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Privacy Officer

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U.S. International Trade Commission

$134,789.00 to $164,200.00

Washington, DC

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$134,789 to $164,200 per year

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GS 15

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

Washington DC, DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We were rated Most Improved Small Agency in 2013 by the Partnership for Public Service and ranked 2nd overall in the 2017 Best Places to Work Index.

An independent Federal agency, the Commission provides the President and Congress with high­-quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff and competitiveness issues; hears and decides import injury cases and publishes the United States' tariff schedule. You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to the Chairman on the application of information technology (IT) to support and improve the Agency's business processes. The CIO directs the development, implementation, maintenance, enhancement, and operation of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).

This announcement is issued under the Direct Hire Authority (DHA) to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

Must be able to obtain a Secret (Tier 3) security clearance and must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position.

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This position serves as a principal technical authority on privacy laws, policies, safeguards, business processes, and initiatives, and represents OCIO on a wide variety of privacy issues.

Leads efforts to ensure that sound privacy and information sharing safeguards and policies are in place across USITC, that critical privacy issues are addressed, and that business processes throughout OCIO comply with all relevant legal requirements regarding privacy and the unauthorized access of privacy information.

Responsible for formulating, developing, and implementing initiatives which includes oversight on the collection, use, and dissemination of PII; ensuring that sufficient technological and administrative measures are implemented to ensure the security of USITC data systems, processes and facilities; communicating official OCIO policies on privacy issues; ensuring that the use of technology sustains, and does not erode, privacy protections relating to the use, collection, and disclosure of PII; monitoring compliance with all applicable Federal privacy laws and regulations, implementing corrective, remedial, and preventive actions whenever necessary; ensuring that Privacy Act systems of records notices and other notices, such as Privacy Impact Assessments are accomplished as required; and assuring that USITC's privacy program embraces transparency, compliance, oversight, training, and public accountability.

Ensure plans and programs are budgeted for and are ready for implementation to support USITC goals and milestones. Meets with senior officials regarding planning, allocation of resources and development of long range goals and objectives which support USITC and the Federal government's goals and milestones regarding Privacy issues.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0306 Government Information Specialist



Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. citizen or national

You must be able to pass a background investigation

You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period

Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service


You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

Generally, current federal employees or reinstatement eligibles must have served at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade.


To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 obtained in the federal or private sector which demonstrates: providing support to regulatory and other legal requirements for privacy policy; gathering, assembling, interpreting and analyzing privacy and security related technical data and materials; conducting Privacy Impact Assessments on computer and information systems to ensure identification and protection of privacy information; and applying discretion and judgment when dealing with sensitive issues.

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.

CIPP/G certification preferred.


Additional information

Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit:

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

Foreign Education Credential Interpretation:

Severely disabled persons program information: with disabilities.asp

Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx:

Assessment Question:

Vacancy ID number: 10160727

Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The self-assessment questions are related to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to respond to the KSA's.

Mastery of wide range of laws and regulations regarding the Privacy Act, E-Government Act, Federal Information Security Management Act and other Federal security and privacy laws and statutes, policies and procedures.

Coordinate responses to guide OCIO employees in handling unique privacy and technology issues. Expert knowledge in strategic operational planning regarding information security and data privacy safeguards.

Demonstrated ability to research, understand, analyze, and handle sensitive, classified and complex data and intelligence information and systems, as well as highly sensitive policy and privacy issues.

Demonstrated ability to set goals, identify issues, prioritize projects, and work independently.

We will evaluate your relevant education and/or work experience as they relate to the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) mentioned above. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. If referred all relevant documents submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET on: 03/26/2018

1. Resume. Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the following information:paid and non-paid experience, including job titles, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary; knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).

Your resume should contain enough information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic, general, or specialized experience requirements for each grade level you are applying. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. If you do not provide enough information for us to determine your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible.

2. Occupational Questionnaire. A complete job-specific occupational questionnaire submitted through your Application Manager account or fax it using the methods outlined in the How to Apply section.

3. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles. You must submit the following documents:a copy of your agency notice;

a copy of your most recent performance rating; and a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

4. Cover Letter. This is optional.

5. SF-50: current and former federal employees must submit a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which documents your highest permanent grade/step/salary held. Award SF-50s typically don't contain your grade/step/salary.

6. Performance Appraisal: if you're a current or former federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months. If you do not have one, you must submit a statement indicating your reason for not being able to submit one.

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit it along with the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. You must apply online, which allows you to review and track the status of your application. Documents and application references are available at the Other Information section of this announcement. You must meet qualifications as of the closing date of the announcement and your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 (EDT) on . Please note that this announcement has application limits and may close prior to this date.

To begin the online application process:

a) Log onto USAJOBS, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account, or to log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

b) Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

c) To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link, and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, documentation received and processed, and any correspondence we have sent you related to this job opportunity. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application: Log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement section. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Agency contact information

Kevin Cason Kevin Cason





Office of the Chief Information Officer

500 E St SW

Washington, DC


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Next steps

You will receive an auto-generated e-mail telling you your application has been received. After the application count cut-off date has been met, your application package will be reviewed by the Commission's Human Resource Management Office for completeness and satisfaction of the basic qualification requirements for this position.

Your application may also be reviewed by Subject Matter Expert(s). If you are selected for an interview, you can expect a structured interview process, which may include a meeting with 2 to 4 Commission staff members.

We appreciate your interest in the Commission and commit to keeping you informed on the status of your application. You will be notified of the following major milestones:

Receipt of your application;

Determination whether your application shows you meet the minimum qualifications for the position;

Determination whether your application was in the group for referral to the hiring official; and

The final outcome of the vacancy.

These notices will be emailed and posted directly on your USAJOBS account.

You can always check the status of your application as the recruitment process moves along by:

1. Logging into your USAJOBS account;

2. Selecting Application Status; and

3. Reviewing the Status column.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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U.S. International Trade Commission
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Company Profile
The United States International Trade Commission is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations. The Commission also adjudicates cases involving imports that allegedly infringe intellectual property rights. Through such proceedings, the agency facilitates a rules-based international trading system. The Commission also serves as a Federal resource where trade data and other trade policy-related information are gathered and analyzed. The information and analysis are provided to the President, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Congress to facilitate the development of sound and informed U.S. trade policy. The Commission makes most of its information and analysis available to the public to promote understanding of international trade issues.

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