Congressional Affairs Specialist, GG-0301-12, Census-DE-AMC

Washington D.C.
Apr 23, 2019
Apr 23, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Serivce if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Some applicants may not be eligible to be hired under THIS announcement. Please make sure you apply to the announcement that entitles you to consideration. Read the `Who May Apply` section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see OCIA-2019-0007 Congressional Affairs Specialist, GG-0301-12, CENSUS-MP-AMC, which can be accessed at

    A probation period may be required.

    This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

    This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

    Relocation expenses may be paid.


    For the GG-12:  You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 level.

    Specialized experience includes: working in or with Congressional offices; developing projects designed to increase the awareness of Members of Congress and their staff in the use of data collection activities; presenting information to senior management; communicating complex issues, both in person and in writing, in a clear, concise, and logical manner; disseminating and coordinating information to varied audiences concerning Census Bureau program and activities; assessing the impact of Congressional activities on matters affecting the Bureau or statistical agency; advising managers on appropriate means of responding to Congress; and preparing charts and fact sheets for press releases and other mediums used by Members of Congress, state, local, and tribal government officials.

    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.

    Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:  Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

    Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

    • Knowledge of Bureau or agency programs and ability to describe these programs to Members of Congress and Congressional staff.
    • Knowledge of censuses, surveys, estimates or programs in federal or statistical agencies.
    • Ability to research and prepare materials for presentation, either in person or in writing, in a clear, concise, and logical manner.
    • Knowledge of substantive organization programs and services, policies, organizational relationships, and mission of the office in order to provide information to Congressional offices, local government, and private sector contacts on organization activities and products.
    • Ability to analyze legislative proposals and to provide management officials with factual assessments and strategic options.
    • Skill in providing assessment of the political environment through research and preparation of materials for presentation to explain activities to Congressional offices, local government, and private sector contacts.

    For more information on category rating, please go to:

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here.

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    Drug test required No

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