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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 Choose the answer that best describes your experience:
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service. Specialized experience is experience providing oversight and guidance as an agency expert in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Programs; and serving as a technical resource regarding information access, confidentiality, and privacy for agency paper and electronic information systems.
  2. I do not possess the experience described above.


* 2.I have knowledge of Federal and agency policies, rules, regulations, laws, and functions governing Freedom of Information (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) as evidenced by:
  1. Experience reviewing and analyzing changing Federal Government FOIA/PA regulations for impact on organizational practices or operations. In this experience, I have provided recommendations on or developed agency policies, standards, and guidelines.
  2. Experience assisting with reviewing and analyzing changing FOIA/PA regulations for impact on organizational practices or operations. In this experience, I have assisted with providing recommendations on or developed agency policies, standards, and guidelines.
  3. Experience, education, or training less than the levels described above.
  4. None of the above.


* 3.I have served as or I assisted the agency's Initial Denial Authority when information sought under FOIA and/or Privacy Act has been denied.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I possess strong skills to motivate, train, and work effectively with employees who have diverse educational backgrounds and training evidenced by:
  1. Experience writing documents or giving presentations on highly complex or controversial issues relative to FOIA/PA.
  2. Extensive knowledge of FOIA/PA and ability to identify and analyze issues and provide and present recommendations.
  3. Experience serving as an expert for the organization on FOIA/PA and is often called upon to present recommendations to higher-level management on an informal as well as formal basis.
  4. Experience in conducting training on FOIA/PA to large groups.
  5. Experience writing or presenting position papers, which explore the impact of new legislation, trends, or best practices of FOIA/PA.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Which of the following tasks have you completed in regards to determining management needs, considering and addressing organizational ramifications, and offering advice and assistance to meeting identified organizational objectives?
  1. I have provided direct oversight and technical guidance in connection with an agency's implementation of FOIA and PA and related statutes, regulations, and OMB and DOJ guidance.
  2. I have provided advice and assistance to the General Counsel, Chief Information Officer and agency staff.
  3. I have developed Agency policies, standards and procedural guidance for the conduct of FOIA and PA programs.
  4. I periodically review Agency directives and guidance and amend them as needed.
  5. I analyze the impact of social networking media as it pertains to the FOIA and Privacy Act.
  6. I advise senior management on the risks and benefits of the use of social media within the context of the FOIA and Privacy Act.
  7. I write training materials and conduct staff training to assure compliance with the provisions of both the FOIA and Privacy Acts.
  8. I do not have this type of experience.


* 6.I have knowledge and experience performing the following tasks:
  1. Preparing and submitting the reports required by law concerning the agency's FOIA and Privacy Act activities.
  2. Providing guidance to support personnel on maintaining database of FOIA/PA requests.
  3. Coordinating with IT personnel on design and functionality requirements of FOIA/PA database.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.I have knowledge and experience analyzing the agency's information systems regarding the Privacy Act as evidenced by:
  1. Drafting the agency's Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template.
  2. Assessing the risks of new or altered information collections on security and privacy of agency information systems.
  3. Reviewing, analyzing, and approving all PIAs.
  4. Determining if new or altered agency Privacy Act Systems of Records Notices (SORNs) are required.
  5. Writing or amending agency SORNs and publishing in the Federal Register.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.I have established or maintained an agency's Web site that provides guidance to the public on the FOIA/PA programs.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.I have served as one of the agency's primary external contact concerning the FOIA/PA programs.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.I have knowledge and experience serving as the agency's FOIA/PA program manager as evidence by:
  1. Responsible for processing FOIA/PA requests for the agency.
  2. Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, and reviewing work processes to meet required deadlines.
  3. Directing, advising, and assisting personnel tasked with the collection, review and processing of information under FOIA/PA requests to ensure statutory and regulatory compliance.
  4. Establishing goals and setting priorities for the FOIA/PA programs.
  5. Resolving policy questions regarding FOIA/PA.
  6. Providing in-depth analysis and assistance to the General Counsel on FOIA and PA requests, appeals and litigation.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Choose the responses which describe your experience responding orally and in writing to time sensitive inquiries for requests for information.
  1. I have responded to inquiries or requests in which the audience was a high-ranking agency official.
  2. I have responded to inquiries or requests in which the audience was the faculty from colleges, universities, or other government agencies.
  3. I have responded to inquiries or requests in which the audience was the general public.
  4. I do not have experience responding orally or in writing to inquiries or requests for information.


* 12.I have drafted and published all changes or additions to the agency's FOIA/PA regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.I have served as the liaison for Congressional and press information inquiries by evaluating, reviewing, advising, coordinating and responding to requests for information held by or involving the agency's Director, Deputy Director, or other high level agency officials.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 Choose the answer that best describes your experience:
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal service. Specialized experience is experience providing oversight and guidance as an agency expert in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Programs; and serving as a technical expert regarding information access, confidentiality, and privacy for agency paper and electronic information systems.
  2. I do not possess the experience described above.


* 2.I have knowledge of Federal and agency policies, rules, regulations, laws, and functions governing Freedom of Information (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) as evidenced by:
  1. Experience reviewing and analyzing changing Federal Government FOIA/PA regulations for impact on organizational practices or operations. In this experience, I have provided recommendations on or developed agency policies, standards, and guidelines.
  2. Experience assisting with reviewing and analyzing changing FOIA/PA regulations for impact on organizational practices or operations. In this experience, I have assisted with providing recommendations on or developed agency policies, standards, and guidelines.
  3. Experience, education, or training less than the levels described above.
  4. None of the above.


* 3.I have served as or I assisted the agency's Initial Denial Authority when information sought under FOIA and/or Privacy Act has been denied.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I possess strong skills to motivate, train, and work effectively with employees who have diverse educational backgrounds and training evidenced by:
  1. Experience writing documents or giving presentations on highly complex or controversial issues relative to FOIA/PA.
  2. Extensive knowledge of FOIA/PA and ability to identify and analyze issues and provide and present recommendations.
  3. Experience serving as an expert for the organization on FOIA/PA and is often called upon to present recommendations to higher-level management on an informal as well as formal basis.
  4. Experience in conducting training on FOIA/PA to large groups.
  5. Experience writing or presenting position papers, which explore the impact of new legislation, trends, or best practices of FOIA/PA.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Which of the following tasks have you completed in regards to determining management needs, considering and addressing organizational ramifications, and offering advice and assistance to meeting identified organizational objectives?
  1. I have provided direct oversight and technical guidance in connection with an agency's implementation of FOIA and PA and related statutes, regulations, and OMB and DOJ guidance.
  2. I have provided advice and assistance to the General Counsel, Chief Information Officer and agency staff.
  3. I have developed Agency policies, standards and procedural guidance for the conduct of FOIA and PA programs.
  4. I periodically review Agency directives and guidance and amend them as needed.
  5. I analyze the impact of social networking media as it pertains to the FOIA and Privacy Act.
  6. I advise senior management on the risks and benefits of the use of social media within the context of the FOIA and Privacy Act.
  7. I write training materials and conduct staff training to assure compliance with the provisions of both the FOIA and Privacy Acts.
  8. I do not have this type of experience.


* 6.I have knowledge and experience performing the following tasks:
  1. Preparing and submitting the reports required by law concerning the agency's FOIA and Privacy Act activities.
  2. Providing guidance to support personnel on maintaining database of FOIA/PA requests.
  3. Coordinating with IT personnel on design and functionality requirements of FOIA/PA database.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.I have knowledge and experience analyzing the agency's information systems regarding the Privacy Act as evidenced by:
  1. Drafting the agency's Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template.
  2. Assessing the risks of new or altered information collections on security and privacy of agency information systems.
  3. Reviewing, analyzing, and approving all PIAs.
  4. Determining if new or altered agency Privacy Act Systems of Records Notices (SORNs) are required.
  5. Writing or amending agency SORNs and publishing in the Federal Register.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.I have established or maintained an agency's Web site that provides guidance to the public on the FOIA/PA programs.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.I have served as one of the agency's primary external contact concerning the FOIA/PA programs.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.I have knowledge and experience serving as the agency's FOIA/PA program manager as evidence by:
  1. Responsible for processing FOIA/PA requests for the agency.
  2. Planning, organizing, assigning, directing, and reviewing work processes to meet required deadlines.
  3. Directing, advising, and assisting personnel tasked with the collection, review and processing of information under FOIA/PA requests to ensure statutory and regulatory compliance.
  4. Establishing goals and setting priorities for the FOIA/PA programs.
  5. Resolving policy questions regarding FOIA/PA.
  6. Providing in-depth analysis and assistance to the General Counsel on FOIA and PA requests, appeals and litigation.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Choose the responses which describe your experience responding orally and in writing to time sensitive inquiries for requests for information.
  1. I have responded to inquiries or requests in which the audience was a high-ranking agency official.
  2. I have responded to inquiries or requests in which the audience was the faculty from colleges, universities, or other government agencies.
  3. I have responded to inquiries or requests in which the audience was the general public.
  4. I do not have experience responding orally or in writing to inquiries or requests for information.


* 12.I have drafted and published all changes or additions to the agency's FOIA/PA regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.I have served as the liaison for Congressional and press information inquiries by evaluating, reviewing, advising, coordinating and responding to requests for information held by or involving the agency's Director, Deputy Director, or other high level agency officials.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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