The Regulatory Specialist is responsible for performing a wide variety of assignments with regard to reviewing and formulating policy issuances, preparing reports and statements required by law, Executive Order or regulation, and developing regulations. Prepares answers to questions and/or other correspondence received as a result of the proposed rules and rulemaking proceduresLearn more about this agency
- Conducts continuing reviews and analyses-of existing Agency regulations to identify those which may need revision in view of changing Agency requirements or policies or actions taken by other regulatory agencies (e.g. Nuclear Regulatory Agency, OSHA, or Office of Surface Mining) and provides this information to the Assistant Secretary and top MSHA officials as input into their regulations development functions.
- Drafts the most complex, controversial or sensitive regulations or assists personnel from the Office of the Solicitor in drafting regulations pertaining to all MSHA program activities. Responsible for ensuring regulations reflect MSHA policies and are consistent with other Federal and State regulations to the extent possible. Exercises a leadership role in resolving any conflicts in this regard.
- Coordinates with the Office of the Solicitor and Departmental personnel to ensure that proposed regulations meet all legal, secretarial and government-wide requirements and practices and that the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act are complied with.
- Represents MSHA in meetings with representatives of industry and organized labor to discuss and/or gain acceptance of Agency proposals or ensure full input in the regulation development process. Responsible for reviewing and analyzing comments received on proposed regulations and determining, in conjunction with technical program personnel, management and the Office of the Solicitor, whether the issues raised by the comments have sufficient merit to warrant changes in the proposed regulation.
- Responsible for determining if proposed regulations or standards require regulatory and environmental impact analyses. Where required, prepares or oversees the preparation of such analyses. Assists technical specialists in using the results of these analyses to modify draft standards, where warranted.
- Reviews proposed Agency policy issuances to ensure that they are consistent with MSHA goals and objectives. Assesses the need for the development of policy statements to ensure that MSHA organizations implement enforcement and assistance programs in a coordinated fashion and that the actions are not in conflict with activities of other Federal or State agencies. Exercises a leadership role to resolve any differences within MSHA or between MSHA.
- Prepares answers to questions and/or other correspondence received as a result of the proposed rules and rulemaking procedures. In the event that proposed regulations are the subject of a request for a public hearing, works with the Solicitor to consolidate relevant background and supporting justification for MSHA's position.
14 - Position has Promotion potential to the GS-14 based on performance it is not guaranteed that promotion will be given.
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