Medical Support Assistant - Department Of Veterans Affairs - Cincinnati, OH

Job Title:Medical Support Assistant
Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:NV-CMo-15-1226318BU

SALARY RANGE:

$32,844.00 to $42,703.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 20, 2014 to Friday, October 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0679-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1226318



OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  

At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, our duty is to make sure Veterans receive the finest health care available within our resources. We are devoted to providing primary health care, specialized care, and mental health service to Veterans whom reside within a 50 mile radius of the Medical Center serving veterans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, please visit our web site.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information onset's Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

DUTIES:

The incumbent serves as the Medical Support Assistant (MSA) in Patient Business Services. At this level, the MSA is responsible for scheduling appointments including interpreting and verifying provider orders in accordance with VHA national scheduling guidelines. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: scheduling, canceling, rescheduling patient's appointments and/or consults:entering no-shows information, monitoring the electronic wait list, preparing for clinic visits, monitoring both inpatient and outpatient appointments for areas of responsibility, verifying and updating demographics and insurance information, processing all emergent and non-emergent transfers to other VA facilities or private hospitals, and performing basic eligibility, co-payments,and pre authorization requirements for specific coverage.

•Processes hospital admissions, registration of patients, entering workload data and validation.
•Monitors patient flow, identifies existing and potential problem areas or delays in processing a Veteran's medical care request.
•Arranges emergency transfers to and from VA and private hospitals and prepares necessary paperwork in a prompt manner for cost containment.
•Maintains contact with medical and clerical staff in clinics and in-patient wards to resolve delays and misunderstandings in the administrative aspect of providing medical care. Responds to questions from patients concerning services.
•Performs clerical work in support of the care and treatment given to patients such as receiving patient and maintaining patient files. Responsible for collecting documents pertaining to deaths occurring on units within the Medical Center.

Tour of Duty:Full-time, Multiple Tours including: Rotating nights, Weekends and Holidays



Required Documents:
1.VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf)
2. Responses to occupational questionaire.
3. Standard Form 50.
4. Resume


This announcement is open to United States Citizens. This vacancy is also being announced to all Permanent employee's of the Cincinnati VAMC, other VA's, VBA and VCA under Announcement NV-15-CMo-1226317 from 10/20/14-11/7/14 .Per the Master Agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the department agrees to first consider internal candidates for selection.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

•U.S. citizenship-Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
•Experience-Six months experience of clerical, office or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position; or
•Education-One year above high school; or
•Experience/Education Combination-Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
•Proficient in spoken and written English.
•Physical Requirments-Work is primarily sedentary. The incumbent is required to sit for various lengths or time as well as some bending, walking, and lifting. Must be able to operate a computer terminal and be able to manage multiple activities at one time.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
GS-5 MSA (Full Performance Level)
Experience or Education. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or 4 years of education above high school.
Assignment. This is the full performance level for MSAs. At this level, the MSA performs a full range of duties. The MSA is responsible for scheduling appointments, including interpreting and verifying provider orders in accordance with VHA national scheduling guidelines. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: scheduling, canceling, re-scheduling patient’s appointments and/or consults; entering no-show information; monitoring the electronic wait list; preparing for clinic visits; monitoring both inpatient and outpatient appointments for areas of responsibility; ensuring encounter forms are completed in order to obtain appropriate workload credit; verifying and updating demographics and insurance information; processing all emergency and non-emergency transfers to other VA facilities or private hospitals; performing basic eligibility, co-pays and pre authorization requirements for specific coverage (i.e., TRICARE, sharing agreements, etc.).
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:

1. Ability to operate computerized programs and databases in order to enter, modify and retrieve sensitive information/data into or from electronic medical records, scheduling systems and/or reports.
2. Knowledge of basic medical terminology.
3. Ability to work independently in the accomplishment of a wide variety of duties, including setting priorities and coordinating work.
4. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

References:VA Handbook 5005/53, Part II, Appendix G45, Medical Support Assistant Qualification Standard.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
 




PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.


 

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application
checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


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Medical Records Technician - Department Of Veterans Affairs - Oklahoma City, OK

Job Title:Medical Records Technician (Coder)
Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:RT-15-APC-1227372

SALARY RANGE:

$28,269.00 to $56,406.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 20, 2014 to Friday, November 7, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0675-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service NTE NTE 1 year

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Oklahoma City, OK

WHO MAY APPLY:

All groups of qualified individuals

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1238153


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

Come be a part of a team of dynamic professionals at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. We are proud and honored to serve our nation's heroes, in a vibrant city that exhibits pioneer spirit, combined with old fashioned hospitality. Come experience big-city amenities with small-city charm. Visitors and residents are delighted with the abundant historical, cultural, recreational, shopping, restaurant and entertainment venues offered in this enticing city. Sports fans revel in the exploits of the Thunder NBA basketball team, the RedHawks AAA Baseball team, an American Hockey League Team, the nearby Tulsa Shock WNBA Team, and many national sporting events. In addition to the excellent grade schools in the area, there are numerous technical schools, junior colleges, colleges and universities from which to choose. Because of the low unemployment rate and modest cost of living, Oklahoma City area residents enjoy a very agreeable quality of life.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be a U.S Citizen

DUTIES:

This is a Medical Record Technician Coding Position located in the Health Information Management Section (HIMS) within the Medical Administration service. This position is responsible for the accurate coding of medical records. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assign appropriate ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPC’s Codes.
  • Ensure inpatient, surgical package, outpatient, and fee basis close out deadlines are met.
  • Monitor and correct deficiencies or discrepancies in the record
  • Perform concurrent chart analysis.
  • Perform utilization reviews.

Work Schedule: 7:30am to 4pm
Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Record Technician (Coder)


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic Requirements:
U.S. citizenship: Must be a U.S Citizen.
Experience: One year of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. Six months of the required one year of experience must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform MRT work.
     OR
Education: Two years above high school with a minimum of 12 semester hours directly related to MRT work (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, and introduction to health records). (Transcripts Required)
     OR
Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and experience:
  • Six months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours of health information technology courses. (Transcripts Required)
  • Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to six months of experience provided the training program included courses in anatomy, physiology, and medical record techniques and procedures. Also requires six additional months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. (Transcripts Required)
    Grade Determinations:
    GS-4
    Experience or Education: None beyond basic requirements.
    GS-5
    Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or successful completion of four years of education above high school from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 24 semester hours in health information technology
    In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Ability to utilize health information technology and various office software products utilized in MRT coder positions (e.g., the electronic health record, coding and abstracting software, etc.)
  • Knowledge of the Joint Commission requirements, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and/or health record documentation guidelines
  • Ability to manage priorities and coordinate work in order to complete duties within required timeframes and ability to follow-up on pending issues
GS-6
Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower level.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Ability to navigate through health records to find needed information
  • Skill in interpreting and adapting health information guidelines that are not completely applicable to the work or have gaps in specificity, and ability to use judgment in completing assignments with incomplete or inadequate guidelines.
  • Ability to apply laws and regulations on the confidentiality of health information (e.g., Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of classification systems, such as current versions of International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Current Procedural Technology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), and skill in applying said classifications based on health record documentation.
    GS-7
Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Skill in applying current coding classifications to a variety of specialty care areas to accurately reflect service and care provided based on documentation in the health record.
  • Ability to communicate with clinical staff for specific coding and documentation issues such as recording inpatient and/or outpatient diagnoses and procedures, the correct sequencing of diagnoses and/or procedures, and the relationship between health care documentation and code assignment.
  • Ability to research and solve coding and documentation related issues.
  • Skill in reviewing and correcting system or processing errors and ensuring all assigned work is complete.
GS-8
Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
  • Ability to analyze the medical record to identify all pertinent diagnoses and procedures for coding, and to evaluate the adequacy of the documentation. This includes the ability to read and understand the content of the medical record, the terminology, the significance of the comments, and the disease process/pathophysiology of the patient.
  • Ability to accurately perform the full scope of outpatient coding, including ambulatory surgical cases, diagnostic studies and procedures, and outpatient encounters, and/or inpatient coding, including inpatient discharges, surgical cases, diagnostic studies and procedures, and inpatient professional fees.
  • Skill in interpreting and adapting health information guidelines and ability to use judgment in completing assignments using incomplete or inadequate guidelines.
 References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/79 PART II APPENDIX G35, This can be found in the local Human Resources Office





Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.   If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: The majority of work will be sedentary, but standing, bending and traveling to a variety of locations within the medical center may be necessary. Position requires daily extended use of a computer terminal.

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COUNTY OPERATIONS TRAINEE - Department Of Agriculture - Lincoln, NE

Job Title:COUNTY OPERATIONS TRAINEE (C0T)
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Farm Service Agency
Job Announcement Number:NE-2015-001

SALARY RANGE:

$31,628.00 to $62,297.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 20, 2014 to Monday, November 3, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

CO-1101-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - Lincoln, NE

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all US Citizens.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:


The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public.
FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.



PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN
RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED
This is a non-civil service position. Veteran's preference does not apply.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • This is a twelve-month training program that may require travel throughout the State of Nebraska.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age or 17 years of age for high school graduates.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

DUTIES:

This is permanent position open to all sources. THE POSITION LOCATION WILL BE DETERMINED UPON SELECTION OF THE CANDIDATE
This is a twelve-month training program that may require travel throughout the state of Nebraska. Depending upon agency needs, candidates will be expected to relocate within the state when the training program is complete. 

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Qualifications are in accordance with requirements in Handbook 27-PM.
You must meet all qualification requirements as stated in this announcement.

The following are minimum requirements for the possible grade levels of this position.
You may start at the CO-05 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
  • Four years of education above high school in an accredited business, secretarial or technical, junior college, college or university in any field in which high school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite: OR  
  • One year of specialized experience, equivalent to CO-4 or GS-4, applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to any farm or agricultural program. OR
  • Combination of education and experience described above. Experience that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties: and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position. OR
  • Combination of education and experience described above.
You may start at the CO-07 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
  • Four years of education above high school in an accredited business, secretarial or technical, junior college, college or university in any field in which high school graduation or the equivalent is a prerequisite with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale: OR 
  • One year specialized experience equivalent to grade CO-6 or GS-6 applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to independently perform a full range of farm program processes Experience that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties: and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position. OR
  • Combination of education and experience described above.
You may start at the CO-09 level if you have one of the following qualifications:
  • Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited college or university: OR 
  • One year specialized experience equivalent to grade CO-7 or GS-7 applying office methods and procedures to provide clerical and limited technical support to independently perform a full range of farm program processes Experience that shows your ability to perform progressively more complex, responsible, or difficult duties: and that shows your ability to learn the specific work of this position. Experience in providing program interpretation, and instruction for an agriculture program area or operational phases of farm loan programs. Such work experience included acquiring data and providing information to producers, farm loan borrowers and farming operations; writing summary reports; assisting staff with policy guidance; arranging and scheduling activities of subordinates to complete technical/clerical review. OR
  • A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.



Educational Qualifications:

College Transcript:
If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the “How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials” section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.
NOTE: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or 17 years of age for high school graduates. 
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
TRAINING PROGRAM: Applicants selected as County Operations Trainees (COTs) must sign an agreement to accept assignment wherever located in the continental United States. Each COT shall satisfactorily complete a minimum 52-week training program. COT's who do not satisfactorily complete the required training shall be separated without prejudice.
The District Director, State Executive Director, State Committee, State Training Coordinator, State Office Specialist, and previous CED trainers will evaluate the trainee's performance at the end of the 52-week period. Based on this review, the trainee will be continued as a CO-5, CO-7, CO-9 or terminated.

Secretary - Department Of Agriculture - Washington DC, DC

Job Title:Secretary
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Agricultural Marketing Service
Job Announcement Number:24TM-APHIS-MA-2015-0002

SALARY RANGE:

$47,212.00 to $67,787.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 20, 2014 to Friday, October 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0318-08/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Current and former Federal employees, disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may also apply to Merit Promotion announcement 6TM-AMS-MA-2015-0003.
This vacancy is limited to the first 40 applications received. All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. 

This position is located in the Agricultural Marketing Service, Transportation and Marketing Program.  The Transportation and Marketing Program facilitates the distribution of agricultural products by promoting efficient and cost-effective marketing facilities, transportation policies, and practices.  Transportation and Marketing administers programs designed to improve marketing and transportation efficiencies, retain food quality during marketing and distribution, enhance the competitiveness of U.S. farm products in domestic and international marketing trough distribution efficiencies, improve farm income, and meet transportation needs of rural areas.  The programs are conducted through economic and applied research, technical assistance, policy analysis, and regulatory representation for the Agency

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.

DUTIES:

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.  The duties may include, but are not limited to:


• Maintains control over the Deputy Administrator’s appointments, with authority to commit time and make scheduling adjustments.  Screens all calls and visitors. Assesses the nature of the call or visit, their urgency and determines whether immediate attention is needed or if it can be referred to a staff member.  Answers most questions involving established policy or routine matters without referring people to the Deputy Administrator.
• Receives and reviews all correspondence forwarded for attention by the Deputy Administrator and/or Associate Deputy; assigns correspondence not needing attention at this level to staff and/or program as appropriate, and follows up to ensure that actions are completed.  Screens all correspondence prepared for the Administrator’s signature for clarity, completeness of reply and conformance with procedures.
• Develops and implements new systems or administrative processes to meet unit needs (e.g., Administrative Office Procedures Handbook, manuscript/abstract/ARIS action tracking system, files maintenance, etc.). Identifies, restructures, and recommends ways of eliminating, combining, simplifying or improving administrative and clerical office procedures and processes.  Also ensures adequate administrative coverage of TM when absent.
• Prepares travel arrangements including transportation reservations and hotel accommodations, etc.  Ensures the necessary forms to authorize foreign travel or to attend meetings outside of Department are completed; prepares and submits travel vouchers and other necessary items upon completion of travel.
• Serves as TM Timekeeper and assists staff with time sheet completion.  Reviews and audits T&A timesheets before validation by management.  Responds to staff inquiries related to telework, transit subsidies, and time and attendance policies. Maintains records of telework schedules, telework enrollment, and transit subsidy benefits for TM participants.
• Responsible for internal correspondence and telephone coverage. Prepares official correspondence for delivery to other AMS and USDA personnel, representatives of State agencies, Congressional offices, and members of the general public. Responds to AMS and USDA information requests for reporting on TM staff enrollments, participation, and compliance with programs and policies.
• Coordinates with AMS Records Management Officer and advises TM Deputy Administrator, Administrative Officer, and managers on records management issues.  Reviews new functions or changes to existing functions to ensure that all recordkeeping requirements have been identified and that the correct disposition instructions are followed.  Establishes and reviews procedures to be used at the division and program levels to ensure that records management principles are properly applied.
• Provide knowledge management support such as tracking documents, lessons learned, best practices across TM programs and/or operations as required. Assist teams in the creation and/or maintenance of information products in support of political transition programs; Perform other duties and activities as required for the successful TM programs. Prepare Acquisition and Assistance Requests and support documentation for the management and administration of procurement in support of TM program activities.  Coordinate closely with TM’s two divisions on all issues.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
FOR THE GS-08 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

• Receiving visitors and telephone calls and screening and referring calls as appropriate.
• Maintaining supervisor’s daily calendar, including making appointments and arranging conferences and meetings.
• Handling correspondence, including incoming mail and distributing as appropriate, reviewing outgoing correspondence for adherence to policies, and drafting correspondence.
• Making travel arrangements for supervisor and meeting attendees, including transportation, lodging, and meeting spaces.
(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

FOR THE GS-09 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-08 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
• Conducting procurements following agency and Departmental processes and federal regulations and standards.
• Using Time and Attendance systems to serve as an official timekeeper for the organization.
• Interpreting and adapting guidelines to apply them where previous guidance does not exist.
(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)



Special Conditions:
  • As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service).
  • The work is sedentary and involves no unusual physical demands. Occasionally requires carrying light objects such as files, books and papers.

Equal Opportunity Assistant - Department Of The Interior - Reston, VA

Job Title:Equal Opportunity Assistant, GS-0361-07 (DEU-MW)
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:Geological Survey
Job Announcement Number:ATL-2015-0031

SALARY RANGE:

$42,631.00 to $55,421.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 20, 2014 to Friday, October 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0361-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Permanent - Full-Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Reston, VA

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency
*Are you an Equal Opportunity Assistant looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for providing customer service? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?

Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This position is being advertised concurrently through Merit Promotion procedures, open to current and former Federal employees under announcement ATL-2015-0032.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES:

As an Equal Opportunity Assistant within the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO), some of your specific duties will include:

- Applies technical and administrative procedures, methods, and techniques to support management process and analysis functions.

- Prepare and edit routine correspondence to complainants, managers, investigators, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), office of the Secretary, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

- Performs data compilations, calculations and analysis, tracks, analyzes, and compiles complaint statistics to prepare monthly and ad-hoc reports as required for submission to the Office of Civil Rights, Office of the Diversity and Equal Opportunity, and Other entities.

- Assembles and reviews complaint files and records received from counselors, complainants, specialists for timeliness, completeness, adequacy, and regulatory compliance if applicable.

- Provide administrative support, including monitoring the financial operating reports, preparing and submitting a variety of administrative reports, handling travel and training arrangements of the office staff, requisitioning supplies and services using FBMS, filing and record keeping of complaint files through retention period, answering and routing telephone calls to the appropriate senior staff

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: http://www.usgs.gov/humancapital/pb/telework.html.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-7 level:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level in the Federal service. Examples may include performing administrative/office work such as gathering and analyzing data, coordinating meetings, establishing and maintaining an efficient filing system, using automated data processing equipment to generate a variety of reports, and establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.

*OR*

One year of appropriate graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent) in a field of study directly related to the work of this position.

*OR*

A combination of appropriate specialized experience as described above and graduate level education beyond the first 1/2 year of graduate study.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

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Public Affairs Specialist - Department of the Army - San Antonio, TX

Job Title:Public Affairs Specialist
Department:Department of the Army
Agency:Field Operating Offices of the Office of the Secretary of the Army
Job Announcement Number:NCAT143675411237893D

SALARY RANGE:

$39,179.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 20, 2014 to Friday, October 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1035-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
This position is part of the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System (ACTEDS) and is a CIVILIAN position with the Department of Army. The incumbent will serve as a Public Affairs Specialist trainee with the U.S. Army Installation Command (IMCOM).
  • This is a Career Program (CP) #22 position.
  • Please Note: Attendance and successful completion of the Public Affairs Officer's Qualification Course at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Fort Meade, MD, is a program requirement.
  • Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

    TRAVEL REQUIRED

    • Occasional Travel
    • Up to 25% business travel is required.

    RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

    • No

    KEY REQUIREMENTS

    • Must sign a mobility agreement if selected.

    DUTIES:

    As a Public Affairs Specialist (INTERN) you will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
  • Create news releases for print and electronic use.
  • Respond to written or verbal media/public queries.
  • Conduct outreach planning and coordination of agencies communication campaigns.
  • Plan and execute community relations events.
  • Prepare speeches and presentations.
  • Incumbent works under closer supervision and works in a developmental capacity performing assignments and completing training, both of which are aimed in preparing the incumbent to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties outlined in the aforementioned job description. The incumbent receives progressively more responsible assignments as experience and training are received to the next higher level position.

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
  • Specialized Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all
    qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: assisting in the creation of news releases for print and electronic use; or, responding to written or verbal media/public queries; or, assisting in outreach planning and coordination of communication campaigns; or, assisting in planning and executing community relations events. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).
  • Superior Academic Achievement for GS-07: Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with Superior Academic Achievement. Applicant must meet one of the following provisions for superior academic achievement:
    1. A standing in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision.
    2. A grade point average of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for (a) all courses completed; or (b) courses completed during the last two years of the curriculum.
    3. A grade point average of "B+" (3.5. on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent based on (a) the average of the required courses completed in the major field; or (b) the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
    4. Election to membership in one of the national honorary societies (other than freshman societies) that meets the requirements of the Association of College of Honor Societies.

  • Grade point averages will be rounded to one decimal point. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0, and 2.94 will round to 2.9.
    NOTE: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your S.A.A. claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society and you must provide evidence of your class standing or honor society membership with your application.
  • Education Substitution for GS-07: Successful completion of at least one full year of graduate-level education that would have equipped the candidate with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work of the position. One year of graduate coursework is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.
  • Applicants Combining Education and Experience: If you have some, but not all, of the experience or education described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable experience and graduate education that you possess. To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.



  • Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.
  • Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include documentation to support U.S. equivalency.


  • Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Must sign a mobility agreement if selected.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • If applying based on education, unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. If selected, official college or university transcripts must be submitted.

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    Student Trainee - Department Of Agriculture - Washington DC, DC

    Job Title:Student Trainee (Economics)
    Department:Department Of Agriculture
    Agency:Forest Service
    Job Announcement Number:15-INTERN-065238-PW

    SALARY RANGE:

    $39,179.00 to $47,923.00 / Per Year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Monday, October 20, 2014 to Friday, October 24, 2014

    SERIES & GRADE:

    GS-0199-07/09

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Part-Time - Internships

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

    12

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC

    WHO MAY APPLY:

    Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.

    SECURITY CLEARANCE:

    Other

    SUPERVISORY STATUS:

    No

    JOB SUMMARY:


    A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.
    It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.


    The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. This Student Trainee position will be filled as an Intern appointment. The appointment is indefinite and is expected to last for the duration of the student's academic attendance.
    This position is located in the of the Fire & Aviation Mangement staff of the State and Private Forestry organization located in Washington, D.C. The tour of duty is part-time and may be filled at the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level with a target conversion position of GS-0110-12. For information on the duties of the position, please contact Mark Lichtenstein at 202-205-0996 email melichtenstein@fs.fed.us.
    Salary wage as shown is for Rest of the U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the General Schedule Pay Scale: http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/indexGS.asp
    If you have questions on how to apply, please see the Agency Contact Information which is listed below.

    TRAVEL REQUIRED

    • Not Required

    RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

    • No

    KEY REQUIREMENTS

    • US Citizenship is required.
    • Must be a U.S Citizen
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
    • Must be at least 16 years of age
    • Must complete and pass background and security investigation
    • Must enrolled at least half-time in a qualifying educational institution
    • Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution
    • May require drug testing dependent on position/location
    • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways
    • Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree

    DUTIES:

    This position is designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service Fire and Aviation programs and a practical understanding of the policies of the employing organization. Assignments are developmental in nature and in conjunction with formal education; the employee will gain the necessary competencies for a career in Economics. Work assignments are selected to ensure that the employee receives on-the-job training and exposure to one or more program functions.
    Duties primarily focus on providing work and training experience to prepare the student Intern for a more advanced, technical XXXX position through a variety of tasks that utilize established practical processes, methods, and procedures that may include, but are not limited to:


    Plans and designs complex economic analyses for assigned projects or plans, including a framework for collection and analysis. Determines the methodological feasibility of analysis efforts, defines objectives, formulates questions, analyzes knowledge gaps, selects collection and analysis methods, and develops appropriate research instruments such as interview protocols and surveys. Conducts economic research, methodology, and analysis. Analyzes the project area against economic data.
    Performs as a member of interdisciplinary teams to provide expertise to assess economic analysis needs, design methodologies, conduct analyses, and provide recommendation to incorporate measures to address economic concerns in land management planning and implementation proposals and decisions. Develops written reports of analyses which describe findings and recommendations for understanding by both experts and those with no background, education or training in the field. Includes engagement and collaboration with stakeholder communities; special interest groups; federal, state, and local government agencies; Tribal governments; and members of the public to identify and interpret relevant economic issues and concerns to ensure quality analytical products.
    Completes analysis processes and documentation in compliance with NEPA, NFMA, and/or other applicable laws, regulations, and policies. Ensures that methods of collection and analysis processes utilized are compliant with current professional standards.
    Provides guidance and recommendations for the consideration of economic concerns to lower graded specialists and to non-specialists. Provides briefings of economic activities, products, services, and initiatives to national, regional, and local partners.
    Utilizes professional economic expertise to research and develop strategies and analysis techniques to more effectively address current Forest Plan development needs as efficiently as possible. When standard economic analysis is not adequate to evaluate a problem, investigates new or alternative methods to analyze the situation. Considers and incorporates decision maker needs into strategies developed to ensure that resulting analyses and recommendations inform and contribute to the decision making process. Works with the full range of resource specialists assigned to revision efforts to ensure that all economic concerns are considered and addressed, incorporating input from other resource areas as appropriate. Applies creative adaptations of methodologies to analyze the wide variety of relationships and impacts that may be encountered in Forest Plan revisions or project analysis which involve complex economic relationships.
    Utilizes professional knowledge of economics to participate with other subject matter experts to develop technical guidance and training materials for the use of specialists and non-specialist users throughout the agency. Materials produced may include, but are not limited to, resources such as technical advice bulletins, process papers, training materials, presentations, and web based resources.
    Consults with other economic experts at various levels of the agency to contribute to economic initiatives. Collaborates in the development of products and tools to further and improve the consideration and incorporation of economic issues and concerns in agency decision making processes.

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    Applicants must meet the definition of a student – be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school. Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic course load leading to a degree or certificate. Candidate must meet all the qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. The minimum qualification requirements for each grade level of this vacancy announcement are described below:
    For GS-07: Completion of one full academic year of graduate-level education or eligible for Superior Academic Achievement after completing a bachelor's degree
    For GS-09: Completion of all requirements for a master’s degree or equivalent degree
    Note: One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school is the number of credit hours by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study.
    The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.



    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.edu.gov/
    This position has a positive education requirement for conversion. The required education must lead to a degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will participate in the Intern program. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy, on graduation, the specific requirements in the qualification standard for the position. Preferred degrees may include, but are not limited to: Forestry, Range Management, Agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position.
    The term positive education requirement refers to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determination that the duties of a scientific, technical, or professional position cannot be performed by an individual that does not have the prescribed minimum education. For additional information on the qualification standards for the 0400 series visit the OPM Qualifications Standard found at:


    Requirements:
    The candidates academic or career goals should be related to the position that they are appointed to. To qualify for the USDA Pathways Internship Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • Must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis or accepted for enrollment as a degree/certificate seeking student
    • Must be in good academic standing as defined by the academic institution
    • Must submit unofficial transcript(s) or verification documentation. Official transcripts will be required if the applicant is selected for a position.
    • Must be eligible for the Pathways program for the duration of the appointment.
    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
     Interns may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. To be eligible for conversion the Intern must meet all of the following:
    • Be a U.S. Citizen;
    • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship program while enrolled as a student;
    • Complete a degree or certificate program from a qualifying educational institution;
    • Receive a favorable recommendation by supervisor;
    • Meet the qualification requirements of the position being converted to;
    • Meet any agency specific requirements as outlined in the Participant Agreement; and
    • Be performing their job successfully.