Job Title: Government Information Specialist (FOIA/PA), GS-0306-13/14 MPJob Announcement Number: OGC-2013-0004
Agency: National Science Foundation
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Saturday, February 09, 2013 to
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
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Arlington, VA, US View Map
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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.
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DUTIES:Back to top
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:Back to top
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 not 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.
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