About the Agency
USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in four regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia. USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our Counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. For information on the effort to counter all forms of human trafficking, including the procurement of commercial sex acts and the use of forced labor, visit http://www.state.gov/g/tip. For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov.
This position is located in the Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services, Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD), the agency’s central receipt and processing point for requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act (PA) and Mandatory Classification Review (MCR) programs. The incumbent serves as a Government Information Specialist (GIS) and is responsible for processing FOIA/PA requests. This individual reviews and analyzes FOIA/PA requests exercising discretion and judgment in the application of laws, regulations, and agency practices related to the FOIA/PA; researches case law, analyzes a variety of records and ensures release and disclosure of responsive documents adhere to applicable exemptions and/or exclusions. The incumbent liaisons with offices within the organization to provide advice and guidance on FOIA/PA matters to facilitate responses to requesters; seeks scope clarification from requesters as needed; maintains a complete and accurate administrative record and provides status reports. The incumbent uses information technology such as computers in processing and managing information throughout the government information management lifecycle. Performs other related duties as assigned.
As a Government Information Specialist, you process FOIA/PA/MCR requests; research and analyze FOIA/PA information to respond to requests and develop status reports to support agency reporting requirements; prepare responses to FOIA requesters and agency management as requested; liaison with agency FOIA Contact Officers, the USAID Office of General Counsel, and other agencies on FOIA/PA related matters; conducts research on applicable case law, federal regulations on FOIA/PA requests to resolve issues; use information technology such as computers in administering, and managing information, as well as for a wide variety of record keeping, correspondence, and tracking operations throughout the government information management lifecycle.