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    “Privacy has been at the heart of our democracy from  its inception.”  (President Obama, Executive Order, Feb. 9, 2016.)  Join the growing cadre of Federal Government privacy professionals who are responsible for the proper handling of personally identifiable information (PII) and the effective implementation of privacy rights under the Privacy Act of 1974 and other Federal authorities.  MSPB is looking for a talented professional to work at the front lines of agency activities in addressing privacy risks that arise from cutting-edge technologies and to address complex questions surrounding appropriate collection, maintenance, and sharing of PII in an increasingly digital world.

    About the Position:  The incumbent serves as MSPB’s Chief Privacy Officer & Director of the Information Services Team.  In that capacity, the incumbent supervises and oversees the responsibilities of the Information Services Team, and serves as a senior advisor and the principal advocate for ensuring the consideration and protection of privacy in the collection, maintenance, use, sharing, and disposal of personal information about individuals across all Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) programs and activities.  The incumbent, in developing MSPB’s privacy program, has the dual role of ensuring agency compliance with privacy-related laws and also advising other Board offices on privacy-related matters that impact MSPB’s mission activities and our stakeholders. 

    This position is located in the Office of the Clerk of the Board (OCB).  OCB’s mission is parallel to that of a Clerk of the Court, and its functions fall into two basic categories:  case processing and information services.  The office receives and processes appeals filed at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB or Board) headquarters, rules on certain procedural matters, and issues the Board’s decisions.  OCB also serves as MSPB’s public information center, including providing information on the status of cases, distributing copies of Board decisions and publications, answering requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act, and responding to other information requests, e.g., from the media.

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    The incumbent formulates, plans, and manages the MSPB privacy program to: protect PII from unauthorized use, access, disclosure, or sharing; collect and process PII as transparently as possible; ensure MSPB compliance with statutory and other privacy requirements and information requests; and minimize unnecessary collection and maintenance of PII.  The incumbent must read, analyze, and apply privacy laws, regulations, and guidance, including US laws and at times international privacy laws, consulting with OGC and other offices as required.  The incumbent also advises other Board staff on privacy issues that relate to mission activities and stakeholders.

    Specific areas of responsibility include:

    Privacy Strategic Planning - Develops and implements a comprehensive written privacy program, with a consistent overall approach to privacy policies and processes and identification and mitigation of privacy risks.

    Privacy Governance - Establishes effective governance over privacy through cross-organizational team(s) charged with identifying and mitigating privacy and security risks, and by establishing the level of privacy responsibility for all MSPB employees and contractors, including the Senior Agency Official for Privacy (SAOP), IT policy and compliance staff, staff who handle PII routinely, and all other staff. 

    Advisor/Subject Matter Expert - Serves as the privacy subject matter expert and legal advisor on privacy issues to staff and senior management, and actively engages all offices to ensure that privacy is considered as the Board undertakes new initiatives.

    Risk Assessments and Privacy Controls - Performs or coordinates initial and periodic privacy risk assessments within the MSPB and for PII held by any contactors.

    Other Program Oversight – The incumbent oversees the records management, FOIA, and Paperwork Reduction Act programs to ensure consistency between the records and privacy programs and to ensure that collections and releases of information through FOIA and litigation comply with privacy laws and policies.

    Supervisory Duties  - The incumbent assigns and reviews the work of staff of approximately four people to ensure timely performance, soundness, and value.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training and work assignment purposes.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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