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Office of the Secretary of Defense Arlington, VA
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##### Department of Defense

Office of the Secretary of Defense


- ##### Open & closing dates

09/04/2019 to 09/09/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 13

- ##### Salary

$99,172 to $128,920 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Arlington, VA 1 vacancy

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

### Summary

Administers, analyzes, supervises, or performs work involved in
establishing, disseminating or managing Government information.
Formulates policy, advises agency management, and ensures compliance
with Federal laws governing the flow of information, while
safeguarding Government information and supporting accountability
and transparency.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

Your typical work assignments may include the following:

- Interprets and applies laws, regulations, policies, and guidance
to provide access to Federal agency records and information,
while ensuring protected information is appropriately disclosed.
- Serves as independent FOIA case action officer, working cases of
advanced levels of complexity.
- Develops and implements DoD FOIA policies and procedures
concerning the administration of programs required by the FOIA
for public access to DoD information.
- Works directly with the DoD Office of General Counsel (OGC) and
the Department of Justice in drafting legal affidavits in
support of litigation filed pursuant to the FOIA.
- Prepares and presents high level briefings of conclusions, many
being highly subjective and not readily susceptible to
verification until actual operational situations are

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

0306 Government Information Specialist

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from
Selective Service (see
- Total salary varies depending on location of position
- This position is subject to provisions of the WHS/OSD PPP Pilot
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial
- Must be determined suitable for federal employment
- Required to participate in the direct deposit program
- This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug
- This position requires you to obtain and maintain a Top
Secret/Sensitive Compartment Information security clearance
- This position may require you to work other than normal duty
station hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or
holidays and/or mandatory overtime
- This position may require travel away from your normal duty
station on military or commercial aircraft

### Qualifications

**You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following
qualification requirement:**

Have one year of experience in the same or similar work equivalent
to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12) requiring application
of the knowledge, skills and abilities of the position being filled.
Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate in their
resume that they possess specialized experience in: Communicating
Privacy Act policy governing a DoD or Federal agency Privacy
Program; Experience processing requests for Privacy Act Data;
Experience researching, analyzing and evaluating data to determine
if information should be released.

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.

**ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS:** The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5,
United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal
agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled
veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time
they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in
lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible.
A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate
military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service
dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the
character of service. The service member's military service dates
are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the
definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification"
must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or
released from active duty service in the armed forces under
honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of
submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction
of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or
higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will
begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the
type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable).
Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to
verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to
appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation.
Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified
prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a
valid "certification" of service with their initial application will
be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before
the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member
is on terminal leave.

**All qualifications and education requirements must be met by the
closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your

### Education

**Education cannot be substituted for experience.**

### Additional information

**PPP PILOT:** The Washington Headquarters Service is currently
operating under an approved reengineered Priority Placement Program
(PPP) pilot for all positions in its serviced workforce. This pilot
is application based and current PPP registrants who are registered
for activity codes 293A and 295A (regardless of the location) are
required to apply to the job announcement via USAJobs in order to
exercise their priority placement status. This pilot permits
priority candidates to be assessed with other competitive
applicants. Anyone claiming priority status must provide a copy of
their PPP registration and supporting documentation (e.g. RIF
notice, Certification of Expected Separation) at the time of
application to verify priority placement and eligibility.

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Military spouse preference applicants
are required to apply to job announcement via USAJobs in order to
exercise their preference status. The application must include the
Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist, Marriage
Certificate or License, Sponsor's PCS orders at the time of
application to be considered

Other priority consideration programs will continue under their
current operating procedures.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee
fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to
report to any of the scheduled appointments.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do
not have in electronic form, view the following link for information
regarding an Alternate Application:

**Appointment Authorities**: For more information on appointment
authority eligibility requirements:

- Other Special Appointment Authorities
- Interchange Agreements\#url=Types-of-Appointments

**Career Transition Assistance Programs:** These programs apply to
employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal
service position within the competitive service or Federal service
employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer
needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you
must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated
well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above;
and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP
or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:

**Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants):** Applicants in
receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal
Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of
Annuitants. /

**Nepotism:** Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may
not be appointed into a position if the position is under the
supervisory chain of command of a relative.

**Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement**.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your r?sum? and
supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet
the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you
are minimally qualified, your r?sum? and supporting documentation
will be compared against your responses to the assessment
questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after
reviewing your r?sum? and/or supporting documentation, a
determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications
and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.
Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or
omissions may affect your eligibility.

All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The
category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your
background matches the competencies required for this position. Your
qualifications will be evaluated based on your responses to the
assessment questionnaire and the competencies listed below. The
assessment questionnaire link can be found under the 'How To Apply'

- Attention to Detail
- Customer Service
- Freedom of Information and Privacy Act
- Oral Communication
- Organizational Awareness
- Planning and Evaluating
- Self-Management
- Writing

**For Category Rating:** Once the application process is complete, a
review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and
compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to
determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing
your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made
that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you
may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all
instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your
eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the
three quality categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best
Qualified. **Qualified Category** = Does not exceed the basic
qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications"
section of this announcement. **Well Qualified Category** = Meets
the basic qualifications requirements described in the
"Qualifications" section of this announcement and demonstrates
proficiency in the Critical Competencies defined below. (This
category must be met to be considered under ICTAP procedures) **Best
Qualified Category** = Meets the basic qualifications requirements
described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and
excels in the Critical Competencies defined below. The category
assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background
matches the competencies required for this position.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points
or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by
placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality
category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum
qualification requirements and who have a compensable
service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed
in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or
professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Sensitive Compartmented Information

##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

upload the applicable documents with your application package. If
you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an
incomplete application package and you will not be considered any

1. Your resume may be submitted in any format that includes your
name and contact information (telephone number and/or email).
If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most
recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used
to determine which version of your resume is "most recent."

If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material
or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and
qualification determinations and you will not be considered for this

**For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours
worked per week and the dates of employment for each position listed
on your resume (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or
month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this
information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you
will not receive consideration for this position.**

2. Other supporting documents:

- Cover Letter, optional
- Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing
you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade
held (WHS serviced employees SF-50s will be verified via eOPF).
- College Transcript(s), if qualifying based on education (WHS
serviced employees will be verified via eOPF or you may include
them in your application package)
- DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected
discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for
consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
- Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if
- Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career
Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable
(e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force
Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that
documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance
- PPP Registrants/Eligibles: Must submit the following applicable
documents: 1) PPP registration 2) PCS orders (if applicable)

You are strongly encouraged to provide a copy of your license or
certificate in your application package. It is also acceptable to
document your license number and the name of the licensing authority
in your resume.

1. You must provide legible copy/copies of the following: DD-214,
"Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all
dates of service, as well as type of discharge and character of
service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of
Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel
Support Detachment (PSD). The Statement of Service/Proof of Service
must provide all dates of service, the expected date of discharge
and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.).
Veterans should upload their DD-214 once they receive it upon
2. You should also document your complete military service
information in the Veterans Preference and Military Service Section
of the assessment questionnaire (type of preference, dates of
service, date of VA letter, character of service, disability claim
and rank and date of retirement if retired).

1. Disabled veterans, veterans, widows, spouses or the mother of a
veteran, who are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, you
must provide legible copies of the following: Applicable supporting
documents as noted on Standard Form-15 (SF-15). To obtain a copy of
SF-15, go to:

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application
and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents
section below.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST)
on the closing date of the announcement (09/09/2019) to receive

- To begin, click **Apply** to access the online application. You
will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If
you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one
before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to **select your r?sum? and/or other
supporting documents** to be included with your application
package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional
documents to include in your application before it is submitted.
Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the
virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package,
complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem
appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must
complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online
application, verify the required documentation is included with
your application package, and submit the application.
- To view the assessment questionnaire, click here:

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS
account ( all of your
applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application
Status will appear along with the date your application was last
updated. For information on what each Application Status means,

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you
to review and track the status of your application.

Failure to submit a complete application package will result in an
ineligible rating and loss of consideration.

Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact
Information or Agency Information listed in this vacancy
announcement. All resumes/applications received at the addresses
listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be
destroyed and will not be considered for this vacancy

It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information
in their resume and documents are legible and accurate. HR will not
modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant.

Washington Headquarters Services provides reasonable accommodations
to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process,
please view the "Alternate Application" method listed in the "Other
Information" section of this announcement. Your requests for
reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Please visit the following link for more information

### Agency contact information

### Washington HQ Services

##### Phone


##### Email

##### Address

Chief Management Officer
Human Resources Directorate
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a
confirmation notification by email. Your application will be
evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your
eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you
will receive another notification regarding the status of your

Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up
for automatic email alerts at:

Washington Headquarters Services is an Equal Employment Opportunity

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

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