Supervisory Government Information Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Sterling, Virginia
Posted
Nov 19, 2020
Closes
Nov 27, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore resources. It seeks to appropriately balance economic development, energy independence, and environmental protection through oil and gas leases, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies. For information about our bureau go to: http://www.boem.gov/
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Responsibilities

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of the Deputy Director / CFO located in Sterling, VA.

At the full performance level (None) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides direction and leadership for the BOEMFOIA programs and is the primary point of contact with the Departmental FOIA Office (DFO).
  • Develops new methods and approaches in directing the strategic planning, integration, and evaluation of the BOEM FOIA program
  • Prepares responses for precedent-setting FOIA requests; and formulates new practices and procedures for resolving information disclosure issues.
  • Keeps abreast of recent developments in FOIA law, including recent court and DOI decisions, current legislative resolutions, or problems encountered within the FOIA program.
  • Coordinates responses with legal staff and DFO, as appropriate, and oversees sensitive reviews and briefs management on requests of legally sensitive, controversial, or politically sensitive nature.
  • Represent the BOEMin meetings and discussions with the representative of the various Departmental components in implementing the provisions of the FOIA as it involves the specific responsibilities of each component.
  • Oversees the collection, organization, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data needed for statistical reporting; and the development or modification of policies, procedures, and rules to ensure continuing compliance with Department policies and directives.
  • BOEM has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Salary Information - First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.
    GS-14: $121,316 - $157,709 per annum.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status
    Yes

    Promotion Potential
    None

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen
    • You will be subject to a background/ suitability investigation/ determination
    • Your will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
    • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.


    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualification Requirements: To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.

    Specialized Experience
    To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: : 1) Manage FOIA functions for an agency or an organization. 2) Utilize electronic document management tools to create and maintain information in a tracking system to manage FOIA requests; 3) Perform critical reviews and analyses of FOIA records to determine if one or more FOIA exemptions apply to the records, or whether foreseeable harm would result from their release in a timely manner; 4) Interpret and apply laws, regulations, legal decisions, policies, procedures, and directives pertaining to FOIA; 5) Prepares FOIA correspondence such as acknowledgement letters, time extension letters, and interim and final response letters and the resolution of issues associated with FOIA requests. Must meet all.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Regulations and Guidance - Expert knowledge of FOIA and its associated legal requirements, and related legislation such as the Federal Records Act, the Privacy Act, and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Ability to support the SOL in the processing of FOIA requests in litigation, advise managers and stakeholders, and provide expert guidance to subordinate staff. Technical Competence - Ability to ensure procedures and practices are compliant with Federal laws and regulations, as well as Departmental business practices for FOIA processing and records management. Skill in implementing manual and electronic systems and programs to meet FOIA processing and tracking needs. Information Management - Ability to coordinate multiple, complex processes, and plan and organize work for various periods of time, while consistently meeting deadlines and documenting both completed and ongoing tasks. Ability to independently organize, track, report and delegate as needed. Set priorities and determine goals and strategies to achieve them, within the parameters set by the OS FOIA Officer and the Deputy Director for Correspondence and FOIA Management. Coordinate and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to accomplish goals and monitors progress and evaluates outcomes. Leadership -Ability to oversee the work of a team, monitor and evaluate performance, and assist in coaching and mentoring team members. As a recognized authority in the analysis and evaluation of FOIA programs and controversial issues, skill in maintaining tact and adhering to high standards of fairness. DUE WEIGHT
    Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

    If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10955360

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at
    https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) SF-50's showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50's submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority;(7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.
    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).
    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.
    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

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