Congressional Information Specialist, CG-301-13

Washington, D.C
Jan 07, 2021
Jan 15, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Legislative Affairs of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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Interprets, conveys, and defends FDIC's policies and practices to Congressional and White House staffs and their constituents. Serves as the primary point for the Chairman's Office on FDIC responses to all other written correspondence for the Chairman's signature. Serves as OLA's advocate on various Corporation policies and practices with respect to oral and written inquiries from the Congress and the White House regarding constituent matters. Keeps abreast of the Corporation's stance on various policy matters with senior level management officials, such as the Deputy to the Chairman and the chief of Staff. Establishes and maintains liaison with Congressional staffs on issues and legislation of mutual interest and concern. Serves as OLA liaison with Corporation Divisions and Offices concerning appropriate responses to congressional inquiries.

Evaluates questions and concerns of the Congress and how available information can best be used. Originates letters communicating the details of FDIC's responses to Members of Congress. Reviews and analyzes FDIC positions and the positions of various Members of Congress. Reviews and evaluates sources of information and identifies issues that should be addressed by the Corporation with Members of Congress. Conducts research and provides background information as requested for use in preparation of testimony and other public statements by the Chairman and other Corporation officials. Coordinates the gathering of information to be used in any major congressional response and any OLA response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Assists in writing and editing portions of Congressional testimony for the Chairman. Develops and implements the Corporation's congressional and White House and Chairman's correspondence procedures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Registration with the Selective Service.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Employment Conditions.

Completion of Financial Disclosure may be required.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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. Additional qualifications information can be found here .

To qualify, applicants must have completed at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the 12 grade level or above in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience coordinating information for an agency or organizational head in preparing responses and Congressional inquiries or Freedom of Information Act requests; preparing testimony or other public statements; interpreting, conveying or defending policies to Congressional and White House staff, their constituents, or the public.

Applicants eligible for ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program) must achieve a score of 80 or higher in the online assessment to be determined "well qualified" for this position. For more information, click here .


There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.

Additional information

(Applicants with status or those eligible under special hiring authorities, should apply under FDIC merit promotion announcement . However, if you desire consideration also under this public non-status announcement, you must apply to both. Status applicants are current permanent Federal employees in the competitive service and former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility.)

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and the online assessment questionnaire will be reviewed, to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements outlined in this announcement. Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

Your resume will also be evaluated to measure your responses to the assessment questions. If you rated yourself higher on the questionnaire than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected.

Top ranked candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration.

The competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) you will be assessed on are listed below.

1. Knowledge of the mission, policies, programs and activities of the Corporation and the interrelationship of such activities with other government agencies.

2. Knowledge of the legislative process.

3. Ability to communicate orally in meetings with officials at all levels.

4. Skill in gathering information with little direct supervision, and analyzing/selecting facts from a variety of sources.

5. Skill in using Salesforce r other cloud-based platforms for various tracking programs, such as correspondence and legislation.

6. Skill in writing responsive, well-organized, and grammatically correct correspondence that presents the Corporation's policies and position.

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Failure to provide all of the required documentation as stated in this vacancy announcement, may result in an ineligible determination or may affect your consideration status. Please review the following to determine your eligibility and which document(s) is required to complete your application.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, click here . (Note: Veterans must submit the Member 4 copy of the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - or other copy showing the type of discharge/character of service [e.g., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions, etc.] along with any other required documents (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15, etc.) to demonstrate veterans' preference eligibility.)

INTERAGENCY TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the ICTAP, you must submit proof of eligibility. For more information, click here .

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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