Legislative Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Posted
Oct 12, 2019
Closes
Oct 16, 2019
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is within the Congressional and Legislative Affairs Staff (CLAS), within the Indian Health Service in Rockville, Maryland. The incumbent in this position has the primary responsibility to conduct congressional and legislative policy review, analysis and development. Performs congressional and legislative liaison functions on behalf of the IHS within the Department of Health and Human Services, the Executive Branch and with the Congress.
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Responsibilities

  • Administrative Activities: Advises the Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs Staff (CLAS), and where appropriate, other key IHS staff on questions, problems, and issues pertaining to legislative matters. Provides professional and administrative guidance to the Director, CLAS, and other IHS staff members in the carrying out of their assigned responsibilities as it relates to CLAS activities. Keeps the Director, CLAS, informed about the status of legislation. Assures the maintenance of the Division's legislative files and appropriation binders. Develops draft Bill Reports and other comments on legislation. Assist with preparation of Legislative Implementation Plans.
  • Legislative Activities: Reviews, analyzes, interprets, and tracks pertinent Legislative and Executive Branch documents, including the Congressional Record and appropriation legislation, to determine their impact on IHS and its ability to serve the Indian people. Evaluates proposed legislation for foreseeable effect on agency program, policies, procedures, regulations, operations and existing legislation based on comments and incumbent's own knowledge of the programs and related legislation. Assist in the preparation of draft legislative initiatives and testimony for Department witnesses and obtains necessary clearances. With general guidance, advises and assists congressional committees and their staff in drafting legislation and preparing for hearings.
  • Liaison Activities: With general guidance, confers and negotiates with high level officials of other DHHS components; other Federal agencies, such as the Department of Labor, Department of interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Personnel Management, and Housing and Urban Development; tribal officials; and State and local officials on complex legislative issues involved in related programs providing services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. As appropriate, participates in conferences with high-level representatives of operating programs of other PHS and DPHS components; components of other Executive Branch Departments; State, local and tribal governments; and private organizations in developing or evaluating changes in legislation, and related policies.
  • Serve as Government Accountability Office (GAO) Liaison for the Director of the Indian Health Service. Advise and assist CLAS Director, the IHS Director and Senior Staffing in carrying out functions and communications related to GAO


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 10/15/2019

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0300/miscellaneous-administration-and-program-series-0301/

In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks:applying a variety of analytical techniques to review and evaluate policy and legislation that impacts an organization's programs and resources; assisting in the preparation of briefing documents for senior leaders and/or stakeholder organizations on issues related to legislation or legislative action; assisting with the planning and development of Congressional hearing testimony, associated back round materials, and reports for Congressional hearings; assisting in the planning and development of statements for senior leaders relating to legislation or legislative action: assisting in the development of proposals for potential legislation; and experience tracking and assessing critical information, such as legislation and experience navigating the legislative process and using the applicable reference sources (e.g. the Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, House and Senate Rules and Procedures, Committee Transcripts and Conference Reports. Government Accountability Reports, and US Code, etc.) to research, analyze and compile information concerning past, present, and proposed legislation.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

Education

When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave is earned.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the qualifications as defined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement and your responses to the assessment questions.

You will be further evaluated/rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions to determine your competency in the following:
    • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
    • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
    • Oral Communication
    • Writing
You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaires. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance. CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a "well qualified" rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Workforce Restructuring Career Transition website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ . CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) - http://www.ihs.gov/jobs/permanentDocs/ctap.doc
Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/

Click here to view vacancy questions: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10622773 .

All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, 10/15/2019, to be considered.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:
  • Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder to ensure all required information is included in your Resume. If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, annual salary, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer; supervisor name and telephone number.
  • Indian Preference Applicants: If claiming Indian preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. Refer to BIA-4432 link: https://www.bia.gov/sites/bia.gov/files/assets/public/raca/online_forms/pdf/IndianPref_1076-0160_Exp3-31-21.pdf . When an Indian Preference candidate possesses Veterans preference the rules regarding Veterans preference apply under ESEP and the applicant must provide documentation in order to receive preference.
  • Veterans Preference:If claiming Veteran's Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form (Member 4 copy). To claim 10-Point Veterans Preference, submit a SF-15 Application ( http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) along with the appropriate supporting documentation. For additional information regarding Veterans Preference visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov .
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf .
  • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF-50 or if Reinstatement eligible include your Career SF-50.
  • Noncompetitive eligibles: submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy.


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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