<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>WHAT IS THE COMMUNICATIONS & LIAISON DIVISION? Communications & Liaison Division (C&L) touches every aspect of the IRS mission through its information-sharing activities, from communicating internally with IRS employees to communicating with taxpayers, Congress and state & local agencies. From handling thousands of media contacts and information requests to helping taxpayers understand and meet their tax responsibilities, C&L is vital to IRS operations.<br /><br /></strong><br /><br /><strong>See Other Information for locations.</strong><br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>WHAT DOES A PROGRAM ANALYST CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS ADVISOR DO?</strong> As a Congressional Affairs Advisor you will serve as an authority and project coordinator for the development, formulation, promulgation and implementation of legislative efforts in the Congress, and may be assigned both House and Senate activities. Additionally, the incumbent is a senior specialist in the formulation of political strategies for substantive, mission-oriented programs. Specifically, you will use your analytical and technical skills to Conduct in-depth analyses of project data, requirements, and impact and you will identify problem areas and determine how to resolve them<br /><br />As a Congressional Affairs Advisor you will: <br /> <ul> <li>Facilitate legislative and non-legislative relations between the IRS, the Treasury Department, and the Congress in conjunction with the National Director for Legislative Affairs.</li> <li>Develop and maintain relationships with Congressional Committees and their staffs, particularly the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, House Oversight and Government Reform, Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs and House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and with Members of Congress and their staff to allow for advocating of IRS objectives and legislative programs.</li> <li>Discuss and conduct and arrange briefings on appropriations, tax, or oversight committee issues; legislative initiatives having IRS-wide impact; issues relating to General Accounting Office (GAO) reports and audits.</li> <li>Prepare briefing papers, plain language reports on technical subjects, and present plans and proposals in an effective and convincing manner. Prepare charts graphs and other associated documentation to accompany testimony and briefings, accompany witness when delivering such testimony and materials, and coordinate all follow-up requests.</li> <li>Conduct prep sessions for the IRS officials testifying before Members of Congress; Provide support to senior analyst in preparing for audits with GAO and IRS officials, and follow open audits through to closure</li> <li>Monitor IRS' pending legislation in order to provide explanations and justifications of proposed changes in the tax law.</li> <li>Consolidate materials for review and transmittal to higher authorities; e.g. Oversight Board, Treasury and Congress.</li> <li>Monitor status of budget submission, tracking submission throughout the legislative process. Assesses programmatic and fiscal impact of changes to the budget and communicates to IRS executives. Advise business units on the status of the budget submission and actions to the submission which affect business unit requirements.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS?</strong> If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov .<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – 1 TO 5 NIGHTS PER MONTH<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Please see "Other Information".</li> <li>Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.</li> <li>Open to U.S. Citizens or Nationals.</li> </ul> <br /><br />-<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:<br /><br /><strong>GS-14 LEVEL:</strong> You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: leading major project assignments that required a range of tax or appropriations laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the program affected by the assigned project or study in order to provide recommended approaches and solutions to executives and leadership for resolution. You must have experience analyzing or interpreting Tax Law for the effect of law changes on operations and resource needs or participating in the Budget and Appropriations legislative process in order to advise senior officials or executives on options and outcomes of the changes. Coordinating and integrating project objectives and recommendations with stakeholders to effectively implement legislative or resource changes within your organization. Communicate both verbally and in writing to explain and advise senior officials or executives about legislative mandates and Congressional intent.<br /><br />- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.<br />-To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />-<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow</strong><br /><br /><strong>2 Positions are located in the Communications & Liaison Division, Legislative Affairs, in Washington, DC.</strong><br /><br /><strong>The anticipated start date is TO BE DETERMINED.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Conditions of Employment:</strong><br /><br /><strong>- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. <br />- Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid. <br />- This is a non-bargaining unit position.<br />- We offer opportunities for telework.<br />- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.<br />- A 1-year probationary period is required.<br />- Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).<br />- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency<br />- 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.<br />- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.<br />- 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.<br />- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.<br />- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.<br />- Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.<br />- Tour of Duty: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. <br /></strong><strong>- Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements </strong><strong><br /><br /></strong> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>Rating:</strong> Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: <strong>Oral Communication, Planning and Evaluating, Writing, Project Management, Decision Making, Problem Solving, <strong>Legislative Analysis and Legislative Process</strong> </strong>. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, C= Qualified) 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.<br /><br /><strong>Referral: </strong>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 (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. 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 receive a rating of 80 or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents</strong>. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).<br /><br /><strong>All applicants</strong> 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/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 <br /><br /><strong><br /><strong>VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION </strong></strong>If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15 , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets .<br /><br /><strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION </strong>If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs both within and outside the commuting area.<br /><strong><br />EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION:</strong> For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. 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. Refer to the OPM instructions. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.