Program Services Specialist-GS-0301-11
Department Of Homeland Security - Boston, MA

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

All U.S. Citizens

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This position is ideal for a Program Services Specialist under the supervision of the Division Director looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of providing complex administrative and finance work in support of FEMA Regional programs : Government travel charge card oversight, DRF Finance duties such as cost transfers, managing open obligations, travel obligations and vouchers, oversight of invitational travel and other administrative support functions for disaster reservists. Apply for this opportunity to become a member of the Mission Support Division in Region I located in Boston, MA.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees). These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund. Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments. This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.

You must be able to obtain a (Public Trust) security clearance.

You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.

This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.

Direct Deposit is mandatory.

Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

This position is located in the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region I, Mission Support Division, and Administrative Services Branch, located in Boston, MA. The incumbent provides complex administrative and finance work in support of FEMA Regional programs in the following areas: Government travel charge card oversight, DRF Finance duties such as cost transfers, managing open obligations, travel obligations and vouchers, oversight of invitational travel and other administrative support functions for disaster reservists

Typical work assignments include:
  • Serving as the Organization Program coordinator for government travel cards with responsibilities for over 500 Disaster reservists. Ensures proper training, reviews accounts, provides notifications of delinquency, and corresponds with the Agency Program Coordinator, supervisory staff and the travel card company (JPMC) regarding individual account status.
  • Responsible for reviewing open obligations, researching, documenting and de-obligating excess funding for the Disaster Reserve Fund (DRF).
  • Monitors DRF credit card transactions using region fund 06 lines of accounting. Coordinates with card holders to perform cost transfers in the finance system IFMIS or to de-obligate excess funds on cards.
  • Responsible for all fund 06 travel voucher submissions, travel authorization obligations and associated work plans. Prepares TA’s related to approved work plans; monitors voucher status and submissions; ensures that TA obligations are monitored and closed at the end of the travel period.
  • Performs tasks in the administrative management of the organization. This may include interpreting administrative policies, developing and implementing local policies, defining administrative requirements, and /or providing advice to top management or related issues.
You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following :

One full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience i n the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least the GS-09 level that has given you knowledge of government regulations and Stafford act laws governing travel regulations.

B. A PhD or Equivalent that reflects the knowledge skills and abilities of this position.

C. A combination of experience and education.

( The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation : To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select “benefits.”

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