Government Information Specialist (FOIA Administrator)

US Department of the Interior - Reno, NV4.2

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

This position is located in the Nevada State Office. This position is located in Reno, Nevada, for more information visit Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce .

The incumbent is responsible for the oversight and management of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act (PA), Records Administration, and Indian Trust programs for the entire state. Thus, duties include but are not limited to:
  • As the State FOIA/PA Officer provides policy, guidance and training to all offices regarding proper management of local FOIA/Privacy programs and proper fulfillment of legal requirements.
  • Reviews extremely complex FOIA/PA request and provides counsel with legal ramifications.
  • Performs extensive information searches, reviews/records and develops comprehensive responses.
  • As State Indian Trust Officer receives/responds to requests pertaining to Indian Trust Data.
  • Drafts responses for precedent-setting FOIA requests and recommends innovative approaches for resolving information disclosure issues.
  • Provides comments on FOIA program initiatives, legislation, and GAO reports.
  • Communicates with all levels of the Bureau and the Department in responding to FOIA requests.
  • Develops long-range resources/projects plans.
  • Directs reviews to determine current need and use of record systems.
  • Assures documentation is adequate to meet requirements for legal admissibility of records as evidence in a court of law.
  • Conducts long/short range planning to move from manual to an automated environment.
  • Reviews sharing agreements to ensure adherence to Bureau regulations and existing access laws.
  • Receives and responses to request pertaining Indian Trust Data.
Physical Demands : The work is primarily sedentary. Employee may lead work groups, briefings, or training sessions. Intense concentration is expected during periods of analyses and writing.
Work Environment : The work is performed in an office setting.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required to attend meetings and training events.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0306 Government Information Specialist


Conditions of Employment
This position falls under the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, Series, 0306. There are no Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for this series.

Specialized Experience Requirements : In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-11) of the position to be filled.

To qualify for the GS-12 : One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as demonstrated expertise in researching, analyzing and interpreting FOIA and Privacy Act statues, regulations, policies and precedents of a complex and controversial nature; serving as a technical expert in resolving extremely complex policy and program issues and advisor to senior management/staff regarding FOIA statues, regulations and directives; using extensive knowledge of the requirements of FOIA case law, regulations and policies to determine the relevance and applicability of extremely complex requests; developing/creating comprehensive responses to requests for information.

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 by the closing date of the announcement.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.

Additional information
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP . If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website .

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA1: In-depth and expert knowledge of the requirements of the FOIA and the E-FOIA Amendments of 1996, Privacy Act and the statues, regulations, and directives concerning such implementations.

KSA2: Proficient skill to analyze FOIA requests/determine proper procedures; assemble/organize numerous documents; process/redact documents for release and approve packages for release within prescribed timelines.

KSA3: Expert writing skill is required to communicate tactfully orally and in writing to convey information, provide advice to senior management and to develop comprehensive responses to FOIA/PA request.

KSA4: Extensive knowledge of the principles/techniques of records administration, records management systems, information technology, systems analysis and office automation to apply this knowledge to program/project management.

KSA5: Ability to research problems/issues to include evaluation of the content of new/modified legislation to determine its impact on the agency’s records administration (Record, FOIA, Privacy Act, Indian Trust, etc.) program(s).

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume. In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide .

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

Uploading Documents: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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