Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System Correctional Program Officer (Discipline Hearing Administrator) in Atlanta, Georgia

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. In our agency, you’ll find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost efficient, appropriately secure, and provides reentry programing to ensure their successful return to the community. Our employees at federal correctional facilities are "correctional workers first" and perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

Our long-standing culture of being a close-knit family sets us apart from other agencies - at the BOP you don't just get to know your co-workers, you make life long friends.

We have many facilities located throughout the nation: 122 institutions, 6 regional offices, a headquarters, 2 staff training academies, and 26 residential reentry management offices.

The representative rate for this position is $99,025 per annum ($47.45 per hour).


May provide direct input concerning the selection of DHOs. Responsible for training all newly appointed DHOs, Alternate DHOs and/or Captains.

Examines DHO reports for accuracy and policy compliance, taking into consideration constitutionally mandated rights.

Develops policy and procedures required to implement and maintain integrity of DHO Programs. This may include the Community Corrections Centers(CCC) and Community Corrections Management offices.

Provides reports of DHO activities, findings, and significant trends.

Monitors SENTRY for accurate data input and provides direction for corrections when necessary.

Coordinates relief for DHO positions vacant due to sick leave, annual leave, promotion, or other reasons.

Prepares responses to BP-l0 (Administrative Remedy Program) pertaining to DHO and Unit Discipline Committee (UDC) hearing appeals and other correctional issues.

Participates in staff assistance visits by inspecting security and correctional operations and allied functions at designated institutions, involving inmate discipline and other procedures relating to or affecting the security of the institution. On completion of inspection, confers with appropriate institution officials and Correctional Services Administrator to discuss findings and recommendations for procedural changes and improvement. Prepares a comprehensive report of observations, findings and evaluations, with appropriate recommendations to improve and standardize existing procedures to comply with established policies. Recommendations are also made to assist with utilizing manpower and materials to the best advantage.

Responsible for monitoring and developing new programs in coordination with the Central Office, the implementation of these programs will include training of correctional services staff in the regional office on the various programs.

Assists in the preparation of manuals, bulletins, and memorandums for region-wide or individual application defining Bureau policy on inmate discipline procedures.

Occasionally serves as a consultant to both Federal and non- Federal officials on matters of inmate discipline. Represents the Bureau of Prisons, when designated, at meetings with individuals, groups, and organizations interested in correctional institution management.

Investigates and responds to administrative remedies, congressional inquiries, general correspondence raised by inmates, Regional office staff, Congressmen, Senators, and other third parties.

Performs independent investigations and prepares reports on areas submitted to incumbent by the Regional Director and the Regional Correctional Services Administrator. The incumbent may serve as the Acting Regional Correctional Services Administrator or Assistant Regional Correctional Services Administrator, as needed.

May provide training and technical assistance to Community Corrections Centers (CCC) and to the Community Corrections Offices (CCO). Participates in required training for Community Corrections contractors in conjunction with the Regional CCO. Reviews Community Discipline Committee (CDC) reports for compliance with policy and Wolff v. McDonnell. Orders corrective action when necessary on CDC reports. Provides individual training in inmate discipline for CCCs when requested. Imposes final sanctions on all certified CDC reports and completes all SENTRY transactions.

Directly supervises all DHOs assigned to various locations throughout and within the region. He/she may also supervise other administrative or correctional services staff.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required for training and/or work related issues.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Reimbursement is authorized for travel and transportation for this position.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

This announcement is open to the following:

  • BOP Employees nationwide (Internal Employees/Agency Employees)
  • DOJ Surplus and Displaced (CTAP) employees in the local commuting area Duty Location: Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta, GA

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:



There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.


You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is directly related experience that included substantial involvement with a correctional program and provided a thorough knowledge of correctional techniques, or experience in meeting and dealing with people that demonstrated the ability to work effectively with inmates and associates in a correctional environment.

Experience must have also demonstrated the ability to perform supervisory or administrative duties successfully. This includes (1) understanding the problems of custody, treatment, training, and release of inmates of penal or correctional institutions; (2) a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of an institution's internal policies, programs, regulations, and procedures; and (3) training subordinates, coordinating and directing activities and functions, evaluating performance of operations and the effectiveness of programs, and maintaining high standards or work objectives. This experience must have been gained in an administrative position, or in other positions that included the successful direction, or assistance in the direction of, an entire correctional program or a major phase of such a program.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience in conducting fact finding hearings on acts of misconduct and violations.
  • Experience in reviewing disciplinary records and determining witnesses to be called.
  • Experience in taking testimony and obtaining, reviewing and weighing evidence to determine if the allegations are supported.
  • Experience in reviewing and the analysis of administrative rules, court decisions and quasi-criminal procedures.
  • Experience in demonstrating and using excellent oral and written communication skills. Credit will be given for experience gained in community, cultural, social service, and professional association on the same basis as paid work experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.

Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the application process has been completed. Normally, Selecting Officials will make a selection within 90-days. When deemed necessary, the selection process may be extended up to 180-days from the date the certificate(s), (Exception, Best Qualified Lists) is/are generated to make a selection.


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This position may also be eligible for telework.

Other Information

This position IS NOT included in the bargaining unit.

The Department of Justice 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 hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Initial appointment to a supervisory/managerial position requires a one-year probationary period.

The incumbent is subject to geographic relocation to meet the needs of the agency.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit checks.

The addresses listed on the USAJOBS account/resume must be the primary residence at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of residence.

This position is not test-designated and not subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.

Current Federal Law Enforcement Employees:

Individuals selected who are under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and who have not had three years "primary" law enforcement retirement coverage, will not be covered by law enforcement retirement while in this position. To regain coverage, individuals must return to a position with "primary" coverage.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476274800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-04 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $90,023 to $117,028 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Series: 0006 Correctional Institution Administration

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: ARO-2017-0123

Control number: 476274800