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Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Statistician (Social Science), GS-1530-09/11/12/13/14

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Washington DC, DC
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US Citizens
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Permanent - No time limit
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Full Time

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  • Are you interested in working for a cutting edge agency with a mission to improve public safety, and the fair administration of justice? If so, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking high performing individuals to join its Statistician ranks. For more than 20 years, OJP has effectively provided leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, improving the criminal and juvenile justice systems, increasing knowledge about crime and related issues, and assisting crime victims. OJP continues to be the premier resource for the nation's criminal and juvenile justice communities. OJP's role is to work in partnership with the justice community to identify challenges confronting the justice system and to provide state-of-the-art information, training, funding and innovative approaches and strategies for addressing those challenges.


  • The position is located in OJP's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the principal statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. BJS is one of thirteen (13) federal statistical agencies whose principal function is the compilation and analysis of data and the dissemination of information for statistical purposes.

    The incumbent will be part of one or more teams carrying out stataisical collections in law enforcement, prosecution, and adjudication areas. Opportunities exist to work in other substantive areas as well. These national criminal justice statistical programs are used to guide management, planning, and policy formulation related to Federal, state, and local justice operations. At the Federal level, the statistics are used by the Department of Justice, Congress, and the U.S. Courts to establish and evaluate justice policies.

    This vacancy is open to both U.S. Citizens and Status applicants. This announcement is being used to consider internal Merit Promotion and external candidates. You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing date. If you have previous Federal civilian employment, you must submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing your tenure and position occupied and the most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal.

    You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
    Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from, the Selective Service. See
    This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.

    Since this is an on-line application process, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualifications form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted. Applicants made on line must be received must be received by the closing date of this announcement. You can obtain this form by contacting Avue Digital Service at (800) 407-0147. This form must receive in the Human Resources Office by the closing date of the announcement. The Human Resources Office must receive all other information requested in the vacancy announcement by the closing date of the announcement.

    Applicants submitting proof documents can electronically attach them to the employment application in the AVUE system. These documents can also be emailed to

    Supporting Documentation: A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; showing 'Tenure' and 'Position Occupied' (if applying under Merit Promotion); to receive consideration as a veteran, you must attach a DD-214 showing the type of discharge you received; to receive consideration as a disabled person you must submit a letter from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation in the state in which you live, certifying your disability. You must submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing your tenure and position occupied and the most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal.


  • The incumbent performs a variety of data collection, statistical analysis, and data interpretation activities. Statistical efforts include initial data collection, statistical analysis, and preparation of findings/reports related to criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, corrections, and similar criminal justice issues. Reviews program plans for data collection and analysis for policy relevance and utility.

    The incumbent conducts statistical studies and surveys. Recommends improvements in survey methodology, format, and survey instruments. Prepares detailed processing specifications and works closely with programmers to ensure adequate data processing. Evaluates the accuracy/adequacy of data and modifies/corrects problems and/or deficiencies.

    The incumbent performs computer-assisted statistical functions. Develops statistical models and applies the models to a wide variety of situations to solve novel problemsapplies the models to a wide variety of situations to solve novel problems related to the research area supported. Analyzes a variety of data sets using appropriate statistical software such as SPSS.
    Utilizes standard business office spreadsheets and text software applications in order to perform statistical analysis

    The incumbent produces statistical reports and presents findings. Presents statistical findings to a wide range of audiences including professional associations, agency representatives, and criminal justice researchers. Prepares studies and reports demonstrating expert judgment in analysis and interpretation. Responds to requests for information, including those related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Congressional inquiries, news and broadcast media, etc.

    The incumbent reviews Federal, state, and local data sources including statistical and research reports to provide a framework for reference and comparison.

    The incumbent participates in monitoring, oversight, and analyses of statistical programs developed in and outside BJS. Reviews progress reports, interim and final products, correspondence, etc. Consults and/or provide technical assistance regarding project design, objectives, implementation, and utilization. Evaluates final products for technical and methodological soundness, accuracy, and reasonability.

    The incumbent also represents BJS in contacts with other Federal and state agencies, professional organizations and associations, and the general public. Makes presentations to managerial and administrative staff, and others, as appropriate, regarding the findings, the subject matter, and the methodology used in reports.
  • Leads the development of a significant collaborative study with national or international policy or program implications. Directs the technical and organizational components of statistical programs relating to crime and the administration of justice including program development, project management, data collection, and data analysis. Designs and/or implements statistical methodological studies and surveys.
  • Writes and/or presents comprehensive statistical reports based upon the data collected and analyzed.

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