Congressional Affairs Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Oct 10, 2019
Closes
Oct 11, 2019
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is the nation's oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. USMS missions include: protection of the judiciary, court security, witness security, asset seizure and forfeiture, apprehension of fugitives, prisoner transportation and custody.

OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS (OCA) / ARLINGTON, VA

OCA's role is to ensure that Congress supports and strengthens USMS missions through financial resources and legislative authority.
Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

The selectee will serve as a Congressional Affairs Analyst responsible for providing special expertise and knowledge to USMS senior management on legislation affecting USMS and the interests and concerns of Members of Congress and congressional committees.

Duties also include but are not limited to the following:
  • Providing legislative and policy analysis for the Office of the Director, assisting with the nomination process for presidentially-appointed U.S. Marshals, and acting as a legislative liaison between the USMS, Department of Justice (DOJ), and other federal agencies.
  • Providing special expertise and knowledge to USMS senior management on legislation affecting the USMS. Discussing the Administration's priorities and goals with congressional committee staff. Addressing the interests and concerns of Members of Congress and their congressional committees and subcommittees.
  • Preparing detailed analyses, position papers, and presentations regarding newly enacted or pending legislation affecting the USMS.
  • Assisting in the coordination, development, and tracking of USMS policy proposals and
    legislative agendas.
  • Drafting oral and written testimony, briefing papers, and legislative backup materials to
    Congress for the USMS Director and presidentially-appointed U.S. Marshals.
  • Assisting Members of Congress and their staffs with inquiries about USMS program and
    policy matters and pending legislation.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Must pass a pre-employment security investigation and drug screening.
  • A one year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • You must meet all qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience for the respective grade level(s) in which you are applying:

To be qualified for the GS-13 level, applicants must have at least one full year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that included: 1) working for a Member of Congress or a congressional committee; 2) providing authoritative and substantive guidance on legislative issues; 3) recommending strategies for Congressional interaction to management based on knowledge of the interests of the appropriate legislative audience; 4) drafting oral and written testimony, talking points, briefing papers, correspondence, legislation, and backup materials to support interactions with Congress or for members of Congress; 5) acting as liaison to management and/or government organizations concerning policy and legislation; 6) assisting in the coordination, development and tracking of legislation impacting the organization; and 7) apprising management of opportunities to advance legislative proposals to or within the Congress. (Must be reflected in resume.)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Education

There is no educational substitute for this series and grade.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap
Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.
Although veteran preference points are not assigned under category rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified).

Note: Multiple selections may be made from this announcement. Salaries listed above are an approximation and are subject to duty station locality adjustment. Recruitment incentive may be authorized.

Selective Service Information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/fair-and-transparent/selective-service/

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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 online assessment 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. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job;
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration (unless a sufficient number of qualified veterans are found - in which only those names will be initially certified). Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
  • Oral Communication
  • Reasoning
  • Written Communication


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.Your Resume
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
- Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the 10/10/2019.

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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