<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />A/GIS/IPS administers the Department's records management, privacy, classification, declassification, and public access programs, providing a range of services to both members of the Department and the public in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act of 1974, the E-Government Act of 2002, Executive Order 13526 (Classified National Security Information), and related program legislation. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Coordinate and analyze FOIA and Privacy Act requests for information received by the U.S. Department of State. Research and review FOIA requests, clarify issues in requests, and evaluate need for further information. Respond effectively to complex FOIA requests involving multiple programs and offices, and diverse types of records through knowledge of the State Department organizational structure. Review incoming requests for clarity and reasonableness, and contact requesters for clarification and to discuss document availabilities. Review FOIA responses to ensure their proper coordination, regulatory compliance, and responsiveness to the requests. Serve as coordinator for all FOIA issues involving assigned FOIA and Privacy Act cases. Develop and implement improvements in the administration and operation of regional FOIA program. Provide advice and guidance to colleagues, management, and the public regarding disclosure of Departmental records under the Act, exemptions from full or partial disclosure, confidential business information, appeals of information denials and fee waivers, as appropriate. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional Travel may be required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> Varies – Promotion potential varies based on specific position being filled. <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.</li> <li>Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.</li> <li>Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.</li> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />The successful applicant will possess demonstrated leadership, oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, works well in a team setting, and the ability to multi-task. Education and/or experience are qualifying factors for certain grades. Ability to acquire and maintain a Top Secret clearance. In the context of civil litigation filed pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), coordinate FOIA requests for information and provide advice and guidance to management and staff regarding disclosure of Departmental records under the Act, exemptions from full or partial disclosure, confidential business information, appeals of denials and fee waivers. Work with IPS reviewers to ensure that responsive documents are properly reviewed for release. Research and review FOIA requests, clarify issues in requests, and evaluate need for further information. Respond effectively to questions relating to complex FOIA requests involving multiple programs and offices. Review incoming requests for clarity and reasonableness, and work with the Office of the Legal Adviser (L) to obtain clarification of request. Review FOIA responses to ensure proper coordination in IPS, regulatory compliance, and responsiveness to the requests. Serve as coordinator for all FOIA issues for assigned FOIA and Privacy Act litigation cases. Work closely with the L attorneys on FOIA cases that have gone into litigation. Draft declarations for filing in Federal district court, Vaughn indices, and assembles other court filings as needed in coordination with L, the Department of Justice, and occasionally other federal agencies. The successful applicant will possess demonstrated leadership, oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, works well in a team setting, and the ability to multi-task. Education and/or experience are qualifying factors for certain grades. Previous experience working on FOIA cases is preferred for these vacancies. Ability to acquire and maintain a Top Secret clearance. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong> You must meet the eligibility requirements for a special hiring authority for veterans to be considered. </strong><br /><br /><strong> Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans </strong><br /> Below is a list of special hiring authorities designed specifically for veterans. For more information, visit www.fedshirevets.gov. <br /><br /><strong> Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) </strong><br /> VRA allows for the appointment of eligible veterans without competition from non veterans. This hiring authority can be used for positions up to GS-11 or equivalent. Veterans are hired under excepted appointments to positions that are otherwise found in competitive service. After the individual satisfactorily completes 2 years of service, the veteran must be converted non-competitively to a career or career-conditional appointment.<br /><br />Eligibility under the VRA hiring authority applies to any of the following veterans:<br /> <ul> <li>Disabled veterans; or</li> <li>Veterans who served in active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or</li> <li>Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the armed forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or</li> <li>Recently separated veterans (within 3 years).</li> </ul> <br />In addition, veterans must be separated from the Armed Forces under honorable or general discharge.<br /><br /><strong> 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans </strong><br /> The 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans authority enables the appointment of an eligible candidate to any position for which he or she is qualified without competition. Unlike the VRA, there is no grade-level limitation. Initial appointments are time-limited, lasting more than 60 days; however, individuals can be non-competitively converted to a permanent status at any time during the time-limited appointment.<br /><br />Eligibility applies to the following categories:<br /> <ul> <li>Disabled veterans who were retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more; or</li> <li>Disabled veterans rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more</li> </ul> <br />For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodationsstate.gov.<br /><br /><strong>EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify)</strong> – U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee's information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated. <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 />Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: <br /><br />Your application will be retained in our active files for one (1) year from the date of receipt. <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 /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. <br /><br />1. Resume – your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.<br /><br />2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".<br /><br />3. Transcripts – if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.<br /><br />4. Veterans Preference – If claiming veteran's preference, you must indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. <br /><br />For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this vacancy announcement. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your current or expected discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.<br /><br />For 10-point veteran's preference, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. For further information regarding Veterans, click here. <br /><br />To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: http: www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html<br /><br />5. All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. <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.