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Agency:Consumer Product Safety Commission

Job Announcement Number:1350GCOS-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 29, 2013 to Wednesday, July 3, 2013








1 vacancy - Bethesda, MD, USView Map





Make a Career Connection!  We are looking for individuals who would like to come to work for a small, independent regulatory agency dedicated to saving lives.  We work very hard to protect the public from the unreasonable risk of injury and death from consumer products.  Every U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) employee is proud to be a part of a team that works together to assure that the products you use every day are safe.  Consider a position at the CPSC as your career choice.

This position is located in the Division of the Secretariat within the Office of the General Counsel. The Office of the General Counsel provides advice and legal counsel to the Commissioners and the organizational components of the Commission on matters of law arising under the Acts administered and enforced by the Commission, related statutes, and any other statutes or regulations pertaining to the functions of the Commission.


  • You Must Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Background check is Required.


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The incumbent is responsible for:


Interpreting, clarifying and responding to world-wide FOIA requests for all agency records including product-related injury information, compliance/investigative files, engineering files, tests and samples, regulatory records, personnel records and Commission briefing papers.


Examining and analyzing responsive documents for any sensitive and potentially sensitive information which should be protected from disclosure by the FOIA and the CPSC.


Implementing and processing of all the FOIA communications to ensure disclosure of records to the public consistent with the statutory rights of individuals to privacy, the statutory rights of persons, manufacturers and other firms for protection of trade secrets and other confidential information.


Reviewing and clarifying Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for completeness and legal conformance to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements.


Consulting with the FOI Officer, General Counsel staff for recommendations for final determination only with unusual and extraordinary claims.


Collecting, compiling and confirming workload and cost data for use by the FOI Officer in the Annual FOIA report to Congress specially required by statute.


Providing input for special studies, compliance audits, surveys requested by the Commission or Congress.


Preparing draft relevant correspondence and materials for FOI Officer and General Counsel review upon receipt of appeals of denials of information.


Composing responses to Congressional inquiries seeking information or seeking the status of their constituents FOIA requests.


Providing assistance, technical and administrative guidance to the general public on making requests.



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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position within thirty (30) days of the closing date of this announcement.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:


GS-09: processing routing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA) requests for access to an organizations records, researching or analyzing established administrative issues, and interpreting regulations and organizational policy regarding administrative and program issues to provide advice and guidance on well-precedence issues.


GS-11:processing complex Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA) requests for access to an organizations records, reviewing and coordinating requests with issues that require interpretation and adaption of guidance, and identifying and analyzing organizational policy and regulations; assist in developing new methods and communication for the release of highly-sensitive information to the general public and/or other government agencies.


GS-09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if elated master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade in the Federal service.


GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree of LL.M., if related or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade in the Federal service.

Candidates who do not meet the specialized experience requirement and qualify based on education MUST submit college transcript(s) or a list of college courses that includes hours and grades in order to qualify.

Background Investigation Required


After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your responses to the questionnaire, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed.  Your resume must support your responses to the self-assessment questions or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview.

Please ensure your resume and your narrative response provides enough detail to support your answers to the questionnaire.

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.
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As a CPSC employee you enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; transit benefits. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.   


CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy annoucnement.  

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see for more information.

This position requires a one year probationary period.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.


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This vacancy announcement is being advertised simultaneously with Vacancy Announcement 1350GCOS-2013-0003 (Merit Promotion). Applicants who wish to be considered under both announcements must apply to each vacancy separately.


A complete application package includes the following: your resume; your answers to the vacancy specific questions; AND the supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).

Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section.  Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

You MUST apply on-line through Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.

To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen.  Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.


In addition to your resume, the documents needed for this position are subject to how you apply. List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

All current/reinstatement eligible Federal employees with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2) must submit: 1) a copy of their most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility; and 2) their most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility.  If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form.  You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree or qualifying based on education, you must submit your college transcripts (official or unofficial).

ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility. You must annotate your questionnaire to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.  

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1.  Download from your USAJOBS account; or
2.  Upload your file(s); or
3.  Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.


HR Specialist
Phone: 301-504-7925
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
4340 East West Highway
Room 838
Bethesda, MD
Fax: 571-258-4052


After all packages have been received, your package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJOBS and selecting "Application Status."

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