This position will be for 13 months and may be extended in increments of 1 year up to a total of 4 years without competition.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is the data collection and dissemination arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NASS gathers and publishes a vast array of information on every facet of U.S. agriculture, including production, economics, demographics, and the environment.
The incumbent of this position will serve as a Statistical Assistant in the Frames Maintenance Group of the National Operations Center (NOC). The NOC is a large centralized operations center that consolidates data collection, sampling frame maintenance and interviewer training for the Agency. This position supports the various phases of the sampling frame construction, maintenance, and on-going census and survey operations.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for this position
Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
Participate in list frame building using agency software and procedures.
Operate data entry computer software to enter and verify data.
Update and add records to various databases maintained by the agency.
Perform clerical edits on questionnaires designed for list building.
Ensure accuracy of sampling frames and activities.
GS-06: To qualify for this position at the GS-06 level you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level of federal service manually updating existing information in a database or adding records to a database.
GS-07: To qualify for this position at the GS-07 level you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level of federal service performing searches for specific records in a database or utilizing computer software to identify duplication across records and follow established method for correction.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
Ability to utilize computer applications and databases to perform frame maintenance
Ability to collect and analyze information
Knowledge of clerical editing procedures, methods and techniques to review documents and correct errors
Skill in performing data entry to enter and verify data
Ability to communicate with others to request and verify information
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.
A benefits package is authorized for this position. CLICK HERE for more information concerning federal benefits.
Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment. CLICK HERE for further information.
Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made. CLICK HERE to access the Optional Form 306.
Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage . You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.
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