Department: Legislative Branch
Agency: Library of Congress
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Consideration under this vacancy is limited to COP employees.
See ELIGIBILITY below for more information.
The CRS Office of Congressional Information and Publishing (CIP) is seeking to fill a one-year detail opportunity via the CRS Career Opportunity Plan (COP) Detail Program. The selectee will join the CIP Congressional Data team for 12 months.
The COP Detail Program is designed to provide eligible CRS staff who are not currently in professional positions the opportunity to obtain creditable experience. Experience gained through this program can be used as qualifying experience when applying for related positions in the Library.
The Congressional Data team adds, updates, and ensures the integrity of data in the client authority file of Mercury, the automated client relationship management system used by CRS. The team is responsible for reviewing and validating Mercury records, as well as troubleshooting areas of concern and resolving errors or inconsistencies in records. Information for clients' records is collected from a variety of electronic sources as well as from telephone conversations with CRS and congressional staff.
The ideal candidate for this detail opportunity will demonstrate:
- Strong attention to detail;
- Solid computer skills, including skills needed to work with databases (e.g., Mercury), spreadsheets, and web applications in a networked environment;
- Fast, efficient data entry skills;
- Good interpersonal skills on the telephone; and
- The ability to handle delicate requests of information from congressional staff.
This detail opportunity is available to COP employees. A "COP employee" is defined as a Congressional Research Employees' Association (CREA) bargaining unit employee who occupies either:
- A position at the top GS level of a promotion plan, except for positions higher than GS-12, or
- A single graded position, except for positions higher than GS-12.
To be eligible, COP employees:
- Must have one year of full-time employment in the Library or the equivalent in part-time employment;
- Must have permanent status; indefinite status; or a not-to-exceed (NTE) appointment the termination date for which is after the ending date of the detail;
- Must not currently occupy the position being advertised; and
- Must not have been detailed under the COP Program previously.
The selectee for this detail opportunity will be assigned duties consistent with this vacancy announcement to the maximum extent possible. His/her work will be reviewed in normal fashion and he/she may be credited with authorship of work as appropriate and as provided in the collective bargaining agreement.
The participant's on-the-job performance will be evaluated informally on a continuing basis by the immediate supervisor, and formally at the end of the one-year detail, using performance standards normally applied to occupants of the position at the participant's grade level. Successful completion of the detail shall require performance at an acceptable level of competence for the period of the detail. An employee who successfully completes the program shall receive a memorandum documenting the knowledges, skills, and abilities acquired during the detail. Upon completion of the detail, the employee shall be returned to his or her regular position. A participant may be terminated from the detail at any time for failure to perform at an acceptable level of competence or for conduct which interferes with the mission of the agency. If the participant is terminated from the detail, he or she shall be returned through established personnel procedures to his or her former position. CREA shall be notified of the termination. The decision to terminate shall be final and binding and shall not be appealable, grievable, or considered adverse.
More information about the COP Program is available in the CREA Master Collective Bargaining Agreement, ARTICLE XXXVI - CAREER OPPORTUNITY PLAN.
- See "Qualifications Required" below.