Government Information Specialist, NB-306-IV

Washington, D.C
May 21, 2022
May 23, 2022
Full Time

As a Government Information Specialist, you will:
  • Respond to a range of incoming requests for information on OCC programs and the financial institutions that the OCC regulates. Reviews requested records to determine if the information is releasable, redacts documents and makes decisions on legal justification for nondisclosure. Conveys to customers the methods by which information can be requested and provides advice and counsel on how to submit FOIA and Privacy Act requests.
  • Analyze and prepares responses to FOIA and Privacy Act inquiries. Analyzes and evaluates requests for information including those that may raise complex legal or policy issues as well as those with high public or political sensitivity. Assists requestors in clarifying the precise nature of the information sought and negotiating simplification of requests, when necessary.
  • Participate in the research, analysis and interpretation of new or revised statutes and precedents and selects the most applicable. Evaluates the pertinence of FOIA, Privacy Act, OMB and OCC regulations, relevant judicial decisions, and past determinations to render a recommended decision on the release or withholding of information.
  • Create and maintain a variety of files in electronic and paper form which documents the steps taken in processing requests for use in possible appeals and/or litigation ensuring an effective records system for information requests/responses.


Conditions of Employment

  • To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a background investigation (unless already completed).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Travel to attend conferences and/or training.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Click here for important information about OCC ethics standards, such as the requirement that new hires divest their bank securities.


You must meet the following requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal service. To qualify for the NB-IV level, you must have specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level, NB-III or GS-7. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized experience for this position includes:
  • Reviews requested records to determine if the information is releasable and researches the legal justification for nondisclosure; and
  • Provide advice and assistance to customers on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requirements on requests for information, documents, and records; and
  • Draft general responses consistent with established policies and procedures to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests for signature by a supervisor.

You may substitute specialized experience for education as follows:
  • A master's or equivalent degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree; or a LL.B. or J.D if related; your education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

  • A combination of education and experience as described above. Only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours is creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement.

The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or through volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

To ensure any credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.


Please see Qualifications section for education.

Additional information

  • This position is included in the bargaining unit NTEU 302 Headquarters (Washington, DC).
  • Salary range includes 23.31% geographical pay.
  • One or more positions may be filled in any of the locations specified above.
  • If you are a current OCC employee who previously received a waiver determination permitting you to retain bank securities due to extenuating circumstances, please note that this determination may be rescinded if the nature of your duties changes. We strongly suggest that you discuss the potential implications of any change in duties on a prior securities determination with your ethics official.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more positions.
  • Click all links in this vacancy announcement to view additional information and instructions.
  • The candidate selected for this position may be credited with directly-related non-Federal experience for annual leave purposes if eligible and considered appropriate.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • Click "Print" to review the entire announcement before applying.