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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Program Specialist in Fort Harrison, Montana

Summary This position is within the Health Administration Service, in the Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS). The incumbent will perform functions associated with monitoring and auditing, which is an integral part of an effective compliance program for Health Administration Service (HAS). Responsibilities Scope of Duties, may consist of: Initiates, populates, and reviews reports for the Health Administration Service (HAS). Implements a variety of monitoring/reporting tools for each unit within the service to such as enrollment and eligibility, encounter management, action required, and trains employees how to utilize them. Independently plans and conducts a variety of assignments or investigations such as develop or modify methods and techniques to resolve a variety of auditing problems; develops methods to isolate and identify conditions affecting inefficiency. Assesses the potential to reduce cost in a variety of programs, projects, and function; develops new audit approaches where no precedent exists; serves as the technical expert in a wide variety of auditing program management functions; and establishes review criteria to improve efficiency of audit activities. Make clear, concise, and effective oral and written reports, and skilled at applying the principles, theories, techniques, and practices of professional auditing to problems encountered Acts independently to plan, organize, direct, and control areas with emphasis on data validation, analysis and generation of reports associated with the facility Health Administration Service. Provide support and education on documentation issues and assists in the development of guidelines for data compatibility, consistency, and monitoring for compliance to improve the quality of clinical, financial, and administrative data to assure that every part of the information is completely documented and supported. Draft findings, conclusions, and recommendations ensuring that the work performed adequately supports conclusions reached and recommendations are consistent with audit objectives and reporting standards to provide a basis for actions to correct weaknesses and implement improvements. Determines requirements and establishes priorities, provides guidance concerning formulation, planning, and execution of the auditing function. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Program Specialist/PD11894A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/13/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: (1) knowledge of organizational theories, practices, methods, and techniques of auditing; (2) knowledge of organizational or program practices, policies, and functions; (3) knowledge of organizational programs, missions, functions, goals, and objectives to sufficiently analyze business office programs, methods, and procedures; (4) ability to research pertinent laws, regulations, policies, and precedents which impact the programs administered within the organization to enable recognition of problems both potential and existing and evaluate to determine cause and formulate solutions; (5) skill in preparing and articulating findings and recommendations in written reports and presenting oral briefings; (6) writing skills and knowledge of VISTA computer applications, and the following software applications; Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word; and (7) knowledge of HIPAA, Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act of 1974, Title 38 U.S.C. dealing with drug/alcohol etc., and applicable laws, regulations, and practices, of the VISN, JCAHO and other local governing agencies pertaining to auditing. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of graduate level education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., in a related field. . OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond graduate's degree may be used to qualify applicants for the GS-9 level.. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: AuditingCommunicationsData ManagementKnowledge ManagementSelf Management 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; religions; 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary; although, some slight physical effort may be required for lifting such as computer paper, books, files, etc. The work environment which is performed in an office sitting, involves everyday risks or discomforts, which require normal safety precautions typical of offices. The work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at Education A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Additional Information The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.