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Human Resources Assistant Core

Company name
Office of the Inspector General

$45,972.00 to $66,191.00

Washington, DC

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$45,972 to $66,191 per year

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GS 7 - 8

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2 vacancies in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

Washington DC, DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) offers you the opportunity to become a part of one of the most challenging and important missions facing the country today. The OIG ensures that all DHS programs and operations are carried out in the most effective, efficient and economical manner by conducting independent audits, inspections and evaluations, and investigations. In our dynamic environment, you will work side with special agents, attorneys, auditors, program analysts and IT experts to deter, identify, and address fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste of taxpayer funds invested in homeland security.

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of terms in this announcement.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

This is a CORE appointment not to exceed two years with the possibility of a two year extension, totaling four years.

NOTE: This announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, March 22, 2018 OR at 11:59 pm ET on the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.

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Being a Human Resources Assistant makes you a valuable member of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Management (OM), Human Resources Management Division (HRMD). You will perform work in support of HR Specialists in one or more program areas related to position classification, staffing and recruitment, personnel action processing, payroll, employee benefits, pay administration, and position management. Typical assignments include:

Conducting research and providing technical answers to inquiries from employees and officials related to the specialty area(s). Advising employees about basic human resource matters.

Independently performing routine technical assignments, such as: developing new job opportunity announcements; making factor level determinations for clerical or administrative support positions, or other one-grade interval positions; or determining and counseling employees on benefit entitlements.

Recommending improved procedures. Preparing periodic and special reports. Resolving problems and discrepancies.

Evaluating and making recommendations regarding human resources-related actions. Reviewing, coding, and processing personnel requests/forms relevant to the specialty area(s).

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0203 Human Resources Assistance



Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position

You must successfully pass a background investigation

You must be able to obtain Secret security clearance

You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing

Selective Service registration required

The selectee must pass a drug test by urinalysis prior to appointment

Completion of a one year trial period may be required


You qualify for the GS-7 grade level (starting salary $45,972) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-6 grade level performing all of the following duties: 1) preparing personnel actions by determining pay, authority code, nature of action codes, and appropriate remarks in a HR information system; 2) reconciling payroll related issues; and 3) providing information on human resources related matters.

You qualify for the GS-8 grade level (starting salary $50,912) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-7 grade level performing all of the following duties: 1) preparing personnel actions by determining pay, authority code, nature of action codes, and appropriate remarks in a HR information system; 2) counseling employees on benefit entitlements such as health insurance, life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.; 3) reconciling payroll related issues; and 4) providing information on human resources related matters.

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.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

This appointment is being field under the Robert A Stafford Act and is not to exceed two years with the possibility of a two year extension, totaling four years.


Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers

website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave

will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify

, including your rights and responsibilities.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment

, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Secret security clearance as a condition of placement into this position.


, Peace Corps

/ VISTA volunteers

, and persons with disabilities

possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level and management approval.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

Customer Service

Oral Communication


Technical Competence

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the job questionnaire

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

1. Your resume

2. Your responses to the job questionnaire

3. Your completed and signed OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment

4. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15

and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information

5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit: a copy of your agency notice,

a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

a copy of you most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

6. Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

7. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: Position title

Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)


Beginning and ending dates of appointment

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal 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.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Your application must be received by 11:59PM ET on 03/22/2018. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you may submit a paper application and the required forms. To do so, please contact: Amber Whitlock prior to the close of this announcement.

Agency contact information

Amber Whitlock Amber Whitlock


(202) 870-7503




245 Murray Drive SW

Washington, DC


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Next steps

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on Application Status, and then click More Information.

If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. View more information on applying for federal employment.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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