U.S. Department of Homeland Security
$96,970.00 to $148,967.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$96,970 to $148,967 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 13 - 14
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Clarification from the agency
Merit Promotion, Status Candidates, Former Overseas Employees, CTAP/ICTAP, , VEOA, 30% or More Disabled, EVHO, Individuals with Disabilities, Schedule A, Military Spouses, Peace Corps, Americorps, Vista, Interchange Agreement Eligibles, Land ManagementView common definitions of terms found in this announcement (http://dhsconnect.dhs.gov/org/comp/mgmt/dhshr/hr/Documents/JOA_Common_Definitions.pdf).
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Health Affairs, National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC), in Washington, DC.
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Biosurveillance Operations Analyst with NBIC.
Promotion Potential: The position has promotion potential to a GS-14.
All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
Current or former federal employees, must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 Form, Notice of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade increases. NOTE: Performance award, Realignment, and Detail SF-50s are not acceptable. Additionally, the SF-50 should show competitive service appointment (position occupied block 34 on the SF-50 should show a 1), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. (NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to comply.)
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As a Biosuveillance Operations Analyst GS 0601 13/14, your typical work assignments may include:
Serves as a technical expert in various public health and biosurveillance areas, to include
emerging infectious diseases, natural disasters, man-made disasters, mass gatherings, and
travel and trade trend analyses.
Applies analytic expertise to the design of biosurveillance analytic processes to provide
clear, easily understood visualizations of complex data sets for DHS leadership and
NBIC stakeholder decision makers during biological incidents (such as outbreak severity
maps and translocation risk diagrams).
Serves as required during a significant biological, chemical, radiological, or
environmental incident that necessitates CWMD staff engagement.
Writes and presents analytic products that are clear, concise, accurate, and timely for
rapid communication to leadership, operations personnel, and scientific experts during
the response to national and international biological events that may impact the safety of
US persons, agricultural assets, or infrastructure.
Job family (Series)
0601 General Health Science
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
You must successfully pass a background investigation
You must be able to obtain a SECRET Security Clearance
You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
A Bachelors' or higher level degree in in a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position from an accredited university. NOTE: To be found qualified for this position, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) sufficient to verify that you have completed a Bachelors' or higher level degree in health sciences or allied sciences.
To qualify for this position at the grade GS-14, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which includes: 1) working in a human or animal health laboratory or other surveillance program designing, performing, and summarizing trend analyses and anomaly detection; 2) rapid preparation and delivery of reports and briefings summarizing key technical or surveillance findings or incident characterization for senior leadership and the responding community; and 3) working with/collaborating with multiple Federal, public or private sector (e.g. Federal, regional, State, local, tribal) entities to facilitate information sharing and leverage resources. Additionally, experience in either 1) organizing and performing global open source biosurveillance; or 2) creating maps, timelines, or contact network representations of disease outbreaks or other significant biological events is required.
To qualify for this position at the grade GS-13, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which includes at least two of the following: 1) working on human or animal health projects performing and summarizing trend analyses and anomaly detection, 2) preparation and delivery of reports and briefings summarizing key technical or surveillance findings or incident characterization, and 3) working with/collaborating with multiple Federal, public or private sector (e.g. Federal, regional, State, local, tribal) entities to facilitate information sharing and leverage resources
Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service by the closing of this announcement.
Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment (position occupied block 34 on the SF-50 should show a 1), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.
Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
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 the DHS Careers website and select Employee Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. (https://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2016/08/newly-established-leave-policy-gives-disabled-veterans-more-time-to-address-medical-issues-1/)
This position may be filled at the GS 13 or GS-14 level. If selection is made at the GS-13 level, promotion to the GS-14 level may occur without further competition.
Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
, Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers
, and people with disabilities
possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify
, including your rights and responsibilities.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:
Public Safety and Security
You will then be placed within one of three categories based on your responses: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. If you are placed in the Best Qualified category, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
To preview the job questionnaire and application, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10147498
If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.
Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. No points will be awarded.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility
on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under ICTAP, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View information on VEOA in OPM's Vet Guide
Background checks and security clearance
Your responses to the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10147498
Are you a current or former federal employee? Must Submit:
Your most recent SF-50 showing your current grade and tenure; (you may be removed from consideration if not submitted).
An SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. NOTE: Performance award, Realignment, and Detail SF-50s will not be accepted as proof of grade and tenure.
If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide an SF-50 or SF-50s which shows the length of time in the current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with dates that show proof of you holding the grade for at least a year) to support meeting time in grade requirements. (NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.)
Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information
. If applicable.
Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information
Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit a copy of your:
- Agency notice
- Most recent performance rating
- Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location
Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
- Position title
- Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
- Beginning and ending dates of appointment
Are you applying under special hiring authorities as a military spouse? Provide a copy of your:
- Marriage certificate, and
- Your spouse's PCS or A completed SF-15 with supporting documentation.
Are you applying under Schedule A hiring authority for persons with severe disabilities? Provide: Evidence of your intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefit.
You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.
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
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/20/2018.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT be accepted. If you cannot apply online, you may submit a paper application and the required forms. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
Applicants must submit all required documentation to properly qualify for this position.
Agency contact information
Cachea Barringer Cachea Barringer
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
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Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on Application Status, and then click More Information.
We expect to make a job offer within 60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
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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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Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.
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The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear - keeping America safe.