Congressional Liaison Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 21, 2021
Closes
Jul 23, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs, Legislative Affairs Division in Washington, D.C.

Responsible for advising and assisting the Chief, Legislative Affairs Division (LAD) on conceiving, implementing, monitoring, and directing a comprehensive liaison program between ATF and the U.S. Congress regarding Bureau operations.

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Responsibilities

Incumbent is responsible for establishing and maintaining professional relationships and effective interchange of information with congressional members, congressional staff and the various congressional committees that have Bureau oversight responsibilities. Incumbent liaises with senior staff within DOJ and other governmental agencies, such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

In collaboration with the Chief, LAD incumbent formulates and executes strategies for effective congressional communication. This includes assuring that members of Congress and Congressional committees are timely and accurately informed and assisted on matters of their concern as to the Bureau's position with respect to pending or proposed legislation impacting the agency's operations and appropriations. Incumbent provides members of Congress and their staff with clear and concise analyses and interpretations of new and revised programs administered by the Bureau.

Incumbent uses a variety of information sources, including on-line publications, Congressional Quarterly Roll Call, and other search engines, as well as expert analytical techniques, to conduct the necessary research to ensure information provided to the Chief, LAD and senior Bureau officials is complete, objective, timely and accurate. Incumbent identifies and tracks political and substantive changes in all relevant legislation and keeps the Chief, LAD and Bureau leadership apprised when Bureau-related matters will be appearing on the Congressional docket.

Incumbent prepares senior ATF leadership for congressional testimony as needed, to include congressional field hearings throughout the United States. Incumbent prepares and presents briefing papers on major program initiatives to members of Congress and their staffs and DOJ and ATF management officials. Serves as senior political and policy advisor on congressional legislative matters impacting the Bureau, to include analysis of new and proposed legislation, committee procedures, congressional floor amendments, statements and mark up materials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Rare

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • Must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service. See www.sss.gov
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.


The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

MOBILITY PLAN : New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF's mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.

Qualifications

To qualify for the GS-14: Candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 lower grade level. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Experience must be in the normal line of progression or must be related to the work of the position advertised and must be reflected in resume. Examples of Specialized experience for the position is defined as demonstrated experience involving liaison activities with members of Congress and the respective appropriations committees; analyzing and evaluating legislative and appropriations issues impacting programs; and promoting knowledge and understanding of policies and program.

Please do not cut and paste the position description, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume, as this will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

The GS-14 salary range starts at $122530.00. If you are a new federal (civil service) employee, your starting salary will be set at the Step 1 for this position and the grade level for which you are selected.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/ .

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): (for Merit Promotion announcements) VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

Education

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Additional information

Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations from ATF's Human Resources Operations Division. Please click on the following link to read important information. DOJ Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov .

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color , sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.

Please click on the following link to read important information. Department of Justice EEO Policy Statement https://www.justice.gov/jmd/page/file/1393306/download

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

"Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized."

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment 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.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:

Knowledge of Congressional legislative committees processes, procedures, and regulations in order to advise Executive staff and provide expert analyses and plan testimony in defense of the Bureau's mission and funding requests to support program operations before Congress; (e.g., serving as House or Senate Judiciary Staff, Committee Staff and or Legislative Director or senior advisor for a member of Congress).

Knowledge of principles, methods, practices, techniques, analytical methods, and interpersonal relations to function as a technical authority and perform legislative liaison activities with Congress.

Extensive knowledge of the legislative process, operational activities, and the structure and the relationships between various program offices.

Ability to provide members of Congress and their staffs with clear and concise analyses, orally and in writing, regarding how to propose or enact legislative and appropriations measures that would affect the complex criminal and regulatory enforcement programs and functions.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional) .
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, step, career or career-conditional tenure dated within the last year, if applicable. No award SF-50 as it does not show grade and step.
  • Veterans' preference documentation (Member Copy 4 of DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15 https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf and VA letter, if applicable. NOTE: The revised October 2013 SF-15 is the latest copy and all others are not usable.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
  • Schedule A documentation, if applicable. Note: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Qualified applicants with disabilities may be eligible for special hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A eligibility. Please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities or contact the Selective Placement Program Coordinator at 202-648-7454.

It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/ validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement.

Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

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