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    Duties

    Summary

    The incumbent supports higher graded Congressional Affairs Specialists with formulating FHFA policy regarding legislative activities and supports strong open communications between Congress and FHFA. The incumbent provides input on the advice from Congressional Affairs Specialists to FHFA executives on legislative issues that can affect the Housing GSEs.

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    Responsibilities

    Communicates with Congressional staff on issues affecting FHFA's programs, objectives, intentions, and issues impacting FHFA's regulated entities.

    Works to identify legislative issues of importance to FHFA and works with other Congressional Affairs personnel to assist in communicating FHFA views on such matters to Congress, the Administration, and the financial services industry.

    Contributes to the development of legislative proposals, testimony, reports, briefings, and correspondence to Congress.

    Assists senior OCAC staff with policy makers and congressional liaisons in other Federal agencies such as the Department of Treasury, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Reserve Board, and other financial regulatory agencies to gain information on policy, legislative, and regulatory issues. Develops and maintains an understanding of their strategic priorities. Works to ensure that FHFA contributes on broad public policy matters affecting the mission of the agency.

    May serve as a liaison with other Federal agencies/entities.

    Drafts comment letters and other responses to Congress. Participates with congressional casework to reach an appropriate response to all inquiries.

    Participates in the agency's recordkeeping with respect to congressional communications.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be occasionally expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
    • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
    • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
    • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Qualifications


    Qualifying experience for the EL-12 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to EL-11(GS-11) which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    Qualifying experience for the EL-13 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to EL-12(GS-12) which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    Examples of specialized experience include the following:
    • Working in the legislative process on the following: Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008, Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act, Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act, or other housing finance reform related legislation.
    • Experience dealing with legislative matters that encompass housing finance policy and/or the secondary mortgage market or financial institutions, preferably in the House of Representations or Senate or at a federal agency.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

    FHFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability (physical or mental), age (40 years of age or over), genetic information, parental status, marital status, prior protected EEO activity, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

    FHFA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, except when doing so would pose an undue hardship on the Agency. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify FHFA at (202) 649-3963. The Agency's decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Ethics: FHFA employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions. In addition, certain FHFA employees are prohibited from accepting compensation from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a two-year period after terminating employment with FHFA. Furthermore, to avoid financial conflicts-of interest or the appearance of conflicts-of-interest, FHFA employees may need to divest or sell certain assets they, their spouse, or minor children own or control, including securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the Federal Home Loan Banks. Employees who work on Federal Home Loan Bank issues may need to sell or divest financial interests with any of the Federal Home Loan Bank members, which may include stock in bank holding companies, insurance companies, and other financial services firms. Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Office of General Counsel at (202) 649-3088.

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    All applicants will be rated on the following competencies for this announcement:

    • Analytical Writing & Editing
    • Knowledge of housing finance laws and regulations
    • Legislative Process
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Sharing Information & Knowledge

    Applicants may choose to apply through merit promotion or US citizens, or both. Please select how you would like to be considered.

    Status candidates will be rated based on your responses to the job specific questionnaire and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points. The top ten candidates, and candidates tied for the tenth spot, will be referred for selection.

    U.S citizens who meet the basic qualification requirements for this vacancy will be rated according to Category Rating Procedures. Based on your veteran's status and responses to the job specific questioner you will be assigned to a pre-defined quality category. There will be three quality categories: Highly Qualified (95), Well Qualified (85) and Qualified (70). Generally, only candidates in the top quality category will be referred to the hiring manager.

    All of the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references or through other means, such as the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume showing hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
    2. Other supporting documents:

    • Cover Letter, optional
    • SF 50 strongly recommended if applying as a competitive status candidate.
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.fhfa.gov/AboutUs/Careers/Pages/Benefits.aspx

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/18/2019 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact Janice Obeido at janice.obeido@fhfa.gov or (202) 649-3742 to obtain an alternative application.

    Agency contact information

    Janice Obeido

    Address

    OFC OF CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS and CO
    400 7th Street
    Washington, DC 20219
    US
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    The Federal Housing Finance Agency's mission is to ensure that the housing Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) operate in a safe and sound manner so that they serve as a reliable source of liquidity and funding for housing finance and community investment.

    Office of Congressional Affairs and Communication Overview
    The Office of Congressional Affairs and Communications (OCAC) is responsible for coordinating contact and communication with all external parties, including members of the public, the media, Congress, trade associations and other regulators. The Office also maintains FHFA's public website and intranet.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Federal Housing Finance Agency, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    https://www.fhfa.gov/AboutUs/Careers/

    Next steps

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in his/her resume and the completed Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants deemed best-qualified may be contacted for an interview. We anticipate making a final job offer for this position within 45 days after the deadline for applications. All candidates will be notified of the final disposition.

    ***There is currently one vacancy available. However, should additional vacancies become available within three months from the opening date of this announcement, eligible applicants for this position may be referred for consideration for the additional position(s).

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547805300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.