Congressional Affairs Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Full Time


The incumbent supports higher graded Congressional Affairs Specialists with formulating FHFA policy regarding legislative activities and supports strong open communications between Congress and FHFA. The incumbent provides input on the advice from Congressional Affairs Specialists to FHFA executives on legislative issues that can affect the Housing GSEs.
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Communicates with Congressional staff on issues affecting FHFA's programs, objectives, intentions, and issues impacting FHFA's regulated entities.

Works to identify legislative issues of importance to FHFA and works with other Congressional Affairs personnel to assist in communicating FHFA views on such matters to Congress, the Administration, and the financial services industry.

Contributes to the development of legislative proposals, testimony, reports, briefings, and correspondence to Congress.

Assists senior OCAC staff with policy makers and congressional liaisons in other Federal agencies such as the Department of Treasury, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Reserve Board, and other financial regulatory agencies to gain information on policy, legislative, and regulatory issues. Develops and maintains an understanding of their strategic priorities. Works to ensure that FHFA contributes on broad public policy matters affecting the mission of the agency.

May serve as a liaison with other Federal agencies/entities.

Drafts comment letters and other responses to Congress. Participates with congressional casework to reach an appropriate response to all inquiries.

Participates in the agency's recordkeeping with respect to congressional communications.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


Qualifying experience for the EL-12 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to EL-11(GS-11) which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying experience for the EL-13 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to EL-12(GS-12) which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience include the following:
  • Working in the legislative process on the following: Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008, Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act, Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, or other housing finance reform related legislation.
  • Experience dealing with legislative matters that encompass housing finance policy and/or the secondary mortgage market or financial institutions, preferably in the House of Representations or Senate or at a federal agency.

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: .

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: .

FHFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability (physical or mental), age (40 years of age or over), genetic information, parental status, marital status, prior protected EEO activity, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.


FHFA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, except when doing so would pose an undue hardship on the Agency. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify FHFA at (202) 649-3963. The Agency's decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Ethics: FHFA employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions. In addition, certain FHFA employees are prohibited from accepting compensation from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a two-year period after terminating employment with FHFA. Furthermore, to avoid financial conflicts-of interest or the appearance of conflicts-of-interest, FHFA employees may need to divest or sell certain assets they, their spouse, or minor children own or control, including securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the Federal Home Loan Banks. Employees who work on Federal Home Loan Bank issues may need to sell or divest financial interests with any of the Federal Home Loan Bank members, which may include stock in bank holding companies, insurance companies, and other financial services firms. Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Office of General Counsel at (202) 649-3088.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
  • Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
  • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
  • Other Special Appointment Authorities

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All applicants will be rated on the following competencies for this announcement:

  • Analytical Writing & Editing
  • Knowledge of housing finance laws and regulations
  • Legislative Process
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Sharing Information & Knowledge

Applicants may choose to apply through merit promotion or US citizens, or both. Please select how you would like to be considered.

Status candidates will be rated based on your responses to the job specific questionnaire and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points. The top ten candidates, and candidates tied for the tenth spot, will be referred for selection.

U.S citizens who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures. Based on your veteran's status and responses to the job specific questioner you will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category. There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified (95), Well Qualified (85) and Qualified (70). Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.

All of the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references or through other means, such as the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

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

1. Your resume showing hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • SF 50 strongly recommended if applying as a competitive status candidate.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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