The purpose of this position is to serve as a Sanctions Licensing Officer in the Licensing Division of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13 . If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
- Review and prepare a final agency recommendation for approval or denial of applications for licenses for personal, commercial, humanitarian, trade financing, travel, and other transactions, except those involving novel or complex policy questions, which in the incumbent's judgment should be referred to the applicable section chief or the Assistant Director for Licensing. Provide regulatory interpretations on case-by-case licensing matters.
- Confer with applicants and their attorneys in connection with their requests for licenses or other issues relating to compliance with regulations pertaining to OFAC licensing requirements.
- Review proposed new regulations and interpretations pertaining to economic sanctions and provides assistance in their drafting as required. Refers to the Enforcement Division any licensing cases that appear to involve criminal or civil enforcement problems. Provide licensing-related advice and rulings to the Enforcement Division, Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation Division, or the Office of Global Targeting, as required.
Conditions of Employment
- Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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- Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals
This opportunity is also open to Status eligibles under Announcement 21-DO-147 . Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.
The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes ALL of the following:
– Applying knowledge of administrative laws, regulations, and guidelines concerning sanctions programs administered by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). An example of this could include but is not limited to applying sanctions regulations to assist in preparing recommendations related to commercial or financial transactions, blocked assets, or humanitarian issues; AND
– Responding to inquiries concerning licensing actions involving policy-sensitive trade, financial issues, or regulatory information. Examples of this could be but are not limited to providing guidance to the public or private sector on pending license applications or coordinating with the interagency to ensure decisions related to licensing actions are consistent with US foreign policy goals.; AND
– Assisting in evaluating current and proposed policies or programs to identify problems or issues that need further evaluation. An example of this would be evaluating proposed US Government regulations to identify potential impact to organizational equities.
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
– Applying knowledge of administrative laws, regulations, or guidelines concerning sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). An example of this could include assisting an applicant during the licensing request or providing licensing related advice.; AND
– Responding to inquiries concerning licensing or regulatory information. An example of this could include requesting additional information in order to process the request or corresponding with various agencies or organizations.; OR
– You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: 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
– You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.
For the GS-9, you must have one full year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 level. Specialized experience for this position includes the following:
– Applying knowledge of administrative guidelines concerning sanctions programs administered by OFAC. An example of this could include ensuring that licensing application packages are complete or conveying basic information to an applicant.; OR
– Master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field related to the position; OR
– 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR
– You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.
– We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
– Relocation expenses will not be paid.
– This is a non-bargaining unit position.
– We offer opportunities for telework.
– We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
– A one year probationary period may be required.
– Must successfully complete a background investigation.
– Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
– If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
– Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
– Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
– File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
– Undergo an income tax verification.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.
Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical, Analytical, and Communication. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, A, B, or C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.
Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
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A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.
CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.
EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: You are not required to submit transcripts for this initial phase of the application process. Candidates will be referred for consideration based on their self-certification. If you are selected for a position which has a positive education requirement (as described in the vacancy announcement) and/or you are qualifying solely on your education, you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency, if you are selected. Refer to the OPM instructions .
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.