29632 - Associate Civil Liberties Privacy and Transparency Officer - GS-14

Montgomery County, Maryland
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time


Position Information

This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal candidate to fill a GS-14 cadre position.
  • A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.

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Component Mission

The Civil Liberties and Privacy Office (CLPO) implements the responsibilities of the Civil Liberties Protection Officer under applicable laws, executive orders, directives, and policies, including Section 103D of the National Security Act, Section 1062 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, and EO 12333. Specifically, the CLPO's mission includes to oversee compliance by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) with the constitution, all laws, Executive Orders, and implementing guidelines relating to civil liberties or privacy; ensure the protection of civil liberties and privacy is appropriately incorporated in policies and procedures developed and implemented by the ODNI and elements of the Intelligence Community (IC); ensure that the use of technologies sustain, and do not erode, privacy protections regarding the use, collection, and disclosure of personal information; ensure adequate procedures to receive, respond to, investigate, and redress privacy and civil liberties complaints; assess - and as appropriate, investigate - complaints and other information indicating possible abuses of civil liberties and privacy in the activities of the ODNI; conduct privacy impact assessments and ensure that personal information contained in a system of records subject to the Privacy Act is handled in compliance with fair information practices set out in the Privacy Act; review ODNI actions, policies, guidelines, and their implementation; and perform other duties as assigned by the DNI.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
  • Execute the Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency (CLPT) duties as they relate to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and across the Intelligence Community (IC).
  • Analyze, evaluate, and inform findings, conclusions and policy recommendations relating to or impacting civil liberties and privacy.
  • Identify and address civil liberties and privacy issues impacting ODNI and IC policies, programs, and activities.
  • Conduct civil liberties assessments and provide structured recommendations for policies, procedures, and standards of operations.
  • Develop competencies, draft guidance, and establish safeguards to ensure the protection of civil liberties and privacy is appropriately incorporated in the development and implementation of policies, procedures, programs, and activities of the ODNI.
  • Ensure compliance with legal and policy requirements relating to civil liberties issues.
  • Review and assess complaints of possible civil liberties abuses regarding the administration of ODNI programs and operations, investigate any such complaints or information, and formulate strategies to address complaints.
  • Collaborate and liaise with the Civil Liberties Protection Officer, senior ODNI officials, and other key stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive awareness of status and/or changes to policies, procedures, and standards to protect civil liberties.
  • Evaluate processes and procedures to ensure personal information contained in a Privacy Act system of records is handled in full compliance with fair information practices.
  • Assist with policy development, clarification, and privacy protection implementation initiatives to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and other IC policies.
  • Establish advocacy initiatives to stay abreast of current policies, strategic planning initiatives, and civil liberties protection legislation.
  • Represent CLPT at meetings, conferences, and other public fora to exchange knowledge and encourage collaboration regarding civil liberties issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Desired Requirements
  • Close familiarity with the Privacy Act, Privacy Policy and Law, Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) and requirement associated with Personally Identifying Information (PII), as well as IC guidelines and procedures for protecting U.S. Person information.
  • Knowledge of civil liberties and privacy issues relating to social media, open source, commercial data, and other similar emerging privacy issues.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the Data Mining Act.
  • Knowledge of civil liberties and privacy issues associated with "big data," artificial intelligence, machine learning, and use of advanced and emergency analytic techniques.


Mandatory and Educational Requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of federal civil liberties statutes, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of the IC, law enforcement, and counterterrorism information sharing and privacy issues.
  • Extensive knowledge of international, state, and local civil liberties issues, including the demonstrated ability to analyze information and database technologies that may implicate privacy protections.
  • Extensive knowledge of research methodologies and legal practices to conduct research, interpret laws, regulations and policies, analyze issues, and draft findings, assessments, and make recommendations.
  • Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated analytic and critical thinking skills, including the demonstrated ability to conduct assessments, to identify issues and to develop process improvement recommendations.
  • Demonstrated skill in negotiating and consulting and superior judgment in applying principles to identify and solve problems.



Additional information

*** OPEN UNTIL FILLED:This announcement will be open until the position is filled. Cut off points are scheduled in two-week increments. After each cut-off point, all compliant applications received during the previous two weeks will be reviewed for consideration.***

Who May Apply
Current GS employees at the same grade or up to two grades lower than the advertised position grade may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
  • For a cadre assignment:
    • Current ODNI permanent cadre.
    • Current ODNI Staff Reserve Employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply.)
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or up to two grades lower than the advertised position grade may apply.)
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
  • For a detailee assignment:
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or up to two grades lower than the advertised position grade may apply.)
Salary Determination
  • The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
  • A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.
The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at DNI_COO_TM_EEOD_RA_WMA@cia.ic.gov, by unclassified email at DNI-EEOD_WMA@cia.ic.gov, by telephone at 301-243-0704 or by FAX at 301-243-1200. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the vacancy announcement, particularly the MDRs, and construct their resume to highlight their most significant experience and qualifications relevant to this job opportunity.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents


Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration.

To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call 301-243-1318.

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