Government Information Specialist, ZA-0306-4 (DE/CR)

Washington D.C.
Jul 18, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Office of Management & Budget (OMB), with one vacancy located in Silver Spring, MD.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

The ZA-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-OMB-2017-0006, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

*A one year probationary period may be required.

*Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

*This position is not in the bargaining unit.


This vacancy may be used to fill other Government Information Specialist, ZA-0306-4 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

  • Not Required

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

    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.

    To qualify at the ZA-4 or GS-13 level:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-3 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

    • Leading a FOIA request review program for completeness and adherence to organizational policies, procedures, and regulations;
    • Planning and conducting educational training sessions on FOIA requirements, recommending training, and instructional information for staff;
    • Assessing privacy risks associated with programs, operations, and technology; ensuring compliance with organizational privacy program requirements; and
    • Performing quality control of responses for FOIA requests completed by coordinators for accuracy and completeness.
    Quality Ranking Factor:

    Applicants will receive additional weight on their overall rating if they possess the education below:

    JD, LL.B, or LL.M law degree.

    *Failure to provide documentation supporting the above may result in the removal of the additional weight to your overall rating.

    If you are invited for an interview, you will be required to provide a writing sample.

    College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

    Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

    Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    As a Government Information Specialist you will perform the following duties:

    • Communicate with the NOAA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer, Office of General Counsel (GC), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regional and HQ programs offices to process responses and release of information pursuant to FOIA in a timely manner and in accordance with established procedures.
    • Plan and conduct educational training sessions on FOIA requirements, recommends training, and instructional information for NMFS staff.
    • Assess privacy risks associated with programs, operations, and technology; ensure compliance with agency privacy program requirements.
    • Resolve process and policy issues related to NMFS’ responses; lead the development of solutions to improve FOIA processing time.

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