Program Analyst

Falls Church, Virginia
Aug 06, 2022
Aug 10, 2022
Full Time

  • Serve as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer, Privacy Act (PA) Disclosure Officer, and Initial Denial Authority (IDA).
  • Manage the day to day operations of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Service Center (SC), receive requests, oversee processing, analysis, evaluation and tasking of requests.
  • Work directly with senior legal counsel concerning review of FOIA requests and responses, and create legal affidavits in support of FOIA/PA litigation.
  • Review complex and controversial cases involving requests for government documents and drafts decisions independently concerning release ability.
  • Responsible for the alignment of the entity's associated policies with federal law related to FOIA, Privacy Act., security, confidentiality, and protection of health information resources.
  • Respond to congressional, Department of Defense (DoD)Inspector General (IG) Audits and investigations.
  • Responsible for the conduct of policy, program and Integration reviews for FOIA and PA requests.
  • Ensure that the organization maintains compliance with all federal and, if applicable, state laws.
  • Address all issues and matters relative to FOIA, PA requests, and any associated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.
  • Reconcile conflicting opinions concerning the suitability of records for public disclosure.
  • Ensure that all personal identifying information pertaining to stakeholders/personnel is safeguarded in accordance with the Privacy Act.
  • Compile and submit the Annual FOIA Program Report for Congress as well as other periodic reports to DoD, Department of Justice (DOJ), or others as needed.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected.
  • Current Civilian Employees of the Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DoD) Civilian Employee
  • Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Interchange Agreement
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
  • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
  • Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI)
  • Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Interchange Agreement Eligible
  • People with Disabilities, Schedule A
  • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
  • Reinstatement
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes (1) applying federal laws, regulations, policies, and guidance regarding access to records and information under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act (FOIA/PA), including challenging/complex FOIA/PA requests. (2) collaborating with legal counsel to resolve issues arising from FOIA/PA requests; (3) developing Agency FOIA/PA policy and procedural rules based on interpretation of related FOIA/PA policies, regulations, directives and/or instructions from entities such as Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), etc.; AND (4) ensuring all information is legally authorized for release and the information is maintained in a manner to assure its confidentiality. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-13).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Decisiveness
  • Information Management
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Writing

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-13).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • Recruitment or relocation incentives MAY be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
  • You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances MAY be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
  • Due to COVID-19, the 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. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. 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.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit .

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