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Job Title:  Congressional Liaison Specialist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Office of the Inspector General
Job Announcement Number:  OG-2013-961537

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 to Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and regarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigrations laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; and join DHS.

Become a part of one of the most challenging and important missions in the country today.  The Office of Inspector General (OIG) ensures that all of DHS programs and operations are effective and efficient by conducting audits, inspections and carrying out criminal investigations. In our dynamic work environment you will work side by side with special agents, attorneys, auditors, program analysts and IT experts to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in DHS programs and operations.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • A pre-employment drug test is required for this position.
  • You are required to pass a background investigation.
  • You must be able to obtain Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Moving Expenses will not be paid


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As a Congressional Liaison Specialist, you will be responsible for a wide range of activities. Typical assignments include:

·         Drafting and reviewing pertinent materials and advising on legislative matters affecting the mission and responsibilities of the Department.

·         Assisting in the preparation of testimony for the Inspector General for use in appropriations and authorization hearings.

·         Preparing the of the Inspector General's semiannual reports to congress which includes analyzing data and information submitted for inclusion in the reports and; writing and editing the final version of the information to be published.

·         Establishing and maintaining working relationships with Congressional offices and other government agencies, to convey ideas and concepts in a precise manner regarding programs.


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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 agency’s 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.


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:

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.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision. Life and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. To receive selection priority, surplus and displaced employees must apply and be found well-qualified for the position. A well qualified CTAP or ICTAP employee is who satisfies all medical, physical, education, experience and selective factors (if any) for the vacant position; meets the criteria of “Well Qualified Category” as described in the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement; and upon entry satisfactorily  perform all of the duties of the position.  CTAP and ICTAP candidates must submit the following documents which show their eligibility for selection priority: 1.) a copy of a RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or some other proof of eligibility for priority selection: 2.) a copy of an SF-50 showing their current position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location; 3.) a copy of their most recent performance appraisal.

Special Hiring Authorizes: If you are eligible and would like to be considered under a special hiring authority such as Schedule A of the excepted service for persons with disabilities; a veteran who is eligible for appointment under the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority or the direct-hire authority to  appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special  hire authority, appropriate documentation to support your claim for eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotion will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level and administrative approval.


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

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

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. You may not receive consideration for this position, if you do not submit a complete application package.

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.

To fax supporting documentation you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 961537. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your resume and any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required (if applicable):

1.      Resume is required to submit your application for consideration.


2.     DD214, Certificate of release or Discharge from Active Duty, must be provided in order to receive veterans preference. If a DD-214 Form is not available at the time of application, applicant MUST submit proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status or active duty status. Veterans with a service connected disability and other claiming 10 point preference are required to provide a copy of the letter from the VA or branch of service showing disability dated after 1991 and are encourage to submit Form SF-15. NOTE: If you do not submit all of the required documentation, you will not receive additional veteran preference points.


3.     TRANSCRIPTS, from a college or university  recognized by the U.S Department of Education are required to verify that you meet the basic education requirement. For a listing of accredited U.S. schools, please visit:  For graduates of foreign universities, an evaluation of all course work form an organization recognized as specializing in interpretation of credentials is required.  For a list of accredited agencies for foreign education, please visit:  NOTE: If the request information is not provide, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.


Phone: (202)653-0008
Fax: (202)254-4348
Agency Information:
DHS Office of Inspector General
Attn Chief of Operations 9th Floor
20528-0305 Fax: (202)254-4348


The process of consideration of applicants may take several weeks.

Notification Process:  Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email message that your submission was successful.  After your complete application is reviewed you will be notified of your rating and/ or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail message. We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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