Citizenship and Immigration Services GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SPECIALIST in Lees Summit, Missouri
Summary This position is located in National Records Center, National Record Center Executive Staff, FOIA Program Branch, Disclosure & Significant Interest. As aGovernment Information Specialists you will perform a wide variety of duties related to the FOIA/PA Program. Primary responsibilities include researching, interpreting and applying FOIA/PA statutes and regulations, and processing complex FOIA/PA cases. Responsibilities The responsibilities described are for the GS-11 level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope performed with less independence, and limited complexity. Review and analyze complex or sensitive Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) requests, while ensuring compliance with FOIA/PA laws, regulations and policies. Adjudicate which information and documentation can be released. Research, interpret, and analyze legal issues, records policy, and internal procedures while applying extensive knowledge of records systems, statutes, and precedents to ascertain whether responsive records are complete and to make recommendations. Provide accurate and timely technical assistance for disclosure of FOIA/PA records using automated processing systems to redact records and prepare all necessary correspondence, notices and other documentation. Answer and respond to FOIA/PA appeal inquiries, complaints and litigation. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure You must pass a drug screening You must submit resume and supporting documentation Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service Political appointees may require OPM approval before on-boarding The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The Time-in-Grade requirement must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. This position ISin the bargaining unit. This position IS NOTconsidered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed. Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas. Background Investigation:To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards,all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. The background investigation process is initiated after a selection is made. For more information visit the OPM Mythbuster Page.If a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance is needed or the position is designated a Sensitive National Security position, all selected candidates must meet the requirements for these clearances or Sensitive National Security position prior to placement AND maintain that level of clearance or national security eligibility while encumbering the position. Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year. Qualifications The Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate (IRIS) provides immigration, employment, and identity information accurately and completely to enable confident and timely decisions. Through a culture of innovation and creativity, IRIS continually evaluates and improves processes to achieve optimal performance and drives flexible and modern technology solutions and services to support evolving operational needs. IRIS fosters a “smart creative” environment for employees that empowers and encourages them to innovate, take chances, and strive to create a better way of getting the job done. This “smart creative” environment challenges employees to think creatively and create solutions for how IRIS can continuously enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of operational, customer, and employee related matters. GS-09: You qualify at the GS-09level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-07level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties: Reviewing complex forms and legal documents for completeness; • Applying the principles, concepts and methods of legal research and analysis to research information using electronic resources; Utilizing case processing software to process FOIA/PA requests or other legal cases; Creating and/or processing FOIA/PA requests; Applying appropriate exemptions to FOIA/PA cases. OR You may substitute a Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education leading to such a degree in any field or a J.D. or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-09 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours. GS-11: In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), to qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, which is equivalent to at least the GS-09level in the federal government, that equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties: Receiving, processing, researching and/or verifying Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) requests; Providing technical assistance to management, staff and the public on using automated systems for the disclosure of agency records under the FOIA and PA; Experience in records systems, records policy and internal procedures to ascertain the completeness of records produced by the agency; Ensuring documentation of requests processed and providing all pertinent records to respond in a comprehensive manner to FOIA/PA appeals and litigation. OR You may substitute a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent degree), or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or L.L.M. (if related for experience) at the GS-11 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours. The assessments for this job will measure: Flexibility Organizational Awareness Technical competence Reasoning Attention to Detail Customer Service Interpersonal Skills OralCommunication Problem Solving Self-Management Teamwork Technology Application Writing Please read the following important information to ensure you submit everything we need to consider your application:It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit your responses and appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity announcement. USCIS will only review the first 5 pages of your resume to determine your initial eligibility/qualifications for a position. As such, please be sure to include content to support your eligibility/qualifications for this position within the first 5 pages. Please note that your full resume will be made available to the hiring manager if you are referred.Be clear and specific when describing your work history since Human Resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated and ranked based on your responses to the online questions. Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information: Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job) Duties (be specific in describing your duties) Employer's name and address Supervisor name and phone number Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008) Start and end dates for each grade/pay level if you've held a federal position. Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) Salary Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide the above information may result in a finding of ineligible. Note: Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Federal Experience:If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position. 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 OfficeNational Service Experience (i.e., volunteer 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 criteria 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 service. Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience. Education COMBINING QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education. For more information on combining education and experience, visit the following website: General Schedule Qualification Standards.Transcript required: If you don't submit a transcript, we will not use your education when deciding if you're qualified for the job.For verification purposes, the transcript submitted must include your name and educational institution. Additional Information Special Employment Consideration:The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps, VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Personnel Management guidance and U.S. Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change. Additional Information: USCIS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment. It is our responsibility to eliminate any risks to national security, public health, and public safety that could be posed by individuals who use illegal drugs. This position may be subject to random testing as a condition of employment. A positive drug test or refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service.Note: If you previously retired from the Federal service and are receiving an annuity, your salary may be offset by the amount of your annuity. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions. Common definitions for hiring terms found in this announcement.