Program Analyst (State Systems)
Department Of Agriculture - Selection, IA

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This position will be located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC), or in one of the FNS regional offices in either Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Robbinsville, NJ, or San Francisco, CA.

The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

This position is located in the State Systems Support Branch, Child Nutrition Division. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Key Information:
  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • Depending on a variety of circumstances, Telework may be available.
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DUTIES: As a Program Analyst, you will:
  • Serve as Agency expert in the development of systems supporting direct certification and analysis, and management, of school and school district level data that includes: developing and recommending policies, and providing ideas and strategies for implementation of the review systems.
  • Develop and recommend new approaches for direct certification and other Child Nutrition data analysis systems to ensure proper, efficient and effective program operation.
  • Serve as leader of Task Forces composed of staff from FNS headquarters and regional offices, States and professional organizations to develop nationwide standards, guidance and prototype data management tools.
  • Provide authoritative advice on changes in program policy and regulations, guidance to the regions and States on data analysis procedures, and technical assistance efforts.
  • Utilize expertise in preparing briefings, memoranda and reports relating to review monitoring issues.
  • Manage contracts related to direct certification and data management systems for the Child Nutrition programs.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

Minimum Qualification Requirement:

Specialized Experience:
GS-13 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: 1) leading projects to develop technical assistance and guidance to State and/or local government agencies to help them operate federal nutrition assistance programs (or similar programs) accurately and effectively; 2) leading a component(s) of a project to modernize and improve information systems (IS) or automated data management systems that support operations for federal nutrition assistance programs (or similar programs)—for example, participating in a project to develop a web-based software application that supports program operations by leading the identification of user and program requirements for a system module(s), leading or overseeing a review of system design documents to ensure the design meets program and user requirements, leading or overseeing the development of user acceptance test plans and testing activities to be sure all program and user functional requirements are met before the system is implemented, leading or overseeing the development and delivery of training to prepare staff to use the new software application to do their jobs, or leading the review of an automated process or system following implementation to ensure that it performs properly to meet program and user requirements; and 3) conducting data analysis for government program operations to identify error trends and recommend improvements/corrections in targeted program areas. For the purpose of this announcement, “similar programs” are defined as federal means-tested programs providing benefits to children and/or low-income individuals and families.

Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.


HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application includes your:
  • Resume,
  • Responses to the online questions, and
  • Required supporting documents.
  • We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
    1. Minimum Requirements : Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
    • Knowledge of the Child Nutrition Program policies sufficient to analyze program related requirements and make recommendation for actions.
    • Ability to evaluate business processes and systems to identify problems and concerns and recommend effective solutions.
    • Ability to analyze complex problems and arrive at solutions in order to provide technical guidance to outside parties (e.g. State agencies), determine appropriate action.
    • Ability to negotiate critical issues and/or solutions relating to business process and automated systems.
    We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    3. Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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    BENEFITS: Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • This is a bargaining-designated position.
    • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
    • Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."
    • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
    • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 30% of the time.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.

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