Supervisory Statistician (Data Scientist)

Department Of Agriculture Kansas City , MO 64126

Posted 4 months ago

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The Supervisory Statistician is responsible for developing, coordinating, conducting, and overseeing data analytics, statistical sampling, predictive and risk modeling, and data mining research efforts to support OIG's mission to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in USDA's programs and operations. The Office of Data Sciences is responsible for developing, coordinating and conducting data analytics to support data-driven administrative decisions.

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  • Develop, conduct and oversee data analytics to include statistical sampling, risk modeling, and data mining research to support OIG?s mission to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in USDAs programs.

  • Directly supervise ODS staff, establish systems for monitoring and measuring program accomplishments, and hold them accountable for the management and administration of their respective functional areas.

  • Review current and proposed laws, regulations, publications, USDA and OIG Directives, GAO and OMB guidance, in order to advise senior management of potential or actual changes that may affect OIG operations, policies or procedures.

  • Responsible for managing the resources of the division in order to achieve established goals and objectives and assist ODS in meeting pertinent elements of the OIGs strategic plan.

  • Monitor and coordinate administrative matters relating to data mining, data warehousing, and predictive analysis information, documentation, personnel security, and special projects.

  • Represent the OIG in conferences and negotiations with officials from the Department, representatives from other Federal agencies, Inspectors General, OMB, and Congressional staff on critical matters relating to management and policy issues.

  • Implement data mining strategies to identify key parameters and develop models of suspicious or anomalous behavior.

  • Provide expertise on leading-edge methods of integrating advanced programming and visualization tools to better understand significant patterns in a wide variety of data.

Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of Secret level security clearance investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Subject to one year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period

  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

  • You will be required to complete an OGE-450, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests

  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must meet the Basic Requirement via one of the two ways below.

Education: You must possess a Bachelor's or higher degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics(or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science,public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should begiven for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing. MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS


Combination: You must possess a combination of education and experience -- at least 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of courses as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such and measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance. MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS


Specialized Experience for GS-14: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal Service. Specialized Experience is defined as: planning, development, and execution of the policies, plans, missions, and goals of the agency's mission; and making recommendations to senior management regarding changes to program direction, staffing, and allocation of funds to improve the quality of service through statistical and data analytics findings. This experience includes managing and coordinating the formulation and issuance of policies, procedures, standard of operations; utilizing data mining strategies to identify key parameters and develop models of suspicious or anomalous behavior; applying statistical and data mining techniques to design, develop, prepare and propose solutions by using large sets of structured data, semi-structured data, and unstructured data; and contributing technical expertise and prepares and publishes project reports, research conference papers and peer reviewed journal articles.

Time in grade: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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Supervisory Statistician (Data Scientist)

Department Of Agriculture