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Office of the Secretary IT Specialist (Plcypln) in Washington, District Of Columbia


The incumbent of this position is an IT Specialist (Policy and Planning) in the Program Management Office (PMO), Test and Evaluation(TE) for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM), within the Office of the Deputy Secretary of VA (DEPSECVA).


The purpose of this position is to manage VA OEHRM information technology programs and projects to deliver technical and functional IT test environments as well as test services required for successful deployment of the DoD/VA EHRM solution. The position serves as the OEHRM TE joint IT program/project manager with the program/project managers(s) from the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) Development Test Evaluation (DTE)/Test Infrastructure on VA/DoD joint test environment and test services projects. The work involves the planning, acquisition, implementation, and sustainment of information technology test and evaluation capabilities, test environments, processes, and policies in close coordination with the Program Executive Office Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (PEO DHMSM), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Interagency Program Office (IPO) on a wide range of highly technical test and evaluation services and environments related activities. Manage the coordination of all assigned OEHRM mission-related IT system solution goals and facilitate adjustments as appropriate. Manage the implementation of program and project plans to meet planned IT system solution objectives. Some duties will consist of: Managing program and budget resources. Prepare, justify, and/or monitor the budget across an entire program, including multiple project budgets. Plan, administer, and monitor expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of the program and projects; assess financial condition of the program and projects. Serves as a program/project manager on test and evaluation projects and as interagency subject matter expert for IT test and evaluation programs/projects whose scope includes technical or functional test environments or test services. Serves as co-manager with DHMSM DTE project manager for joint VA/DoD IT test projects. Responsible for the full range of the technical aspects of the program and projects from inception at the requirements definition phase through system design and acquisition, feasibility and concept demonstration, and finally transition into operational status. Prepares authoritative white papers, reports, and position papers in response to requests from program offices and formulates research findings into comprehensive, time-phased project statements and plans that meet the identified IT test and evaluation environments and services requirements. Determines resources (including software, hardware, and telecommunication requirements), personnel expertise, and staffing levels required to meet program and project objectives. Provides coordination, guidance, and technical or management advice to others who may contribute in planning and implementing the project, including the PEO DHMS, VA OEHRM, and IPO leadership, their functional staff members, other information specialists, and technical personnel. Manages risk and issues in accordance with the VA and OEHRM Risk and Issue Management Framework and develops detailed risk and issue resolution or mitigation plans. Actively manages mitigation plan activities. Oversees the activities of matrixed teams assembled for implementation. These teams consist of all levels of staff including technical information specialists, program analysts, and computer specialists from various VA OEHRM directorates such as TIO and CMO as well as DoD organizations. Evaluates, monitors, or ensures compliance with Federal, VA laws and regulations, policies, standards, or procedures. Identifies standards or requirements for infrastructure, configuration, and/or change management. Manages an integrated schedule of work for each assigned program/project that allows for testing of multiple simultaneous complex software suites or covers the design engineering, and implementation of the test environments required for simultaneous testing of complex software suites. Work Schedule: 8:00AM-4:30 PM EST

Telework: Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: IT Specialist (Plcypln)/PD17994A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/27/2020. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume. Selective Placement Factor - Experience in defining, planning, and developing policies for IT programs and projects to apply business process methods sufficient to implement information systems applications, manage multiple stakeholders, and to identify/resolve problems. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: demonstrated knowledge and experience in IT Program Management and leadership providing leadership and program management oversight of multiple IT projects, integrating dependent schedules and deliverables, execute budget and acquisition processes. Ability applying risk management processes to identify and mitigate risks and issues across the IT Program portfolios; connecting inter-dependencies among stakeholders, identifying conflicting needs, and adjusting stakeholder strategies as appropriate to address areas of agreement and/or areas of conflict. AND

Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. There is no educational substitution for the GS-14 level. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

CommunicationInformation Technology Program ManagementLeadershipPlanning and Evaluating 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; religions; 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: This position is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required. Some work may require walking and standing in conjunction with travel and to attendance at meetings

and conferences away from the work site. Some employees may carry light items, such as papers, books, or small parts. The work does not require any special physical effort. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Additional Information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.