Government Information Specialist
U.S. Department of Education
March 26, 2015
Washington, District of Columbia
This position is located near L'Efant Plaza and Federal Center.
- Responds to public inquiries or requests by providing guidance on the various statutes.
- Interprets and applies laws, regulations, policies and guidance regarding federal and student information in order to determine disclosure and access to Federal agency or school records for inquiries.
- Assists higher level specialists in preparing and negotiating agreements by researching and drafting proposed agreements.
- Interviews parties, reviews documents pertaining to agency or institution policy and practices and analyzes data to prepare findings.
Depending on the grade level selected, you may perform a variety of program related assignments for PIRMS as listed below:
- Investigates complaints and requests alleging violations of federal information management statutes.
- Prepares responses to inquiries from the public, parents, students, school officials and State education officials about the laws PIRMS administers.
- Negotiates settlement of complaints and proposes remedies to resolve conflicts.
- Prepares well-documented reports of investigative finding for issuing determinations in complaints.
- Provides technical assistance to a wide variety of customers with regard to the requirements of the laws administered by PIRMS.
Applicants should have one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Education may be substituted for experience at the GS-7 and GS-9 grade levels.
Examples of specialized experience may include:
- responding to requests for information via telephone, mail, fax, and the Internet;
- reviewing and analyzing policies, regulations, and procedures;
- applying regulations and guides to work assignments;
- participating in developing operational plans;
- making recommendations for improving methods; and
- assisting in determining work standards and control systems;
- participating in program studies and analyses of operations to identify opportunities for improvement;
- conducting paperwork and records management studies;
- performing analyses of workflow, operations, work processes and procedures, cost and equipment usage;
- preparing initial work plans;
- drafting reports;
- identifying problems and making recommendations for problem resolution;
- researching, reviewing, and integrating narrative information and statistical data;
- monitoring and tracking budgets and expenditures; or comparing administrative reports and correspondence with established guidelines and policies.
For explanation of qualifications visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.
Education may be substituted as follows:
- GS-7, B.A./B.S. degree with superior academic achievement or 1 full-year of graduate level education.
- GS-9, Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full-years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D.
The ideal candidate will have the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below. Applicants are not required to address each KSA, however, you may show in your resume how you possess the below KSAs.
- Knowledge of privacy laws and policies, information disclosure laws, information collection laws, electronic discovery, or information management laws.
- Knowledge of privacy law and policy, information disclosure laws, information collection laws, electronic discovery, or information management laws.
- Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques for measuring effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of assigned programs.
- Ability to perform analytic and strong writing skills.
$42,631 - $67,787 per year
Send your résumé and a short cover letter to the firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Peace Corps – Government Information Specialist.” Résumés must be received by 11:59PM on March 26, 2015. You must include the following text, as appropriate, in your cover letter:
I closed my Peace Corps service on mm/dd/yyyy. Since that date was less than one year ago, I have noncompetitive eligibility.
I closed my Peace Corps service on mm/dd/yyyy. However, I was enrolled in a full-time graduate program at [university name] from mm/dd/yyyy until mm/dd/yyyy. I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left.
I closed my Peace Corps service on mm/dd/yyyy. However, I was a member of the U.S. military from mm/dd/yyyy until mm/dd/yyyy. I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left.
I closed my Peace Corps service on mm/dd/yyyy. However, I was a full-time volunteer with [organization name] from mm/dd/yyyy until mm/dd/yyyy. I therefore have X months of noncompetitive eligibility left.
Note: This is an invitation to submit a resume only if you have existing noncompetitive eligibility, and is not a guarantee of employment.