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Department: Department Of Labor
Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job Announcement Number: DE-BLS-05-001
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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

ORGANIZATIONAL/GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Washington, DC

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 
computer programs.
- Participates in the implementation of fully functional 
computer systems.
- 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 
undergraduate degree
with major study in computer science, information science, 
information systems
management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, 
engineering, or
course work that required the development or adaptation of 
computer programs
and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the 
computer field
and meet one of the following Superior Academic Achievement 
(S.A.A.) provisions:

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 
credit under 
the G.P.A. requirements, may claim credit for S.A.A. only on 
the basis of class standing or membership in an honor 
society.

OR

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.

OR

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. 

OR

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 
quarter 
hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by 
multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3.) For GS-7: 
divide 
the number of graduate semester hours by 18. Refer to the 
qualification requirements above for a description of the type 
of 
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 
REFERRAL. 

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 
REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBLE.

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 
this announcement. 

Full performance level is GS-12. 

Applicants may fax their application to Dan Herrmann at (202) 
691-5507. 

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 
duties 
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: 

EVALUATION FACTORS:

1. Knowledge of software development concepts, principles and 
practices including but not limited to system analysis and 
design issues.

2. Knowledge of database management systems and data 
management principles and practices.

3. Skill in utilizing a variety of computer programming 
languages.

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 
information: 

-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 
position held
-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 
disability.
* 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 
form.

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 
factors.

__ Other: 


Mail your application to, or secure forms or information from:
Department of Labor 
Bureau of Labor Statistics 
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, PSB 
Suite 4280 
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 
considered ineligible. 

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 
government. 
-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, 
or other 
non-merit factors. 

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS
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 
not 
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 
and 4. 






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