This position is located in the Management Information and Directives Division (MC-MMI) of the Office of Management Information Services, Office of the Administration. MC-MMI is responsible for managing and operating the FMCSA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program.
You will serves as the Government Information Specialist, for MC-MMI.
As a Government Information Specialist (FOIA), you will:
Perform detailed research, analysis and evaluation of data to determine whether documents requested are subject to release under the law and the implementing regulations.
Research precedents and regulations regarding requests not clearly covered by the FOIA/PA and determine the proper course of action. Compose initial responses to requesters.
Provide information, guidance and assistance to requester and other organizational unites with the Agency on the current procedures, regulations, format and other technical matters involved in the preparation of requests.
The ideal candidate will have experience interpreting and applying statutory requirements rules, regulations, public laws, and guidelines governing Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act programs.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
Provide all required documents by closing date
Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion: FMCSA.M-2018-0020
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience.
TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-7 on Education, you must have:
One full academic year of graduate level education; OR bachelors degree with
*Superior Academic Achievement.- In the upper one-third of graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR Honor Society Membership..
To qualify for the GS-7 on Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent to GS-06, it must include:
Experience processing FOIA requests by assigning program office actions, examining and evaluating information requests, and recommending release or non-release of records.
Experience researching developments in the field of information disclosure, including regulations, recent court and Department of Justice (DOJ) guidance, and current legislative actions.
Experience maintaining electronic inbox-utilizing agencys library and/or related information services, tools, methods and procedures to respond to questions and to assist public and other users access information.
You can also qualify based on a combination of education and matching experience.
TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-09 on Education, you must have:
A Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
A LL.B. or J.D., if related
To qualify for the GS-9 on Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent to GS-07, it must include:
Experience assisting in recurring case preparations in connection with appeals, and preparing documented findings that information is lawfully released or withheld.
Experience researching, analyzing, and evaluating data for response to information requests; and assembling and reviewing proposed FOIA release packages.
Experience reviewing and analyzing appeals from denials of access to records requested under FOIA, and recommending final agency decision on release/non-release of records.
You can also qualify based on a combination of education and matching experience.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.
Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review .
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This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.
WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions.
Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top-rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.
Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy.
The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.
TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.
If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.
VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. It need not be official.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.
If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.
DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:
your most recent performance appraisal,
the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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