DOD Hiring Pathology Informatics Assistant (Bethesda, MD)

| September 24, 2012


Job Title:Pathology Informatics Assistant (Office Automation)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:TRICARE Management Activity

Job Announcement Number:NCJT12131640751530


$37,983.00 to $49,375.00 / Per Year


Sunday, September 23, 2012 to Saturday, September 29, 2012




Full Time – Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United States


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medicine (JTF CapMed) is
the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical
Healthcare.  The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the
National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community
Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world
class medical services to the nation's service members and their

About the Position:

This position is in the Anatomical
Pathology Service in the Department of Pathology at Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.

Who May Apply: Click here for more information.

• Current DoD Civilian employee – a permanent career or career-conditional DoD employee
• Non DoD Transfer
• Appointment of Certain Military Spouses, E.O. 13473
• Reinstatement
• 30% Disabled Veteran
• Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
• Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
• Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF)
• Persons with Disability (Schedule A)
• Executive Order 12721
• Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
• OPM Interchange Agreement Eligible


  • Moving expenses will not be paid.
  • Must be a qualified typist, typing 40 words per minute.


You will provide
computer and clerical support required for the timely accessioning,
processing and reporting of surgical pathology specimens, cytopathology
specimens, bone marrow specimens, and autopsies.  Accession surgical
specimens, cytology specimens, bone marrow specimens and autopsies into a
highly sophisticated Anatomic Pathology computer system and transcribes
from handwritten, oral and machine dictation. You will be independently
responsible for the correct accessioning of surgical specimens,
cytopathology specimens, bone marrow specimens and autopsies. 
Transcriptions produce surgical tissue examination reports,
cytopathology reports, bone marrow reports and autopsy narrative
involving highly specialized scientific, technical and medical
terminology and phraseology related to pathology. Responsible for
correct format, arrangement, spelling, grammar, punctuation and
capitalization of all surgical pathology reports, cytopathology reports,
bone marrow examination reports, and autopsy narratives. Responsible
for assigning correct Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes to each
surgical pathology, cytopathology, bone marrow, and autopsy report for
workload reporting in order to justify staffing and for billing
purposes.  Provide secretarial and clerical support to the head of the
department and to resident pathologists assigned to the Service.


Click on link below to view qualification standard.
General Schedule

A.  Specialized experience: To Qualify applicants must possess one
year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level
(GS-05).  Specialized experience is defined as:  using medical
terminology accurately to complete medical transcription.

B. Education Substitution: A master’s degree or equivalent graduate
degree from an accredited college or university that is directly related
to the position.  (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for

C. Combination of Education and Experience:  Some
specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year and
less than the required education in B. 

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Medical Transcription
  • Knowledge of Medical Terminology
  • Ability to use automated tools
  • Ability to communicate in writing

• Time in Grade Restriction: Applicants who have held a General
Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in
Grade Restriction.

• Time in Grade Restriction: Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).

Other Requirements:
Click here for more information.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a
Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a ANACI security clearance.

May require to comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements.

A medical examination may be required.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and
responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet
the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses
to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal,
educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted
resume will be considered.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  The
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible
displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority
over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency
has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible
for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this
vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the
instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified
for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the
minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as
possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification
requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an
ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an
eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans'
preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application
to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your
written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation
personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's
Career Transition Resources website at


The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

    Click here for more information.  

    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

    The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will
    be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is
    available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code,
    annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full
    annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for
    retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a
    supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period.
    Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section
    8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to
    the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement
    provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions
    1400.25, Volume 300, at

    •Bethesda, Maryland is located  just northwest of our nation’s
    capital Washington DC.  In 2009 Forbes ranked Bethesda second on its
    list of “America’s Most Liveable Cities.”  Rich in history there are
    many museums and landmarks to visit throughout the city. The area
    commonly known as "Downtown Bethesda" is centered at the intersection of
    Bethesda Avenue and Woodmont Avenue. There is public transit both rail
    and bus at two primary locations. For more information about Bethesda go

    •All federal agencies in the National Capital Region offer qualified
    employees a monthly stipend as a transit or vanpool subsidy to help
    reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Generally, staff members
    who take part must give up their parking permits to receive the subsidy.
    Federal (civil service) employees who use public transportation or van
    pools to Bethesda are entitled to a free MetroChek pass which can be
    used to save up to $230 per month in transit costs

    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an
    account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts
    to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My
    Answers button at the end of the process. 

    If you cannot apply
    online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the
    online process.  You will need three documents to complete this
    process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S.
    Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form
    1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from

    2.View Occupational QuestionnaireUse
    this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note
    that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan
    response form.

    3.  On a separate
    document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include
    title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E”
    ("I am considered an expert in performing this task…."). 

    4. Fax the completed
    OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to
    1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for
    your fax transmission.

    numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational
    Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers
    from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of
    questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue
    regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will
    be resolved as soon as possible. 

    It is your
    responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed
    (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing
    date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus
    scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m.
    Eastern Standard Time on the closing date Saturday, September 29,
    2012 of the announcement.

    Department of the Defense provides reasonable accommodations to
    applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for
    any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the
    servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation
    are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with
      inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this
      vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications
      determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the
      dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or
      month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information
      will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive
      consideration for this position.
    • If the position has an education
      requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education
      and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college
      transcripts with your application.
    • You MUST submit documents verifying
      your eligibility with your application package. These documents may
      include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a
      SF-50 or DD3434; If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military
      Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit
      supporting documents with your application package. These documents may
      include, but are not limited to: for MSP claims, PCS orders and
      marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214
      (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or
      Activation/Deactivation orders.
    • If you are currently serving on active
      duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that
      certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released
      from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions
      not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If
      you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility
      will be verified prior to appointment. For more information about
      Veteran's Preference, please click this link: Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having
    an incomplete application package and will not be considered any

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package,
    to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human
    Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and
    marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than
    the applicant. These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal
    information before submission with the application. Applicants may be
    asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection
    to confirm eligibility.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    8601 Washington
    Bethesda, MD


    Once the
    application process is complete, a review of your application will be
    made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are
    qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting
    documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the
    occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on
    your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the
    degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and
    abilities required of this position.  Please follow all instructions
    carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 

    To check the status of
    your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log
    into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more
    information link under the application status for this position.

    If no email address is
    provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and
    notifications in Application Manager.  Hard copy notifications will not
    be sent to you.

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact:

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