Ethics Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 12, 2021
Closes
Jan 14, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Ethics (OE), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Responsibilities

  • Researches and interprets regulations and statutes governing employee conduct under the Ethics in Government Act, Hatch Act, Procurement Integrity Act, Federal Election Campaign Act, Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, and other related statutes.
  • Provides authoritative oral and written advice and recommendations to managers, supervisors, and key officials on policies and procedures that concern conflict of interest statutes and regulations, standards of conduct and ethics program policies.
  • Provides advisory services to senior level officials, managers, and employees on their obligations, the Ethics in Government Act, and assist them in finding an appropriate resolutions.
  • Develops formal policy directives, including ethics handbooks for managers and employees or similar formal policy standards.
  • Requests and reviews confidential financial disclosure reports filed by covered USDA employees, and researches financial interests held to assess potential conflicts of interest, resolves potential or apparent problems.
  • Designs and administers ethics training, educating serviced employees on the government-wide standards of conduct and proscriptions against criminal conflicts of interest and other related statutes and regulations.
  • Incumbent is responsible for planning, designing, and carrying out assigned special projects on own initiative; acts as a liaison with appropriate USDA and senior level officials and management to complete assignments as necessary.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/


Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07, or its non-Federal equivalent that included (1) Performing a wide range of ethics services, including reviewing and certifying financial disclosure reports with review; (2) Researching, interpreting and applying ethics statutes and regulations in order to provide advice and recommendations to managers, supervisors, and key officials on policies and procedures concerning conflicts of interest with review; AND (3) Delivering ethics or compliance training presentations and developing ethics or compliance training products with review.
OR
Completion of Masters or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.B. or J.D degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position, examples of qualifying fields include Equal Opportunity Specialist or a related field. (Must submit transcripts).
OR
A combination of specialized experience and education. (**Note: If qualifying based on education, you must submit a complete, legible copy of your official college or university transcript(s) with your application to document academic achievements and receive credit).

GS-11: One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09, or its non-Federal equivalent that included (1) Performing a wide range of ethics services, including reviewing and certifying financial disclosure reports; (2) Researching, interpreting and applying ethics statutes and regulations in order to provide advice and recommendations to managers, supervisors, and key officials on policies and procedures concerning conflicts of interest; AND (3) Delivering ethics or compliance training presentations and developing ethics or compliance training products.
OR
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree such as Equal Opportunity. OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related (Must submit transcripts)
OR
A combination of specialized experience and education. (**Note: If qualifying based on education, you must submit a complete, legible copy of your official college or university transcript(s) with your application to document academic achievements and receive credit).

GS-12: One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11, or its non-Federal equivalent that included providing advisory services to senior level officials, managers and employees on their obligations under the Ethics in Government Act; providing written advisories to implement the Government-wide standards of conduct and supplemental standards relating to conflicts of interest; and requests and reviews confidential financial disclosure reporting and researches financial interests held to assess potential conflicts of interests, resolves potential or apparent problems.

GS-13: One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12, or its non-Federal equivalent that included researching and interpreting regulations and statutes governing employee conduct under the Ethics in Government Act, Hatch Act, Procurement Integrity Act, Federal Election Campaign Act, Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, and other related statutes; Analyzes the impact of new and existing regulations on ethics policies, procedures and written guidance materials to ensure compliance with program requirements; prepares program or procedural modifications.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the grade levels specified in the table, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grades GS-9 and GS-11. (When crediting education that requires specific course work, prorate the number of hours of related courses required as a proportion of the total education to be used.)

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for the GS-09 and GS-11 levels as described above.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP or RPL eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

These positions will be filled at grades 09, 11, 12 and/or 13. To see specific grade, step and salary information, please click here to visit OPM's Washington, DC salary chart.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures and USDA policy using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:
  • Customer Service
  • Government Ethics
  • Problem Solving
  • Research/Analysis
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10994060

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
  • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
  • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP or RPL priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.


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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