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Federal Agencies in Need of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

There are over 150 vacancies for “Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technicians”.



GS-2 positions applicants:  “high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months of experience.

Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.”

“…GS-7 level” candidates “must have completed a four-year course in pharmacy and have a Bachelor’s or higher degree from an approved pharmacy school.  Applicants also need to be licensed.”

“…GS-9 level” candidates “must have completed the requirements for the GS-7 level plus have at least one year of post-licensure professional pharmacy experience.”

“…GS-11 level and above” candidates “must meet the requirements for the GS-9 level and have 2 years of graduate study at an approved pharmacy college.”

To Apply

Applicants can “contact VA medical centers in the areas where they wish to work and request information about job openings.  A list of VA medical center locations appears on page 4 of [the Federal Jobs Digest].”

Applicants can “also contact Department of Defense installations in their area to obtain vacancy information.  Addresses and phone numbers for these installations may be found in the local phone directory under “U.S. Government.”  Candidates should scan the Federal Jobs Nationwide section for current vacancies or look on-line at www.jobsfed.com [use PIN # 538795 until 1/26/17 and PWD “Newspaper”].

Candidates may also visit the following:

Dept of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov/jobs

Dept of Defense http://www.defense.gov/About-DoD

Dept of Health & Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/about/careers/index.html 

Tennessee VA locations are:  “Memphis…38104, Mountain Home…37601, Murfreesboro …37130, Nashville…37203, Nashville…37212”


Source: Kim, Y.S. (2017, January 13). Several agencies hiring pharmacists and pharmacy techs. Federal Jobs Digest, 44(1), pp. 1, 3, 4, 31.

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Department of Commerce Job Openings

Nationwide there many job vacancies in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The most frequent job titles that are open are:

  1. “Survey Statistician, GS-1530
  2. Accountant, GS-0510
  3. HR Specialist, GS-0201
  4. IT Specialist, GS-2210
  5. Utility Systems Repr Optr, WG-4742
  6. Program Analyst, GS-0343


How to Apply

Candidates should check the Federal Jobs Nationwide section of [Federal Jobs Digest] starting on page 6.  Candidates can also check on-line at www.jobsfed.com [use PIN # 538795 until 1/26/17 and PWD “Newspaper”] for current openings and apply directly to the Agency or, visit the Department’s website at:  https://www.commerce.gov/page/career-opportunities-and-internships


Source: Kim, Y.S. (2017, January 13). Diverse career opportunities at Dept of Commerce. Federal Jobs Digest, 44(1), pp. 1, 3.

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Management & Program Assistants Wanted

The Federal Jobs Digest reports that vacancies exist across the nation for Management and Program Assistants, with some federal agencies having more than one opening.

“Job listings have been posted by the Departments of the Treasury, the Interior and Transportation.

Major Duties

Employees in this series supervise or perform clerical and technical work in support of Management Analysts and Program Analysts.  Their goal is to evaluate and improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of organizations and programs.

A general description of the occupational duties is as follows:  “Coordinates and administers the Food Service Program for the unit, ensuring maximum accountability and appropriate use of food service resources, in part by adopting the role of Quality Assurance Evaluator (QAE).  Manages the surveillance of the food contractor’s quality program.  Reviews and implements pertinent regulations and directives.  Exercises sound judgment and innovative approaches to creative problem solving in the absence of specific guidance or related directives where necessary.  Analyzes higher headquarters requirements and command needs.  Initiates and recommends action for implementing programs designed to provide optimum food service support.  Provides authoritative technical advice and supervision to subordinate personnel pertaining to food service matters.  Conducts inspections, to ensure compliance with governing policies and regulations.  Performs general administrative tasks such as record keeping, requisitioning, contracting for sanitation, food preparation, etc.  Functions as the program coordinator for food service.  Serves as the focal point for quality assurance on food service operations.  Resolves discrepancies with contract vendors and the base contracting office”

“Qualifications Required

At the GS-5 level, applicants must have experience, education or training involving administrative or clerical experience (i.e., applying guidelines, rules and regulations to assignments, composing correspondence, researching and compiling information and data, records administration), and using computer and automation systems.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should check the job listings for “Management Assistant” on page 6 of [Federal Jobs Digest] or check the website at www.federaljobsdigest.com [and enter PIN # 538795 until 1/26/2017 and password “Newspaper”].  Candidates should also check listings in their local phone directories under “U.S. Government” to learn which Agencies are located in any given area.  A phone call to the personnel office can help applicants learn about the Agency’s hiring plans.  Callers should ask to speak to the personnel specialist who handles clerical positions.  If a candidate is found to be qualified by an Agency he or she may often be hired on the spot. (emphasis added)

Candidates may also wish to visit the Agencies website:

  1. Dept of the Treasury:  https://www.treasury.gov/careers/Pages/default.aspx
  2. Dept of the Interior:  https://www.doi.gov/careers
  3. Dept of Transportation:  https://www.transportation.gov/careers


Source:  Kim, Y.S. (2017, January 13). Management and Program Assistants wanted. Federal Jobs Digest, 44(1), pp. 1, 3, 31.

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The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Every two years, the Partnership for Public Service and the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation at American University (say that three times fast!) produce rankings of federal agencies based upon employee satisfaction.  The 2009 rankings were just released, and here are the top 5:

  1. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  2. Government Accountability Office
  3. NASA
  4. Intelligence Community
  5. Department of State

Check out the link above for more!

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