This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Government Information Specialist, GS-0306-09/11 (MPP)

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of Management

Job Announcement Number:OM-2012-0026

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 28, 2012 to Friday, October 12, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0306-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

One or more vacancies may be filled through this announcement.
The area of consideration for this position is "Federal Agencies" for Status candidates.  Announcement OM-2012-0025 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of "All Recruiting Sources" for non-status candidates. Applicants eligible for appointment under special appointing authorities  (i.e. VEOA, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement OM-2012-0026.

JOB SUMMARY:

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.If you are a highly-motivated, creative individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on America's schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Management (OM), Privacy, Information and Records Management Services (PIRMS). PIRMS is responsible for providing policies, standards and procedures that ensure that the Department compiles with governmental information management requirements for the statutes that PIRMS administers, including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Records Act, the Privacy Act and other information management and privacy statues.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must complete a One-year Probationary Period.
  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
  • Drug Testing (if applicable)

DUTIES:

As a Government Information Specialist, GS-306-09 you will respond to public inquiries or requests by providing guidance on the various statutes. You will interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and guidance regarding federal and student information in order to determine disclosure and access to Federal agency or school records for inquiries.

You will assist higher level specialists in preparing and negotiating agreements by researching and drafting proposed agreements.

You will investigate complaints and inquiries alleging violations of federal information management statutes. Interview parties, review documents pertaining to agency or institution policy and practices and analyze data to prepare findings.

 

As a Government Information Specialist, GS-306-11 you will perform a variety of program related assignments for PIRMS as listed below:

You will investigate complaints and requests alleging violations of federal information management statutes. You will prepare responses to inquiries from the public, parents, students, school officials and State education officials about the laws PIRMS administers.

You will negotiate settlement of complaints and proposes remedies to resolve conflicts.

You will prepare well-documented reports of investigative finding for issuing determinations in complaints.

You will also provide technical assistance to a wide variety of customers with regard to the requirements of the laws administered by PIRMS.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

 

ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

(GS-9)

Two years of graduate education. OR
A master's degree or equivalent degree. OR
One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  This experience must be equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal government.  
Examples of such experience may include: responding to requests for information via telephone, mail, fax, and the Internet; reviewing and analyzing policies, regulations, and procedures; applying regulations and guides to work assignments; participating in developing operational plans; making recommendations for improving methods; and assisting in determining work standards and control systems. OR

Combination of education and experience.

(GS11)
Three academic years of graduate education.  OR
A doctoral or equivalent degree.  OR
One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  This experience must be equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal government. Examples of such experience may include: participating in program studies and analyses of operations to identify opportunities for improvement; conducting paperwork and records management studies; performing analyses of workflow, operations, work processes and procedures, cost and equipment usage; preparing initial work plans; drafting reports; identifying problems and making recommendations for problem resolution; researching, reviewing, and integrating narrative information and statistical data; monitoring and tracking budgets and expenditures; comparing administrative reports and correspondence with established guidelines and policies; developing, revising and implementing automated work procedures; and analyzing automation requirements.
For full qualifications go to:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp


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Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):

1. Knowledge of privacy law and policy, information disclosure laws, information collection laws, electronic discovery, or information management laws.

2. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques for measuring effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of assigned programs.

3. Analytic and writing skills.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

WARNING! High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible. Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as described below:

1 - Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "Q" score between 70 and 84.99 meets the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement.

2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" score between 85 and 94.99 exceeds the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions.

3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between 95 and 100 Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.


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BENEFITS:

The Department of Education offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  Click on http://www.opm.gov/insure/index.aspx to find out more about federal benefits.

Why Work at ED?

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below:

http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ed-locations.html

As an ED employee, you will benefit from our family-friendly work environment.  As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (4 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service.  Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules also may be available to you.

ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career.

Student Loan Repayment may be paid if negotiated and approved prior to appointment.



OTHER INFORMATION:

“Veterans interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, may send an email to Iwork@ed.gov to schedule an appointment for a session.   Veterans Counseling Session must be placed in the subject line of the email.” 

The Federal Government is committed to expanding access to employment by hiring people with disabilities; providing technical assistance and information on reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities; and identifying and removing barriers to work.  Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either competitively (where qualified individuals compete with one another through a structured process), noncompetitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special appointing authority), or through an excepted appointing authority for people with disabilities (i.e. Schedule A).  People who are selected for a Federal job must meet the qualification requirements for the position and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- Eligible federal employees who were in positions and who were displaced from their positions may be eligible for selective priority over other candidates, under the ICTAP or the CTAP.  Information about these programs may be found at the following links. In order to qualify, your application must receive a score of 85 in comparison with the knowledge, skills and abilities criteria.  If you believe you are eligible for this special consideration, it is critical that you read the information provided in the links below.

(CTAP) http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ctap.html

(ICTAP) http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ictap.html

Student Loan Default

Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment.

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE OPENING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, SHOULD VACANCIES OCCUR.



HOW TO APPLY:

**Applications submitted via EdHIRES must be received before midnight eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.  No extensions will be granted.  If you fail to submit a COMPLETE on-line resume, you WILL NOT be considered for this position.  If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, the Servicing Personnel Office listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  Applicants MUST CONTACT the Servicing Human Resources Office PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

WARNING!  Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your on-line resume.  Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position.   If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration.  You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications.  Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please carefully read the information provided under the link listed below.  The section entitled "How to Apply" provides detailed instructions on faxing your supporting documentation.  All required supporting documentation MUST be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.  You are encouraged to thoroughly review the list of supplement documents required.  It is critical to note that many documents may not pertain to you.  You are only required to submit those that apply to you. http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/appendix.htm

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Denise Drew
Phone: 202-401-6187
Fax: 202-479-6745
Email: denise.drew@ed.gov
Agency Information:
EDUCATION-OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT
400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
Attn: Human Resources Services
Washington, DC
20202
US
Fax: 202-479-6745

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will inform you of the status of your application at four stages: (1) Upon receipt of your application; (2) Upon minimum qualification determinations; (3) Upon issuing the highly qualified candidates to the hiring official; and finally (4) once a selection is made.  It is essential that you have a current e-mail address on file with USAJOBS.  You be notified of our application status by the servicing Human Resources Specialist via email.  You may also check the status of your application at www.USAJOBS.opm.gov


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