To qualify at the AP-4 Pay Band, you must possess the required knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics as well as at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the difficulty, complexity, and responsibility to the AP-3 Pay Band/GS-11 level (or equivalent grade/pay band in another pay system) in the Federal Service. Experience for this position can be gained in either the public or private sector. The AP-4 Pay Band is the full-performance level for this position. Examples of specialized experience at the AP-4 Pay Band must include the advanced understanding of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA); this includes the ability to apply this advanced understanding and provide advice with accurate oral and written communication to a variety of individuals and/or audiences as well as providing briefings on complex and challenging information on a variety of topics related to FOIA. This may be validated by showing experience reviewing, analyzing, processing, and advising (especially on denial of information) on FOIA. Specialized experience should also include reviewing, analyzing, processing, and providing advice on complex FOIA and PA requests and appeals; experience preparing written documents such as policy, explanation of denial to release information, background information, position papers, decisions, briefings, and/or information memos. Substantial experience using FOIAXpress or other comparable redaction software, and have the ability and/or experience to serve as the functional point of contact on the system and handle IT related issues with the vendor. Previous experience and responsibility for drafting the FOIA annual report(s), serving as the point of contact for the report(s), and experience briefing senior level management on final report(s). In addition to the above, specialized experience may include examples of demonstrated experience that shows you have independently researched, analyzed, determined, and denied people information that may not be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act or other information pertaining to disclosures, security, privacy, and protection of information and applying your understanding of the laws, regulations, procedures, and policies within a public or private sector work environment. NOTE: If your position involves the performance of more than one type of work, it is essential that approximate percentages of time be identified in your application for those specific duties you feel describe experience which will qualify you for this position as required by the specialized experience described above. Failure to provide approximate percentages could impact your qualifications determination for this position. All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing of this announcement. Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards Handbook. Administrative and Management Positions-0306 Series.
All supporting documents in the "How to Apply" section must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using Category Rating. All applicants are rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If qualified, you will be placed into a quality category based on how well your background demonstrates examples of the following competencies: Attention to Detail, Decision Making, Information Management, Problem Solving, Reasoning, and Technical Competence. An automated ranking system, based on the on-line application process, is used. Before a certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed carefully by Human Resources to assure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions, (c) the resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position, and (d)copies of any required documents are submitted. Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant assessment questions. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official. If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or are eligible for special hiring authorities, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. Please keep your records updated with your current email address. The automated system will place applicants in categories based on their responses to the on-line job-related assessment questions, which are based on the duties and competencies required of the position. These categories are "qualified," "well-qualified," and "best qualified." "Best qualified" is the top category. Veterans who meet qualification requirements and have adjudicated veterans' preference will be placed at the top of the category they fall into based on their answers to the assessment questions; this could be one of several categories, however, non-veterans cannot be selected over veterans that are in the same category. Only candidates in the top category are referred to the selecting official, unless categories are merged. Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement. A member 4 copy of the DD-214 must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify discharge under honorable conditions. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested and the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and discharge under honorable conditions is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met. For positions other than professional and scientific at or equivalent to the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the highest quality category. For professional and scientific positions at or equivalent to the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the appropriate quality category for which rated. After the announcement closes your application package (resume, assessment, and/or supporting documentation) is reviewed by Human Resources. If a determination is made by Human Resources that you have inflated your qualifications, specialized experience, or did not submit required documents, you may lose consideration for this position. To preview questions please click here.