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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Position Title:
Program Analyst
Open Period:
04/11/2012 - 05/01/2012
GS - 0343 13
$89033.00 - $115742.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 1 Vacancy in Alexandria, VA, US
For More Info:
Jill Barrett


Who May Apply:

U.S. citizens who meet any of the categories shown under the

heading "Who May Apply" at the end of the Job Summary

section below.

Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC). 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.
 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 for the Assistant to the Director in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Program Accountability and Administration Division.  The Division is responsible for monitoring and measuring program performance, to continually identify innovative and more effective ways to reduce improper payments and improve the integrity of the nation’s primary food assistance safety net that currently serves over 46 million Americans.  As a member of the management team, this position will offer challenging growth opportunities and focus on collaborative projects, often national in scope, that cross organization lines.  Candidates will need to possess excellent communication skills, organization, and demonstrate a strong ability to lead and manage projects in order to perform successfully in this position.  
· 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:
  • Relocation and/or recruitment incentives may be available.

  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.


    Who May Apply:

    1. Current Federal employees on career or career conditional appointments in the competitive service, or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; 2. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; 3. Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individual with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, eligible for Certain Military Spouses), etc. 4. USDA employees currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA); OR 5. Individuals eligible for appointment under the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). Individuals who do not meet the above may apply under 12-FNS-148P, open to the Public.

    Supervisory Position:
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     As a Senior Program Analyst (Assistant to the Division Director for Program Accountability and Administration Division), you will:

  • Develop and/or analyze legislation pertaining to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

  • Analyze the impact of legislation, hearings, court decisions, policy and develop regulations to implement necessary Program modifications.

  • Make policy interpretations, as appropriate, to ensure operation of the Program in all areas is done in an efficient and effective manner.

  • Respond to inquiries from Regional Offices and other Federal agencies concerning application of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program policy and initiatives.

  • Provide guidance on how to implement new policy, and how to apply regulatory language and intent to specific situations.

  • Develop training materials and conduct policy workshops.

  • Develop FNS forms and reporting requirements, necessary to carry out Program eligibility-related functions in conjunction with Administrative Services, and coordinate through the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Qualifications and Evaluations





    Your application includes your: 1. Resume, 2. Responses to the online questions, and 3. 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 government programs, operations, internal controls, and data reporting systems.

  • Knowledge of current and historical legislative and/or regulatory documentation to analyze existing policies, and develop new policies and procedures within an organization.

  • Ability to communicate orally as a representative of an agency, to present ideas, concepts, policies, and procedures.

  • Ability to write clear, precise, detail oriented documents that accurately reflect agency views on proposed policy and/or regulation. Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of this position. 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. 3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to the 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 receive a rating of at least 85 out of 100 to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
  • Qualifications:
    Although all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement (see "How to Apply"), applicants have until 30 days after the closing date to meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements listed below. Time-in-Grade: For the GS-13 level: Candidates must have been a GS-12 for 52 weeks (when applicable). Time After Competitive Appointment: Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment. Minimum Qualification Requirement: Specialized Experience: For 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 interpreting and analyzing the policies, procedures, and regulations of a Federal Nutrition Assistance Program and experience with the policy development processes regarding Federal, State, or local Government programs.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:
    Other Information:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

  • This is a bargaining-designated position.

  • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, Room 942, 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).

  • 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.

  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. FNS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS ( We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips. Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.
    Required Documents:
    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible). SF-50
  • Submit a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current grade and competitive civil service status. If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)

  • If you are currently on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that. Performance Appraisal Submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application. CTAP If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.
  • What to Expect Next:
    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.