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Job Title:Government Information Specialist (FOIA/PA), GS-0306-13/14 MP

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:OGC-2013-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0306-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time. - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current & former Federal employees with competitive status gained through permanent Federal competitive service OR individuals with eligibility for noncompetitive special appointing authority OR veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.

JOB SUMMARY:

Want to diversify your professional experiences? Intrigued by other positions within NSF? Looking for a new way to contribute to NSF's mission? This may be the opportunity for you! As an NSF employee, you are our most important strength. That's why we've consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in the federal government! Leverage your current skills in a new capacity to build bridges across NSF and contribute to cross-cutting projects, while at the same time expanding your own career horizons by increasing your responsibilities and pursuing fresh perspectives. Take charge of your career and apply today!

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Office of the Director. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and assistance to the Foundation, the Director, and the National Science Board on all phases of the Foundation's programs, policies, and operations, as well as areas more broadly affecting science and technology.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Background investigation.
  • US citizenship.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above

DUTIES:

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You will be responsible for serving as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA) Officer. You will serve as NSF's policy and technical expert in information access/privacy and the confidentiality and privacy of NSF's paper and electronic information systems. You will exercise control over and directly supervise the FOIA and PA functions within the agency; as well as provide advice and guidance to NSF staff. Specifically you will:

  • Provide direct oversight and technical guidance in connection with the Foundation's implementation of FOIA and PA related statutes, regulations, and DOJ and OMB guidance.
  • Represent NSF to External Agencies and work directly with all Executive Branch agencies concerning FOIA and PA issues and Executive Order information programs, i.e., Department of Justice, Office of Management and Budget, National Archives and Records Administration, General Accounting Office, and White House legal staff.
  • Act as Foundation spokesperson on FOIA and PA programs at inter- and intra-agency meetings, governmental and non-governmental symposiums and training seminars.
  • Draft, obtain General Counsel approval of, and publish all changes/additions to NSF's FOIA and Privacy Act regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Develop and maintain Foundation directives and guidelines for agency responses to FOIA and PA requests for information.
  • Implement Access, Security and Privacy Principles in Foundation Information Systems to assure they meet legal requirements, NSF policy, and best privacy and security practices.
  • Serve as the Initial Denial Authority for the Foundation whenever the agency denies requests in whole or part for information sought under the FOIA and/or Privacy Act.
  • Process FOIA and PA requests received by NSF concerning a wide-variety of complex subjects.
  • Serve as a liaison for Congressional and Press Information Inquires.
  • Write training materials and conduct staff training for both new employees and current employees to assure Foundation compliance with the provisions of both Acts; and solicit feedback and incorporate recommendations for improving programs and training.
  • Establish and maintain NSF web sites that provide guidance to the public on the Foundation's FOIA and Privacy programs.
  • Draft, review, analyze, and approve the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template, assessing the risks of new or altered information collections on security and privacy of NSF information systems.
  • Prepare or provide guidance on the preparation of reports required by law concerning the agency's FOIA and Privacy Act activities; and submit the Foundation's Annual FOIA and PA reports for Congress in compliance with the Acts.
  • Analyze, review, and make recommendations on proposed legislation and major case law concerning the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; analyze their impact on how the Foundation does business; and evaluate what additional resources will be required to accommodate changes.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-13 level, you need to possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service. Specialized experience is experience providing oversight and guidance as an agency expert in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Programs; and serving as a technical resource regarding information access, confidentiality, and privacy for agency paper and electronic information systems.

To qualify at GS-14 level, you need to possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal service. Specialized experience is experience providing oversight and guidance as an agency expert in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Programs; and serving as a technical expert regarding information access, confidentiality, and privacy for agency paper and electronic information systems.


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking
    Public transportation subsidy
    Child Development Center on site
    Child care subsidy
    Flexible working hours
    Telecommuting
    Physical Fitness Facility on site
    NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    Health Services Unit on site
    Employee Assistance Program


OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

NOTE: THE AUTOMATED APPLICATION TOOL IDENTIFIES A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR THIS POSITION BUT ARE NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED.  THE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE THE ONLY ONES REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB. ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS LISTED ARE OPTIONAL.

If you are an NSF employee in a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status.

If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion, under a noncompetitive special appointing authority, under an interchange agreement, or
similar authority, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) or comparable federal agency form if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
2. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.
3. Schedule A Certification - from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.
4. Other - Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.  If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bonnie Beavers
Phone: 703-292-8319
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Email: bbeavers@nsf.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
22230
US
Fax: 703-292-7478

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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Job Announcement Number:

OGC-2013-0003

Control Number:

337257900