External Review Panel (ERP) Program Manager

Reston, Virginia
Apr 22, 2021
Apr 27, 2021
Full Time


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Component Mission

The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG) was established within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) by the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The IC IG's organizational divisions include Audit, Investigations, Inspections and Evaluations, Mission Support Division, the Center for Protected Disclosures, and Counsel to the Inspector General.
The Center for Protected Disclosures (the Center) receives and processes whistleblower reports and supports whistleblower protections. The Center includes the IC IG's Hotline Program, which receives and processes allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse in the programs and activities subject to the IC IG's jurisdiction. The Hotline Program also processes allegations of "Urgent Concerns" filed pursuant to the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act. The Center administers requests by employees and contractors in the Intelligence Community for the IC IG to review their allegations of reprisal under Presidential Policy Directive 19, Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information (PPD-19).

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)

-Support the goals and mission of the Center for Protected Disclosures (CPD) including outreach, training, reprisal investigations, congressional disclosures, and external reviews under applicable whistleblower protection laws and regulations (e.g.: ICWPA, PPD-19, ICD 120, 50 U.S.C. §§ 3234, 3341, and 3236.).
-Lead inter-IC IG component resources in planning and implementing initiatives to advise and identify recommendations to the Director, CPD for promoting IC whistleblowing and source protection.
-Assist the Director, CPD in the development and implementation of strategies for promoting lawful whistleblowing, gathering and analyzing information and/or evidence of investigative and review failure and misconduct, to include interviewing key individuals, administering oaths, or affirmations, collecting and analyzing high volumes of information, and drafting reports on appeals presented.
-Analyze and review requests for IG External Review under PPD-19, Section C and 50 U.S.C. § 3236, to include reviewing completed reports of investigation (ROIs), reviews, and pending ERP requests; all information provided by the requestor and the local agency Inspector General; and, analysis of the framing allegation(s), determining elements of proof, and identifying level of investigative sufficiency.
-Manage the External Review Panel (ERP) request queue; prepare and present written documents including: reports of investigative completeness; memoranda to management; requests for additional information; brief IC senior leaders on the status of review requests and final ERP determination; track and report ERP metrics on a quarterly basis.
-Track and summarize metrics of corrective action - including remedy and disciplinary action - taken by IC elements found to have reprised against IC employees and contractors. Develop presentations and brief the IG, Principal Deputy IG, the Director, CPD, and Front Office leadership to fully inform them of the ERP program's health and effectiveness.
-Serve as an outreach consultant to the Director, CPD and, based on assignment, provide substantive advice and counsel on the development of the means to reach potential disclosers.
-Execute, with the Director, CPD, an annual comprehensive IC whistleblowing outreach plan focused on IC areas chosen by the Director, CPD to effectively communicate the IC IG's mission, vision, and goals to a specific set of assigned stakeholders; plan should include, but not be limited to, goals and objectives, situational analysis, key messages, target audiences, and planned communications events, programs, and activities.
-Provide subject-matter expertise to the Director, CPD for the training of IC personnel tasked with executing whistleblowing protections under applicable laws and regulations (e.g.: PPD-19 and ICD-120).
-Performs other duties assigned.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Mandatory Technical Competencies
-Superior ability to partner with an inter-component team, develop work plans, conduct highly complex review projects, and write reports analyzing findings.
-Superior ability to exercise sound judgment and form objective conclusions/recommendations based on empirical facts, evidence, and other pertinent information.
-Superior analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to think strategically, identify needs and requirements, and develop recommendations based on qualitative and quantitative data.
-Superior ability to examine information, identify problems, uncover root causes, develop findings and leads, and make cogent, actionable recommendations.
-Superior interpersonal and negotiation skills, including ability to interview, negotiate, brief senior officials, and work effectively, independently, and in a team or collaborative environment.
-Demonstrated ability to exemplify IC IG core values of Integrity, independence, Commitment, Diversity, and Transparency.
-Demonstrated oral and written communication skills with the ability to conduct independent research, filter and synthesize data, and produce clear, logical, and concise written products.
-Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities under strict deadlines while maintaining a high level of attention to detail; demonstrated ability to work effectively with IC IG's senior leaders in a high profile and demanding office.
-Demonstrated ability to develop innovative and flexible solutions that result in the identification of new or innovative ways to handle unfamiliar or complex problems, make key contributions to group efforts, and take initiative.
-Demonstrated ability to listen, clarify, and convey understanding of others' ideas, comments, and questions as well as the ability to integrate and build upon diverse opinions.
-Demonstrated excellence in performing whistleblower reprisal investigations through superior knowledge of relevant whistleblower laws and policy with a working knowledge of applicable case law related to whistleblowing.


Position Information
This is an opportunity for:
  • An internal or external candidate to fill a GS-15 cadre position.
Who May Apply
Current GS employees at the same grade or up to one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps
  • For a cadre assignment:
    • Current ODNI permanent cadre.
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or up to one grade lower than the advertised positions grade may apply.)
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
Salary Determination
  • The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
  • For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.

Additional information

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at DNI_Reasonable_Accommodation_WMA@cia.ic.gov and DNI_Diversity_WMA@cia.ic.gov, by unclassified email at DNI_DRA@dni.gov, by telephone at 703-275-3900 or by FAX at 703-275-1217 . Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE .

JOB INTERVIEW TRAVEL: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, the ODNI hiring office will pay for travel by commercial carrier (economy class) or reimburse for privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage. If applicable, the candidate also will be reimbursed at a flat rate for commercial lodging and per diem.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the position description and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. The description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the work performed. The best qualified applicants will be further evaluated through an interview process.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

All Applicants:


Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration. To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call or email at Phone: 301-243-1318; Email: Recruitment_TeamB@dni.gov.

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