Legislative Affairs Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Nov 26, 2022
Closes
Nov 29, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

In this position, you will serve as a Legislative Affairs Specialist. Typical work assignments include:
  • Assist in developing and executing strategic legislative plans, coordinating and scheduling briefings and related congressional engagements,
  • Gathers information to prepare witnesses for congressional testimonies, facilitates responses to congressional inquiries, and edits testimony and written responses to congressional inquiries.
  • Assists with the development of complex and sensitive policies and procedures governing relationships with members of Congress and determines the actions required to effect improvements and mutually beneficial changes
  • Conducts research on mission-related issues and briefs officials on findings of significance related to legislative initiatives and proposals.
  • Makes recommendations on planning to ensure that legislative proposals do not conflict with overall departmental objectives.
  • Continuously analyzes programs, plans, and current problems to determine specific areas where congressional inquiry or investigation will have favorable or unfavorable impact.
  • Conducts and participates in conferences and meetings as a congressional affairs consultant in the preparation or review of proposed legislation, regulation, rulings, and other matters relating to or associated with organizational practices, programs, and initiatives.
  • Maintains historical files to include House and Senate reports, printed hearing transcripts, meeting summaries, bills, and public laws.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Selective Service - males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service see http://www.sss.gov/
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
  • Other incentives may be authorized.
  • This position has been designated excluded from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).


Qualifications

Specialized Experience: You may qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as:

1) Analyzing Congressional or legislative reports, authorization/appropriations bills and issues associated with the planning, coordination, and implementation of agency programs and activities
And
2) Planning and carrying out Congressional or legislative relations tasks associated with the planning and execution of activities within an agency or organization responsible for preparation of annual reports or correspondence concerning Congressional or legislative activities.

You MUST meet all qualification requirements, including Time-in-Grade, by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification AND time-in-grade claims will be subject to verification.

NOTE: 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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Qualifications Must Be Met

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Promotion Potential: This position is at the full performance level.

This is a non-supervisory position.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.