U.S Department Of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
$96,970.00 to $126,062.00
Open & closing dates
$96,970 to $126,062 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full Time
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
This position is located in the Office of Public and Government Affairs, Disclosure Division located in Washington, DC.
The Government Information Specialist is responsible for administering the disclosure provisions of the Privacy Act (PA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and formulating programs and policies concerning the release of information required by the Acts.
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Oversees and monitors the Bureau's implementation and compliance with the FOIA and PA in conjunction with division management staff. Identifies and evaluates program needs, determines deficiencies and develops solutions to resolve deficiencies.
Processes requests made to ATF pursuant to the FOIA and PA and implements ATF's disclosure program in compliance with administrative requirements and regulations set forth by DOJ and ATF. Ensures maximum compliance with the statutory requirements while ensuring that the interests of various programs within ATF are protected to the maximum extent allowed by law.
Initiates contacts with counterparts in other Federal agencies in order to consult with such agencies for the purpose of disclosing their records contained in Bureau files or addressing the disclosure or withholding of Bureau documents and information contained in the records of other Federal agencies. Provides guidance and mentors other Disclosure Staff members.
Analyzes complicated precedent-setting cases/requests for information under the FOIA and Pa which requires significant complex research and technical knowledge of the Acts and agency responsibilities and limitations. Provides technical advice to ATF employees regarding the application of the FOIA and the PA; responds to inquiries from HQ and Field employees by equating specific circumstances with statutory/regulatory guidelines, recent judicial opinions and Bureau disclosure positions.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - Rare
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Applications will be accepted from current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, ICTAP/CTAP, persons eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), and Schedule A (Persons with Disabilities).
Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.
Job family (Series)
0306 Government Information Specialist
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
Must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service. See www.sss.gov.
May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
To qualify for the GS-13: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 federal grade level. Specialized experience for the position is defined as managing and directing a FOIA program and analyzing complex requests for information to determine if they are in compliance with agency and government-wide FOIA regulations and procedures; preparing comprehensive responses to FOIA requests and participating the development of FOIA program procedures.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): (for Merit Promotion announcements) VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov
EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement: 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.
“Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.”
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. 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. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:
Knowledge of FOIA and PA regulations, policies and precedents in order to ensure compliance and to confirm that information released is proper and allowable.
Ability to utilize a document tracking system for retrieval and storage of response documents.
Knowledge of legal reference sources in order to perform extensive legal research into legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions that may be relevant to disclosure issues and in terms of what information can be lawfully released and withheld.
Skills in oral and written communication in order to maintain formal and informal liaison with principal FOIA Officers in the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies.
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Background checks and security clearance
Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, career or career-conditional tenure and a separate award SF-50 dated within the last 3 years, if applicable.
Veterans' preference documentation (Member Copy 4 of DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15 https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf and VA letter, if applicable. NOTE: The revised October 2013 SF-15 is the latest copy and all others are not usable.
CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
An official college transcript (Note: If you’re selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)
Schedule A documentation, if applicable. Note: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Qualified applicants with disabilities may be eligible for special hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A eligibility. Please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities or contact the Selective Placement Program Coordinator at 202-648-9356.
It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.
Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/ validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement.
Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.
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
This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process.
STEP ONE - (Online Resume- USAJOBS) You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.
STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions USAJobs) In USAJobs, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the USAJob questions will become your application package.
STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation) You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways: (l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet. (2) You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on My Applications and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select Apply Online. Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on Finished to be returned to USAJOBS. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. SF-50, ICTAP/CTAP, DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15, VA letter, transcripts, Schedule A documentation, Award SF-50 within last 3 years, etc) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Agency contact information
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
Apply on line
Washington, District of Columbia
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You can check the status of your application anytime by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at http://www.usajobs.gov. You will need to provide your USAJOBS User ID and Password to access the Track your Online Job Application feature. You may also click on the link provided to access additional information on Career Connector. All applicants will be notified at four (4) stages in the hiring process:
(1) upon receipt of your application;
(2) after your qualifications have been assessed;
(3) whether or not you've been referred to the Selecting Official; and
(4) whether or not you've been selected for the position.
If your name is sent to the hiring manager, you may be invited for an interview.
After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer to selectee(s) upon favorable completion of the background.
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.
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Signature and false statements
New employee probationary period
Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.
U.S Department Of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Website : http://www.atf.gov/
ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. Our Strategic Plan The ATF Strategic Planning Process relies on teamwork and effective communication to focus scarce resources on the global challenges facing America today. The Strategic Plan to address these challenges is based on long-term legislative mission mandates, customer and stakeholder input, and Presidential and Departmental priorities.