<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Office of Congressional and Public Relations is the focal point within the OIG for providing liaison with congressional committees and staff on OIG priorities, goals and work products, addressing media requests for information conducting legislative and regulatory analysis, coordinating through informational materials, special outreach and prevention activities.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Congressional and Public Relations. The Office is the focal point within the OIG for providing liaison with congressional committees and staff on OIG priorities, goals and work products, addressing media requests for information conducting legislative and regulatory analysis, coordinating through informational materials, special outreach and prevention activities that call attention to fraud, waste, and abuse in DOL programs, managing the preparation, publication and distribution of the OIG Semiannual Report, and other OIG publications, and providing oversight or serving as the primary OIG focal point on external communication programs.<br /><br />The incumbent functions as a program analyst and is responsible for supporting the full range of congressional and public affairs activities for the OIG, nationwide.<br /><br /><strong>Duties:</strong><br /><br />Performs complex analytical work concerning the review of legislation, regulations and other materials that may impact DOL or OIG programs or operations; developing and coordinating congressional testimony that clearly state the OIG's position on legislative or regulatory proposals or DOL programs or operations; preparing analyses on selected DOL or OIG program areas that can be used by OIG Executive staff for long-term project planning; and managing various aspects of the OIG's internal and external communications program as a lead analyst; and other special projects as assigned.<br /><br />Manages all aspects of the Inspector General's (IG) testimony before congressional committees including: developing and writing the IG's written and oral statements; coordinating any necessary briefings between OIG Executive Staff and congressional Members or their staff; developing possible and anticipated questions and answers for use during hearings; and preparing briefing materials that include written, statistical, and/or visual information.<br /><br />Serves as information contact with the Congress, the media, and the public on OIG work products such as audits, investigations, or evaluations. This includes handling requests for often-detailed information from the print and electronic media about OIG audits, investigations, or evaluation work for reporters working under deadlines. Frequently, these requests are for explanations or interpretations about OIG work, or on the underlying policies and procedures.<br /><br />Develops and coordinates for distribution OIG news releases on significant OIG work, drafts quotes for the IG, as necessary, and responds to follow-up inquiries from the media for additional information or clarification. The incumbent also manages and distributes various internal communications such as an electronic newsletter and compilations of congressional and regulatory documents.<br /><br />Through a variety of electronic information sources, through various published and unpublished sources; and from information gleaned from DOL program agencies, or Congressional committee contacts, the incumbent identifies, reviews, analyzes and then tracks selected, key legislative proposals that may have an impact on the OIG, the DOL or its program agencies, or on IG-wide or government-wide programs and operations.<br /><br />Manages and prepares congressional reports; responses to congressional requests and other high level correspondence and reports for the IG, DOL, Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), and interagency task forces and committees, as required. <br /><br />Candidates required to obtain the necessary Security Investigation Level.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 – Position Full Promotion Potential is the GS-13. There is no obligation for future promotions – they are dependent on ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee at a higher level & supervisory approval. <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.</li> <li>Requires a valid drivers license.</li> <li>Must be at least 16 years old and an U.S. Citizenship.</li> <li>Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.</li> </ul> <br /><br />Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.<br /><br /><strong>Also advertised as DE-19-OIG-OCPR-31 for non-status applicants; to be considered for each, apply to BOTH vacancies.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Local commuting area is considered to be within a 50-mile radius of duty location.</strong><br /><br /><strong>More than one selection may be made.</strong><br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11 at the GS-12 level, in the Federal Service.<br /><br />Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12 at the GS-13 level, in the Federal Service.<br /><br /><strong>Required Specialized Experience</strong>: In addition, to qualify for this position, applicants must also demonstrate all of the specialized experience elements:<br /><br /><strong>GS-12</strong>, Experience developing a variety of congressional reports; drafting congressional correspondence; maintaining liaison with congressional staff; responding to inquiries from the media; developing and coordinating distribution of news releases; drafting press quotes; serving as liaison to government agencies; and performing complex analytical work concerning the review of legislation, regulations and other materials.<br /><br /><strong>GS-13</strong>, experience developing a variety of congressional reports; reviewing, analyzing, and tracking legislative proposals; drafting congressional correspondence; maintaining liaison with congressional staff; developing and coordinating congressional testimony and briefings; responding to inquiries from the media; developing and coordinating distribution of news releases; drafting press quotes; serving as liaison to government agencies; and performing complex analytical work concerning the review of legislation, regulations and other materials.<br /><br /><strong>NOTE</strong>: A writing sample may be required at the time of interview.<br /><br />This position is outside the Bargaining Unit.<br /><br />This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.<br /><br />No Relocation or Permanent Change of Station Incentives will be offered.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. <br /><br />If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.<br /><br />There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience at the GS-12 level.<br /><br />There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience at the GS-13 level.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. <br /><br />Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50. <br /><br />Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES <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 />Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and #27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.<br /><br /><strong>Evaluation Factors (Competencies)</strong> – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:<br /><br /><strong>Knowledge of Governmental Processes:</strong> Knowledge of Federal budget, legislative, administrative, regulatory, and other governmental processes.<br /><br /><strong>Communications and Liaison: </strong>Knowledge of the development, communication, and dissemination of materials and information for use by the public, media congressional members and staffs, senior government officials, and other interested parties.<br /><br /><strong>External and Organizational Awareness: </strong>Identifies and keeps up-to-date on key economic, political and social trends that affect the organization. Understands the organization's mission and functions, which include strategic and operational goals, programs, policies, procedures, rules and regulations.<br /><br /><strong>Interpersonal Skills: </strong>Shows understanding, courtesy, sensitivity and consideration to the needs, feelings and capabilities of others; develops and maintains effective relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, as well as individuals who are appear difficult, hostile, or distressed.<br /><br /><strong>Oral Communication: </strong> Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; attends to nonverbal cues and responds appropriately.<br /><br /><strong>Problem Solving: </strong>Identifies, analyzes and/or provides solutions to organizational problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate alternative and make recommendations. Able to apply innovative solutions appropriately to make organizational improvements.<br /><br /><strong>Self-Management: </strong> Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.<br /><br /><strong>Writing: </strong>Recognizes and uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.<br /><br />The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). <strong>The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.</strong><br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. <strong>Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.</strong> Also, do not upload password protected documents. <br /><br /><strong>The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):</strong><br /><br /><strong>ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE?</strong> If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility. <br /><br />*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step. <br /><br />- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees. <br /><br />- Land Management Eligible: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .<br /><br /><strong>The following documents are required if applicable:</strong><br /><br />- Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.<br /><br />- DD-214 – verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)<br /><br />- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents – Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):<br /><br />(a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A) <br />(b) 30% or More Compensably Disabled Veterans (DAV) <br />(c) Former Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) OR Current or Former Peace Corps Employees (PCE) <br />(d) Military Spouses (MISP) <br /><br />- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted<br /><br />Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.<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.