Privacy Analyst (Government Information Specialist)

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Washington, D.C
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 21, 2019
Full Time


The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is seeking a dedicated and talented individual to work directly with its Chief Privacy Officer to develop, implement, and provide oversight of MSPB's privacy program. MSPB is an independent, quasi-judicial agency that serves as guardian of the Federal merit systems. The incumbent will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to MSPB's privacy program while building relationships across MSPB and its various program offices.

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Is this the job for me?
MSPB's Privacy Analyst position may be the job for you if:
- You are interested in working on and developing your knowledge on a range of privacy program issues and deliverables;
- You are very organized, and detail and process-oriented;
- You enjoy researching and writing, solving problems and recommending solutions;
- You are interested in building a program from the ground up;
- You are a self-starter who can work both independently and with colleagues to complete assignments and improve processes; and
- You are willing to work on a range of assignments and are comfortable shifting focus as priorities change.
This may not be the job for you if:
- You want to focus solely on disclosure work (i.e., disclosures under the FOIA or Privacy Act);
- You prefer to work on routine, predictable processes or types of work;
- You are uncomfortable with unpredictability or collaboration in your day-to-day work;
- You prefer to work for a large agency with teams comprised of multiple people;
- You prefer to work as an expert in one area of a Government privacy program; or
- You prefer to review the work products of others rather than draft your own work products and deliverables.

As MSPB's Privacy Analyst, in support of MSPB's Chief Privacy Officer, you are the core source of expertise on matters affecting privacy in MSPB's creation, collection, use, processing, storage, dissemination, disclosure, and disposal of information about individuals. At the full-performance level, the incumbent's responsibilities include:
  • PII Collection : Gather, monitor and evaluate all relevant information concerning systems collecting personally identifiable information (PII).
  • Compliance Documentation : Prepare, draft, and review privacy documentation (e.g., privacy program plan, breach response plan, privacy policies, system of records notices, Privacy Act statements; privacy threshold assessments, and privacy impact assessments).
  • Information Systems : Review program-specific technological and administrative measures implemented to ensure the security of and data minimization within MSPB's IT systems.
  • Breach Response : Respond to and mitigate suspected or confirmed privacy breaches, and conduct follow-up activities to address any privacy vulnerabilities.
  • Privacy and MSPB Initiatives : Review and apply subject matter expertise to MSPB policies, programs, projects, and initiatives to identify and mitigate privacy risks.
  • Reporting : Create and compile responsive information for the Chief Privacy Officer, Senior Agency Official for Privacy, and MSPB senior leadership on matters and inquiries related to MSPB's privacy program.
  • Legislative and policy proposals : Monitor and analyze legislative and policy proposals that could affect MSPB's privacy program and processes.
  • Represent MSPB : Collaborate with the Chief Privacy Officer on privacy compliance issues, and represent MSPB's privacy program at conferences and meetings.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service).
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Direct Deposit : Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including time in grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

TIME IN GRADE: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Experience conducting audits of the privacy and security controls to ensure they meet all industry and legal standards; and Experience writing and editing communications and documentation related to privacy compliance.
FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates: Experience planning and executing privacy incident investigations related to the disclosure of personally identifiable information; and Experience drafting, reviewing, and maintaining privacy compliance and related documentation; and Experience with the reporting and resolution of allegations of privacy violations, including incidents and breaches.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.
(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

Additional information

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/CTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
  • First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
  • This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
  • Locality pay will vary based upon the selectee's duty location. A final salary determination will be made upon selection.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: 1-800-877-8339.
  • MSPB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER and employment decisions are based on merit factors only. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in an employment decision by this agency, you have the right to seek counseling to resolve your complaint. You must do so within 45 days of the alleged discrimination action. If you desire to seek counseling, call the MSPB Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at 202 653-6772, Ext 4405.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications and required documentation (see below) will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet eligibility and job requirements. Qualified applicants will then be rated on the quality of experience, education, and training they possess relevant to the duties of the position and the extent applicants possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (or competencies) :

  • Compliance
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Written Communication

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.

Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.

To preview the application questionnaire, please visit:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information;2) education;3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) all supervisors' phone numbers and if they may be contacted; and 5) other qualifications.
  • Cover Letter: A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications is preferred, but not required.
  • Current and former career/career-conditional Federal employees:
    • Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing you are/were in the competitive service (block 24 must contain a 1 or 2 and block 34 must contain a 1), highest grade held (or promotion potential) on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade. If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade.
    • Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (e.g., length of time in current position). A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute.
  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty that shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. Active duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. It must be on the letterhead of the military branch and include the dates of service. Veterans' preference must be verified prior to appointment. Visit Feds Hire Vets for more information.
  • If claiming 10-point veterans' preference you must provide the DD214 or certification (see above) plus the documentation listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. Failure to submit these documents could result in a finding that 10-point preference cannot be awarded.
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: Copies of Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50) showing the employee served in eligible appointment(s) for a period(s) of more than 24 mos w/o a break between appointments of two+ years. Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and separation SF-50s for each period. Submit performance rating(s) showing acceptable performance for each period counted towards eligibility signed by supervisor(s). If documentation does not exist for one or more periods, submit a statement from supervisor(s) indicating acceptable performance. Applicants who do not have performance documentation for any period shall provide a reason why the documentation is not available and statement that performance for all periods was at an acceptable level.
  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment : Letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), last performance appraisal, and the most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
  • If applying under a special hiring authority or an interchange agreement with another merit system not listed above, see the requirements for that authority and submit the required supporting documentation. Go to: USAJOBS Hiring Path for Special Authorities or Special Hiring Authority for more information.

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