Student Trainee (Government Information Specialist) - Pathways Intern

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Jul 01, 2022
Closes
Jul 08, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is located in the Office of Chief Counsel, Office of Inspector General (OIG).

The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal opinions and memoranda on litigation involving OIG operations and activities, and researches questions of law pertaining to OIG authority and applicable statutes. The office also reviews audit and investigative issues for legal sufficiency; represents OIG in administrative and judicial proceedings; and assists U.S. Attorneys in preparation of criminal cases conducted by OIG Special Agents. The office reviews proposed departmental legislation and regulations; and coordinates responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests.

The incumbent will work closely with the FOIA staff to provide administrative support in a number of specialized areas. The incumbent is employed under the Pathways Program that provides students with opportunities to explore federal careers while in school and getting paid for the work performed.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Typical, but not all-inclusive, duties are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:
  • Prepare routine correspondence to FOIA requesters for review and approval by senior staff.
  • Draft and finalize a variety of documents as directed, including status reports.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate data for response to information and discovery requests.
  • Conduct research using the DOJ FOIA Guide and other available sources to recommend whether specific information should be made publicly available.
  • Assemble and review proposed release of government information in response to FOIA, Privacy Act, or other requests.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of office records and files. Updates and purges files on a regular basis. Makes electronic versions of paper documents (creates PDF files) and stores and organizes electronic documents in searchable format.
  • Receive, sort, and route incoming mail and correspondence to staff. Coordinate the distribution of materials, reports, and other information.
  • Assist with preparation for meetings including arranging conference rooms, copying materials and ensuring participants receive all required documents prior to the meeting.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Enrolled at least half time at a qualifying educational institution.
  • Applicants must not graduate before December 2022
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  • Must sign a Pathways Student Agreement.


The agency may non-competitively convert a Pathways Intern to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Intern meets service requirements as outlined in the Pathways Student Agreement. If converted, the full performance level of this position is a GS-09.

Pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Due to COVID-19, our agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Your employment with DOT OIG will begin remotely at your current residence. Once our normal business operations process begins you will receive further instructions on when to report to the office. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

Qualifications

To qualify for the GS-7 Student Trainee (Government Information Specialist) position you must:

Be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or graduate or professional school; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate on at least a half-time basis.

Maintain an overall GPA of 2.7 or greater. (G.P.A.'s are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.45 rounds to 2.5 and 2.44 rounds to 2.4).

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, experience operating a personal computer and related equipment, such as printers, photocopiers and facsimiles; experience maintaining a filing system both electronic and hard copy to include updating and purging the files on a regular basis; using computers to develop correspondence, memos, forms and other standardized documents. Experience researching information, reviewing forms and other documents for completeness.

OR

B. One full year of graduate level education One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.

OR

C.
Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A)

S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
  • Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
  • Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
  • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
  • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

  • Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

    Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. If you fail to submit a COMPLETE on-line resume, you WILL NOT be considered for this position. Please make sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions for this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings are subject to change or you may be removed from employment consideration.

    PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE A PHOTO OF YOURSELF IN YOUR RESUME OR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION. FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION REMOVED FROM CONSIDERATION

    Education

    Current students enrolled or accepted for enrollment seeking a degree from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Students must have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA.

    To be eligible for an appointment to a position in the DOT Intern Program, an individual must meet the definition of a "student" as set forth in 5 CFR part 362.202:

    Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

    NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE COPY OF THEIR TRANSCRIPTS. DEGREE AUDITS ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. IF SELECTED, AN OFFICIAL/SEALED TRANSCRIPT WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO AN APPOINTMENT DATE BEING ESTABLISHED.

    IF YOU HAVE EARNED A DEGREE FROM A FOREIGN INSTITUTION YOU MUST SUBMIT WITH YOUR APPLICATION EVIDENCE THAT ANY EDUCATION COMPLETED IN A FOREIGN INSTITUTION WAS APPROPRIATELY ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING BODY RECOGNIZED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS EQUIVALENT TO U.S. STANDARDS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, REFER TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE AT http://www.ed.gov

    Additional information

    APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

    Any male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959, and who is subsequently selected for this position must certify that he is registered for the military selective service by the date he is to enter on duty. False certification may result in termination after appointment.

    If you served on active duty in the U.S. Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veteran's preference. More information on veterans' is available in the VetGuide that may be found on the United States Office of Personnel Management website at www.opm.gov .

    If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume/application. In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 (certificate of release or discharge from active duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a purple heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10 point veteran preference" and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your claim.

    Although veteran preference points will not be assigned under the student vacancy, veteran preference eligibles will be listed ahead of non-veterans.

    Candidates will be asked to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment (Optional Form 306). Individuals selected for positions will be required to certify that their application materials are accurate when they enter on duty.

    Additional selections may be made within 90 days of the opening date of this announcement should vacancies occur.

    THIS AGENCY 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 AGENCY. THE DECISION ON GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.
    ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, UNION AFFILIATION OR NON-AFFILIATION, MARITAL STATUS, NON-DISQUALIFYING PHYSICAL HANDICAP, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT REASON. THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIG), U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL LIKE VACANCIES IN THE ANNOUNCED DUTY LOCATION.