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    Summary

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In our dynamic environment, the OIG conducts investigations, audits, evaluations, and inspections to enhance program effectiveness and efficiency and to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DHS programs and operations.

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    Responsibilities

    Being a Government Information Specialist makes you a valuable member of the Office of Counsel, OIG. You will be responsible for processing and administering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA) requests, ensuring that each request follows the appropriate process, and responding to matters of the upmost tremendous complexity and that require utmost sensitivity to competing public and privacy interests and policies. Typical assignments include:

    - Administering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy ACT (PA), ensuring each request follows the appropriate process.
    - Responds to matters of tremendous complexity that require utmost sensitivity to competing public and private interests and policies.
    - Conducts detailed analysis of request and prepares responses for the signature of the OIG official(s) delegated authority to sign such denial letters.
    - Assist Agency Attorneys by preparing legal documents, including affidavits, declarations and evidentiary material in support of decisions to withhold and disclose information under the FOIA and PA for use in court proceedings, appeals, and litigation involving the OIG

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation
    • You must be able to obtain Secret security clearance
    • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing
    • Financial disclosure is required
    • Selective Service registration required
    • Completion of one year Probationary Period may be required.

    Qualifications

    You qualify for the GS-12 grade level (starting salary $87,198.00) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level performing duties such as:

    1) Analyzing complex requests for the release of records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to determine the appropriate disposition;
    2) Researching and analyzing requests for disclosure of information from individuals, and public or private entities;
    3) developing agency policy and procedures with regard to the administration of FOIA and Privacy Act; and
    4) Planning and conducting training sessions for support staff (i.e. contractors, detailees, and consultants supporting the agency)

    You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $103,690) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing duties such as:

    1) Independently analyzing complex requests for the release of records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to determine the appropriate disposition;
    2) Expert in researching and analyzing requests for disclosure of information from individuals, and public or private entities;
    3) Developing agency policy and procedures with regard to the administration of FOIA and Privacy Act; and
    4) Planning and conducting training sessions for support staff (i.e. contractors, detailees, and consultants supporting the 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.

    The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date 06/14/2021of this announcement.

    Current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade band in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date 06/14/2021of this announcement.

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    Additional information

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Secret as a condition of placement into this position.

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Oral Communication
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing


    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11122768.

    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veterans must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under
    Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.)

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your resume NOTE: For what to include in the resume, click on the link.
    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11122768
    3. Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.
    4. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information.
    5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit a copy of your:
    - Agency notice,
    - Most recent performance rating, and
    - Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
    6. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    - Position title
    - Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
    - Agency
    - Beginning and ending dates of appointment
    7. Are you a Military Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty relocating or spouse of a disabled or deceased member of the Armed Forces? Submit the following:
    - Documentation Verifying Marriage (i.e. Marriage Certificate)
    - A copy of your Spouse's Active Military Orders; and
    - DD-214 (member 4 copy), "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD).

    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.

    https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/benefits

    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 begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and or required supporting documentation. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English. If you are unable to apply online or need to submit a document you do not have in electronic form, visit this link for more information regarding an alternate application process.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. The address below is for inquiries only. You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used. You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59PM EST on 06/14/2021.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you may submit a paper application and the required forms. To do so, please contact: OIG.HROPERATIONS@OIG.DHS.GOV prior to the close of this announcement.

    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. Determining your eligibility and qualifications is dependent on the supporting documentation and information provided, which may impact your referral for further consideration. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Agency contact information

    OIG HR Operations

    Address

    Office of Inspector General
    245 Murray Lane SW
    Washington, DC 20528
    US
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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) offers you the opportunity to become a part of one of the most challenging and important missions facing the country today, by driving transformative change to improve DHS programs and operations and promote a safer homeland.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    Any Offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    View the Common Definitions of terms in this announcement.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Office of the Inspector General, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    https://www.oig.dhs.gov//

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."

    If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. View more information on applying for federal employment.

    Interview (If applicable): Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

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/603738500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.