You qualify for the GS- 13 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level performing the duties such as:
· Reviewing draft legislation, conducting studies, preparing reports, and making related recommendations to high level officials.
· Establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with Congressional representatives and their staffs.
· Advising management of the extent and type of participation in activities with members of Congress, type of information to be presented, and the most suitable method of presentation.
You qualify for the GS- 14 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level performing the duties such as:
· Preparing testimony for high level officials for use in appropriations and authorization hearings, hearings on proposed legislation affecting the Department or agency.
· Planning and managing resources for congressional affairs inquiries for an agency's oversight program.
· Communicating with a variety of organizations, levels of management, and congressional representatives about controversial or complex oversight of agency related issues.
· Advising high level officials and congressional representatives of an agencys position or findings resulting from oversight evaluations/reviews.
Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in an online job questionnaire. The KSAOs are:
1. Expert knowledge of the operations of Congress and the procedures and methods for dealing with legislative issues.
2. Ability to maintain effective liaison and working relationships with Congressional offices, other government agencies and private sector organizations.
3. Skill communicating in writing by reviewing and managing the production of a variety of written communications, such as executive correspondence, congressional testimony, and reports.
4. Skill in communicating orally by preparing and presenting briefings and presentations for management and congressional staff.
All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
You do not need to respond separately to each KSAO above. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire will serve as responses to the KSAOs.
The selectee must pass a drug test by urinalysis prior to appointment.
Completion of a one year probationary period may be required.
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, OIG requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for Top Secret/Senstitive Compartmented Information level as a condition of placement into this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Category Rating system will be used to evaluate applicants on their total background including experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in the resume/application and any other supporting documents. If you are current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training in relation to the evaluation criteria, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:
- Best Qualified- Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
- Well Qualified- Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
- Qualified-Overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
Applications of Veterans Preference: The Category rating method does not add veterans preference points or apply the rule of three, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category. Preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the minimum qualifications requirements "will be listed in the highest quality category (except if the position is a scientific or professional position at the GS-09 level or above). The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had defined the professional and scientific professional positions and can be accessed here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp
NOTE: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.