Fort Meade, Maryland
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 19, 2021
Full Time


The purpose of this position is to serve as a Lead Government Information Specialist (GIS) specializing in the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOI/PA) Program, serves the DCSA Defense Vetting Directorate, including the DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) and the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC), in the release/referral of records in response to FOI/PA requests.

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As a LEAD GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SPECIALIST you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Review responsive records, withhold information that is exempt according to the FOI/PA and other applicable regulations and assemble release packages.
  • Process personal caseload of FOI/PA requests, while also training and conducting reviews of team members' work.
  • Must possess excellent writing and grammar skills.
  • Analyze material and make decisions regarding unique or unusual circumstances, and/or high-profile cases.
  • Consult with other federal agencies regarding release of their information when it is contained within DCSA records.
  • Handle Personally Identifiable Information (PII) breaches to include adherence to reporting requirements.
  • Notify individuals of incidents involving potential breach of their PII and handle follow-up calls and correspondence, to include offering credit monitoring to individuals, when deemed necessary.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of internal standard best practices and/or instructional material for FOI/PA workloads, ensuring consistencies with FOI/PA requirements/regulations.
  • Responsible for facilitating the casework and special project efforts of personnel on the team and participating in the evaluation of each member's performance.
  • Assist in the formulation and continued development of user requirements for automation tools designed to streamline the processes associated with FOI/PA and file release programs.
  • Advise FOI/PA management of team and individual accomplishments and performance, and areas requiring attention such as training needed, team member performance inadequacies, workload fluctuations, etc. Contribute to the evaluation of the performance of team members.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service. For more information http://www.sss.gov
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): May be authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • Must possess a valid state issued driver's license.
  • This position is designated critical-sensitive; the incumbent must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • The duties of this position may require temporary duty travel (TDY) and/or local travel.


The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: i.e. for professional positions or positions with a basic education requirement: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards and https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/classifying-general-schedule-positions/standards/0300/gs0306.pdf for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 01/19/2021

Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience required for this position is: Extensive knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act of 1974, and DoD regulations; expert analyses of witness declarations for FOI/PA cases going into litigation and coordinate legal matters; and senior knowledge providing briefings to internal stakeholders as required-on statutory and regulatory issues related to the FOI/PA.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Database Administration - Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for automating, developing, implementing, or administering database systems.

2. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, considering the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

3. Policy and Privacy Management - Manages federal agency programs regarding Freedom of information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, Domestic Privacy, and various applicable regulations, directives, and instructions.

4. Program Management - Applies the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing programs, projects, and resources.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

DCSA, as a newly designated Defense Agency is undergoing a multi-year transformation that includes a significant expansion of predecessor agencies' authorities and responsibilities. Mission accretion and associated growth in personnel and resources requires deliberate coordination and planning across operations and support activities to achieve effective outcomes while simultaneously establishing and integrating new activities, initiatives and projects. The new organization will be comprised of nearly 13,000 government and contractor personnel operation throughout the United States and overseas supporting stakeholders across the federal government.

In accordance with DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

Other Notes:

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at: http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.

If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.

If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

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, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc.).

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
  • If area of consideration is limited to the local commuting area, you must reside within 50 miles of the position's location(s) unless otherwise specified. Please ensure your resume reflects your current/commuting address as this will be used in determining whether or not you meet this eligibility requirement.
  • Narrative responses in the assessment questionnaire do not replace content in your resume or vise a versa. Experience must be described in both places for qualification determinations.

Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e., Month/Year to present).
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

2. Veteran's Documents

  • If applying for Veteran's preference, please provide a copy of your DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty. {REMOVE IF DCSA ONLY}


If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

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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