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Job Title:Government Information Specialist - DEU

Agency:Federal Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:OGC-2014-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$52,146.00 to $67,787.00 / Per Year


Thursday, July 31, 2014 to Thursday, August 14, 2014




Full-Time, Competitive Service - Permanent




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About the Agency

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking highly motivated individuals to work in Washington, DC, processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) requests. The Federal Trade Commission receives a wide range of FOIA requests seeking information pertaining to (1) complex antitrust matters including health care, computers, food, chemicals, energy, and defense; (2) consumer protection matters involving, among other things, advertising claims, internet and telemarketing fraud, privacy and data security issues, and financial practices; and (3) personnel matters, legislative matters involving antitrust, consumer protection, or agency practice.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • This position is included in the bargaining unit.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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The Office of General Counsel represents the Federal Trade Commission (Commission) in court and providing legal counsel to the Commission, the operating bureaus, and other offices. If selected for this position, you will serve as a Government Information Specialist within the Federal Trade Commissions Office of General Counsels FOIA Unit. The Government Information Specialist processes Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests within the Office of General Counsel. This developmental position is being advertised at the GS-09 level, where close supervision and technical guidance and/or on-the-job training are provided until the incumbent reaches the full performance level of GS-11. Duties at the full performance level include:

  • Responds orally and in writing to requests for disclosure of information from individuals and public and private entities;
  • Provides guidance to Commission Bureaus and offices, other government agencies, members of the public and private sectors on issues involving Commission disclosure policy under the FOIA/PA;
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, federal agencies, private organizations and institutions, and Commission Bureau and Offices, including regional offices requesting interpretation of policy and procedures, clarification and advice regarding Commission disclosure policy;
  • Assists in developing and revising Commission policies, procedures, guidance, and annual reports which support implementation of the disclosure policy under the FOIA Act;
  • Reviews and analyzes requests for disclosure of information from individuals, federal agencies and public and private entities. Recommends release or denial of requested information based on research, technical knowledge of the FOIA/PA and knowledge of the administrative operations by the Commission;
  • Manages caseload, researches relevant statutes, reviews agency records, applies applicable exemptions, and prepares memoranda or other documents detailing their response. The incumbent may have frequent contact with senior agency staff, members of the public, the media, and outside law firms;
  • Performs legal and other research on a variety of issues surrounding FOIA/PA exemptions, interpretations, and access under these statutes; provides information on the basis of personal knowledge of current cases or search of case records, documents and other references; using reference sources such as legislative histories, statutes, administrative decisions by the Department of Justice, the Comptroller General of the United States or other government agencies, and applicable federal court cases; and
  • Assists on a wide variety of other matters involving the agency's practice as assigned.


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In order to qualify for this position at the GS-09 Level, applicants must meet the following:

Possess (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level, or its non-Federal equivalent. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level include: Experience researching and analyzing the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and related case law to make recommendations to release or withhold records.

The successful candidate possesses strong research, analytical, and writing skills, and the ability to learn new computer skills quickly. Applicants should be self-starters, able to work under pressure and be able to handle multiple simultaneous assignments and confidential information.

Alternatively, you qualify based on education for the GS-9 if you have completed:

Related master's or equivalent graduate degree,

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

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


A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements described above.

In order to meet minimum qualifications, applicants must also identify experience which demonstrates that the candidate meets the following selective placement factor. Candidates who do not show such experience in their resume will not be considered.

  • Do you have experience processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and/or Privacy Act (PA) requests?
Evidence of the selective placement factor must be reflected in the resume. Applicants who do not possess both the basic qualifications AND the selective placement factor will not be considered.

All applicants must apply through

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within the Federal Trade Commission.


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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to
FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the
FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you.


__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)
__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.

For each period of Work experience include:
___Job title
___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
___Duties and accomplishments
___Employer's name and address
___Supervisor's name and contact information
___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
___Number of hours worked per week
___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
___Certificates/licenses (current)
___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.


Rob Warren
Phone: 202-326-2021
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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