Supervisory Operations Research Analyst

Employee Benefits Security Administration

Job Description

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Inspector General; Office of Management; Business Analysis and Results Directorate; Data Analytics Team (DAT). YOU MAY APPLY FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATION: Washington, DC. Salary will be commensurate with the duty location.

Responsibilities

As the Lead Operations Research Analyst, you will be responsible for: Directly manages the workload of DAT staff, establishes systems for monitoring and measuring program accomplishments, and holds them accountable for the management and administration of their respective functional areas. The incumbent develops workload projections for DAT, recommends priorities in connection with long-range planning for OIG data analytics and research, and prepares justifications supporting resource needs. Coordinates the establishment of objectives for DAT projects and research, working with the Office of Audit and the Office of Investigations to determine their needs, and develops justifications and recommendations of priorities having major impact on OIG's long­ range planning and annual budget preparation. Expertise is required in project management to supervise data management and information technology procedures to identify potential patterns of inefficiencies or ineffectiveness or patterns used in committing fraud, waste, and misuse and implements strategies that identify key parameters in developing models; Develops policies and procedures including provisions for appropriate implementation of laws, rules, regulations and policies of the Office of Personnel Management, U.S. Department of Justice, USDA, and other relevant governmental agencies bearing on OIG's audit/evaluation and investigative processes. Participates and leads policy drafting and formulation, to include long-range planning in connection with prospective changes in functions and programs, determinations of projects or program activities to be initiated, dropped or curtailed. Responsible for determining the resources to be devoted to program activities, the optimum mix of reduced operating costs and assurance of program effectiveness; and significant internal and external program and policy issues affecting the OIG (e.g., those impacting funding for major equipment upgrading or new support systems). Strategic direction, performance planning and measurement can be difficult to define at the outset of the assignment, and variables impacting the assignment must be considered. Develops recommended strategy and direction relating to the implementation and performance of DAT. Makes recommendations to the BAR Director, DAIGM, and/or AIGM on best practices to improve predictive analytics, statistical sampling, modeling, computer matching, continuous monitoring, data mining, and data warehousing processes. Works closely with the Privacy Officer to ensure efforts employ protection of privacy while supporting OIG's mission to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness and prevent and detect fraud and abuse. Evaluates the effectiveness of operations, in terms of mission accomplishment, quality and analysis standards, regulatory compliance, and technical competence required. As needed, ensures guidelines and procedures used by DAT are modified. Provides oversight in the development of major aspects of key OIG audits/evaluations and investigative program requirements needed to perform data analysis including oversight of the staff's activities and conducting liaison with local, state, and federal entities. Provides oversight of staff's handling of large sets of structured data, semi-structured data, and unstructured data that are used for statistical and data analytics techniques to design, develop, prepare, and propose solutions. Provides guidance and assistance to the DAT staff and oversees the effectiveness in conducting and directing the functions by ensuring the timely completion of analytical products to support the audits/evaluations and investigations. Works with multi-faceted teams to define metrics, guidelines, and strategies for effective use of algorithms and data; participates as an integral team member on multi-disciplinary research relating to applying complex analysis, modeling, and skills in solving OIG's needs. Identifies potential patterns of inefficiencies or ineffectiveness or patterns used in committing fraud, waste, and misuse in EPA's programs and operations, and oversees implementation strategies used to identify key parameters in developing models of suspicious or anomalous behavior. Contributes technical expertise in preparing documentation to support communication of highly technical data analytics and research in a clear, concise, understandable manner within published reports, and at high level meetings with audit and investigations' staff and oversees the work of the team in the delivery of the same. Develops recommended strategy and direction relating to the implementation and performance of DAT. Works with other OIG program offices to develop and implement operating procedures and policies. Presentsdatain a graphical or pictorial format also known asdata visualization skills.Exercise theabilityto identify or uncover patterns, correlations and trends so non-technical employees can understand it.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.

You must be a U.S. citizen.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter. This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.

One or more positions may be filled through this announcement.

Qualifications

You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time specialized experience.The work experience described in your resume must clearly reflect that you have performed work that meets the specialized experience requirement for this position, as defined below, or your application will be rated "Ineligible".The specialized experience for this position isdefined as: Experience in operations research analysis, such as: knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices common to mathematics, statistics, engineering and physical sciences. Must understand advanced methods and techniques of scientific inquiry and analysis. Knowledge and skill with statistical packages (R, Python, SAS, etc.) data preparation, applied mathematical and statistical analysis, verbal and written communication of results and their implications, Technical knowledge on data selection, data cleaning, data merging, statistical programming, analytical techniques, and preparation of memorandums presentations to efficiently and effectively accomplish analyses that result in high-quality work products. Ability to analyze mathematical/statistical results and prepare and write reports based on the findings.Skill in advanced concepts, principles, and practices of operations research that enables incumbent to serve as a senior expert in the full range of data analysis and modeling applications including data visualization and business transformation/process improvement to increase efficiency and effectiveness.Ability to organize and lead the work of team members and the contributions of employees in other organizations into an integrated and well-organized work project.Ability to develop creative solutions to controversial problems; plan and coordinate problem resolutions that involve a number of organizational entities; develop and apply unique or extensive probing and analysis techniques and methods; and apply advanced technology, as necessary. Skill in written and oral communication sufficient to presenting explanation of analyses, advising on new methods and approaches in directing study efforts and in discussing relevant issues to present information on the scope, methods and results of studies. You do not need to provide a separate response to the KSAs. However, your resume must clearly demonstrate, through examples of work, that you meet the above specialized experience/KSAs and assessment questions. Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Professional knowledge of operations research analysis, including knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices common to mathematics, statistics, engineering and physical sciences. Must understand advanced methods and techniques of scientific inquiry and analysis.

Knowledge and skill with statistical packages (R, Python, SAS, etc.) data preparation, applied mathematical and statistical analysis, verbal and written communication of results and their implications, Technical knowledge on data selection, data cleaning, data merging, statistical programming, analytical techniques, and preparation of memorandums presentations to efficiently and effectively accomplish analyses that result in high-quality work products. Ability to analyze mathematical/statistical results and prepare and write reports based on the findings.

Skill in advanced concepts, principles, and practices of operations research that enables incumbent to serve as a senior expert in the full range of data analysis and modeling applications including data visualization and business transformation/process improvement to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Ability to organize and lead the work of team members and the contributions of employees in other organizations into an integrated and well-organized work project.

Ability to develop creative solutions to controversial problems; plan and coordinate problem resolutions that involve a number of organizational entities; develop and apply unique or extensive probing and analysis techniques and methods; and apply advanced technology, as necessary.

Skill in written and oral communication sufficient to presenting explanation of analyses, advising on new methods and approaches in directing study efforts and in discussing relevant issues to present information on the scope, methods and results of studies.

Education

In order to be qualified for this position, you must meet the basic education requirement in one of the following ways:

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: Basic Requirements:Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

Evaluation of Education:The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use the fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods of analysis. In addition, some positions may require knowledge of a specific subject area.

Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.

The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified.

For specific occupational requirements of this position visit the OPM website at:https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1500/operations-research-series-1515/As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts,a list of courses, or certification described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

Additional Information

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancyrequirements.htm.EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancyrequirements.htm.This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

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