Government Information Specialist (FOIA)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Dec 02, 2021
Closes
Dec 09, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

You will serve as a Government Information Specialist for the OIG with responsibility for safeguarding the security of information contained in reports which may have impact on privacy and other governmental information. You will analyze, review, and research Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) requests and prepare appropriate responses. Duties included, but are not limited to:
  • Analyze FOIA requests received to determine if they are in compliance with agency regulations, and can be accepted for processing, and where records responsive to the requests are likely to be found.
  • Prepares FOIA correspondence which includes: acknowledgement letters, time extension letters, requests for clarification and fee assurance, and interim and final response letters.
  • Reviews records requested for public release on a standard case-by-case basis; scans and performs electronic redaction of this information on a routine basis. Ensures that redactions are neat, accurate, and correctly labeled with appropriate exemption numbers.
  • Tracks FOIA requests received by means of manual and electronic logs
  • Indexes records located in response to FOIA requests
  • Maintains records necessary for the preparation of FOIA annual report. Ensures that the information in the report is complete and accurate, and submitted within established time frames.
  • Analyzes whether records should be withheld under FOIA exemptions.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 P.M. EST on the closing date.


COVID VACCINATION: As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to 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 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with our agency, if after November 22. Our agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, our agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Your employment with DOT OIG will begin remotely at your current residence. Once our normal business operations process begins you will receive further instructions on when to report to the office. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE QUALIFICATIONS AND TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

GS-11: To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: experience with a Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts program or office, including analyzing and applying laws/requirements regarding release and withholding to requests for government information;

OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;

OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; OR combination of education and experience.

GS-12: To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes experience with a Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts program or office, including analyzing and applying laws/requirements regarding release and withholding to requests for government information; reviewing and tracking incoming FOIA/PA requests; communicating, coordinating and collaborating with the FOIA requester community regarding status/processing of requests.

GS-13: To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes experience with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Privacy Acts (PA) program or office, including analyzing and applying laws/requirements regarding release and withholding to requests for government information; reviewing and tracking incoming FOIA/PA requests; communicating, coordinating and collaborating with the FOIA requester community regarding status/processing of requests, testifying on behalf of an agency on FOIA cases and providing assistance to attorney's in litigation processes, making policy/procedural recommendations, and conducting special studies/projects for FIOA/PA activities and programs.

Education

NOTE: IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY, APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE COPY OF THEIR TRANSCRIPTS. DEGREE AUDITS ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. IF SELECTED, AN OFFICIAL/SEALED TRANSCRIPT WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO AN APPOINTMENT DATE BEING ESTABLISHED.

IF YOU HAVE EARNED A DEGREE FROM A FOREIGN INSTITUTION YOU MUST SUBMIT WITH YOUR APPLICATION EVIDENCE THAT ANY EDUCATION COMPLETED IN A FOREIGN INSTITUTION WAS APPROPRIATELY ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING BODY RECOGNIZED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS EQUIVALENT TO U.S. STANDARDS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, REFER TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE AT http://www.ed.gov.

Additional information

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL LIKE VACANCIES IN THE ANNOUNCED DUTY LOCATION.

This is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures under announcement number JL-2022-0002.

NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M., EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST) ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT 11:59 P.M., (EST) ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 200 TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

Candidates will be asked to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment (Optional Form 306). Individuals selected for this position will be required to certify that their application materials are accurate when they enter on duty. Any male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959, and who is subsequently selected for this position must certify that he is registered for the military selective service by the date he is to enter on duty. False certification may result in termination after appointment.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or to find an individual unqualified, unsuitable, or unfit for employment based upon financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience should be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

THIS AGENCY 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 AGENCY. THE DECISION ON GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, UNION AFFILIATION OR NON AFFILIATION, MARITAL STATUS, NON- DISQUALIFYING PHYSICAL HANDICAP, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT REASON. THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIG), U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Relocation expenses will not be paid. No permanent change of station (PCS) expenses will be paid.

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