Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The purpose of this position is to serve as a Government Information Specialist in the Office of Resource Management, Information Disclosure and Records Management Division, of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). <strong><br /></strong><br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The following are the duties of this position at the <strong>GS-13</strong>. 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.<br /><br />-Responsible for researching, reviewing and processing requests for documents under the FOIA/PA.<br />-Prepare all outgoing letters concerning subjects such as continued interest, administrative closure of cases, submitter notices, requests to narrow the scope of requests, and interim and final responses.<br />-Process other agency records containing OFAC information pursuant to the FOIA/PA.<br />-Analyze and interpret laws and regulations regarding the disclosure of information.<br />-Routinely communicate with the public (individuals, attorney representatives and business leaders) to narrow the scope of overly broad and overly burdensome requests.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."</li> <li>Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.</li> <li>Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals</li> </ul> <br /><br />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.<br /><br />If you do not meet any of the categories listed above, you may wish to apply under announcement 19-DO-511-P which is open for any U.S. citizen to apply. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience for the GS-13: </strong>You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as ALL of the following;<br /><br />- Reviewing records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Privacy Act (PA) and FOIA Implementing Instructions. Examples of this could include but are not limited to interpreting and applying laws, regulations, legal decisions, policies, procedures and directives pertaining to the protection and release of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) information. <strong>AND</strong><br /> – Coordinating and tracking FOIA/PA requests to ensure that the responses are accurate, legally sufficient and timely. <strong>AND</strong><br /> – Disseminating and disclosing sensitive issues such as national security, commercial and financial information. Examples of this could include but is not limited to evaluating varied records to determine the application of the FOIA and PA, communicating orally and in writing with employees, leadership, other organizations and/or the public regarding FOIA/PA issues. <strong>AND</strong><br /> – Applying redactions to records. Examples of this would include using Adobe, FOIA Express or a similar redaction tool to excise information from records and annotate the appropriate exemptions code near the redacted material.<strong><br /><br /></strong><br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience for the GS-12: </strong>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 which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as ALL of the following;<br /><br />- Reviewing records pursuant to laws and regulations. Examples of this could include but is not limited to timely redacting and annotating records, preparing timely responses, and ensuring confidentiality. <strong>AND</strong><br /> – Supporting general office operations. Examples of this could include but is not limited to managing a database, compiling reports, drafting correspondence, directing communications, and serving as a public liaison. <strong>AND</strong><br /> – Applying redactions to records. Examples of this would include using Adobe, FOIA Express or similar redaction tool to excise information from records and annotate the appropriate exemptions code near the redacted material.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience for the GS-11: </strong>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 which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:<br /><br />Reviewing agency records and updating databases. <strong>AND</strong><br /> Communicating with the public and using time management to expedite responses to requests. <strong>OR</strong><br /><br />Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field related to the position; <strong>OR</strong><br /> 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; <strong>OR</strong><br /> LL.M., if related to the position; <strong>OR</strong><br /> 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.<br /><br />In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following <strong>time-in-grade requirement</strong>, if applicable:<br /><br />For the GS-13, you must have been at the GS-12 level for 52 weeks.<br /><br />For the GS-12, you must have been at the GS-11 level for 52 weeks.<br /><br />For the GS-11, you must have been at the GS-09 level for 52 weeks.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />- 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 /><br /><strong>CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT</strong>:<br />- A one year probationary period may be required.<br />- Must successfully complete a background investigation.<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 /><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>Specialized Experience, Technical, Analytical, and Communication</strong>. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of 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<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. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. <br />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 score of 85 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 /> Top Secret <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 may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). <strong>It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 150th application or at 11:59 p.m. ET on DATE OF CLOSURE; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.</strong><strong> Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.</strong><br /><br /><strong>All applicants are required to submit a resume</strong> 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 .<br /><br /><strong>CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES — Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment</strong>:<br />- You must submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)<br />- Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade. <br /><br /><strong>Land Management Eligibles </strong>must provide all required documentation to verify eligibility, prior performance, and qualifications for the target position. You can find information on the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act and eligibility HERE . Land Management Eligibles must compete under competitive merit promotion procedures and meet all applicable requirements as such (time-in-grade restrictions do not apply).<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 you must submit in order to be eligible.<br /><br /><strong>If you are applying under a special hiring authority</strong> (e.g. Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, Schedule A Disability, etc.), please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be eligible under one of these authorities, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.<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.


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