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    Duties

    Summary

    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.

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    Responsibilities

    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.

    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.

    Duties:

    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.

    Manages some portions 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. The incumbent is also responsible for responding to any follow-up questions or requests for additional information from congressional committees on behalf of the IG.

    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.

    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.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - May require occasional travel.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    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.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
    • Requires a valid drivers license.
    • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
    • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

    Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

    Also advertised as MS-20-OIG-OCPR-05 for status applicants; to be considered for each, apply to BOTH vacancies.

    Local commuting area is considered to be within a 50-mile radius of duty location.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service.

    Required Specialized Experience: In addition, to qualify for this position, applicants must demonstrate ANY of the following specialized experience elements:  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.

    NOTE: A writing sample may be required at the time of interview.

    This position is outside the Bargaining Unit.

    This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.

    Candidates required to obtain the necessary Security Investigation Level.

    No Relocation or Permanent Change of Station Incentives will be offered.

    Education

    There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience at the GS-12 level.

    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.

    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.

    Additional information

    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. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

    Categories:

    Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
    Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
    Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    Knowledge of Governmental Processes: Knowledge of Federal budget, legislative, administrative, regulatory, and other governmental processes.

    Communications and Liaison:  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.

    External and Organizational Awareness: 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.

    Interpersonal Skills: 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.

    Oral Communication: 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.

    Competencies continued under "Benefits"

    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).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

    INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

    Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.  Also, do not upload password protected documents.

    - Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty).  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

    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.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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.

    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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    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.

    The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS

    Competencies continued:

    Problem Solving: Identifies, analyzes and/or provides solutions to organizational problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgement to generate alternative and make recommendations. Able to apply innovative solutions appropriately to make organizational improvements.

    Self Management: 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.

    Writing: Recognizes and uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

    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 initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations. SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/. STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.

    STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS) Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button . For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.

    STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL) On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”. Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

    STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” step, click “Submit Application” The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully. STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.

    Agency contact information

    Star Wood

    Phone

    202-693-5196

    TDD

    800-877-8339

    Fax

    202-693-5193

    Email

    wood.star@oig.dol.gov

    Address

    Labor, Office of Inspector General
    200 Constitution Ave., NW
    S-5020
    Washington, District of Columbia 20210
    United States
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    Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

    The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

    For instructions on how to check the status of your application, go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions.

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/558035700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.