Job Title:Government Information Specialist
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Office of the Chief Information Officer
Job Announcement Number:13-OCIO-003P
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year|
|Monday, May 06, 2013 to
Wednesday, May 15, 2013|
SERIES & GRADE:
|1 vacancy -
Washington, DC, USView Map|
WHO MAY APPLY:
|U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, former Federal employees who have reinstatement eligibility, and individuals who are eligible under special appointing authorities may wish to apply under 13-OCIO-002.|
There is one vacancy available in Washington, DC. This vacancy is located in DM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Associate Chief Information Officer, Policy and Directives.
The USDA Secretary's Memorandum 1030-30 established the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). The CIO is independent of any other office or agency of the Department. The CIO reports directly to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and has primary responsibility, under the Information Technology Management Reform Act (ITMRA) of 1996, for supervision and coordination within the Department of the design, acquisition, maintenance, use, and disposal of information technology by USDA agencies, for monitoring the performance of USDA's information technology programs and activities, and for assuring that USDA information management is consistent with the principles of the Paperwork Reduction Act and with information security and privacy requirements.
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DUTIES:Back to top
As a Government Information Specialist, you will:
- Review incoming requests and contact the requester for clarification, as required.
- Research requests, identify legal issues, and analyze whether there is any basis to assert exemptions to disclosure.
- Assist in providing advice and guidance for FOIA issues not covered by precedent.
- Interpret regulations and organizational policy regarding release of information under the FOIA Act.
- Assist in the analysis and development of responses to data calls and FOIA reports.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
Minimum Qualification Requirement:
GS-12 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes analyzing and processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and appeals; making recommendations for improving internal FOIA processes; and drafting FOIA response and appeal letters.
Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
- Responses to the online questions, and
- Required supporting documents.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence;
- Problem Solving; AND
We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Best Qualified, Well-Qualified, or Qualified depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.
3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. To preview questions please click here.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.
If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.
OCIO provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.
Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.
Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
Veterans' Preference Documentation
If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.
CTAP/ICTAP Proof Of Eligibility
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed explanation and list of required documents, click here.
In addition, we recommend that you submit the following:
OF 306: Declaration for Federal Employment; AND
Performance Appraisal: A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the 18 months, that includes the final rating.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.