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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Financial Analyst
Open Period:
04/13/2012 - 04/19/2012
EL - 1160 12/13
$84352.00 - $162435.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 3 in Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center


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.


NOTE: This vacancy is also being announced at the EL-11 level, see 12-FHFAIG-054.

Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
Become a part of the most challenging and important mission in the country today. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG) ensures that all FHFA programs and operations are effective and efficient by conducting audits, investigations and reviews of the activities, programs, and other operations of the FHFA, and recommending courses of action designed to assist the FHFA in promoting economy and efficiency in the administration of its programs and operations.

FHFA regulates and supervises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks (the Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs)). FHFA's primary mission is to ensure that the GSEs operate in a safe and sound manner and support a stable, liquid, and efficient mortgage market, including sustainable home ownership and affordable housing.


Who May Apply

1. Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status or current Federal employees in excepted service positions covered by an interchange agreement;

2. Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;

3. Individuals eligible for:

  • the FHFA-OIG Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP);

  • the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) from the local commuting area;

  • Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individuals with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, certain military spouses); U.S. citizens, no matter where you live, who are eligible for appointment under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act; or

  • 4. FHFA-OIG employees currently serving on a Veteran's Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
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    Key Requirements:

    You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period. You must pass a pre-employment security check and background investigation. This position requires a Secret security clearance.


    At the full performance level, the incumbent provides financial advisory and support services to the Office of Evaluations, Division of Mortgage, Investments and Risk Analysis. The incumbent assists in developing work plans and reports in conformance with guidelines, and ensures development of quality reports by continually monitoring and analyzing events to identify information changes, opportunities, and problems that may influence the particular assignments.  Specifically, the incumbent performs the following:

    • Conducts special studies, analyzes data trends, and recommends strategies and actions for meeting program objectives.

    • Participates in study groups to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, procedures, and operations.

    • Reviews reports, financial analyses and statements, and other background information; holds discussions with program personnel in order to become familiar with program requirements and operations; and identifies the preliminary scope and course of action.

    • Recognizes problems requiring analysis through a review of various business processes, and other program reports, and develops guidance for the analysis of such problems.

    • Performs independent examinations, particularly in problem areas that cross functional and organizational lines. 

    • Coordinates group meetings disseminating and communicating on significant information that is received through monitoring and liaisons. Monitors and reports on the status and progress of audits checking on work in progress and informs the supervisor of significant issues.

    • Reviews findings, and identifies issues covering such areas as administrative and program controls, program procedures, allocation and expenditure of funds, potential fraud and/or waste, adherence to legislation, agreements, contracts, and other program requirements.

    • Reviews the Office of Evaluations, Division of Mortgage, Investments and Risk Analysis reports provides input into the quality of the final report that is expected to be completed without any technical changes.

    • Participates in briefings on the initial scope and objectives of reports and provides recommendations to management for incorporation into plans or reports.

    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 may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.


    2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

    • Ability to provide financial advisory services.

    • Ability to prepare reports and recommendations for management.

    • Ability to provide briefings and defend recommendations. 

    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 have a score of 95 or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.



    Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, including the following, by the closing date:


    Time After Competitive Appointment: Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a nontemporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.




    For the EL-12: Candidates must have been an EL/GS-11, or equivalent, for 52 weeks (when applicable).


    For the EL-13: Candidates must have been an EL/GS-12, or equivalent, for 52 weeks (when applicable).



    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including the following, by the closing date:


    Specialized Experience for the EL-12 level: One year of experience at the EL/GS-11 level or equivalent, which included performing financial and program analyses of agency / organizational programs in order to prevent housing and/or mortgage fraud.  Qualified applicants will also have experience presenting and negotiating key findings to agency/organizational management.  


    Specialized Experience for the EL-13 level: One year of experience at the EL/GS-12 level or equivalent, independently performing complex financial and program analyses of agency / organizational programs which cross functional and organizational lines, in order to prevent housing and/or mortgage fraud.  Qualified applicants will also have experience presenting and negotiating key findings to agency/organizational management.


    NOTE: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    Benefits and Other Info


    HEALTH INSURANCE: A variety of Federal Employee Health Benefit plans to choose from which can be paid from pre-tax income. FHFA-OIG pays 90% of the bi-weekly premium

    DENTAL INSURANCE: 100% of the premium for employees and their family members. There is a $2,500 annual maximum per employee and a separate orthodontic benefit for dependent children to age 19 (Annual deductible apply)

    VISION INSURANCE: 100% of the premium for employees and their family members. (Co pay applies). Coverage includes reimbursement according to a fee schedule for eye examinations, frames and contact lenses once every 12 months.

    401 (K) PLAN: FHFA-OIG employees may contribute up to 10% of their pay annually on a before-tax basis (subject to IRS limits).

    COMMUTING EXPENSES: 100% of the cost of your public transportation commuting expenses (e.g., vanpool, metro bus, and metro train) is paid. The first $230 is tax-free and $90 per month is provided to cover the cost of parking at Metro operated lots.

    GYM: Free use of an on-site gym and locker room with shower facilities.


    Click here to learn more about Federal benefits programs.

    Other Information:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

  • Relocation expenses may not be authorized.

  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 ( Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

  • You may be required to complete a confidential financial disclosure statement upon entrance and on an annual basis thereafter.
  • How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    The FHFA-OIG has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain personnel services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FHFA-OIG vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers. To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to 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 not be considered for this position. No attempt will be made to solicit missing materials from applicants who fail to submit them by the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


    All applicants are required to submit the following:


    1. An application that includes work experience, training, education, and awards relevant to the qualifications requirements. For tips on creating a resume, click here.


    2. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent substitute documentation used by your agency, which shows your current grade and competitive civil service status; OR which shows you are currently serving on a VRA appointment (if applicable).


    3. For noncompetitive eligibles listed under "Who May Apply," proof of eligibility for noncompetitive appointment.


    4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Intercareer Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must also submit documentation in order to be considered. Please click here for more information.


    5. For VEOA eligibles: Form DD-214 or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Eligibles claiming 10-point preference must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15 along with the required documentation listed on the back of the form. For more information on veteran's preference, click here.


    In addition, the following materials are recommended:


    1. A copy of your most recent performance appraisal including an evaluation/rating.

    What to Expect Next:
    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at and checking your application status. We also recommend you opt to receive status update emails through USAJOBS. 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.