Student Trainee (Government Information Specialist) - Pathways Intern

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Jun 14, 2019
Closes
Jun 18, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), works within the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to prevent or stop waste, fraud and abuse in departmental programs. The OIG also consults with the Congress about programs in progress and proposed new laws and regulations.

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Responsibilities

Government information work involves implementing policies and procedures to manage Government information and providing information-related assistance and services to the general public. The work requires interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, and guidance to provide access to Federal agency records and information, while ensuring protected information is appropriately disclosed. Government Information Specialists make determinations about disclosures, issuance of denials, redactions, access to Federal agency records and use and dissemination of personally identifiable information. Many Government information specialists focus on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, or a combination of both.

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of Inspector General (OIG), Washington, DC. You will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Prepares routine correspondence to FOIA requesters for review and approval by senior staff.
  • Drafts and finalizes a variety of documents as directed, including status reports.
  • Researches, analyzes, and evaluates data for response to information and discovery requests.
  • Assembles and reviews proposed release of government information.
  • Establishes and maintains a variety of office records and files. Updates and purges files on a regular basis. Makes electronic versions of paper documents (creates PDF files) and stores and organizes electronic documents in searchable format.
  • Receives, sorts, and routes incoming mail and correspondence to staff. Coordinates the distribution of materials, reports, and other information.
  • Sends, receives, and distributes electronic mail and telephonic facsimile (FAX) documents. Operates office photocopiers and facsimile.
  • Assists with preparation for meetings including arranging conference rooms, copying materials and ensuring participants receive all required documents prior to the meeting.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
09

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Enrolled at least half time at a qualifying educational institution.
  • Applicants must not graduate before December 2020
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Must sign a Pathways Student Agreement.


The agency may non-competitively convert a Pathways Intern to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Intern meets service requirements as outlined in the Pathways Student Agreement. If converted, the full performance level of this position is a GS-09.

Qualifications

To qualify for the GS-5 Student Trainee (Government Information Specialist) position you must:

Be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or graduate or professional school; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate on at least a half-time basis.

Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater. (G.P.A.'s are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.45 rounds to 2.5 and 2.44 rounds to 2.4).

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, experience operating a personal computer and related equipment, such as printers, photocopiers and facsimiles; experience maintaining a filing system both electronic and hard copy to include updating and purging the files on a regular basis; using computers to develop correspondence, memos, forms and other standardized documents. Experience researching information, reviewing forms and other documents for completeness.

OR

B. Successful completion of a full four-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

OR

C.
Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants that possess a percentage of the required specialized experience and a percentage of the required education such that, when the percentages of the required education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100%. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e. beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement.

Education

Current students enrolled or accepted for enrollment seeking a degree from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

To be eligible for an appointment to a position in the DOT Intern Program, an individual must meet the definition of a "student" as set forth in 5 CFR part 362.202:

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE COPY OF THEIR TRANSCRIPTS. DEGREE AUDITS ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. IF SELECTED, AN OFFICIAL/SEALED TRANSCRIPT WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO AN APPOINTMENT DATE BEING ESTABLISHED.

IF YOU HAVE EARNED A DEGREE FROM A FOREIGN INSTITUTION YOU MUST SUBMIT WITH YOUR APPLICATION EVIDENCE THAT ANY EDUCATION COMPLETED IN A FOREIGN INSTITUTION WAS APPROPRIATELY ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING BODY RECOGNIZED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS EQUIVALENT TO U.S. STANDARDS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, REFER TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE AT http://www.ed.gov

Additional information

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

Any male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959, and who is subsequently selected for this position must certify that he is registered for the military selective service by the date he is to enter on duty. False certification may result in termination after appointment.

If you served on active duty in the U.S. Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veteran's preference. More information on veterans' is available in the VetGuide that may be found on the United States Office of Personnel Management website at www.opm.gov .

If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume/application. In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 (certificate of release or discharge from active duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a purple heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10 point veteran preference" and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your claim.

Although veteran preference points will not be assigned under the student vacancy, veteran preference eligibles will be listed ahead of non-veterans.

Candidates will be asked to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment (Optional Form 306). Individuals selected for positions will be required to certify that their application materials are accurate when they enter on duty.

Additional selections may be made within 90 days of the opening date of this announcement should vacancies occur.

THIS AGENCY 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 AGENCY. THE DECISION ON GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.
ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, UNION AFFILIATION OR NON-AFFILIATION, MARITAL STATUS, NON-DISQUALIFYING PHYSICAL HANDICAP, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT REASON. THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIG), U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL LIKE VACANCIES IN THE ANNOUNCED DUTY LOCATION.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Candidates will be assessed based on their eligibility requirements listed under qualifications. Candidates who do not meet the minimum qualification requirements will not be further evaluated.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

TRANSCRIPTS - You MUST provide current transcripts showing last enrollment date and cumulative GPA to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Degree audits are not acceptable.

DD-214 and/or SF-15 - To receive consideration for veteran's preference, all veterans must submit a copy of their DD-214 (copy Member #4). The form is available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/sf.asp. If you are a current service member, in lieu of a DD-214, you may submit a statement from your military personnel center certifying the nature and dates of your service and expected date of separation.

Supporting documents may either be uploaded or faxed to 571-258-4052. The requested information MUST be received by fax within 48 hours prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement (not including Saturdays, Sundays or government holidays). The requested information MUST be received by fax within 48 hours prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement (not including Saturdays, Sundays or government holidays).

NOTE: Applicants who fail to submit all the required documentation listed above, in addition to their resumes, will be considered ineligible for further consideration for this announcement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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