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Program Specialist

Company name
Federal Trade Commission

$68,036.00 to $88,450.00

Washington, DC

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$68,036 to $88,450 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 11

Work schedule

Full-Time - This is a Competitive Appointment.

Appointment type

Permanent - This is a Permanent position.


1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

Washington DC, DC

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.


Individuals with disabilities

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

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The Federal Trade Commission's Office of Policy Planning assists the Commission in developing and implementing long-range competition and consumer protection policy initiatives and advises staff on cases raising new or complex policy and legal issues.

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Under the guidance of a Supervisory General Attorney, conducts extensive research for use in planning and conducting Commission workshops and other public events, including organizing and participating in third party interviews, preparing interview reports, gathering, organizing, and synthesizing complex information and data collected from various sources, and preparing reports to assist with the Commission's ongoing policy efforts. Provides administrative and logistical support for all aspects of Commission workshops and other public events. Serves as a liaison to other Commission offices that provide technology, media, and related services for Commission workshops and other public events. With respect to workshops and public events being conducted jointly with non-FTC entities, works as assigned and needed with other agencies and organizations.

Under the guidance of a Supervisory General Attorney, conducts extensive research, organizes and participates in third party interviews, and gathers, organizes, and synthesizes complex information and data collected from various sources for use in drafting Commission and staff reports, OPP advocacy submissions, and OPP policy papers. Participates in internal discussions of OPP project proposals and objectives. Identifies trends in the data and suggests pertinent conclusions for potential use in Commission and staff reports, OPP advocacy submissions, and OPP policy papers. Helps prepare draft reports and policy papers by developing charts, tables, and graphs to present information and data and to summarize conclusions. Reviews draft reports and policy papers by conducting Bluebooking and cite checking to validate and verify information and by making recommendations to OPP management for addressing weaknesses and areas for revision.

Assists OPP management and staff attorneys with the development of databases relevant to each project, and conducts quantitative and qualitative analysis of data and documents as needed. Provides information and recommendations on issues pertaining to analysis of data and documents, industry trends, and specific topics for which staff attorneys have requested ongoing literature tracking. Participates in regular meetings with OPP management and staff to discuss pending and new projects.

As the Administrative Officer and sole administrative support person for OPP, performs various administrative duties as necessary, including maintaining time and attendance records, organizing and maintaining files, ordering supplies, monitoring subscriptions, assisting with travel arrangements, tracking budget expenditures, and assisting with the logistics associated with preparing and submitting advocacy comments.

Performs miscellaneous other duties, as assigned by the OPP Director or Deputy Director.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from current Federal employees serving on career or career-conditional appointment in the Competitive Service, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, persons eligible under special hiring authorities including Schedule A, Peace Corps volunteer service and VEOA, and CTAP/ICTAP eligible candidates in the local commuting area.

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Job family (Series)

0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program



Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. citizen

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

All applications must be received on-line via USAJobs


For the GS-11 level: Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have at least 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-09 or equivalent in the Federal service that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is: *Experience researching, organizing, and synthesizing complex data and information from various sources

*Experience performing administrative duties, such as maintaining time and attendance records, organizing and maintaining files, ordering supplies, tracking budget expenditures, and assisting with travel arrangements.


Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


If your resume or application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume or application must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume or application contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of two categories: Best Qualified or Qualified, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and you may be disqualified from consideration.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you. Current and former Federal employees MUST submit their latest SF-50 and Performance Appraisal.


__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen

__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).

__ If you are basing your qualifications upon your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript(s).

For each period of Work experience listed on your resume include:

___Job title

___Series/grade (if Federal employment)

___Duties and accomplishments

___Employer's name and address

___Supervisor's name and contact information

___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)

___Number of hours worked per week


___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)

___Certificates/licenses (current).

___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments

___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)

___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates.

That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to Federal Trade Staffing and Employment Express (FT-SEE) application when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us.

Applicants may contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:

1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).

2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.

3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.

4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the Required Documentation section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Agency contact information

Cortez Baker Cortez Baker







Federal Trade Commission

600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Room 755

Washington, District of Columbia

United States

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Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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Federal Trade Commission
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Company Profile
To prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.

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