Government information specialist (recent graduate)

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Department Of Homeland Security
United States Citizens Recent Graduates Full Time
Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyber space and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America''s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at /.
This is a Recent Graduate position in the Pathways Program. Selected individuals are placed in a dynamic one year developmental program in the excepted service designed to lead to a civil service career in the Federal government. At the successful conclusion of this program, the agency may non-competitively convert individuals to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. Conversion to a Federal competitive service position will be at the discretion of the agency and is neither guaranteed nor implied.
Every day, our Government Information Specialist will perform a wide variety of duties relative to the FOIA/PA Program. Primary responsibilities include interpreting and applying FOIA/PA regulations. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the National Records Center, Lee''s Summit, MO within the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This position of GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SPECIALIST (RECENT GRADUATE) starts at a salary of $39,179.00(GS-07 step 1) to $50,932.00 (GS-07 step 10) with promotion potential to the GS-9, Step 10, salary $62,297.00. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.
USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.
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 Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements You must submit resume and supporting documentation Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, you will receive both formal and on-the-job training to develop the required knowledge and skill to successfully perform the duties of the position.
As a Government Information Specialist, you will process the full range of FOIA/PA requests received by the organization, from initial evaluation to final document release or denial. Your duties will include:
Receiving and processing FOIA/PA requests. Monitoring status and progress of each assigned case. Determining and obtaining necessary materials and documents. Analyzing FOIA/PA responses to ensure compliance with FOIA/PA laws, regulations and policies and ensure full responsiveness to the requests.
Planning and carrying out assignments and coordinating activities with general guidance from the supervisor. Coordinating work with staff and with staff of other Federal or non-Federal agencies. Completing projects, evaluations, reports and recommendations in compliance with requests and organizational goals and guidelines and effectively achieves intended objectives.
Use a personal computer, including work processing software, to utilize the FOIA/PA information processing system, access databases, spreadsheets and correspondence.
Use DHS/USCIS record systems, records policy and internal procedures to ascertain whether or not the records produced by the agency are complete. Responsible for interpreting and applying statutes and precedents that are ambiguous and broad in nature. Researching and analyzing legal issues involved in recommendations for agency action.
Ensuring documentation of requests processing and providing all pertinent records and documentation to respond in a comprehensive manner to FOIA/PA requests. Answer inquires and complaints from requestors and other officials regarding the status requests.
GS-7: You qualify at the GS-7 grade level if you possess one of the following: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the job duties. In addition to the requirements for the lower grade levels, you must also have experience performing the following duties:
Researching information contained in a computer system; researching the status and verifying perfected FOIA/PA requests; experience creating or processing FOIA/PA requests; experience planning and carrying out assignments and coordinating activities with other employees or supervisor; experience using a variety of software and program to process FOIA/PA request; OR
You may also substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-7 level. You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor''s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society; OR
You may also substitute successful completion of one year of full-time graduate education for the experience required at the GS-7 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position. A course of study in business administration, public administration, law or related fields is qualifying. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.
To meet the Program requirements, you must have obtained a qualifying degree to include an Associates, Bachelor''s, Master''s, Professional, Doctorate, OR obtained a Vocational, Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous two years. Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to to their military service obligation, begin their two year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years from the date on which the degree or certification was completed.
All education must be from accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: .
Pathways Participant Agreement: All Recent Graduates are required to sign the Pathways Program Participant Agreement which outlines program requirements and non-competitive conversion eligibility.
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.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will place you in one of three categories based on your responses to the on-line questionnaire regarding experience, education, or training:
Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
Information Management
Strategic Thinking
Technology Application
Legal, Government & Jurisprudence
NOTE: Your resume and supporting documents will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
If you fall into the Best Qualified category, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions .
Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans'' preference, please clickhere.
Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, May 23, 2014. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to . You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX cover sheet found here.
If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions. Applications will not be accepted by mail.
_To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents_ :
If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please _do not_ FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:
Use the official FAX cover sheet found here.
Make sure that you include the 7-character vacancy identification number: _ " _ _1121901"_ .
Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
Print your SSN and Name neatly using the _exact name_ as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
The fax number is .
Resumes: Your resume must show relevant experience and/or education, including work schedules and hours worked per week, as well as dates of employment.
Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable). For verification purposes, the transcript submitted must include your name and date degree or certification was conferred. Those with foreign education, click this link.
Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (clickhere for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If applying as a disabled veteran, submit a copy of the letter from the Veterans Administration, or other formal documentation, that clearly identifies overall rating of disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the armed forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. Clickhere for more veterans'' information.
Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan similar to a 401(k) ; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go and select "benefits."
Background Investigation : To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, this position requires completion and adjudication of 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.
If a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance is needed, all selected candidates must meet the requirements for these clearances prior to placement AND maintain that level of clearance while encumbering the position.
USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

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