Health System Specialist – Compliance


Health System Specialist – Compliance

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, US Veterans Health Administration (part of U.S. Government)

Open & closing dates 09/26/2023 to 10/06/2023 Salary $82,830 – $107,680 per year
Pay scale & grade GS 12 Locations Fort Meade, SD / Hot Springs, SD
Remote job No Telework eligible Yes—as determined by the agency policy.
Travel Required 25% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Appointment type
Permanent Work schedule Full-time 
Service Competitive Shift and schedule Monday to Friday
Promotion potential None Job family (Series) 0671 Health System Specialist
Supervisory status No Security clearance yes
Drug test
No Position sensitivity and risk Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
Credentialing/Suitability/Fitness Announcement number CBSY-12142777-23-KC
Control number 751732800  


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This job is open to

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

The public

U.S. Citizens, Nationals, or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

ALL US CITIZENS DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.201) for this occupation.

Full job description

Contribute to the fulfillment of VHA Health Care System’s mission and vision by planning, designing, and maintaining a multidisciplinary Integrity and Compliance Department at the VA BHHCS, with responsibilities of auditing and monitoring to ensure compliance with policies and laws governing business operations, health information management practices, privacy, research compliance, records management, ethics, and business integrity.  


Auditing Duties (70%)

  • Assess business functions and those aspects of clinical functions that impact business operations.
  • Makes recommendations for actions when adjustments or a different course of action is necessary.
  • Identifies and researches healthcare system risks and program weaknesses for potential non-compliance. Develops and performs methodologies for compliance reviews and audits of perceived problems and prioritized risk areas
  • Conducts monitoring and auditing and authors reports in accordance with the implementation and execution of the United States Sentencing Guidelines (USSG) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) practices for an effective Compliance Program.
  • Provides reasonable assessments and/or quality reviews of financial, analytical, and evaluative work associated with Compliance Program activities. Performs analytical and evaluative work, prepares formal reports and presentations on monitoring and auditing results
  • Monitors Program Metrics and independently performs actions to assist in meeting performance targets.
  • Program activities.
  • Performs qualitative and quantitative review of operations in the health care system,

Compliance Program Operation Duties (20%)

  • Supports the Compliance and Integrity Officer in the implementation of national Compliance and Integrity controls, solutions, and programs at the local health care system. Assists in the development and implementation of internal, controls and solutions in partnership with risk owners to manage and mitigate, key risks that may adversely impact local healthcare system objectives, compliance with regulations, or overall reputation within the local, VISN, or national landscape of the agency health care system.
  • Assists with preparation, updating, and final annual completion and quarterly updates of the Health Care System Risk Assessment, Monitoring, Auditing and Training Plans, and Compliance Program Evaluation.
  • Assists in the development of Strategic Planning Initiatives for quality, cost, and evaluation of performance measures/indicators for tracking.
  • Assists in developing and implementing appropriate training programs; rules and regulations, mandated program elements, and resolving issues discovered during reviews, audits, and monitors.
  • Provides support to Compliance Officer in response to allegations of improper/illegal activities and recommends enforcement of appropriate administrative action based on findings.

Program Support Duties (10%) 

  • Provides staff support to the healthcare system’s Compliance Committee.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1600

Position Description Title/PD#: Health System Specialist – Compliance/PD202650

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Physical Requirements: You will be asked to participate in a pre-employment examination or evaluation as part of the pre-employment process for this position. Questions about physical demands or environmental factors may be addressed at the time of evaluation or examination.

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications for Health System Specialist

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Individual Occupational Requirements – you must meet one of the following :

  1. Specialized Experience: Progressively responsible analytical administrative, clinical management, or supervisory experience in the health care field. This work may have been performed in an operating healthcare facility or a higher organizational echelon with advisory or directional authority over such facilities. Work must have involved a close working relationship with facility managers and analysis and/or coordination of administrative, clinical, or other service activities, and provided knowledge of the following:
    1. Missions, organizations, programs, and requirements of health care delivery systems;
    2. Regulations and standards of various regulatory and credentialing groups; and
    3. Government-wide, agency, and facility systems and requirements in various administrative areas such as budget, personnel, and procurement. OR
  2. Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major studies – hospital administration, public health administration, or related fields such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must meet the following:

  • One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service); an experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s).
  • Other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
  • Specialized experience includes but is not limited to: experience in government ethics, business compliance, integrity rules, and local/regional/national health care policies and procedures.
  • Conducting analysis and problem-solving of complex healthcare management and operational systems; providing training and education to various levels of staff and management in relation to compliance and integrity of a healthcare system.
  • Experience in data collection techniques, applying qualitative and quantitative analysis, and documentation methods in order to conduct compliance-related activities.
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Credit for all qualifying experience:

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.


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Additional information

A 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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious, or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations.

If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.

To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website which can be found at OPM.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6, or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.

This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.

Benefits of health specialist 

A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. DD-214/ Statement of Service
  3. Disability Letter (VA)
  4. Resume
  5. Separation Notice (RIF)
  6. SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  7. Transcript

Documents Required:

  1. Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application. Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, and ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans’ Preference:

Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans’ Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/06/2023 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire Click Here.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,  select the Application Status link, and then select the More Information link for this position.

The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran.

This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran’s community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.

Fair and Transparent

The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance;

  1. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
  2. Reasonable accommodation policy
  3. Financial suitability
  4. Selective Service
  5. New employee probationary period
  6. Signature and false statements
  7. Privacy Act
  8. Social Security number request

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Agency contact information

Kelsey Charley-Germain
Phone: 651-405-5689
Address: VA Black Hills Health Care System/113 Comanche Road Fort Meade, SD 57741 US

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