Supervisory Government Information Specialist

Washington D.C.
Oct 06, 2017
Oct 06, 2017
Full Time

The Office of General Counsel within the National Indian Gaming Commission is seeking a candidate to serve as FOIA Officer overseeing the Commission’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) program. The FOIA Officer will be responsible for directing the work of the FOIA office staff and developing program policy.

If selected for this position, you will be working for the National Indian Gaming Commission in the Office of General Counsel, Washington, DC.

The salary range for this position is equivalent to the following General Schedule grade levels and salary ranges:

GS-13 $94,796-$123,234 per annum.

GS-14 $112,021-$145,629 per annum.

This is a permanent, full-time, position in the Excepted Service. Competitive Civil Service status is not acquired under this appointment. New appointees to the Federal Government must serve a two year trial period. Merit promotion procedures do not apply.

The NIGC has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework with supervisor approval.

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Occasional travel - Frequent travel is not required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

    To qualify for this vacancy, you must meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade level you are applying.

    Specialized Experience:

    GS-13 equivalent

    1. Utilizing FOIA policies/procedures, ensuring compliance with agency FOIA program requirements, and maintaining awareness of recent developments in the field;

    2. assembling proposed FOIA release packages and conducting quality assurance on documents submitted by program offices;

    3. assisting in the development and implementation of FOIA program procedures.

    GS-14 equivalent

    1. Analyzing complex FOIA responses to determine if they are in compliance with Agency and government-wide FOIA regulations and procedures;

    2. preparing comprehensive responses to FOIA requests without oversight;

    3. leading the development and implementation of FOIA program procedures.

    Your application package must include the following documents (Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.):
    • Cover letter;
    • resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words;
    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Important Note : All National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-Form 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information will be required annually .

    Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures.

    When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

    Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES (political) employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the National Indian Gaming Commission. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau Security Office.
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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    Technical Knowledge – Specialized knowledge of Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act rules and regulations to be able to lead a FOIA/PA program and develop program procedures

    Analytical - Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of a complex FOIA/privacy related program.

    Oral Communication – Ability to communicate effectively orally, in order to explain program requirements and procedures to management and staff.
    Written Communication – Skill in developing written materials in order to effectively convey information about complex and technical FOIA/privacy program projects, activities and functions.

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