Government Information Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 23, 2021
Sep 25, 2021
Full Time


This position is in the excepted service and not subject to competitive service procedures. Merit promotion procedures do not apply.
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This position is located within the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), Office of General Counsel, in Washington, DC.

At the full performance level (GG-11) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

1. communicate with those making FOIA requests as needed to acknowledge receipt of their requests, keep them updated regarding the status of a response, and clarify any aspects of their requests;
2. make preliminary determinations as to the applicability of FOIA exceptions for such records, for final review by the General Counsel or Associate General Counsel;
3. propose redactions to responsive records that are needed to accommodate applicable exceptions;
4. draft/issue FOIA response letters and coordinate with FOIA officials from other agencies regarding responsive records common to the ACHP and those agencies;
5. manage and implement the agency's record schedules and provide records management training for staff and drafts reports to the National Archives and Records Administration;
6. assist office directors with the preparation of documents needed in the hiring, performance appraisal, and related processing in the personnel and payroll system including using the web-based personnel and payroll system to process actions such as current employee promotions, awards, and changes in work schedules, salaries, and benefits; and
7. assist in preparation for litigation involving the ACHP by, among other things, compiling, organizing, copying, and indexing the relevant administrative record for the ACHP.

The ACHP has determined that the duties of this position are immediately telework eligible due to the continuing pandemic situation. Official telework schedules post-pandemic will be reviewed at that time.

Salary Information
GG-11 (Step 1 $72,750 - Step 10 $94,581) per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 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


Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.

(1) Specialized Experience

To qualify for the GG-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GG/GS-9 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: receiving, coordinating, responding to, and tracking FOIA requests. Candidates must meet all elements of this defined specialized experience.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


There are no educational requirements for this position.

Additional information

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume will be evaluated by an HR and an Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) subject matter expert in order to determine if you possess the necessary qualifications to be further considered for this position.

Please note that all required documentation is required for consideration for this position. If you do not provide the necessary documentation, you will not be considered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.(2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15.

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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