Government Information Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 17, 2019
Closes
Jul 24, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the United States Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). The OPR is responsible for investigating allegations of professional misconduct involving the more than 30,000 attorneys, agents, and immigration judges within the Department of Justice.
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Responsibilities

As a Government Information Specialist, GS-306, 12/13, you are responsible for processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) requests for the Office of Professional Responsibility. Specific duties include:
  • Operating as the sole FOIA Specialist and working with FOIA Counsel on intake, processing requests, responding to appeals, and handling referrals and consultations;
  • Receiving, logging, coordinating and processing complex requests for access to highly sensitive records maintained by the office;
  • Processing classified records in accordance with prescribed security procedures;
  • Serving as the organizational expert, providing advice and guidance to management, staff, and the public regarding disclosure of agency records under the FOIA and the PA;
  • Reviewing investigative reports and other OPR work products for public disclosure through FOIA/PA requests and inquiries from Congress and the general public;
  • Managing the day to day administrative operations related to the processing of FOIA/PA requests;
  • Composing a variety of FOIA/PA response letters and related correspondence (e.g., referral and consultations, time extensions, requests for clarification, etc.) and independently making recommendation on final decisions to the FOIA Attorney;
  • Preparing and submitting FOIA/PA annual and quarterly reports;
  • Independently researching law, problems, issues and/or program requirements to assist in responding to administrative appeals, court litigation, and referrals from other components;
  • Drafting affidavits, Vaughn indexes and other documents needed to defend litigation;
  • Responding to FOIA/PA lawsuits involving OPR's records, including conducting file reviews, drafting declarations to be filed in court, and consulting with attorneys representing the government in such suits; and
  • Independently researching and gathering information in response to FOIA/PA requests involving OPR investigative records, including conducting file reviews, electronically redacting documents in accordance with relevant FOIA exemptions, drafting responses, consulting the appropriate attorney, and contracting the requester or for clarification when necessary.


  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training and/or work related issues.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    13

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
    • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
    • May require completion of one year probationary period
    • Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance


    Qualifications

    To qualify for the GS-12, the applicant must have one year of specialized experience or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialize experience include researching, analyzing, and evaluating the full range of documents for response to FOIA/PA requests; assembling and drafting FOIA/PA release packages; keeping abreast of recent developments in the field of disclosure; and safeguarding sensitive information from unwarranted disclosure. Requires excellent analytical ability, information technology skills, as well as oral and written communication skills. Work demands superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and an ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously.

    To qualify for the GS-13, applicants must have one year of specialized experience or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Specialize experience include researching, analyzing, and evaluating the full range of documents for response to FOIA/PA requests; assembling and drafting FOIA/PA release packages; keeping abreast of recent developments in the field of disclosure; performing complex analyses of challenging FOIA/PA requests; safeguarding sensitive information from unwarranted disclosure; and preparing supportive documents in response to FOIA/PA lawsuits. Requires exceptional analytical ability, information technology skills, as well as oral and written communication skills. Work demands superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and an ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously.

    You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

    Education

    There is no education requirements for this series and grade combination; however a Bachelor's degree is preferred.

    All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

    OR

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

    All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

    Additional information

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

    Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/ .

    NOTE: To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 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. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

    DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to resume@benderconsult.com, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: www.benderconsult.com .

    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. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

    All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):
    • Coordinating and Processing FOIA and PA requests.
    • FOIA Advice and Guidance
    • Research, Analysis and Litigation Work
    Please Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 90 days after the HR office issues the selection certificate.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    • Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume showing relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained. 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. (cover letter optional).
    • Veteran documentation, (if applicable).
    • SF-50 (most recent career/career conditional, if applicable); or for reinstatement to Federal service purposes, the SF-50 that shows you have acquired competitive status
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable)
    • Schedule (A) Documentation (if applicable)
    • An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)
    • Your Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
    • Writing sample no more than 10 pages in length.
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal.


    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.