Program Analyst

USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Policy and Program Development, PEDS

About the organization

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating certain genetically engineered organisms that may pose a risk to plant health, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. Policy and Program Development (PPD) provides analytical services to develop and improve APHIS programs. PPD’s Planning, Evaluation, and Decision Support (PEDS) staff is responsible for providing strategic, operational, analytic, and management support services to agency leaders within the agency. PEDS reviews program operations for effectiveness; identifies best business practices; assists with meeting planning and facilitation; and works collaboratively inside and outside the agency on departmental-wide and agency-wide initiatives.


• Assists senior analysts in a wide variety of duties relative to the development, analysis, review, and coordination of planning, evaluation and decision support activities.
• Provides project management support to senior analysts.
• Uses electronic information collection tools to organize data for analysis.
• Synthesizes and analyzes data, and reports on findings.
• Develops models, using statistical and mathematical methods, related to cost management, program performance, program effectiveness, and/or resource utilization.
• Establishes quality measurements and tools and techniques for monitoring and improving service delivery.
• Works closely with persons on a variety of projects and programs, often in team environments and/or formal partnerships.


Specialized Experience:

• Knowledge and skill in mathematical and statistical sciences, and skill in applying this knowledge to the operation and effectiveness of programs.

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to present information, arguments, and recommendations.

• Ability to solve increasingly complex problems and to analyze issues and recommend solutions or alternative courses of action.

Applicants can also qualify based on education instead of experience. Please see below.

(For the GS 9) Completion of a master's degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in mathematics, statistics, or a related field.

(For the GS 11) Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of mathematics, statistics, or a related field.


GS 9 and GS 11

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Application Instructions

Send resume and statement of interest to Michelle Wenberg, Chief of PEDS, at [email protected] Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Ms. Wenberg or Judy Garrison at [email protected]

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