Federal Acquisition Service Information Technology Program Assurance Senior Advisor in Washington, District Of Columbia

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As the Information Technology Program Assurance Senior Advisor, you will serve as a subject matter expert and independent advisor for Information Technology (IT) Program Assurance for the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Service-wide, in one or more of the following areas: 1) program and performance management, 2) stakeholder communication and change management, 3) financial management, 4) data strategy and governance, and 5) human centered design and user experience. In addition, you will coordinate with FAS and GSA stakeholders in the development of the FAS strategic IT portfolio and assessment of investment proposals. Further, you will advise the FAS Enterprise Governance Board in the investment decision-making processes, creating visibility and transparency for the FAS Commissioner/Deputy Commissioners.

The IT Program Assurance Senior Advisor is located in the Office of the Commissioner, FAS, and reports directly to the FAS Commissioner. FAS provides more than $55 billion of best-value products, services and solutions to federal customers across government, increasing the government’s overall effectiveness and efficiency. The Office of the Commissioner is responsible for overall leadership, management, and accountability for all FAS programs and activities across the entire organization.

GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the 'Best Places to Work' in the Federal Government'. LEARN MORE about why you should choose GSA.

You will have access to many benefits including:

  • Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
  • Life insurance coverage with several options
  • Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Training and development If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement #18110021MP. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both. Learn more about this agency

As the IT Program Assurance Senior Advisor, you will:

  • Provide expert guidance in the development of the FAS Program Assurance capability to oversee the assessment, analysis, monitoring, and oversight of IT investment submissions.
  • Consult on the development and application of effective strategies, methods, procedures, and policies that help to support and grow program capabilities in program and performance management, stakeholder communication and change management, financial management, data strategy and governance, and human centered design and user experience.
  • Use the FAS business objectives, strategic direction and IT modernization goals to assess and analyze the technical feasibility and suitability of submitted investment requests by FAS organizations, including concept papers and executive business cases (EBCs); evaluate investment request concept alignment with FAS strategic goals and integration into FAS’s overall IT investment portfolio, decreasing duplicative development efforts and ensuring optimal resource utilization towards organizational goals.
  • Use technical leadership, outstanding creativity, and exceptional judgment to develop, define, and modify objectives, devising innovative ways to solve problems of major importance to GSA and the federal government at large; serve as a catalyst for organizational change, build a shared vision with others, and influence others to translate vision into action.
  • Provide program assurance senior level advice and guidance to FAS leadership on the Enterprise Governance framework, and serve as the IT governance expert on the Enterprise Governance Board, leading on behalf of the Board when designated.
  • Support executive members of multiple Executive Steering Committees (ESCs) in the development of strategies and project roadmaps to guide Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) tasked with implementing the development and management of chosen IT investments; monitor and advise on IPT project progress and guide collaboration between business and IT integrated product teams, ensuring compliance with steering committee objectives and goals, and the project plan, increasing the likelihood of on-time, on-budget project success.
  • Support increased collaboration and engagement through all levels of governance through initiatives designed to facilitate better communication and change management as well as the sharing of best practices FAS-wide.
  • Serve as a senior advisor and consultant to the FAS Commissioner, the Deputy FAS Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners, and Regional Commissioners for major information technology governance issues impacting FAS.
  • Represent the FAS Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners in dealings with key GSA officials, other agency officials, representatives of business and industry, Congressional committees and staffs, and others involving plans, programs, policies and objectives of FAS IT Governance.
  • As a senior advisor on IT Program Assurance serve as a key member of the leadership team within FAS.
  • Confer with key government and private officials and top experts regarding FAS IT Governance and related fields, representing GSA and/or Office of Management and Budget (OMB) or the Federal Government at large at technical symposia and conferences.
  • Serve on agency, interagency, and technical society committees of national importance as a recognized authority on IT Governance.
  • As a senior advisor and subject matter expert, participate in periodic project management reviews (PMRs) to determine adequacy of deployed and planned development strategies, assess the status of new and ongoing risks, and evaluate potential project scope changes, delays, or increased costs.
  • Monitor investment portfolio project status and risks to ensure that projects remain within the time and financial constraints of the proposal to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of development.
  • Advise on communication and change management strategies to leadership and cross-functional teams to ensure that business expectations are being met, as decided by the FAS Strategic Plan, and to convey project progress and updates through tools, including but not limited to, a FAS To-Be Product roadmap, a strategy newspaper, FAS executive major investment dashboard/status with project schedule details, surveys and outreach tools, a business and technology Architecture Repository and additional tools (e.g., Business Service Management - BSM and Voice of the Employee - VoE).
Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
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U.S. Citizens and Nationals

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2210 Information Technology Management

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of closing date

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive,* if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee*
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) and obtain approval that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position
  • Serve a one year supervisory or managerial probationary period, if required

To qualify, you must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is experience in managing the development and implementation of efficient and effective strategies and processes for the planning, assessment, governance, and oversight of enterprise information technology (IT) solutions.

You will be asked a question by the job application system to self-certify your possession of the specialized experience. We will verify your self-certification using your resume. If your resume doesn’t support your self-certification, we may disqualify you, resulting in no further consideration of your application under this vacancy announcement.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on length and level of experience. Therefore, in addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week if part time. Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

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Additional information

The 1993 Hatch Act Reform Amendments prohibit oral and written political recommendations for Federal jobs.

Bargaining Unit status: This position is not covered by a bargaining unit.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:

  • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
  • Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior non-federal work experience or uniformed service experience. Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here’s how it will work:

If it is determined that you meet the specialized experience requirement, you will be presented by the job application system with four additional assessment questions, one corresponding to each of the Mandatory Competencies listed below. You must enter your narrative responses demonstrating possession of each of the Mandatory Competencies there. Based on your responses, you will be scored by a review panel, which will measure your possession of the Mandatory Competencies.


  1. Describe your experience developing and leading information technology (IT) program governance activities for an organization with a portfolio of complex legacy IT systems. Include your experience developing a data strategy and governance model for a portfolio of IT systems. What significant achievements/outcomes can you describe as a result of your actions and leadership?
  2. Describe your experience leading collaborative efforts across a diverse set of stakeholders to achieve program results impacting both internal operations and external customers and industry partners.
  3. Describe your experience performing stakeholder communications and change management activities for a large, complex, geographically-dispersed organization.
  4. Describe the best practices you recommend for monitoring IT investment portfolio project status and risks to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget, and provide an example of where you have employed each best practice. Your scores will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified

We will verify your answers to the questions using your resume. If your resume doesn’t support your answers, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.

Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Applicants may undergo an interview, other assessments and a reference check and may be required to provide a writing sample, work plan or other written product. If so, you will be provided with further instructions.

If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA’s Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. ALL applicants must submit a* Resume* describing your job related qualifications pertinent to this position.

For each job on your resume, provide:

  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time). For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.

Review the following list to determine what additional documents you may need to submit.

  • If you are claiming veterans preference:
  1. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
  2. If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:
  3. completed SF-15 form; and
  4. proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
  5. If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
  6. If you areICTAP/CTAP* eligible* - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
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.

  • Benefits



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

Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job.

To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.

  • Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.
  • Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.
  • Click the Apply To This Vacancyand complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.
  • Note:Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTSsection of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the “Fax instructions” provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information). * Need Assistance in Applying?* Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions.

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Agency contact information
Christopher Wright







GSA, Federal Acquisition Service General Services Administration Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

After the closing date/deadline:

  1. ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant eligibility and qualifications are reviewed.
  2. REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: If you are determined to be eligible/qualified, you may be referred to management for further consideration.
  3. SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security and ethics (i.e., financial)vetting processes.
  4. FINAL JOB OFFER: Once our Security and Ethics offices determine you can come on board, you will be given a final offer.
  5. FINAL COMMUNICATION: Once the position is filled, we will notify you of your status. You may also check your status by logging into USAJOBS. Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications. Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

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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.

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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.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496816600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/13/2018 to 04/27/2018

Salary: $126,148 to $174,500 per year

Pay scale & grade: SL 00

Work schedule: Full-time

Appointment type: Permanent