Government Information Specialist

Employer
Defense Health Agency
Location
Bethesda, MD
Posted
Apr 24, 2021
Closes
May 05, 2021
Ref
1946959496
Function
Accountant, IT
Hours
Full Time
SummaryAbout the Position: Serves as a recognized authority in the area of Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act requirements. Located in a high profile, fast paced environment in a large medical treatment facility (MTF). Must have impeccable multi-tasking abilities and interpersonal skills. Works with both civilians and military. Parking at WRNMMC is very limited and is primarily first come, first serve. The use of commuting alternatives is highly recommended. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Serves as a Government Information Specialist responsible for planning, developing, analyzing, evaluating, administering and managing all aspects of the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) programs. Independently reviews requested information for clearance to determine if information should be disclosed to the public or should be FOIA exempt. Advises senior leadership on issues/concerns that may affect the MTF. Grants official request to obtain information from agencies/incumbents to gain access to military medical documents, research and development of records and automated systems. Interprets civil law and court decisions affecting policy development impacting FOIA regulations, guidelines, statutes, laws, which may directly affect the MTF. Provides advice to management/senior leadership on policies and procedures concerning the release of FOIA/PA disclosure of sensitive information to the general public. Process and tracks FOIA/PA requests through FOIA Xpress automated system; runs reports and prepares briefing for senior leadership, identifying trends and findings on requests. Responsible for policy and training development as well as the execution, administration and conduct for all FOIA/PA programs for the MTF. Conducts training to staff as necessary. Responds to members of Congress, the public, media, other agencies, and employees/officials who are seeking information about procedures and/or technical assistance. Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory status No Promotion Potential None Job family (Series) 0306 Government Information Specialist Help Requirements Conditions of Employment This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Tier 3 security investigation or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required. This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing. Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation. This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons. Qualifications Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.30 Percent or More Disabled VeteransCurrent Civilian Employees of the Defense Health Agency (DHA)Current Civilian Employees of the National Capital Region Medical DirectorateCurrent Permanent Department of Defense (DoD) Civilian EmployeeDefense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Interchange AgreementDomestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel WorkforceExecutive Order (EO) 12721Interagency Career Transition Assistance PlanLand Management Workforce Flexibility ActMilitary Spouses, under Executive Order (EO) 13473Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI)Non-Department of Defense (DoD) TransferOffice of Personnel Management (OPM) Interchange Agreement EligiblePeople with Disabilities, Schedule APostal Service/Peace Corps and Other Unique AuthoritiesPriority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) EligibleReinstatementVeterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (eg, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: interpreting civil law and court decisions affecting policy development impacting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and/or Privacy Act (PA) regulations, guidelines, statutes, laws; providing advice to management/leadership concerning the release of FOIA/PA disclosure of sensitive information to the general public or external customers; independently determines if requests for information should be disclosed to Public or should be FOIA exempt; tracking and denying or approving all incoming FOIA/PA requests for a medical treatment facility. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience aloneno substitution of education for experience is permitted.You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:ComplianceInterpersonal SkillsLegal, Government and JurisprudenceOrganizational AwarenessTime in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-11). Education This job does not have an education qualification requirement. Additional informationMale applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.You will be required to provide proof of US Citizenship.Two year trial/probationary period may be required.Direct Deposit of Pay is required.Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest. Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your rsum and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your rsum and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Not Required Drug test required No Help Required DocumentsThe documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (ie, applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility.As described above, your complete application includes your 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.1. Your resume:Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (ie, HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.For additional information see: What to include in your resume.2. Other supporting documents:Cover Letter, optionalMost recent Performance Appraisal, if applicableProof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.Time-in-grade documentation: If you are applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility. Help BenefitsA career with the US Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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