DHS Headquarters Supervisory Government Information Specialist (Oversight) in Washington, District Of Columbia

DHS Headquarters
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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 cyberspace 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.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a key advisor to the Chief Privacy Officer, Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, and other DHS Officials on privacy issues related to new and existing privacy policies, privacy incident response, privacy compliance reviews, and advocacy of privacy issues presented by new technologies, cybersecurity and new and proposed legislation.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Secretary and Executive Management, Privacy Office (PRIV).


Major Duties:

  • Provides advice and guidance, policy development, and oversight regarding privacy implications of agency systems, programs, initiatives, and technologies to include cybersecurity, and those relating to potential compromises of personally identifiable information (PII).
  • Evaluates technologies, new proposals for information sharing, new and proposed legislation, and existing information sharing agreements with developing options to enhance compliance and investigate alleged non-compliance with governing privacy laws, policy, and standards, including the Privacy Act, as amended, and other relevant privacy statutes and guidelines.
  • Develops privacy policy guidance, expert advice and support on all privacy matters by providing oversight, liaison, evaluation, and recommendations to enhance the privacy protections of agency systems, programs, initiatives and technologies to appropriate DHS component organizations and stakeholders.
  • Oversees privacy compliance reviews and recommendations and/or remedial actions necessary for demonstrated compliance with stated privacy practices and other applicable guidance.
  • Plans and manages preparation of relevant Privacy Office reports to Congress, and prepare various types of reports, correspondence, briefings, and testimony describing the activities of the Privacy Office to public constituents.
  • Represents the Department as a key advisor to stakeholders to establish, inform, and maintain government-wide privacy policies.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • This position may be subject to random drug testing.

To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-14 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) performing all of the following: 1) providing guidance and leadership on determining the degree to which compliance with Federal privacy law and privacy policy and standards, specifically, under the Privacy Act of 1974, the E-Government Act of 2002, the Federal Information Security and Management Act, and applicable NIST standards are met; 2) developing or modifying privacy policies and guidance that may have operational impacts; 3) coordinating privacy analysis and programmatic recommendations concerning the procurement, design, and operation of new technologies, systems, programs, and agreements with senior management officials; 4) managing privacy incident response and privacy complaints investigation processes; and 5) making recommendations to enhance privacy protections in proposed policy and oversight programs and initiatives that may have operational impacts.* NOTE: To qualify under this option, your resume must contain sufficient detail to demonstrate you have one year experience performing all of these duties.*

The qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

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.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for TOP SECRET/SCI SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this SPECIAL SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes 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.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. 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 60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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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 to the DHS Careers website and select “Employee Benefits.”

Other Information

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-15.

  • Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, “Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligibles.”

This job opportunity announcement (JOA) includes Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56). Active duty service members who have begun their civilian job search prior to discharge or release from active duty will know how their application will be considered.

a. Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be conserved for competitive service positions and granted tentative veteran’s preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying to a federal job. b. A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of certification is signed.

Veterans, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the additional proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

If you are a person with disabilities see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities, you may qualify for a Schedule A appointment (a special authority used to hire people with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities who have documentation from a licensed medical professional or other entity (such as rehab counselor)? If you qualify for Schedule A, you must submit appropriate documentation. For more information to determine your eligibility or to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, you may click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

All applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters may be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal use of drugs prior to receiving a final offer of employment. A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.

Salary Range: $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0306-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453093900

Job Announcement Number: GV-1822613-LT17