and/or managing a professional staff in broad and high-level professional activities in either government, industry, or the academic world to achieve timely, effective, and high-quality results.
  • MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): In addition to the Mandatory Technical Qualification Requirements listed above, all new entrants into the SES under a career appointment will be assessed for executive competency against the following five mandatory executive core qualifications.
  • Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organization goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions/Communications - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
  • If you do not submit a separate statement addressing the ECQs and MTQs, you will not receive consideration for the position.

    Note: If you are a member of the SES or have been certified through successful participation in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), or have SES reinstatement eligibility, you do not need to respond to the ECQs. Instead, you should attach proof (e.g., SF-50, Certificate of Completion of SESCDP) of your eligibility for appointment to the SES.

    The following Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narrative. It is not necessary to address them directly as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of the competencies on the whole.

    The competencies are: Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communications; Continual Learning; Written Communication; Integrity/Honesty; and Public Service Motivation.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    OMB Diversity and Inclusion Statement: OMB is committed to creating a multicultural and supportive work environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization.

    OMB Financial Disclosure: This position may be subject to the confidential financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) (OGE Form 278 SES) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with OMB. Providing this information will be an annual requirement.

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm

    Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

    Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx )

    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 Alternative Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    The Office of Administration's Human Resources Management Division will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory professional/technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a panel of SES members for rating and ranking to determine the "best qualified" candidates. The panel may conduct interviews with the top candidates and then make a recommendation to the selecting official about the top candidates that he/she should interview.

    Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board, unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    • Resume which must include the following information: announcement number and job title for which you are applying; beginning and ending dates (mo/yr) for paid or non-paid work experience; and average number of hours worked per week.
    • Narrative statements addressing the five ECQs are mandatory for consideration for this position.
    • Narrative statements addressing the MTQs are mandatory for consideration for this position.

    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11258571 .

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