Mathematical Statistician

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time


Assists the Chief Mathematical Statistician, especially in the analysis of data by means of mathematical statistics and numerical analysis, using computers.

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  • Initiates, plans, and conducts innovative research in mathematical statistics and data analysis, including analyses of sample survey data, classification and discrimination problems, multivariate analysis, analysis of count data,
  • [CONT] stochastic models for social, economic and administrative systems and design and analysis of experiments and sampling programs in administrative and operational systems.
  • Devises statistical techniques, computer techniques, sampling procedures, experimental procedures, and related statistical measures for isolating, identifying and measuring quantitatively the relationships among the key
  • [CONT] sociologic, medical, economic, operational, administrative or quality control factors that affect results obtained in the administration of social security programs.
  • Initiates, plans, and conducts basic research studies in mathematical model development, numerical analysis, and the creation of original algorithmic procedures.
  • Provides guidance and consultative services in the concrete formulation of statistical problems and in the design of unusually complex statistical systems. When necessary, supervises the conduct of special tests, experiments, and pilot studies.
  • Explores the potential of new technological development to improve the operational processes of the Administration; tests policies for their adequacy in attaining desired operating objectives;
  • [CONT] and to examine interrelationships among program areas of the Social Security Administration.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selective Service Registration: 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
  • Background and/or security investigation may be required.
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing.
  • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-13 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes leading in designing, developing, and adapting mathematical methods and techniques to statistical processes (e.g., stratification and clustering in probability sampling; leading in developing surveys and creation of sample design techniques; alternative variance estimating); leading in developing research designs for new and complex mathematical statistical techniques, subject matter expert for developing and adapting and initiating, formulating, and planning major statistical studies.

In addition, a ll applicant must meet the Basic Requirement for this position based on ONE of the following:

A. Possess a Bachelor's or higher degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics. (Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement must have included at least four 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. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.) -OR-

B. Possess a combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements 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.


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

In addition to the Minimum Qualifications and Basic Requirement, applicants must meet the Selective Placement Factor: Knowledge of computer software and hardware capabilities, the ability to design statistical modules as computer applications, and demonstrate expertise using SAS and R computer programs. To Qualify, applicant MUST possess 4 out of 5 of the following experience indicators:
  • Experience using computers and computer systems to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information for statistical modules and to process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis.
  • Experience performing tasks related to programming, development, acceptance testing, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of systems using approved software.
  • Experience providing technical direction and working with staff to identify, develop, and plan changes in operational procedures necessary for continuous improvement of data files, statistical publications, and database maintenance.
  • Experience performing disclosure reviews of statistical tables and using computer software to develop algorithms to link data and prevent de-identification by comparing multiple tables and data sets.
  • Experience using SAS and R computer programs to design statistical analysis.
  • NOTE: Your resume must specifically address the experiences needed for each selective placement factor. This information is instrumental in determining the highest quality candidates to be referred to the Selecting Official.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks at GS-13.

    Time in grade requirement 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. 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.

    Additional information

    WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will only be accepted from applicants eligible for one of the following categories.
    • Federal employees currently serving under career or career conditional appointments;
    • Federal employees currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities; and time limited appointments for veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more;
    • Former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement (i.e., those who have career status or separated from a career-conditional appointment less than 3 years ago);
    • Current or former Federal employees eligible under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); or
    • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles (i.e., Preference-eligible veterans OR veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service).
    • Federal employees serving under excepted service appointments with competitive service compatibility (e.g. Postal Service, Foreign Service, an agency with an interchange agreement, etc.) may be eligible to apply. Please visit Excepted Service Appointments with Competitive Service Compatibility for more information.
    NOTE: Excepted service employees serving under Schedule A appointments for Attorney positions or Pathways Programs appointments (Presidential Management Fellows, Recent Graduates, and Interns) are not eligible for consideration.

    Position to be filled under the provisions of the SSA/AFGE Merit Promotion Plan . Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date of the initial selection.

    LOCALITY PAY: Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that should they be selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.

    • This position is eligible for telework.
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
    This is a moderate risk public trust position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are necessary to perform the duties of the position:
    • Ability to demonstrate technical expertise in the analytical area of mathematical statistics. (Maximum 20 points).
    • Knowledge of computer software and hardware capabilities, the ability to design statistical modules as computer applications, and demonstrate expertise using SAS and R computer programs . (Maximum 20 points). (SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR).
    • Knowledge of mathematical /statistical methodology and its application to research projects and skill sampling and statistical modeling.(Maximum 20 points).
    • Ability to present findings of fact and analysis in logical clear form, in both written and oral, and to make valid recommendations.(Maximum 20 points).
    • Ability to demonstrate extensive expertise in applying and implementing the Statistical Disclosure Limitation methods.(Maximum 20 points).

    Applicants will be assessed using the rating criteria listed in the following link:

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    Your resume must provide all of the information necessary to make qualifications and eligibility determinations (e.g., experience related to your qualifications for this position, grade levels and dates of your current and prior positions, etc.). SSA employees may submit an SSA-45 .

    Your resume must specifically demonstrate, in your own words, the possession of the required experience related to the minimum qualifications, selective placement factors and/or evaluation criteria. Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement, rating criteria, KSAs and/or position description will not be considered. If this occurs, you may lose consideration for one or more grade levels or found ineligible.

    See information provided in the Education section of this announcement for details and requirements.

    For information on providing proof of education or substituting education for experience, visit

    If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that that reflects your grade/step, possession of time-in-grade (e.g., a Within-Grade Increase or Promotion/Reassignment dated more than one year ago), and career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service. You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to prove possession of time-in-grade. Current SSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50.

    If you are a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must also submit your separation SF-50 showing your separation was not for performance or conduct reasons.

    If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. You must also include an explanation if you have changed agencies and have not yet received a performance appraisal from your new agency. If you are a new Federal employee who has not yet received a performance rating, you must upload an explanation.

    Current SSA employees and VEOA applicants are not required to submit performance appraisals.

    The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) includes those eligible for veterans' preference OR have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous service, including veterans who were separated shortly before completing the required 3-year period. For more information visit the Vet Guide .

    If you are claiming veterans' preference , you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD-214 member 4 copy preferred) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must contain dates and show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received.

    If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD-214 and are claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days of the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, the character of service, military rank, type of discharge, and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by or under the direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders, or higher headquarters.

    NOTE: If you are a current Federal employee eligible under VEOA, you are subject to the time-in-grade requirement and must submit an SF-50 as required above.

    If you are applying for selection priority under ICTAP, you must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting your separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

    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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