Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Legislative Analyst in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Summary

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

ASL is responsible for the development and implementation of the Department's legislative agenda. It provides advice on legislation and facilitates communication between the Department and Congress. The office also informs the Congress of the Department's views, priorities, actions, grants and contracts.

This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Legislation, headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia. This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.

Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services through this vacancy announcement.

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Responsibilities

The duties of this position are:

  • Briefs top Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials on the of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL) concerning mandatory health policy and program matters; communicates inconsistences and controversies stemming from assigned programmatic area of responsibility.
  • Assesses proposed legislation relating to assigned program area concerning Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); evaluates such legislation relative to HHS' and the Administration's policies and objectives, provides such proposals to other HHS departmental components for review and comments.
  • Negotiates changes to legislative proposals which are acceptable to concerned Departmental components and other interested stakeholders; represents the Department's interest in meeting with congressional staff concerning legislative initiatives; assists the DAS in carrying out legislative strategy that facilitates in expediting the Department's health legislative program through the Congressional authorization or appropriation processes.
  • Provides information and technical assistance on the Department's legislative program as requested or as may be determined to be necessary and beneficial to Members of Congress, congressional committees, and committee staff.
  • Follows up on the progress of various Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) legislation issues; prepares summaries for general use as changes are made in the status of pending legislative issues; coordinates preparations for hearings involving HHS witnesses before Congressional Committees and Subcommittees.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with top officials of the Department who are involved in the legislative program and process; exercise discretion in carrying out duties and assignments which involve sensitive and confidential legislative and Congressional matters.
Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Registered or exempt from Selective Service (www.sss.gov)
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • Documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
Qualifications

Must have one year specialized experience that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service evaluating and analyzing Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP healthcare legislation initiatives, congressional activities, laws, regulations, and policies, as well as, advising senior management on the impact of these mandatory programs/activities relative to the organization; conducting studies on Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP legislation and legislative proposals to develop recommendations on the effects on program operations; and preparing special projects reports, including legislative bill analysis or comparisons, health program budget analyses, and impact statements.

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; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid: No

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Drug Screening Required: No

Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No

Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No

Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No

Veterans' Preference - https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please see Agency Contact Information for whom to contact for more info. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. You must contact the HR contact on the vacancy announcement at least three business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. For more information on disability employment, please visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service - http://www.sss.gov

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointeeto a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUSTdisclose that to the Human Resources Office.

If you are unable to apply online, please go to https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation for more information on our alternate application method.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:

  • Best Qualified - Applicants who have experience that is almost identical to those required by the position.
  • Well Qualified - Applicants who have experience that is very similar to those required by the position.
  • Qualified - Applicants who meet minimum qualification requirements, but do not identify any additional qualifying experience or skill.

Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): * * Collaboration * Negotiation * Oral Communication * Technical Competence-Legislative Analysis & Evaluation * Written Communication To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10173229

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Q - Sensitive

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Required Documents

Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. You must provide a complete online Application Packagewhich includes:

  • Your Resumemust clearly articulate how your skills and experiences align to the criteria defined in the qualifications section of this announcement and it must support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. For each position you must describe your duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities. Your resume must also include the day, month, and year that you began and ended for each position held. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume.Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Not providing this information may result in the lowering of your assessment score or an ineligible rating. For resume writing guidance, please visit the USAJobs Resource Center or view their video tutorial.
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10173229)
  • Other required supporting documents. Other Supporting Documents:(Only Submit if applicable to you.)
  • College transcript (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)
  • Veterans' Preference documentation:
  • Discharged Veterans: If you are claiming 5 point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from the armed forces that supports dates of service and discharge status; if claiming 10 point preference, an application for 10-Point Veterans Preference (SF-15) and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference.
  • Active Duty Members:Under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, if claiming 5 point preference, submit written documentation from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application package.
  • ICTAP/CTAP Documentation You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

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Benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documentssection below.

To begin, click Apply Onlineto create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. *Click the Submit My Answersbutton to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Statuslink, and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login and click Update Applicationin the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/27/2018.

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Agency contact information
Quiana Woodruff
Phone

202 823-2119

Email

Quiana.Woodruff@hhs.gov

Address

Assistant Secretary for Legislation 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC US

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496332200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 04/27/2018

Salary: $81,548 to $106,012 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent