<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This vacancy is for a <strong>Computer Scientist</strong> position in the <strong>Chief Technology Office</strong>located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line – Suitland Station. <br /><br />This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other <strong>Computer Scientist, GS-1550-13, (FPL, GS-13)</strong> positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Serves as a technical expert who utilizes the latest technologies to design and develop innovative software solutions for enterprise or custom Census Bureau systems. </li> <li>Investigates system concepts and system interactions to identify and/or predict the critical software engineering and physical problem areas in the system, develops solutions, and recommends a course of action. </li> <li>Provides enhancements, improvements, and cutting-edge development to solutions by adapting the latest computer technology that is consistent with overall bureau policies, procedures and budgetary constraints. </li> <li>Establishes a work plan and staffing for each phase of the project, and arrange for recruitment or assignment of project personnel. </li> <li>Prepares project reports and gives presentations to management, clients, and others. </li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. citizen.</li> <li>Suitable for Federal employment</li> <li>Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)</li> <li>You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).</li> <li>Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date</li> </ul> <br /><br />Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br />This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see <strong> CTO-2019-0004, Computer Scientist, GS-1550-13, CENSUS-DE-BC </strong><br /><br />A probationary period may be required<br /><br />This position may be <strong>ELIGIBLE</strong> for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).<br /><br />This is a <strong>BARGAINING</strong> unit position.<br /><br />Relocation expenses will not be paid.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience: </strong>For the <strong>GS-13</strong>, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the <strong>GS-12</strong> in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: establishing software design concepts to craft standard system designs from existing system functionality and new user requirements; using Object Oriented programming and the latest tools to create new or improved methods and techniques in applications and system software; developing innovative software solutions using large volumes of data; using modern project management techniques; and providing technical insight and developing complex software systems using processes such as: data structures, computer system architecture, software engineering and computer communication.<br /><br />AND<br /><br /><strong>Education: </strong>Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.<br /><br />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; 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.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.<br /><ul><li> VRA </li><li> VEOA </li><li> 30% or more disabled </li><li> Persons with Disabilities </li><li> CTAP </li><li> ICTAP </li></ul>The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.<br /><br />Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.<br /><br />The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:<br /> <ul> <li>Knowledge of advanced concepts, theories, principles, practices, methods and techniques of software and computer science to investigate, analyze, define, design, develop, test, implement, and operate software systems. </li> <li>Skill in the analysis, evaluation, and application of sound computer science principles and techniques to resolve complex design and development problems.</li> <li>Skill in project management in order to multi-task and manage multiple small to large projects in a cross-functional environment.</li> <li>Ability to communicate in order to prepare, present and explain technical information to various groups, including leadership and other teams, establish rapport, persuade others, and gain understanding of Center for Applied Technology's (CAT's) requirements and issues.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.</strong><br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />A complete application consists of the following:<br /><ul><li><strong>Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.</strong> Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.</li><li><strong>SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility, </strong>with the exception of current Census Bureau employees.</li><li><strong>Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation</strong>, if applicable. For more information, please go to https: www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx .</li><li><strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation,</strong> if applicable (see other information).</li><li><strong>Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment,</strong> (Schedule A disability, 30 percent disabled veteran, certain military spouses, etc).</li><li><strong><strong>Education Documentation: </strong></strong>If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. <strong>This also includes Census Bureau employees.</strong> Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http: www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.</li></ul>You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.<br /><br />Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website http: www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecogdoc . You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.<br /><br />CTAP and ICTAP candidates:<br /><br />CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap .<br /><br />CTAP applicants <strong>MUST</strong> submit the following documents:<br /> <li>A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).</li><li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;</li><li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li><li>Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.</li> ICTAP applicants <strong>MUST</strong> submit the following documents:<br /> <li>A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.</li><li>A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;</li><li>A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and</li><li>Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.</li> <strong>NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.</strong><br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.