Government Information Specialist

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District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 19, 2020
Full Time


You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.

This position is located in the USAID Annex, 500 D Street, SW, Washington, DC , in the Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services, Information & Records Division (M/MS/IRD), at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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This position serves as a Government Information Specialist (GIS) and is responsible for assisting and processing FOIA and FOIA/PA requests. The Information & Records Division is responsible for issuing Agency guidelines, policies and procedures for the Agency's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Records Management, Privacy Act (PA) and Mandatory Classification Review (MCR) programs.

As a Government Information Specialist, you will:
  • Review, analyze, and process Freedom of Information Act, Privacy requests of a simple and routine nature including the analysis of problems of a factual or procedural nature dealing with readily identifying legal issues which may be easily found in written guidelines, procedures, standards, and administrative/organizational practices.
  • Consult with the requestor on various aspects of the request; i.e., narrowing the scope of the request, possible fees resulting from the request and any other issues/problems relating to the request. Initiate request for documents and monitor agency components to ensure adherence to governing directives and instructions.
  • Assist with the research and writing of reports or other documents on FOIA/PA related issues. Provide general or routine advice and guidance on FOIA issues covered by precedent to respond to requests and assist customer organizations on alternative products and services that satisy general or specific need requirements. Participate in meetings, discussions to communicate program issues, goals and objectives.
  • Prepare detailed reports and maintain records of work accomplishments and administrative information, as required, and coordinate the preparation, presentation, and communication of work-related information to the supervisor/team leader.
  • Use information technology such as computers and other systems in processing, administering, and managing information, as well as for a wide variety of record keeping, correspondence, and tracking operations throughout the government information management lifecycle. Input, delete, retrieve, manipulate, and correct information in automated databases or electronic records and develop, design and produce a wide variety of reports to increase efficiencies and effectiveness in processing requests from the beginning to end.
  • Follow preliminary instructions in performing research on easily resolved legal questions with clearly applicable precedents. Address legal problems of limited scope where the impact is local and limited to the parties directly concerned, and that involve no new precedents of wider potential impact.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
12 - The Full promotional performance of this position is GS-12.


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
  • Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code "1" or "2" (see Required Documents).

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date. This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.


This position includes Selective Placement Factors. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet these factors are ineligible for further consideration.

Selective Placement Factors: Documented experience identifying confidential business information and protecting this information prior to public disclosure. Documented experience analyzing FOIA request descriptions to determine the appropriate requester fee category, in addition to adjudicating requests for waiver of fees and expedited processing. NOTE: experience must be documented in your resume.

GS-09-You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: (1) knowledge of the FOIA/PA laws, policies, and regulations of an administrative field sufficient to apply new theories and developmets to problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods, and make decisions or recommendations that significantly change, interpret, or develop major public policies or programs; (2) able to use judgement in choosing, interpreting, or adapting available guidelines to specific issues or subjects studied.

Or a master's or equivalent graduate degree, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS-11-You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: (1) knowledge of a wide range of methods for the assessment and improvement of complex programs, processess and systems; (2) skill to plan, organize, and implement programs, plans, and proposals involving substantial agency resources, or that require extensive changes in established procedures.

Or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related.

GS-12-You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: (1) Interpersonal skills (oral and written) to conduct briefings; to develop policies or write report; and to articulate recommendations or sensitive FOIA/PA issues; (2) knowledge of information management research skills; systems, and /or automation processes.

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, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

CTAP / ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned a score of 85 or higher; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, ​no Transcripts are required.**

**If you are using your education to qualify for this position; you must submit a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Additional information

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in the District of Columbia, we operate in more than 100 countries around the world, playing an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. When crisis strikes; when rights are repressed; when hunger, disease and poverty rob people of opportunity; USAID acts on behalf of the American people to help expand the reach of prosperity and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. USAID employees and contractors must commit to maintaining a workplace free of sexual misconduct, including harassment, exploitation, and abuse and adhere to USAID's Counter-Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit For more information about USAID, visit

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) under the Agency's approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.

M ythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies: .

EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement .

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement .

Veterans' Information: Veterans Information .

Telework: .

Selective Service Registration: .

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) to determine if your answers to the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume. If your answers to the online assessment questionnaire are not supported in the resume it will affect your eligibility for further consideration. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. Candidates that are rated as Highly Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:
Oral Communication

Technology Application

Technical Competence

Interpersonal Skills

Attention to Detail

Written Communication


To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • CTAP ; ICTAP Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of function to another commuting area.
  • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code "1" (Career) or "2" (Career-Conditional), and type of position occupied.
  • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibilities ( veterans' preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act ). If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs ).
  • Peace Corps letter

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.