The Program Analyst I will report to the FOIA-PA Division Chief. The purpose of this position is to review security information for release and declassification or denial in response to requests under the federal access statutes. As permitted under the law, a requester has the right to request records be corrected or expunged. This role has the responsibility to conduct a de novo review of the record and the changes proposed by the requestor in order to correct or expunge the official federal record. The Program Analyst I exercises discretion and independent judgment in the application of laws, executive orders, regulations, precedents and agency regulations and practices related to the FOIA and Privacy Act.
Performs analytical and evaluative work
Assure intended requirements of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts are accurately and consistently fulfilled and that the requirements for release of the documents are followed, in accordance with administrative regulatory procedures
Conduct legal research on complex issues involving difficult FOIA/PA policy, regulations, procedures and precedent court decisions. Various district and circuit courts have ruled differently on many FOIA and PA issues. Researches case law to determine the accepted court interpretation relating to FOIA or PA exemptions. Reviews and analyzes available precedents relevant to cases under consideration for use in making release/denial determinations
Control, manage, and coordinate the Bureau's disclosure activities
Respond to requests for the disclosure of information, including complex requests under the FOIA, by analyzing the request, directing an appropriate search, obtaining the responsive documents, performing a legal review to determine if information is exempt from disclosure under applicable statutes and regulations, redacting information that is exempt from disclosure, preparing a letter that provides the documents and explains what information being withheld from disclosure, and obtaining necessary clearances
Select assemble, summarize, and compile substantive information on complex legal issues involving release and denial decisions on FOIA and PA requests for security information. Cases involve difficult legal, technical and factual issues
Research, analyze, and evaluate data for response to information requests; make final release determinations, reviewing and assembling proposed FOIA release packages
Prepares draft release determinations for signature of Division Chief; and, draft denial determinations for signature of Deputy Executive Director. The incumbent will make the disclosure of government records to the public, other Federal Agencies, Congress, consistent with the rights of individual privacy; the proprietary rights of regulated industry to trade secret and confidential commercial information; with regard to the deliberative process of the agency
Coordinates FOIA and PA request. Develops, controls, manages, and coordinates the Bureau's disclosure activities
Respond to requests for the disclosure of information, including requests under the FOIA, by analyzing the request, directing an appropriate search, obtaining the responsive documents, performing a legal review to determine if information is exempt from disclosure under applicable statutes and regulations, redacting information that is exempt from disclosure, preparing a letter that provides the documents and explains what information being withheld from disclosure, and obtaining necessary clearances
Stay abreast on the following; All policies and procedures affecting records retrieval practices and when needed, performs the duties of the Bureau's Records Manager, carrying out the responsibilities of the Records Management Program. Types of recordkeeping systems and types of records maintained
Gather, sort and interprets data from various record systems
Provide responsive source of Departmental information to members of Congress, federal, state and local officials, journalists, attorneys, representatives of special interest groups, corporate officials, and the general public requesting information concerning the Department of State's worldwide security programs
Maintain oversight and review; of the FOIA and PA program to achieve bureau wide adherence to applicable laws as well as spots trend requiring action to clarify or amend policies and delineate between legal and managerial options in the administration of the acts decisions on documents under review are of major significance to top Departmental officials and administrators, and will serve as the basis for new policies to be used in classifying or declassifying security information
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
Foster and support team working environment
Qualifications - Experience, Education and Licensure:
Knowledge and understanding of the Freedom of Information Act (5U.S.C.552), the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a, Executive Order 13526-Classified National Security Information and Executive Order 10450-Security requirements for Government employment;
Ability to conduct research, extract pertinent information, draw conclusions, identify problems, and develop recommendations. Ability to synthesize results in a clear, readily usable form. Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methods of legal research and analysis sufficient to apply developing case law to varying facts in cases involving wide ranging subject matter;
Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) and prepare legal briefs and summaries of analyses. Skill in writing correspondence, including denial letters, amendment and appeal justifications , affidavits, and other legal documentation; ability to provide corrective information and advice on information access laws to components in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and to respond to questions about Departmental security records, functions, and work processes.
The Sensitivity Level of the position is Critical-Sensitive and selectee must meet appropriate clearance requirements. A Top Secret clearance is necessary. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the Bureau is in compliance with the law in the maintenance of records and that every record reviewed by the incumbent is accurate, relevant, timely, and complete. This office is the final authority on the release or denial of security information going to the public.
Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for frequently bending, stooping, sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time; most of time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with the opportunity to move about. Occasionally there may be a need to move or lift moderately light items up to 35 pounds. Near visual acuity to review written documentation; ability to hear and understand speech at normal room levels and on the telephone; manual dexterity to operate a telephone and keyboard; lift horizontally and vertically. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Job is performed in an office setting with exposure to computer screens and requires extensive use of a computer, keyboard, mouse and multi-line telephone system. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Additional Qualifying Factors:
Ability to obtain and maintain a top secret security clearance. In addition, a satisfactory background screening, negative drug test, positive references and proof of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States and for Tatitlek are required. Preference given to Tatitlek Shareholders.