Ethics Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 01, 2022
Closes
Oct 08, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

  • Researches and interprets regulations and statutes governing employee conduct under the Ethics in Government Act, Hatch Act, Procurement Integrity Act, Federal Election Campaign Act, Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, and other related statutes.
  • Provides authoritative oral and written advice and recommendations to managers, supervisors, and key officials on policies and procedures that concern conflict of interest statutes and regulations, standards of conduct and ethics program policies.
  • Provides advisory services to senior level officials, managers, and employees on their obligations, the Ethics in Government Act, and assist them in finding an appropriate resolutions.
  • Develops formal policy directives, including ethics handbooks for managers and employees or similar formal policy standards.
  • Requests and reviews confidential financial disclosure reports filed by covered USDA employees, and researches financial interests held to assess potential conflicts of interest, resolves potential or apparent problems.
  • Designs and administers ethics training, educating serviced employees on the government-wide standards of conduct and proscriptions against criminal conflicts of interest and other related statutes and regulations.
  • Plans, designs, and carries out assigned special projects on own initiative; acts as a liaison with appropriate USDA and senior level officials and management to complete assignments as necessary.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.


Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time in grade:
Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

Specialized Experience:

For the GS-12 grade level:

One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped the candidate with the particular competencies to successfully perform as a Ethics Specialist. For this position, the specialized experience is experience providing advisory services to senior level officials, managers and employees on their obligations under the Ethics in Government Act; providing written advisories to implement the Government-wide standards of conduct and supplemental standards relating to conflicts of interest; and requests and reviews confidential financial disclosure reporting and researches financial interests held to assess potential conflicts of interests, resolves potential or apparent problems.

For the GS-13 grade level:

One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped the candidate with the particular competencies to successfully perform as a Ethics Specialist. For this position, the specialized experience is experience researching and interpreting regulations and statutes governing employee conduct under the Ethics in Government Act, Hatch Act, Procurement Integrity Act, Federal Election Campaign Act, Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, or other related statutes; Analyzes the impact of new and existing regulations on ethics policies, procedures and written guidance materials to ensure compliance with program requirements; prepares program or procedural modifications.

THE SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION IS NOT QUALIFYING AT THE GS-12 AND GS-13 GRADE LEVELS.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Not Applicable.

Additional information

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
  • Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website .
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
  • This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.