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Program Analyst (Recent Graduate)

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Join the team! This position is located in the Headquarters Office of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Directorate for Epidemiology, Division of Hazard & Injury Data Systems, Data Intake and Injury Information Branch (EPDSI). The Division of Hazard & Injury Data Systems is responsible for the management, operations, planning, developing, implementing, evaluating and quality control aspects of the injury data collection programs. The primary functions of the EPDSI branch include: data coding, data entry, and quality control of data residing in CPSC's Risk Management System (CPSRMS) and Public Database including reports of harm submitted by consumers and others, reports from retailers and manufacturers, news reports, medical examiner reports, and death certificates. Additional Branch functions include responding to outside requests for injury statistics and data from CPSC's injury systems, notifying manufacturers, private labelers, and importers of reports of harm received by CPSC which involve their products and providing customer support to users of CPSC's Business Portal.


The incumbent is a Program Analyst in training who is responsible for reviewing incident data to verify the accuracy and completeness of individual incident product and injury coding errors. Researching data coding issues and companies information utilizing a variety of methods. These methods may include: database searches, data analysis, searching reference materials, Internet research and consultation with end users and data entry coders.

The incumbent will gain experience and be able to provide guidance to contractors, answering coding questions and providing feedback when coding problems are detected. Prepare responses to internal and external requests for injury data by conducting database searches to identify responsive records. Write computer programs to generate reports on data and work-flows. Develop explanatory supporting materials to accompany computer generated reports. Advise data requesters on available sources of data and the proper interpretation of results. Utilize knowledge of data collection methodologies, computer programming techniques, and Commission databases to evaluate the quality of the data collection activities of the Division. Recommend improvements to data collection applications. Develop and implement new quality control procedures and programs. Prepare documents and oral presentations to acquaint data users with the limitations and potential uses of Commission data. Explain complex coding issues to Commission staff and contractors.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to participate in this program:

You must have a final cumulative Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0

•Current students may apply up to 90 days prior to graduation date.
•Recent graduates must have completed their degree within the previous two years from a qualifying educational institution.
• Veterans unable to apply within two years of completing their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.
• May submit unofficial transcript(s) with conferred date. Official transcript(s) will be required, if applicant is selected for the position.

In order to be creditable under the provision, superior academic achievement (SAA) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.

SAA is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
•3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR
•3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies.


Mandatory Basic Education Requirement for all applicants: Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and 1) one full year of graduate level education or 2) superior academic achievement.

The degree must be in the following majors: Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics applied statistics or Economics.  

All applicants must submit a copy of their full college transcripts with the degree conferred date. (does not have to be the official transcript at this time).

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

Required Documents

In addition to your resume, the following documents are required for this position:

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference.

You must submit your college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).

If you are graduating in 2017, you must provide proof of graduation before appointment.

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
2. Upload your file(s); or
3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

How to Apply

A complete application package includes the following: your resume; your answers to the vacancy specific questions; AND the supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).

Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section. Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

You MUST apply on-line through Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.

To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.