Regulatory Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Aug 10, 2019
Closes
Aug 18, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Office of Standards, Regulations and Variances (OSRV), Regulatory Development Division. The incumbent performs a wide variety of assignments that support activities related to the development and promulgation of MSHA's standards and regulation.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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Responsibilities

At the GS-09 level, the incumbent, is responsible for performing a variety of assignments including, but not limited to, the following: conduct research required for background information; develop and analyze material used for proposed regulatory actions; provide assistance with organizing and updating rulemaking dockets; provide assistance in preparing certified indexes for the court; the development of materials used in public meetings and hearings with the mining community; assist with the review and analysis of comments received on proposed rulemaking; and assist with formulating MSHA' s responses to comments; prepare answers to questions and/or other correspondence received as a result of the proposed rules and rulemaking procedures.

At the GS-11 level, the incumbent, is responsible for performing a variety of assignments including, but not limited to, the following: performs research for required background information for proposed regulatory actions; develops and analyzes materials used to develop proposed rulemakings; collaborates with senior regulatory specialists to coordinate work products with the Office of the Solicitor and Departmental personnel to ensure that proposed regulations meet all legal requirements; represent MSHA in meetings with representatives of private industry and organized labor to discuss and/or gain acceptance of Agency proposals and/or to ensure full input in the regulation development process; prepares answers to questions and/or other correspondence received as a result of the proposed rules and the rulemaking procedures; Responsible for reviewing proposed Agency policy issuances to ensure that they are consistent with MSHA goals and objectives.

At the GS-12 level, the incumbent, is responsible for performing a variety of assignments including, but not limited to, the following: Review and formulate policy issuances; prepares reports and statements required by law, Executive Order or regulation, and developing regulations; conducts reviews and analysis of existing Agency regulations to identify those which may need revision in view based on changing Agency requirements, policies or actions taken by other regulatory agencies; drafts complex, controversial and/or sensitive regulations; assist personnel from the Office of the Solicitor in drafting regulations; responsible for determining if proposed regulations or standards require regulatory and environmental impact analyses; prepares answers to questions and/or other correspondence received as a result of the proposed rules and rulemaking procedures.

At the GS-13 level, the incumbent, is responsible for performing a variety of assignments including, but not limited to, the following: review and formulate policy issuances, preparing reports and statements required by law, Executive Order or regulation, and developing regulations; conducts reviews and analyses of existing Agency regulations to identify those which may need revision in view of changing Agency requirements, policies, or actions taken by other regulatory agencies; drafts the complex, controversial, sensitive regulations and/or assists personnel from the Office of the Solicitor in drafting regulations; reviews proposed Agency policy issuances to ensure that they are consistent with MSHA goals and objectives; responsible for determining if proposed regulations or standards require regulatory and environmental impact analyses; exercises a leadership role to resolve any differences within MSHA or between MSHA and outside entities; prepares answers to questions and/or other correspondence received as a result of the proposed rules and rulemaking procedures.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - The full performance level of this position is GS-13.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.


Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

All positions will require you to communicate orally and in writing. All writing must use proper grammar and punctuation. Grade level specialized experience is outlined below:

Specialized Experience

To qualify for the GS-09, Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. -OR- applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-07, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience will include the following: (1) Perform research and fact-gathering assignments for proposed rulemakings; (2) Develop and analyze data from a wide-range of sources for proposed rulemaking and other policy-related actions; (3) Assist in the development of materials used in public meetings and hearings with the mining community; (4) Assist in the review and analysis of comments received on proposed rulemaking; (5) Assist with organizing and updating the rulemaking docket; and (6) Assist senior regulatory specialists in developing responses to questions from Congress and the mining community.

To qualify for the GS-11, Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. -OR- applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-09 in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience will include the following: (1) Review existing Agency standards and regulations to identify those that need to be updated; (2) Assist in drafting background information and other preamble language for proposed rulemakings; (3) Work with senior regulatory specialist to ensure that the Agency's rulemakings meet all legal requirements; (4) Review and analyze comments received on proposed regulations and determine, in conjunction with the senior OSRV staff and program personnel, if issues raised by commenters warrant changes to the proposed rulemaking; (5) Assist senior regulatory specialist in preparing answers, reports and statements to questions and/or other correspondence received as a result of the proposed rules; and (6) Assist with organizing and updating the rulemaking docket.

To qualify for the GS-12, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience will include the following: (1) Conduct continuous reviews of existing standards and regulations to identify those that need to be updated; (2) Draft background information and other preamble language for proposed rulemakings; (3) Work with senior regulatory specialist to ensure that the Agency's rulemakings meet all legal requirements; (4) Review and analyze comments received on proposed regulations and determine, in conjunction with the senior OSRV staff and program personnel, if issues raised by commenters warrant changes to the proposed rulemaking; (5) Draft answers, reports and statements to questions and/or other correspondence received as a result of the proposed rules; and (6) Assist with organizing and updating the rulemaking docket.

To qualify for the GS-13, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience will include the following: (1) Conduct continuous reviews of existing standards and regulations to identify those that need to be updated; (2) Draft policy reports and statements, and background information and other preamble language for proposed rulemakings; (3) Review Agency policy statements to ensure consistency with Agency goals and objectives; (4) Review Agency rulemakings to ensure all legal requirements are met; (5) Review and analyze comments received on proposed regulations and determine, in conjunction with senior OSRV staff, program personnel, and the Office of the Solicitor, if issues raised by commenters have sufficient merit to warrant changes in the proposed regulation; (6) Work to resolve any policy issues raised during the rulemaking process and to ensure that the resolution of all policy issues meet the Agency's goals and objectives; and (7) Ensure rulemaking docket is organized and updated.

There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience for the GS-12 and GS-13 level.

Education

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact on this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below & will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

The Categories are listed as follows:

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy & has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty & complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy & demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement & demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
  • Organizational Awareness - Knows the organization's mission & functions,& how its social, political, & technological systems work & operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, & regulations of the organization.
  • Stakeholder Management - Knowledge of the concepts, practices, & techniques used to identify, engage, influence, & monitor relationships with individuals & groups connected to a work effort; including those actively involved, those who exert influence over the process & its results, & those who have a vested interest in the outcome (positive or negative).
  • Oral Communication- Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience & nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear & convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, & responds appropriately.
  • Writing- Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, & spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, & organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Teamwork - Encourages & facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, & group identity; fosters commitment & team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience &/or education, by checking references & through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel & may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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.