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Job Title:Congressional Relations Officer

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Job Announcement Number:OCLA-2013-1425-867593-RC

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 05, 2013 to Monday, April 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

 

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 867593 (Please include on all documents)

 

Our mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the

battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring

the men and women who are America's Veterans.

 

The incumbent serves as a Congressional Relations Officer with the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs with responsibility for managing a segment of the Department’s Congressional and Legislative Affairs program. This position entails a variety of assignments dealing with the Department’s program and policies, congressional oversight and legislative agenda. The incumbent will oversee and manage the departmental activities related to legislative activities, congressional hearing and briefings. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining and improving VA relationships through personal, active, participation in administrative, education, community and social events of Federal, State, and other affiliated organizations involved with VA programs, Veteran’s service organizations, and appropriate civic organizations. The incumbent will assist Presidential nominees for positions of high responsibility with the Department in the congressional confirmation process, including, but not limited to arranging briefings by various elements of the Department.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

Position Open to the following: Current Federal employees serving under a career or career conditional appointment, or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special Hiring Authorities. Permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees and VA’s Title 38 and Hybrid Title 38 employees with eligibility to apply based on OPM/VA Interchange Agreement may also apply for consideration. Veterans preference eligible or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after  at least three consecutive  years of active duty may also be considered.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • You may be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is not required.
  • 30% travel required

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will:

  • Interpret and advises Congressional issues related to the Executive Branch programs and policies. 

·         Oversee Department’s preparation for and follow-up to congressional hearings to include being the point of contact for congressional staff preparing for the hearing; obtaining information about the upcoming hearing.

·         Gather, analyze, and validate information pertinent to legislative process, including House and Senate floor rules and procedures.

·         Manage various task and projects to achieve expectations in a time-sensitive environment.

·         Prepare review and coordinating answers to pre-and post-hearing questions.

·         Analyzes, evaluates and prepares written recommendations and presents to the appropriate staff for consideration and further actions.

·         Responsible for having daily contact with top VA officials, Members of Congress and congressional staff, other government agencies regarding various congressional related issues.

·         Provide substantive information relative to assigned responsibilities for response to Members of Congress, their staff, or others having interest in the mission and functions of the VA.

·         Provide customers with specific and accurate information upon completion of research. 

·         Assist Presidential nominees for positions of high responsibility with the Department in the Congressional confirmation process, including but not limited to arranging briefings by various elements of the Department.

·         Analyze and explain legislation, the legislative process and departmental program activities in a fast-paced environment.

·         Review a large volume of official departmental congressional correspondence.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level is required. Specialized experience is ability to demonstrate analytical skills in the concepts, principles and method of congressional and legislative process, which includes House and Senate floor rules and procedures.  Extensive knowledge and ability to interpret congressional issues related to Executive Branch programs and policiesres.   To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal Service. For additional information regarding qualification standards, please refer to the OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

GS-12 level - one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11.

 

FACTOR: Selective Placement Factor: Applicants MUST meet the selective placement factor to be consider basic qualified for the position.

Extensive knowledge and ability to interpret congressional issues related to Executive Branch programs and policies.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (KSA's) 

Ability to demonstrate analytical skills in the concepts, principles and method of congressional and legislative process, which includes House and Senate floor rules and procedures. 

    Ability to review and analyze the congressional and legislative process. 

       Ability to manage tasks and projects to achieve expectations in a time-sensitive environment.

      Ability to communicate orally and present analytical findings. 

      Extensive knowledge and ability to interpret congressional issues related to Executive Branch programs and policies.



      Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp

      IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. 


      APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

      Veterans' Preference:   When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

      HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

      Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

        

      Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

       

      • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
      • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
      • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

      After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.




      BENEFITS:

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      Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



      OTHER INFORMATION:

      The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

      Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

      Drug Free Workplace:  If this is a drug testing designated position (DTDP) as defined in Presidential Order 12564, tentative selectees may be subject to pre-employment testing for illegal drug use.  Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs.  Tentative Selectees who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.



      HOW TO APPLY:

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      To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

      1. Your Résumé
      2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
      3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

      The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 15, 2013.

      To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

      Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

      If you cannot apply online:

      1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
      2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
      3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

       To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

      1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 867593.
      2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


      REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

      The following documents are required:

      Use this checklist to make sure you’ve submitted everything!

      AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

      Quintina Neal
      Phone: (202)461-5315
      Email: QUINTINA.NEAL@VA.GOV
      Agency Information:
      VA Central Office HRS
      Department of Veterans Affairs
      810 Vermont Avenue NW
      Washington, DC
      20420
      USA

      WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

      After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. 

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      Job Announcement Number:

      OCLA-2013-1425-867593-RC

      Control Number:

      340818600