Operations Research Analyst (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Washington, D.C
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 22, 2022
Full Time

The Operations Research Analyst:
  • Initiates, leads and performs operations research such as conducting studies and investigating systems and their relationship involving scientific, statistical, mathematical, and/or economic analysis using mathematical models to develop and assess methods or solve problems.
  • Developed methodologies will support all stages of the planning, programming, budgeting, executing process, and major milestone reviews.
  • Analyzes data and assesses risk, working on in-house studies of the pipeline safety program to identify risk and to recommend mitigating measures.
  • Leads evaluations of nation-wide safety programs, with emphasis on the solution of complex pipeline safety issues.
  • Leads analytical projects to address pipeline safety issues. Improves the timeliness, completeness, quality and utilization of studies and makes and executes alternative plans, as necessary, to successfully complete analytic efforts.
  • Participates in and conducts briefings. Prepares reports and presentations, both oral and in writing, and frequently briefs analyses to middle and top management within Program Development, OPS, and PHMSA.

The ideal candidate for this position is someone who is very analytical and possesses strong critical-thinking skills. The individual is a high-level problem-solvers who uses a wide range of methods, such as forecasting, data mining, and statistical analysis, to examine and interpret data to identify trends and develop solutions to advance safety of the nation's pipeline systems. The candidate must be able to write clear and concise memos, reports, and other documents explaining their findings and recommendations and to present their data and conclusions to managers and other executives.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

To qualify for the Grade 12, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11 it must include:
  • Experience conducting studies and investigating systems and their relationship involving scientific, statistical, mathematical, and/or economic analysis using mathematical models to develop and assess methods or solve problems.
  • Experience evaluating, assessing, and preparing pipeline risk reports using data culled from numerous sources including pipeline safety, enforcement, and inspection data.
  • Experience evaluating technical, operational, and financial information to determine companies and pipeline components most susceptible to failure and to introduce an array of analytic, technical, and managerial tactics to enable PHMSA to manage pipeline risk.
  • Experience developing policy and guidelines for specific areas of work; and interpret policy statements, regulations, and methods development plans.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
  • Written and Oral Communication: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Organizational Performance Analysis: Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and tools used to analyze program, organizational, and mission performance; includes methods that deliver key performance information (for example, comparative, trend, diagnostic, root cause, predictive) used to inform decisions, actions, communications, and accountability systems.

For all types of consideration, 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.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Degree: in operations research; or 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 must have been in calculus.

Additional information

This is a Bargaining unit position represented by AFGE, 5901.

COVID VACCINATION: As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject only to exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.