U.S. Department of Labor
**PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY**
POSITION: IT SPECIALIST
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: DE-BLS-05-001
SERIES & GRADE: GS-2210-07
SALARY RANGE: 40258 - 52335
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 12
OPENING DATE: 10/11/2004
CLOSING DATE: 01/11/2005
U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Number of vacancies: 6
Area of Consideration: ALL SOURCES (NON-STATUS & STATUS)
\\*Applications also will be accepted from persons within the
area of consideration who qualify under noncompetitive
hiring authorities, such as (but not limited to) Veterans
Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligibles, 30% or more
compensable veterans, persons with disabilities, or present or
former Peace Corps personnel. Additionally, veterans who
are preference eligibles, or who have been separated from the
armed forces under honorable conditions after
substantially completing 3 years of continuous active military
service, may apply under the Veterans Employment
Opportunity Act (VEOA).
POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Information Technology Specialists at BLS perform work
involving the development, testing, implementation, and
adaptation of computer systems to support a variety of
statistical and economic functions.
- Participates in the gathering, documenting and validation of
detailed computer system requirements.
- Participates in the development of various types of computer
systems by writing computer programs.
- Participates in the testing of individual and/or integrated
- Participates in the implementation of fully functional
- Participates in the maintenance and support of computer
systems that support various BLS functions.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (Applicants must meet
qualification, legal, time-in-grade, and regulatory requirements
for the position by closing date of this vacancy announcement.)
To qualify for GS-7, you must possess one of the following:
A. Superior Academic Achievement: You must have an
with major study in computer science, information science,
management, mathematics, statistics, operations research,
course work that required the development or adaptation of
and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the
and meet one of the following Superior Academic Achievement
1. Class Standing - applicants must be in the upper third
(based on completed courses) of the graduating class in their
college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College
of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration; or
2. Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) - applicants must have:
A) a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or
better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed
based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses
completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
B) a 3.5. or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better)
based on the average of the required courses completed in the
major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
Note: G.P.A. are to be rounded to one decimal point. For
example, 2.95 will rounded to 3.0, and 2.94 will rounded to 2.9.
3. Election to a membership in a national scholastic honor
society - applicants can be considered eligible based on
membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies
listed on OPM's website.
NOTE: Applicants usually cannot claim credit based on their
overall G.P.A. if more than 10 percent of your total credit was
based on pass/fail or similar systems rather than on
traditional grading systems. Applicants who cannot claim
the G.P.A. requirements, may claim credit for S.A.A. only on
the basis of class standing or membership in an honor
B. Completion of one full year of graduate level education.
Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and
abilities necessary to do the work of the position. To qualify
on the basis of graduate education, one year of the graduate
study must be in one or a combination of the following fields:
computer science, information science, information systems
management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or
engineering, or course work that provided the knowledge,
skills and abilities necessary to do the work. One academic
year of graduate education is considered to be the number of
credits hours that your graduate school has determined to
represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may
have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you
cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of
graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should
be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of
full-time graduate study.
C. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least
the GS-5 level performing duties such as developing
applications according to detailed specifications or modifying
existing codes; testing and validating programs;
interviewing subject-matter specialist to determine the
functional requirements of a program or systems of program and
documenting those requirements in a high level design; building
or modifying databases from detailed specifications;
providing help desk or other similar hardware/software support
to a group of computer users; or providing system support
for a computer network.
D. Completion of a combination of education and experience
described in "B"
and "C" above.
If you do not qualify based on education or experience alone,
you can combine your education and experience by
converting each to a percentage and then adding the
percentages. (If your education is currently described in
hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by
multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3.) For GS-7:
the number of graduate semester hours by 18. Refer to the
qualification requirements above for a description of the type
experience that is considered qualifying. To determine your
percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your
total number of months of qualifying experience by the required
number of months of experience. GS-07: Requires 12
months of specialized experience as described in "C" above. Now
add your percentages of education and experience.
The two percentages must total at least 100% for your to
qualify under the combination of education and experience.
COMPETITIVE EXAMINING AUTHORITY HAS BEEN DELEGATED TO THE
DELEGATED EXAMINING UNIT (DEU) BY THE OFFICE
OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT. ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE FORWARDED TO
THE DEU FOR RATING, RANKING, AND
NON-STATUS APPLICANTS ARE APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT CURRENT
PERMANENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN THE
COMPETITIVE SERVICE (ON AN APPOINTMENT WITH TIME LIMITATIONS OR
IN THE EXCEPTED SERVICE) OR ARE NOT
STATUS APPLICANTS ARE APPLICANTS WHO ARE CURRENT PERMANENT
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN THE COMPETITIVE
SERVICE (NOT ON AN APPONITMENT WITH TIME LIMITATIONS OR IN THE
EXCEPTED SERVICE) OR PREVIOUS FEDERAL
EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT RIGHTS.
SELECTEES MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
REQUIREMENTS BY THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT. IF
YOU ARE QUALIFYING ON THE BASIS OF EDUCATION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A
COPY OF YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT(S).
This position will not be filled until the Department's
Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.
Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of
Full performance level is GS-12.
Applicants may fax their application to Dan Herrmann at (202)
1ST CUT-OFF DATE IS 10/25/04; 2ND CUT-OFF DATE IS 11/08/04; 3RD
CUT-OFF DATE IS 12/01/04; 4TH CUT-OFF IS 12/22/04;
5TH CUT-OFF 01/11/05.
APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY CUT-OFF DATES LISTED ABOVE, MAY BE
REFERRED TO SELECTING OFFICIAL(S). IF ALL
POSITIONS ARE FILLED PRIOR TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE CUT-OFF DATE,
NO FURTHER SELECTIONS WILL BE MADE.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
The following statements apply:
__ Requires a security clearance
__ Requires a medical examination
__ Subject to financial disclosure requirements
__ Requires a supervisory/managerial probationary period if
the requirement has not been met
X Must be a U.S. citizen
__ Subject to frequent overtime
__ Subject to frequent travel
__ Requires a valid drivers license
__ Subject to geographic mobility
__ Subject to drug test prior to appointment
X Must be at least 16 years of age
METHOD OF EVALUATION
Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for
this position may be further evaluated against other job
related factors to determine who will be referred to the
selecting official. The rating and ranking of candidates to
determine the best qualified will be accomplished by comparing
the candidate's knowledge, skills and abilities against a
rating schedule on each of the evaluation factors. These
factors are essential to the successful performance of the
of the position. The candidate's experience, training, awards
and performance appraisal will be considered in the
evaluation process. It is the responsibility of the applicant
to provide all of the information needed by the closing date of
this announcement. Current and/or past supervisors may be
contacted unless specified otherwise. Applicants may be
interviewed by a panel and/or the selecting official or his/her
designee. Your application must include information on work
experience which address the following evaluation factors:
1. Knowledge of software development concepts, principles and
practices including but not limited to system analysis and
2. Knowledge of database management systems and data
management principles and practices.
3. Skill in utilizing a variety of computer programming
4. Ability to analyze problems and assist in developing
solutions that can be implemented in computer systems.
5. Ability to communicate orally to a variety of audiences.
6. Ability to write reports that explain technical concepts.
HOW TO APPLY
You may submit an Optional Application for Federal Employment
(OF-612), a resume or any other written format, including
an Standard Form (SF) 171, you choose. Certain information is
needed in order to evaluate your qualifications for the job,
therefore, your application must contain the following
-Social Security Number
-Vacancy announcement number, title, series, grade for the job
for which you are applying
-Full legal name and mailing address
-Daytime and evening telephone numbers
-For experiences most relevant to the position, include name of
employer, dates of employment, job title, start and end
dates, a description of your duties and responsibilities and
hours worked per week for each job listed
-Title, series and grade and dates of highest Federal civilian
-For education, include name, city, and state of high school
and colleges/universities attended as well as date of diploma
or GED. Also include type and year of any degrees received and
majors. If no degree, include total credits earned and
indicate whether semester or quarter hours. Do not send
transcripts unless checked below.
-To receive credit for relevant training, list seminar/course
titles, dates, number of hours and name of the institutions from
which training was received.
-Description of honors, awards, and special qualifications such
as language skills, computer skills along with dates
acquired, if relevant to position.
-If applying for reinstatement or transfer, attach a copy of
the appropriate SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which
confirms your status.
-Veterans Preference: If you served on active duty in the U.S.
Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you
may be eligible for veteran preference. To receive preference
if your service began after October 15, 1976, you must have
a Campaign Badge, Expeditionary Medal or a service connected
* To claim 5-point preference, attach a copy of your DD-214,
Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other
proof of eligibility.
** To claim 10-point preference, attach an SF-15, Application
for 10-point Veteran Preference, plus proof required by that
The following material is required:
X Most recent performance appraisal or equivalent, or a
statement with reasons as to why one cannot be provided.
(Required for all status applicants.)
X College transcript translated into the English language
from an accredited institution. If transcript is from a foreign
institution, proof of accreditation must be attached. (Required
if qualifying based solely on education or a combination of
education and experience.)
X A narrative statement must be prepared addressing rating
Mail your application to, or secure forms or information from:
Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, PSB
Washington, D.C. 20212-0001
Attn: Vacancy Announcement/Herrmann
Phone# (202) 691-6606
TDD# (202) 691-7838
An incomplete application package may result in your being
Applications & Forms must be received in the Human Resources
Office by 5:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time by the close of
the business day.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO APPLICANTS
-Use of postage paid government agency envelopes to file job
applications is a violation of Federal law and regulation.
-If the position is announced with promotion potential, the
incumbent may be promoted without further competition upon
meeting all legal regulatory requirements. However, promotion
is not guaranteed and no promise is implied.
-Travel and relocation costs will be paid for employees of the
Department for promotion. Other moves are payable if
relocation is determined to be in the best interest of the
-Selection for this position may be made as a result of this
announcement or by any other appropriate means including
reassignment, reinstatement, new appointment, transfer or
change to lower grade.
Special Note to Outside Applicants: Male applicants between the
ages of 18 and 25 are eligible for appointment only after
registering with the Selective Service System.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for this
position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age,
national origin, disability, political affiliation, labor
organization affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation,
The Department of Labor welcomes and encourages applications
from persons with physical and mental disabilities and
will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons.
Displaced employees requesting special selection priority
consideration under the interagency career transition assistance
program (ICTAP) Displaced Federal employees may be entitled to
receive special priority selection under the ICTAP. To
received this priority consideration you must: Submit a copy of
the appropriate documentation such as RIF separation
notice, a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your
priority consideration status with your application package.
The following categories of candidates are considered displaced
employees: Current or former career or
career-conditional (tenure group I or II) competitive service
employees who: Received a specific RIF separation notice; OR
Separated because of a compensable injury, whose compensation
has been terminated, and whose former agency
certifies that it is unable to place; OR Retired with a
disability and whose disability annuity has been or is being
terminated; OR Upon receipt of a RIF separation notice retired
on the effective date of the RIF and submits a Standard
Form 50 that indicates "Retirement in lieu of RIF"; OR Retired
under the discontinued service retirement option; OR Was
separated because he/she declined a transfer of function or
directed reassignment to another commuting area. OR Former
Military Reserve or National Guard Technicians who are
receiving a special Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
disability retirement annuity under section 8337 (h) or 8456 of
title 5 United States Code. Be applying for a position at or
below the grade level of the position from which you have been
separated. The position must not have a greater
promotion potential that the position from which you were
separated. Have a current (or last) performance rating of record
of at lest fully successful or equivalent. This must be
submitted with your application package. (This requirement does
apply to candidates who are eligible due to compensable injury
or disability retirement). Occupy or be displaced from a
position in the same local commuting area of the position for
which you are requesting priority consideration. File your
application by the vacancy announcement closing data and meet
all the application criteria (e.g., submit all required
documentation, etc.) Be rated well-qualified for the position,
applicant is rated by the agency to be above minimally
qualified candidates in accordance with the agency's specific
selection process. To be rated above minimally qualified,
ICTAP applicants must be rated high on evaluation factors 1, 2