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Job Title:Government Information Specialist (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Specialist)

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:14-0111-DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 17, 2014 to Monday, March 24, 2014




Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position IS/IS NOT in the bargaining unit. - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


Status eligibles-a current or former federal employee of any department or agency in the Executive Branch who is not a temporary, time-limited employee or is reinstatement eligible.  This includes USAID employees on career or career-conditional appointments, individuals eligible for special appointing authorities such as VEOA, ICTAP/CTAP, Schedule A, and individuals on Interchange Agreements with Other Merit Systems.






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  For more information about USAID, visit



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.



  • U.S. Citizen or national
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit/Electric Funds Transfer is required


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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.


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In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOC's) by the closing date of this announcement:

  • Knowledge of Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act laws, policies, and regulations
  • Skill to plan, organize, and implement programs, plans and proposals involving substantial organization resources
  • Ability to analyze the assessment and improvement of complex programs, processes and systems
  • Skill in conducting briefing
Please be advised that a narrative is not required, but KSAOC's must be displayed within your resume.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: reviews, analyzes, and processes Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests of a simple nature including researching problem areas; researches and writes reports or other documents of related issues; input, delete, retrieve, manipulate, and correct information in automated databases or electronic records; and follows preliminary instructions in performing research on easily resolved legal questions with clearly applicable precedents.


You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: reviews, analyzes, and processes Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests of a simple and complex nature including researching problem areas, identifying legal issues, and conducting analysis to determine whether there is any basis to assert an exemption to disclosure; researches and writes reports or other documents of FOIA/PA related issues; input, delete, retrieve, manipulate, and correct information in automated databases or electronic records and develop, design and produce a wide variety of reports to increase efficiencies and effectiveness in processing requests from beginning to end; follows preliminary instructions in performing research on easily resolved legal questions with clearly applicable precedents; and participates in meetings, discussions to communicate program issues, goals, and objectives.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates may apply if well qualified.  Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors above the minimum level, which equates to a score of 88 or higher in the online assessment; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.

To qualify for this position at the GS-9 level you must possess at least one of the following:   


Master's or equivalent graduate degree




2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree




LL.B. or J.D., if related


To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level you must possess at least one of the following: 

Posses a PH.D. Or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years (54 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher education leading to such a degree or LL.M. if related to duties of position.


Combination of education and experience

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date.  This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.  This requirement does not apply when applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) competitive appointing authority.  This allows veterans that meet the criteria below to apply to announcements open to Federal employees only.

To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either:

  • a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR
  • a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service.
Points are not adjudicated and preference is not applied under this type of announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Program/Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible, go to:


Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems:  An agency may noncompetitively appoint an employee covered by an interchange agreement to a career or career-conditional appointment subject to the conditions listed below.  For more information to determine if you meet this criteria, please go to:


We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100 before veteran’s preference points are applied (if applicable).  You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidences by the education, experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities or competencies listed on this vacancy announcement.  USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process.  Applicants who do not permit reference checked from previous employers may be disqualified.
To preview questions please click here.


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This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 5 months of the closing date.


These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP’s) under the Agency’s approved Drug Free Work Place Program.  All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.


Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized


EEO Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:

Veterans' Information:


Selective Service Registration:


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The following instructions outline our application process.  You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than two business days prior to the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  An alternative application method will provided upon approval of the hardship notification. After this time, requests to apply via alternative methods will not be granted.  

Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date, via online or alternative methods, and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.  

Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement
Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement.  Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.  

Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (

-Create or upload a resume in USAJOBS. You may wish to customize your resume to ensure it supports your responses to the online questions and addresses the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement.  For resume tips, click here.

-Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Next" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 6 - Submit Documents
You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:
1.    Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application.  You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS.  Or


2.    You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile.  Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy.  Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online."  Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application.  Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.  
In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in Career Connector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in Career Connector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions.  The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.


If you are having difficulty within the Career Connector system and need technical assistance please email the help desk at The help desk is available to assist you during the hours of 8:00 am- 4:30 pm EST. 


  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code “1”, and type of position occupied.
  • Most recent performance appraisal
  • Veterans' documentation, if applying under a veterans' hiring authority such as VEOA (e,g, DD214, SF-15, and Veteran's Administration Letter) For a detailed list of documents, click here
  • Supporting documentation if seeking eligibility based any other special hiring authority (e.g., disabled veteran, Schedule A) For a detailed list of documents, click here.
  • Peace Corp Letter granting eligibility to apply for federal competitive status positions


DeShanta N. Hinton
Phone: 202-712-1966
Fax: 202-630-0056
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington , DC
Fax: 202-630-0056


Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system.  After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and possible interviews.  We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  A final job offer is contingent upon a favorable suitability determination and a favorable SECRET level security clearance investigation and determination.

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