The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has as its primary mission promoting accountability, integrity, and fairness in the Federal workplace by protecting employees and applicants against Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPPs), particularly from reprisal for whistle blowing. (5 U.S.C. 2302). The agency also operates as a secure channel for federal whistle blower disclosures of violations of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; and substantial and specific danger to public health and safety (5 U.S.C. 1213). In addition, OSC issues advice on the Hatch Act and enforces its restrictions on political activity by government employees (5 U.S.C. 1502, 7321-23). Finally, OSC protects the civilian employment and reemployment rights of military service members under, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA), (38 U.S.C. 4301-4335).
OSC employs approximately 140 full time staff at its Headquarters in Washington, DC, and at three field offices in Oakland, California; Detroit, Michigan; and Dallas, Texas.
OSC is committed to the realization of a diverse, inclusive Federal workplace where employees embrace excellence in service, uphold merit system principles, are encouraged to disclose wrongdoing, and are safeguarded against reprisals and other unlawful employment practices.
This position is located in the Office of the Clerk, which manages the agency's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, Records Management and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) programs. The incumbent functions as a team player for a unit committed to organizational excellence and customer service. This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail.
One or more positions may be filled through this announcement.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date.
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet those requirements will be grounds for termination.
Privacy Act Information:
The application that you submit for this position contains information subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). Information regarding this Act is available upon request in the Office of Special Counsel.
Selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade/band requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade).
To be eligible for consideration, all forms and documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.
- Possess a professional law degree (L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association - AND -
- Be an active member in good standing of the bar of state, a United States territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (or in the case of a third-year law student, an active bar membership within 14 months of appointment)
TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-12: You must have at least one year of Specialized Experience at the GS-11 level or above, or in the areas of FOIA, PA, Records Management and CUI. This experience includes: providing legal review, analysis, and advice regarding FOIA, Privacy Act, Records Management, or CUI functions; preparing and processing legal documents; applying laws and regulations to cases to evaluate requests; monitoring cases to ensure deadlines are met; utilizing electronic database(s) to track and report on the progress of cases; issuing written decisions on FOIA and PA requests; and processing FOIA requests or appeals and/or providing assistance regarding application of FOIA exemptions.
TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-13: You must have at least one year of Specialized Experience at the GS-12 level or above, in the areas FOIA, PA, Records Management and CUI. This experience includes: providing legal review, analysis, and advice regarding FOIA, Privacy Act, Records Management, or CUI functions; processing FOIA and PA requests or appeals and/or providing assistance regarding application of FOIA exemptions; applying laws, regulations, precedents and policies regarding records management, PA, FOIA and CUI; analyzing evidence in support of and drafting suspension and/or debarment decisions; utilizing electronic database(s) to track and report on the progress of cases; ensuring compliance with Federal laws governing the retention and dissemination of Government records and extensive knowledge of the Federal Records Act and amendments, the Records Disposal Act, and pertinent National Archives Records Administrative directives; and managing all aspects of the records management and serving as the agency authority on records management matters.
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.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus- forrecog.html . You must provide translated transcripts.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov).
If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ .
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants will be evaluated based on the resume, and cover letter. Personal interviews of select applicants will be conducted to determine the best qualified applicants.
OSC considers the whole candidate when making selections. We are looking for candidates who embrace the privilege of public service, bring enthusiasm and dedication to such service, and work well within a team setting.
You will be evaluated against the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Providing legal review, analysis, and advice regarding Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, Records Management, or Controlled Unclassified Information functions.
- Freedom of Information Act and applicable regulations, and an ability to implement FOIA responsibilities by reviewing, analyzing, and responding to FOIA requests and appeals.
- Privacy Act and applicable regulations and an ability to implement PA responsibilities by reviewing, analyzing, and responding to PA inquiries.
- Records Management and applicable regulations and the ability to implement RM responsibilities by reviewing, and responding to requests and inquiries.
- Controlled Unclassified Information and applicable regulations and the ability to implement CUI responsibilities by reviewing, and responding to requests and inquiries.
- Ability to provide legal review, analysis, and advice regarding the FOIA, Privacy Act, Records Management, or Controlled Unclassified Information functions;
- Ability to courteously and effectively communicate with members of the public and employees on issues and questions in the areas overseen by the Office of the Clerk.
- Ability to handle multiple assignments, focus on details, and produce precise work products in a timely manner.