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    This vacancy announcement will be open from 09/07/2016 to 09/13/2016. Only the first 100 applicants will be considered. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

    The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student’s academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

    Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

    • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
    • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

    Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

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    In a developmental capacity, the incumbent assists higher-level Government Information Specialists in coordinating FOIA requests for information and in providing advice and guidance to management, staff and the public regarding disclosure of Departmental records under the Act, exemptions from full or partial disclosure, confidential business information, appeals of information denials and fee waivers. Helps research and review FOIA requests, clarify issues in requests and evaluate need for further information. S/he participates in responses to FOIA requests involving multiple programs and offices, in reviewing incoming requests for clarity and reasonableness and in contacting requesters for clarification and to discuss document availabilities. Increasingly reviews FOIA responses to ensure their proper coordination, regulatory compliance and responsiveness to the requests. Assists higher-level employees with their service as regional contacts and coordinators for FOIA issues that include interpretation of GIS and IPS policies and development of formal guidance related to release of information under FOIA and the Privacy Act. The trainee participates in development, implementation, management and recommendation of improvements in the administration and operation of regional FOIA programs. Assists in conduct of organizational assessments of FOIA programs and with development of methods and procedures designed to improve and streamline the FOIA process and measure the potential impact of FOIA activities on program operations in the assigned Division. S/he participates in development and delivery of training and briefings on FOIA and Privacy Act regulations, policies and procedures.
    The incumbent participates in maintenance of stable and established records management programs for multi-functional regional level organizations and programs within IPS. S/he maintains such programs that include a centralized records function, standardized handling and retention of records, improved records management, conversion of records from paper to electronic and film data and document searches. Assists in development of tools designed to promote effective coordination of the programs, and analyzes, evaluates and helps resolve problems and issues involving the development of records management systems, conversion from paper to electronic files, automated retrieval processes and utilization of archiving and storage systems.
    The incumbent acts in developmental capacity in increasingly utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques to assist in the analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of organizations’ information access and response and records management programs and operations in meeting their established goals and objectives. S/he participates in recommending, developing and monitoring programmatic and operational performance metrics, and in analyzing such data to identify program slippages and their impact on the organization. Assists in integrating program financial, technical, procurement and scheduling information with performance metrics results in providing Office and Division management with preliminary reports and recommendations designed to enhance their program operations. The trainee participates in conduct of organizational and programmatic assessments undertaken by higher-level Specialists to improve effectiveness of Divisions’ work methods and procedures, organizational structures, manpower utilization, distribution of work assignments, delegations of authority, development of management controls, application of information and documentation systems and related management and administrative functions and activities.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Students who are U.S. Citizens accepted for enrollment during the current or next upcoming semester in a degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis with a projected graduation date on or after Fall 2017.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/449373500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.