Government Information Specialist

Washington D.C.
Aug 08, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The MSPB is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee, you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. §§ 203-209), the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635), and the Hatch Act (5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326)

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Procedures on announcement number MSPB-MP-COB-2017-0042. Current and former Federal employees may apply to both announcements to maximize opportunities for consideration since different referral criteria apply to each announcement type.

Join the growing cadre of Federal Government privacy professionals who are responsible for the proper handling of personally identifiable information (PII) and the effective implementation of privacy rights under and compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and other Federal authorities.  The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is looking for a talented professional to work at the front lines of agency activities in addressing privacy risks that arise from cutting-edge technologies and to address complex questions surrounding appropriate collection, maintenance, and sharing of PII in an increasingly digital world.

About the Position:  The incumbent serves as the Government Information Specialist (Privacy) and directly supports MSPB’s Chief Privacy Officer (CPO).  In that capacity, the incumbent works closely with the CPO in developing MSPB’s privacy program through policy implementation and compliance and works to ensure the consideration and protection of privacy in the collection, maintenance, use, sharing, and disposal of personal information about individuals across all MSPB programs. 

This position is located in the Office of the Clerk of the Board (OCB).  OCB’s mission is parallel to that of a Clerk of the Court, and its functions fall into two basic categories:  case processing and information services.  The office receives and processes appeals filed at the MSPB’s headquarters, rules on certain procedural matters, and issues the Board’s decisions.  OCB also serves as MSPB’s public information center, including providing information on the status of cases, distributing copies of Board decisions and publications, answering requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act, and responding to other information requests, e.g., from the media.  MSPB’s Clerk of the Board serves as the agency’s Senior Agency Official for Privacy, Chief FOIA Officer, and Senior Agency Official for Records.

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  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

    FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: 

    • Experience providing support on matters related to privacy policy, compliance, incidents, inquiries and investigations; and
    • Experience assisting with the investigation of systemic privacy issues, determining corrective action, and executing appropriate reporting procedures.

    OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or advanced graduate degree.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    FOR THE GS-12 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: 

    • Experience conducting audits of the privacy and security controls to ensure they meet all industry and legal standards; and
    • Experience writing and editing communications and documentation related to privacy compliance.

    (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

    FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:  

    • Experience planning and executing privacy incident investigations related to the disclosure of personally identifiable information; and
    • Experience drafting, reviewing, and maintaining privacy compliance and related documentation; and
    • Experience with the reporting and resolution of allegations of privacy violations, including incidents and breaches.

    (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

    TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

    • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
    • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
    • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions

    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.

    Special Conditions:

    • As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
    • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service).

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    The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

    The duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • Provide support on all matters related to privacy policy; privacy compliance; privacy incidents, inquiries, and investigations; and privacy training, education, and awareness.
    • Investigates systemic privacy issues and determines necessary corrective action.
    • Assists with privacy complaints, breaches, and incidents in accordance with Federal privacy policies and procedures.
    • Develops and supports privacy operations in the development of privacy compliance documentation including:  Breach and Incident Response, reporting, Privacy Threshold Analyses, Privacy Impact Assessments and System of Records Notices.
    • Ensures that privacy issues are addressed and that business processes comply with all relevant legal requirements regarding privacy and the unauthorized access to PII.
    • Conducts audits of the privacy and security controls that are planned or in-place and ensures that they meet all industry and legal standards.
    • Handle Paperwork Reduction Act matters and may provide FOIA processing support, including drafting guidance related to the interplay between privacy and the FOIA.

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