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Job Title:Government Information Specialist (Privacy Act Specialist)

Agency:Railroad Retirement Board

Job Announcement Number:13-DEU-11 A876632ABS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,909.00 to $75,403.00 / Per Year


Monday, May 13, 2013 to Monday, May 27, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago Metro Area, IL United States


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Come aboard the Railroad Retirement Board and join us in using creativity, automation and innovation to carry out our mission to administer insurance benefit programs under the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.  You can be a part of the team that delivers best in class service to railroad workers and their families!

As a Government Information Specialist with the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), you will assist the Chief of Information Resources Management and the Chief Privacy Officer in planning, implementing and maintaining the agency's safeguarding programs with principal responsibility for the agency's Controlled Unclassified Information program.



This job announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

This position may be filled at the  GS-11 or GS-12 grade level.  An individual selected at the  GS-11 level will be promoted when qualified and after having demonstrated the capacity to fully perform at the target GS-12 grade level.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Be sure to read the 'How to Apply' section and submit required documents
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service


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As a Government Information Specialist  (Privacy Act Specialist) with the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), you will:


  • Assist the Chief of Information Resources Management (IRM) and the Chief Privacy Officer in coordinating, implementation and compliance monitoring of agency privacy and safeguarding programs as required by Federal laws, regulations, Executive Orders, Office of Management and Budget directives, National Institute of Science and Technology.
  • Assist the Chief of IRM and Chief Privacy Officer in the development and conduct of the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) program.
  • Maintain awareness of applicable Federal privacy and safeguarding laws, directives, regulations, policies, guidance and industry best practices.
  • Assist the Chief of IRM and Chief Privacy Officer in the development, alignment with strategic plans and goals, and integration of all agency privacy and safeguarding regulations, directives, agreements policies and procedures.
  • Assist the Chief of IRM and the Chief Privacy Officer in the analysis and evaluation of agency programs and initiatives, to ensure that the use of technologies sustain, and do not erode, privacy protections relating to the use, collection, safeguarding and disclosure of personal or sensitive information.
  • Assists the Chief of IRM and the Chief Privacy Officer to ensure that required privacy notices and outreach information reflects agency values, is current, and published on both public and internal web sites.


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For GS-11:  One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

For GS-12: One full year (52) weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.


Specialized experience is experience with interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies and guidance for the privacy and safeguarding of information in accordance with the Privacy Act, E-Government Act and Federal Information Security Management Act.





This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants.   If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.   The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Category rating procedures will be used to rank eligible candidates.  The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire, and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Thus, your application should contain information about specific work performed that relates to this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following categories:  Best Qualified, Qualified, and Minimally Qualified.  Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  

Applicants will be rated on the following competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with key individuals and groups outside the immediate work unit
  • Ability to gather and analyze facts; to review and resolve problems related to the protection of sensitive and complex information and to devise timely and economical solutions
  • Knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, policies and guidance related to the Privacy Act and/or controlled unclassified information




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The Railroad Retirement Board 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.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more about benefits as a Federal employee click here:


May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP):   ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies.   You must be determined to be well-qualified for the vacancy to be eligible for special selection priority.   After submission of an acceptable application which meets ICTAP eligibility, you will be determined to be well-qualified for a vacancy if your rating places you in the best qualified category.  

ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility for special selection priority, such as: a separation notice; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  You must also submit a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) notating your current position, grade level, and duty location, and a copy of your most recent Performance Rating.   Click here for more information on ICTAP.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 you are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act; the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

The Notification and Federal Employees Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act) requires agencies to provide a notice to all job applicants and new employees about their rights and remedies under antidiscrimination and whistleblower laws.  You may view this notice here.

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

William Lipinski Building

844 N Rush Street

Chicago, IL  60611


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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, May 27, 2013.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



  • RÉSUMÉ showing relevant experience.
  • Responses to the OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. View Occupational Questionnaire
  • VETERAN'S DOCUMENTATION:  If you are a veteran, you must provide a copy of your Record of Military Service (DD-214), and proof of your veterans' preference, if applicable.  Veterans with a service connected disability must submit a completed claim form SF-15 (click here for form) along with the required proofs.  Go to FedsHireVets-Veterans Preference for more information.
  • INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) documentation:   If you are eligible under ICTAP, you must submit all required materials verifying your eligibility as listed in "Other Information."
  • For statistical purposes only, please complete and submit Form OMB-3046-0046, DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS.  Submission of this form is optional.  Click here: to access this form.  Please attach this form with your application materials.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 876632
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 27, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



RRB Human Resources Office
Phone: (312)751-4580
Agency Information:
Railroad Retirement Board
844 N Rush St
Chicago, IL


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and possible referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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