Regulations Assistant

Rockville, Maryland
Jul 31, 2021
Aug 06, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Program Support Branch, Legal Research Center. The supervisor for this position is Brian Newell. This is a Bargaining Unit position. There is no travel required for this position. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment. Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation will not be paid.

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As the Regulations Assistant you will assist in implementing the agency's program for reviewing and publishing agency documents in the Federal Register . Duties include, but are not limited to, supporting all aspects of Federal Register Notice (FRN) program operations: document review, editing and publication; tracking and reporting; communications; and FRN docket management. The incumbent will (1) maintain cognizance of NRC regulations in 10 CFR, Chapter I, the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, and Federal regulatory review requirements promulgated by statute, Executive Order, or government-wide guidance; (2) review and incorporate changes to policies and procedures for preparing and publishing documents in the Federal Register; ( 3) participate in performing the review of Federal Register notices and identify problems and discuss the resolution with higher-graded professionals; (4) edit reports, documents, correspondence, Commission papers, and other documents in support of the publication of Federal Register notices and assist in the update of reports, documents, commission papers, and other documents in support of the publication of Federal Register notices; (5) update and maintain document templates used by NRC staff; and (6) assist in making revisions to drafts of Federal Register notices for consistency with applicable statutes, Executive Orders, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars, government-wide guidelines in 1 CFR, and NRC guidance.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

2. Ability to identify issues and problems to determine relative priorities, and to propose to management the need for changes in policies, procedures, or requirements.

3. Knowledge of regulations and rules associated with the Federal Register Notice process and the ability to administratively review, edit, and process all associated documents required.

4. Knowledge of and experience in applying research techniques and information management principles, practices, procedures, and the ability to access sophisticated computerized databases in order to maintain and use the sources of information needed to fulfill the duties of this position.

In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

Specialized experience is defined as working experience that includes the following:

GG-9: Specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GG-8) is defined as experience assisting, reviewing and updating of documents of public interest sufficient to publish agency documents in the Federal Register . This work is performed under close or general supervision. New and unusually difficult and complex assignments are referred to the supervisor or other Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for guidance.

GG-10: Specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GG-9) is defined as experience coordinating, monitoring, reviewing, and/or processing documents of public interest sufficient to publish agency documents in the Federal Register and ensuring resolution of problems with higher-graded professional. This work is performed under moderate supervision.

GG-11: Specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GG-10) is defined as experience coordinating, monitoring, reviewing, and/or processing documents of public interest sufficient to publish agency documents in the Federal Register and utilizing practical knowledge of various statutes, regulations, NRC policies and procedures for publishing Federal Register notices. This work is performed under normal and/or little supervision.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume and the available additional information question area.


There is no education requirement for the Regulations Assistant, GG-303-11.

Additional information

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the specialized experience relating to this vacancy that is provided in your resume and your response to any additional information space in this vacancy announcement to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to the specialized experience of this position.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
L Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

As an NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available. You may do so either electronically, following the instructions below, or by sending one copy by e-mail to:

Lisa Feizollahi, HR Specialist
Email address:

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.) You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

All supplemental documents can now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have two choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBs" feature to download documents from your USAJOBs portfolio; or
2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded:
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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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