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Government Information Specialist

Full-time
$155,700 – $183,500 Per Year
Closing on Aug 11, 2023

About Customs and Border Protection

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Location:
Virginia, Sterling
Requires Relocation:
No
Start Date:
07/08/2023
End Date:
11/08/2023
Offering Type:
Permanent
Hiring Paths:
Internal to an agency - appears on USAJOBS
Service Type:
Competitive
Travel Percentage:
Occasional travel

Job summary

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, National Targeting Center - National Vetting Center in Sterling, VA.

Major duties

The work carried out in this position will help provide programmatic support to the director of the National Vetting Center (NVC) to develop, implement, and review policies and procedures to ensure privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections are appropriately incorporated into all NVC activities. This position starts at a salary of $155,700.00 (GS-15, Step 1) to $183,500.00 (GS-15, Step 10) with promotion potential to $183,500.00 (GS-15, Step 10). In this position you will become a key member of the National Vetting Center. Typical work assignments include: Advising the NVC Director on changes and proposals to the NVC technologies and processes that may impact privacy, civil rights, or civil liberties protections. Evaluating and mitigating privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties risks associated with proposals and operational programs and completes appropriate compliance documentation required by the Privacy Act of 1974, the e-Government Act of 2002, or DHS policy. Serving as the liaison between the NVC and the interagency Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Working Group, updates the group on NVC activities and plans, and facilitates the group's access to informational briefings and review of strategic and operational documents. Managing and conducting audits to measure the effectiveness of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties policies and protections in NVC activities and technology. Developing, facilitating, coordinating, and conducting external outreach activities on behalf of the NVC to Congress, media, and external stakeholder groups on matters pertaining to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

Requirements

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below) You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures. As an employee of CBP, you will be joining a workforce that is dedicated to accomplishing our mission while maintaining the trust of our Nation by strictly adhering to all government ethics standards. Your conduct will be subject to the ethics rules applicable to all Executive Branch employees, and to CBP employees specifically, as well as the criminal conflict of interest statutes. Once you enter on duty, these rules include obtaining approval for outside employment or business activity, to ensure such employment or business activity is not prohibited and does not interfere or conflict with performance of your official duties. Please review further details via the following link.

Qualification

Experience: You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as: Demonstrated a mastery of privacy laws, policies and regulations. Coordinated and responded to various DHS components, members of congress, privacy and civil rights advocacy community, and other federal agencies; Reviewed and conducted complex analyses, evaluations, and investigations to provide guidance in support of various organizational programs. NOTE: Your resume must explicitly indicate how you meet this requirement, otherwise you will be found ineligible. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional resume requirements. 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. You must: Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 08/11/2023. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For additional information, review the following links: Background investigation and the e-QIP process. Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency waiver by meeting one or more of the following conditions: Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Education

Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Evaluations

Applicants will only be considered for the Eligibilities for which they claim in the job questionnaire AND must provide the supporting documentation. Applicants will not be considered for Eligibilities for which they did not claim, regardless of the documentation submitted with the application. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12069128 We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using an assessment questionnaire. This self-assessment will be used to assess the following competencies or KSAs: Knowledge of federal privacy, civil rights, and/or civil liberties laws, policies, regulations, orders, and principles. Ability to draft and present complex oversight, compliance, legal or policy documents and briefings to senior leadership. Ability to develop new methods and techniques to address privacy, civil rights, and/or civil liberties issues for which guidelines or precedents are not substantially applicable. Skill in building consensus among internal and external stakeholders, including working groups, oversight entities, and the privacy and civil liberties advocacy community, to obtain and maintain cooperation and support to resolve highly complex or controversial issues. Ability to review, conduct complex analyses, evaluations, or investigations in the area of privacy, civil rights, and/or civil liberties and provide guidance in support of organizational programs, systems, and processes, including areas where definitions, methods, and/or data are incomplete, controversial, or uncertain, or where boundaries of the studies are extremely broad and difficult to determine in advance. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be contacted for an interview. As a part of the interview process, additional selection criteria may be administered by the hiring manager. Preview the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12069128 Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not CTAP eligible. View information about CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the Required Documents section of this announcement. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position.