Government Information Specialist

Woodlawn, Maryland
Oct 22, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Privacy and Disclosure (OPD). The Principal Privacy Compliance Advisor (PPCA) reports directly to the Executive Director of OPD, who, under the guidance of the Senior Agency Official for Privacy (SAOP), is accountable for the overall privacy compliance program.
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  • Under the general guidance of the SAOP, the PPCA advises the Executive Director of OPD on the development, implementation, maintenance, measurement of, and adherence to SSA's privacy program
  • [cont.] including all policies and procedures covering the privacy of personal information and transparency of SSA's policies concerning personal information.
  • As the agency's recognized technical privacy subject matter expert, confers technically sound guidance to senior program management and stakeholders on privacy issues and
  • [cont.] advises SSA executives, senior staff, and other SSA staff concerning privacy policies.
  • In addition, the PPCA develops training and awareness programs to educate agency personnel about privacy policies and protection of personally identifiable information (PII), with the goal of developing a culture of protection of PII.
  • Develop and maintain a Strategic Privacy Program Plan and Privacy Continuous Monitoring Strategy, with a consistent overall approach to privacy policies and processes and
  • [cont.] current guidance set forth by OMB and NIST, including the identification and mitigation of privacy risks.
  • Provide senior-level technical, analytical, and advisory leadership on SSA's privacy program, which includes developing, distributing, and monitoring guidelines for agency-wide application
  • [cont.] and reviewing policy guidelines, standard operating procedures, risk assessments, and significant issues to identify systemic trends indicating the need to update policy, procedures, or training.
  • Provide expert technical advice on a risk management framework for privacy risks; advise and support staff in mitigating privacy risks and ensuring compliance, particularly with proposed new data collections, throughout the information lifecycle;
  • Develop and consider creative solutions to mitigating risks while achieving key mission objectives and working to meet customer and agency expectations.
  • Represent the SSA privacy office on inter-agency, intra-governmental, and public/private sector privacy projects; serves on inter-agency, intra-governmental, and non-profit panels / boards. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • the SSA data Governance Board, EPA / SSA FOIAonline workgroup, the Federal Privacy Counsel, and/or the MITRE Board, to learn and share best practices and support privacy related projects across the broader Federal privacy community.
  • Develop and ensure implementation of privacy controls, document such controls, assess the effectiveness of such controls, and in coordination with the Office of Information Security (OIS), review each proposed "authority to operate,"
  • [cont.] make recommendations to the OPD Executive Director and SAOP concerning privacy risks and approval, and document plans for strengthening privacy controls as appropriate.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selective Service Registration: 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
  • Background and/or security investigation may be required.
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing.
  • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. See Additional Information section.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-14 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience should include interpreting, implementing, and providing support on privacy policy/compliance issues in accordance with the Privacy Act, E-Government Act, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) mandates/directives.

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

Applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks at GS-14.

Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will only be accepted from applicants eligible for one of the following categories.
  • Federal employees currently serving under career or career conditional appointments;
  • Federal employees currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities; and time limited appointments for veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more;
  • Former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement (i.e., those who have career status or separated from a career-conditional appointment less than 3 years ago);
  • Current or former Federal employees eligible under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); or
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles (i.e., Preference-eligible veterans OR veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service).
  • Federal employees serving under excepted service appointments with competitive service compatibility (e.g. Postal Service, Foreign Service, an agency with an interchange agreement, etc.) may be eligible to apply. Please visit Excepted Service Appointments with Competitive Service Compatibility for more information.
NOTE: Excepted service employees serving under Schedule A appointments for Attorney positions or Pathways Programs appointments (Presidential Management Fellows, Recent Graduates, and Interns) are not eligible for consideration.

Position to be filled under the provisions of the Management Officials Promotion Plan . The best-qualified list for this vacancy may be used to fill the same or similar positions in a component(s) under the same Deputy Commissioner. Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date the best qualified list is issued.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021 and submit documentation of vaccination by November 23, 2021 OR shortly after appointment or onboarding with SSA, if this occurs after November 22, 2021. At the time of selection, SSA will provide additional information regarding what documentation you must provide and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

LOCALITY PAY: Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that should they be selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.

This position is eligible for telework | Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a high risk public trust position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Knowledge of the Privacy Act, Federal Information Processing Principles, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, E-Government Act, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other Federal statutes, mandates, and policies governing agency privacy compliance requirements and initiatives. [Maximum 28 Points]
  • Ability to provide guidance on technical and complex privacy compliance matters at multiple organization levels, both orally and in writing, including analyzing technologies, programs, new data collections and applying privacy controls and assessing Authorities to Operate to mitigate privacy risks and ensure compliance with applicable federal privacy laws, policies. [Maximum 28 Points]
  • Skill in developing and implementing privacy training programs. [Maximum 28 Points]
  • Ability to design, analyze, and assess privacy programs, their effectiveness and compliance with regulatory guidance, and provide recommendations for program corrections or improvements including identification and mitigation of privacy risks. [Maximum 28 Points]
  • Skill in representing, collaborating, and coordinating with governmental organizations and/or public/ private entities on privacy compliance projects and matters. [Maximum 28 Points]
Total Points Possible: 140

Applicants will be assessed using the rating criteria listed in the following link:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Your resume must provide all of the information necessary to make qualifications and eligibility determinations (e.g., experience related to your qualifications for this position, grade levels and dates of your current and prior positions , etc.). SSA employees may submit an SSA-45 .

Your resume must specifically demonstrate, in your own words, the possession of the required experience related to the minimum qualifications, selective placement factors and/or evaluation criteria. Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement, rating criteria, KSAs and/or position description will not be considered. If this occurs, you may lose consideration for one or more grade levels or found ineligible.

If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that that reflects your grade/step, possession of time-in-grade (e.g., a Within-Grade Increase or Promotion/Reassignment dated more than one year ago), and career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service. You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to prove possession of time-in-grade. Current SSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50.

If you are a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must also submit your separation SF-50 showing your separation was not for performance or conduct reasons.

If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. You must also include an explanation if you have changed agencies and have not yet received a performance appraisal from your new agency. If you are a new Federal employee who has not yet received a performance rating, you must upload an explanation.

Current SSA employees and VEOA applicants are not required to submit performance appraisals .

The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) includes those eligible for veterans' preference OR have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous service, including veterans who were separated shortly before completing the required 3-year period. For more information visit the Vet Guide .

If you are claiming veterans' preference , you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD-214 member 4 copy preferred) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must contain dates and show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received.

If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD-214 and are claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days of the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, the character of service, military rank, type of discharge, and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by or under the direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders, or higher headquarters.

NOTE: If you are a current Federal employee eligible under VEOA, you are subject to the time-in-grade requirement and must submit an SF-50 as required above.

If you are applying for selection priority under ICTAP, you must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting your separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

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