Government Information Specialist (FOIA)

Washington D.C.
Apr 26, 2019
Apr 26, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Travel may be required 1-5 nights per month.

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


    Applicants MUST meet all four (4) specialized experience and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume.

    NOTE:  At the GS-13 grade level, education cannot be substituted for experience.

    To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience:  (1) Review and analyze FOIA requests, including the scope and types of records being requested, and create and maintain information in an automated tracking system to manage FOIA requests and records to report on their status;  (2) Utilize electronic tools to search for, and collect, FOIA-requested records and perform critical reviews and analyses to determine their responsiveness, whether one or more FOIA exemptions apply to the records, and whether foreseeable harm would result from their release in a timely manner; (3) Assemble and conduct quality control reviews of all proposed withholdings for accuracy and compliance before the Department’s response is issued to the FOIA requester; (4) Communicate verbally and in writing with supervisors, Departmental stakeholders and leadership, and representatives from other organizations regarding FOIA issues, including the preparation of FOIA correspondence such as acknowledgement letters, time extension letters, and interim and final response letters.

    It is desirable for the applicant to have a legal background.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

    At the GS-13 grade level, education cannot be substituted for experience.

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    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.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) 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 Financial Disclosure Report.  In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior.  This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment.  DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity.  Employees must be 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.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. 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 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 responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

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

    Regulations and Guidance – Comprehensive knowledge of the FOIA and its associated legal requirements.  Understand and apply the laws, regulations, policies, and practices governing the FOIA. 

    Technical Knowledge –Ability to utilize systems and programs to meet FOIA processing needs.  Understand and appropriately apply procedures, requirements, regulations and policies related to FOIA.  Knowledge of the manual and electronic systems used for tracking and maintaining FOIA requests.  

    Plan and Organize Work – Ability to coordinate multiple, complex processes, and plan and organize work for various periods of time, while consistently meeting deadlines and documenting both completed and ongoing tasks.  Ability to independently organize, track, report, and delegate as needed.  Set priorities and determine goals and strategies to achieve them, within the parameters set by the OS FOIA Officer and the Deputy Director for Correspondence and FOIA Management.  Coordinate and collaborate with stakeholders across the Department to accomplish goals, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes.  

    Verbal Communication – Ability to express information (i.e., ideas, concepts, facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking in account the audience and nature of the information (i.e., technical, sensitive, controversial) and their level of expertise; make clear and convincing verbal presentations based on facts and robust documentary evidence; listen to others, attend to nonverbal cues, and respond appropriately.

    Written Communication – Ability to expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner taking into account the audience and nature of the information (i.e., technical, sensitive, controversial) and responds to written communications and inquiries in timely manner, including upon request from supervisors and stakeholders. 

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    Drug test required No

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