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Operations Research Analyst (Office of Compliance)


Description of Duties
  • Works across disciplinary boundaries to develop multi-disciplinary solutions to compliance and organizational problems.
  • Conducts quantitative and qualitative studies to critique, design, install, and improve management, planning systems, surveys, and decision models in the agency and various programs to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Provides productivity, cost estimation, workload measurement analyses, risk model development and analysis, impact analysis, hypothesis testing and investigation, and the examination of novel or technological programs.
  • Applies statistical, medical, chemical, and physical analytic techniques to compliance and data quality problems.
In order to qualify for an Operations Research Analyst you must meet the following Basic Requirement and Specialized Experience Requirement:
Basic Requirement:  Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study 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. (Transcript(s) must be provided to support educational claims.) If college-level credit for calculus was obtained during high-school, transcript(s) must be submitted to support claim.
Specialized Experience Qualification:
GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service, conducting complex operations research studies to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of regulatory oversight programs or related management issues; using non-standard or highly complex data analysis techniques (i.e. workload measurement analyses, risk model development/analyses, impact analyses, hypothesis testing and investigation, cost estimation); and providing authoritative recommendations and solutions to management officials regarding statistical analyses of programs.
Geographical Locations
Operations Research Analysts are located at HQ (suburban Washington, D.C.) and in facilities throughout the U.S.