Government Information Specialist, GG-0306-13, Census-DOC-SNH

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Suitland, Maryland
Posted
Jul 30, 2021
Closes
Aug 05, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This vacancy is for a Government Information Specialist position in the Policy Coordination Division located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line - Suitland Station.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Government Information Specialist, GG-0306-13, FPL-13 positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for consultations on appeal cases and drafts denial letters relying on knowledge of the FOIA, the PA regulations, and court decisions.
  • Interpret court decisions and use legal research to find applicable decisions on assigned cases.
  • Consult with Chief FOIA and communicate with key executive staff and other FOIA offices across the federal government; and provide guidance to Branch support staff and other personnel supporting completion of FOIA and PA requests.
  • Perform research for analysis and evaluation of data submitted for inclusion or exclusion in response to simple, complex, and expedited requests for information.
  • Negotiate with submitters of records and with requesters of these records, to find mutually acceptable solutions, so that a submitter is willing to accept those records as satisfying his or her request.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This position may be filled as a competitive temporary promotion opportunity not to exceed (NTE) 1 year by a current career or career-conditional Department of Commerce employee. This temporary promotion may be extended, terminated earlier, or made permanent at management's discretion. At the conclusion of the temporary promotion, the employee will return to their position of record.

A trial period may be required.

A supervisory probation period may be required.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

Qualifications

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: For the GG-13, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GG-12 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: Experience in assisting with legal interpretation, responses, and analysis of complex FOIA cases; maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the FOIA, OG Act, PA, and applicable record management regulations. Experience with researching, analysis, and evaluation of data; consulting on appeal cases and drafting denial letters. Ability to communicate with key executive staff and other FOIA office staffs across the federal government. Ability to negotiate to find mutually acceptable solutions.

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

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
  • CTAP
  • ICTAP

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

If you are invited for an interview, you will be required to provide a writing sample.

If you are invited for an interview, you will be asked to bring a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3).

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Open Government Act, FOIA, Privacy Act, and applicable Records Management regulations and policies.
  • Ability to interpret court decision, including using legal research.
  • Ability to advise agency officials and provide guidance to individuals at all levels on significant Open Government, public affairs aspects relating to policy and programs governing the disclosure of confidentiality of information.
  • Skill in written communication to develop and formulate responses to simple, complex, and expedited internal/external inquiries.
  • Extensive negotiation skills to communicate diplomatically and effectively to bring about cooperation to implement timely, complete, and appropriate responses to Open Government requests for the agency.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

Do NOT include the following types of information in your application:
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Date of Birth (DOB)
  • Photos of yourself (if included on your resume you will not be considered for this position)
  • Personal information: such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
  • SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility, with the exception of current Census Bureau employees.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html . You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

CTAP and ICTAP candidates:

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf .

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.

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