Program Analyst

Rockville, Maryland
Jan 16, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Full Time

  • Provide advocacy for Direct Service Tribes (DST) and development of health policy, program management, budget formulation and resource allocation. Coordinates policy development, DST issues and concerns; and Agency functions and responsibilities associated with self-determination contracting (Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended).
  • Monitor Agency compliance with self-determination policies, administrative procedures and guidelines, and advises on activities and issues related to self-determination contracting; communicates Contract Support Cost (CSC) negotiation status and compliance with statutory and regulatory principles. Coordinate workgroup and committee meetings, and functions as liaison with stakeholders, Tribes and Tribal entities as established.
  • Manage and evaluate the work operations, developing plan and alternative courses of action for the Public Law 93-638, Title I program. Analyze new or proposed legislation or regulations to determine impact on the self-determination operations and management.
  • Advise on Direct Service and Contracting Tribes processes and interpreting and applying P.L. 93-638, Title I policies, procedures, and legal authorizations and provisions of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended.
  • Coordinate Agency leadership in support of the development of contract support cost (CSC) policy. Administers a national statutorily mandated grant program designed to assist Tribes and Tribal organizations in beginning and/or expanding self-determination activities.
  • Administer technical assistance in budget formulation, self-determination processes, and Tribal shares projections and; analyze and monitor audit procedures.


Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
COVID-19 vaccination is required for all selectees prior to entrance on duty.
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Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.


To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: Experience in program management and the organization principles related to Indian health care delivery services; and with Self-Determination contracts and Contract Support Cost initiatives under Federal statute. Coordinating with diplomacy and Government to Government collaboration with Tribes and Tribal organizations, federal, state, and local governments. Administering various funding sources and associated provisions applicable to Indian Health Care, including federal financial and budgeting processes. Solid understanding of quality improvement guidelines and procedures. Analyze policy and development for a wide-range of health care delivery and contract support cost initiatives.

Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


There are no education requirements.

Additional information

Per IHS policy ( SGM 21-04 ) and E.O. 14043 , IHS selectees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before entry on duty or have IHS approve a medical or religious exemption. If an exemption is approved then wearing a face mask is required. Regular testing for COVID-19 will be required for staff located in federally operated hospitals, health centers, and clinics. Your Human Resources Specialist will provide a list of documents acceptable as vaccination proof and instructions for submitting a request for a legally required exception, if needed.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

Full-Time telework is available under the IHS Flexible Workplace Arrangement Program (FWAP). The locality rate of pay will vary based on telework site and/or designated duty station location identified for workplace flexibility. The incumbent of the position MUST live in the local area of the designated position duty station location identified.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.