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bettyveronica  
#21 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:11:03 AM(UTC)

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That makes a lot of sense, Snork.  It may take longer than three months prior to July 21, 2011.  Some applicants may want to accept other federal positions and then when they are called for this new agency, make the decision then if they want to transfer.  I have seen this done.  I was in a class of trainees and many lawyers were in the class; one for example, resigned during training and left to take a job in another federal agency as an ALJ.  I hope they hire soon but just don't know.  Have they rented space in Oakland/San Francisco yet, I wonder?Thumbs Down
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#22 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:30:00 AM(UTC)

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I agree in part, with Snook but disagree to some extent.  Even those who will be transferred from other agencies, will have to be trained.  While, you may have had experience working in a certain area, you would not have experience applying the new laws from the CFPB prospective.  Hence, everyone will need some time to get acclimated.  For example, how will the risk analysis be conducted and what will serve as cause to expand or contract the scope.  Once you are there, what types of rights do you have to make the entity aware of, before you begin the exam.  How should sampling be conducted, what types of work papers will be required to maintain and what will be the end result - a simple report with time to correct the actions or the team actually giving them a list of corrective measures to be taken?

Will there be an internal report writing system, or will employees just use word and some form of template.  Every agency does things totally differently.  And, to think that once transferred these will be able to jump right in, would be inaccurate.

As far as the background checks, some transfer might already have the proper clearances that can just be transferred.  And for those who are new, they can get an interim clearance and complete the process later.  The entire background check does not have to be complete prior to starting the position.

For certain grades, the agency has the ability to decide whether they will do interview or just make offers.  I'm not saying they need to rush people to the door, but they do need to be ready to do their job when the transfer date comes.  Sort of like when they tell you, your hours began at 8:00 a.m.  That doesn't mean walk into the front door at 8, it means be in your office or at your desk and ready to work at 8 - not booting up your pc.

Also, someone said that HR was keeping everything hush hush.  The reason why is because the "Administrative Resource Center" is handling the HR functions right now, in terms of the rating.  They are not actually a part of the CFPB.  After they rate the applicants, they compile the list and pass it on.  From there, their job is done until an selection is made - at which point, they will assist in the on-boarding process.

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#23 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:51:27 AM(UTC)

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I agree in part, with Snook but disagree to some extent.  Even those who will be transferred from other agencies, will have to be trained.  While, you may have had experience working in a certain area, you would not have experience applying the new laws from the CFPB prospective.  Hence, everyone will need some time to get acclimated.  For example, how will the risk analysis be conducted and what will serve as cause to expand or contract the scope.  Once you are there, what types of rights to you have to make the entity aware of, before you begin the exam.  How should sampling be conducted, what types of work papers will be required to maintain and what will be the end result - a simple report with time to correct the actions or the team actually giving them a list of corrective measures to be taken.

Will there be an internal report writing system, or will we just use word and some form of template.  Every agency does things totally different.  And, to think that once transferred these will be able to jump right in, would be foolhardy.

As far as the background checks, some transfer might already have the proper clearances that can just be transferred.  And, for those who are new, they can get an interim clearance and complete the process later.  The entire background check does not have to be complete prior to starting the position.

For certain grades, the agency has the ability to decide whether they will do interview or just make offers.  I'm not saying they need to rush people to the door, but they do need to be ready to do their job when the transfer date comes.  Sort of like when they tell you, your hours began at 8:00 a.m.  That doesn't mean walk into the front door at 8, it means be in your office or at your desk and ready to work at 8 - not booting up your pc.

Also, someone said that HR was keeping everything hush hush.  The reason why is because the "Administrative Resource Center" is handling the HR functions right now, in terms of the rating.  They are not actually a part of the CFPB.  After they rate the applicants, they compile the list and pass it on.  From there, their job is done until an selection is made - at which point, they will assist in the on-boarding process.
 
That's why I said they'll need to have people in place to develop policy and SOP's, in redards to your statement on risk analysis and workpapers.  Thus bringing on transfers, prior to bringing on folks off the street.  There's a difference in training on agency automation versus new hire training.  It's more extensive.  And i'm sure SOP's will be borrowed from other Treasury agencies, but tailored for CFPB.
 
You're correct, clearances DON'T have to be adjudicated prior to some starting, but different agencies have different policies.  Some let you start with an interim, but some require the clearance to be completed.  Guidelines security will have to propose.
 
But to all applying, good luck.  I read through the announcement, and the work seems kind of interesting.  Does anyone have the pay scales and how they correlate to the GS schedule?
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#24 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:13:09 AM(UTC)
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Wow very good information from all, we'll see!
bettyveronica  
#25 Posted : Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:51:34 AM(UTC)

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Couldn't find much on opm.gov.
southernbelle11  
#26 Posted : Thursday, April 21, 2011 9:44:16 AM(UTC)

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Just thought about the budget and wanted to just remind those that don't work for the Federal Government currently, that our 2012 fiscal year starts in October.
LaVerne Lipscomb  
#27 Posted : Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:25:30 AM(UTC)
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Good Evening,
 
I know it start 10/1/2012 which is fine with me!  I just really hope that external candidates get a chance get one of these jobs since they state "many vacancies".  I wonder what does "many" mean....30, 40, 15:)
 
some FDIC jobs will say 4 or 9,etc.
LaVerne Lipscomb  
#28 Posted : Friday, April 22, 2011 12:17:27 PM(UTC)
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Hello Betty,
 
bettyveronica  
#29 Posted : Friday, April 22, 2011 3:04:55 PM(UTC)

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Good detective work, LaVee.  We'll keep our blood hounds on the scent - in my case, a Yellow Lab.  Cool
livelovelaugh  
#30 Posted : Saturday, April 23, 2011 2:41:19 AM(UTC)

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Hey all:

I have a MBA Finance and MST Tax completed 12/2010, now prepping to sit the CPA. My job does not pay for the CPA anymore, as my role does not require it, so no urgency. I set my own goal to finish all parts by end of this year. 5 years bank branch management experience, now Revenue Officer, IRS.

 

I applied for the Southeastern region Analyst 5A/5B, will close 5/5. This is the position I really hope to get.

Applied Consumer Response Specialist but I don’t think I will be able to do this job where I am and will not relocate. Rating Grade 5A: You have been found to be among the best qualified

Examiner: Grade 4B: You have been found to be among the Best Qualified. No specialized experience for 5A/5B

Supervisory Examiner/Field Manager: Grade 6A: Eligible based on self-certification. Not referred

 

I also applied in early April for the Policy Analyst Fellow position and received the following email shortly after on April 11:

Thank you for your interest in the CFPB Fellowship Announcement # 2011-003F.   The positions to be filled will be based in the Washington D.C. office as term appointments.  Initial appointments will be for 18 months, but may be extended up to a four-year maximum.  Appointment as a Fellow does not confer any further rights to Federal employment.

 

We would like to verify your availability for a job under the terms outlined above.

 

 Yes, I am interested in pursuing a Fellows position in CFPB’s Washington D.C. office under a term appointment.

 

OR

 

No, I am not interested in pursuing a Fellows position in CFPB’s Washington D.C. office under a term appointment.

 

 I responded NO. I already have a full time perm job, and even though the role appears very interesting and I would have loved the opportunity to do it, I would not want to accept a term appt.

 

My daughter tells me the bureau’s HR was at Harvard last week interviewing law candidates for some positions as well. Good Luck to all of us!

 

bettyveronica  
#31 Posted : Saturday, April 23, 2011 3:15:21 AM(UTC)

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That is all very interesting.  Thanks! According to the Daily Kos, the POTUS is having a time trying to find someone who will take the job as Director.  Reportedly, Professor Warren would be good but the other side of the aisle does not want her.  Someone recommended Eliot Spitzer as Director.  This new agency's beginnings are quite fascinating to watch as they unfold.  Good luck to us all; I echo your sentiments!
LaVerne Lipscomb  
#32 Posted : Saturday, April 23, 2011 5:31:02 AM(UTC)
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Wow that is great.  I applied for the Consumer Financial Protection Analyst within the 1st five days and still have not received a reply.  I work om federal contracts for Avaya, Inc in Oklahoma City in the accounts receivable department.  I hope they look at my additional eduation to qualify me: MBA, Master Public Adminstration  and Project Management...numerous advanced accounting and auditng classes completed last year.  Also working on doctorate in organization development and change which was one of the qualifying factors if you did not have the experience.
 
I applied for the Examiner for SE, Chicago and west region and received an eligible for the West region based on self-certification.
 
Sometimes I wonder if you don't really qualify for any of the jobs, are you the last one rated.
 
maybe this week someone will hear something
southernbelle11  
#33 Posted : Saturday, April 23, 2011 6:26:52 PM(UTC)

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what exactly does eligible based on self-certification mean?  Also, I am wondering if it is legal for them to interview for legal based positions without having first posted the positions.  Under the federal government rules, I think that all jobs have to be posted.
LaVerne Lipscomb  
#34 Posted : Saturday, April 23, 2011 9:48:07 PM(UTC)
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I called last week to the HR Specialist and never received a call back.  However, then I talked to another HR Specialist and was told that the review was not completed.  So, who knows maybe it will change again over the next couple weeks.
livelovelaugh  
#35 Posted : Sunday, April 24, 2011 3:33:23 AM(UTC)

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Grade 6A: Eligible based on self-certification. Not referred

I am supposing that in my case, Eligible based on self-certification has to do with how I answered the questions, the system may have found me qualify, but as the ad states, the eligibility will be validated by a HR person. I have 5 years bank management and 5 years mortgage origination and management experience, however, I do not have Examination experience, so for the Supervisor Examination role I suppose I do not qualify, and hence not referred. It appears it would make more sense though for them to say: “lack specialized experience.”

Some students at Harvard did apply for the Fellowship positions so who knows why they are seeking application and talking to law students about jobs not posted. They may be anticipating posting these jobs over the next few weeks and want to be ready to go with their chosen candidates? Who knows…?

southernbelle11  
#36 Posted : Sunday, April 24, 2011 8:38:47 PM(UTC)

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Well hopefully they are following the laws and are merely interviewing for positions that have been properly posted, and not for positions they anticipate posting.

In any case, I think you have a strong background livelove.  Did you apply for any other positions/grades?

LaVerne Lipscomb  
#37 Posted : Sunday, April 24, 2011 11:34:10 PM(UTC)
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I spoke with Heather this morning and so far for the Examinier on the West Coast Region, I am still on the list but haven't been referred yet.  She said it could be at a later date but have to keep checking periodically.  They are doing the hiring in stages.
 
For the Consumer Financial Protection Analyst job in the West Region, they haven't even starting reviewing the apps yet.  She thinks it maybe after this week.
 
Oh and people are starting every new pay period.
bettyveronica  
#38 Posted : Monday, April 25, 2011 1:08:11 AM(UTC)

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Thanks all for the updates everone.  Thanks for letting us know, LaVee, and thanks for making that call!Clap
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#39 Posted : Monday, April 25, 2011 1:15:01 AM(UTC)

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I got this today but dont know for what job
Does anyone have an idea
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