Legislative Affairs Specialist


Vacancy ID: 837300   Announcement Number: FS-837300-MD13   USAJOBS Control Number: 338156800

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837300
1. Title of Job

Legislative Affairs Specialist
2. Biographic Data

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 837300.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 Open to All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position for GS-12.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) assisting in advising senior management on congressional matters; 2) preparing witnesses for congressional testimonies; 3) assisting with collecting and organizing background information and justifications for congressional presentations; 4) reviewing new legislation, regulation, or rulings for potential impact on an organization; and 5) assisting in the development of legislative strategy (e.g., analyze and research on congressional matters of interest).
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position.

2. Select one statement from the choices below to show how you meet the qualification requirements for this position for GS-13.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) advising senior management on congressional matters; 2) gathering information to prepare witnesses for congressional testimonies; 3) collecting and organizing background information and justifications for congressional presentations; 4) reviewing proposed legislation, regulation, or rulings for potential impact on an organization; and 5) assisting in the development of legislative strategy (e.g., advise officials of major congressional issues).
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this position.

ORAL COMMUNICATION

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following each task that best describes your experience and/or training. Your resume must support your answers or your overall score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

3. Prepare witnesses for congressional testimonies.

4. Facilitate responses to congressional inquiries.

5. Brief senior leadership on research findings related to legislative initiatives and proposals.

6. Participate in meetings concerning the review of proposed legislation, regulation, or rulings.

7. Respond orally to criticism of an organization's functions or performance.

8. Explain programs, functions, or organizational activities in a logical and effective manner.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

9. Edit testimony and written responses to congressional inquiries.

10. Prepare materials to present the best justification and background information for a case.

11. Assist with the assembly of background data and documentation.

12. Review, analyze, and edit responses for accuracy, adequacy of supporting narrative remarks and justification.

13. Write materials that convey information concerning complex programs and functions.

14. Respond to inquiries concerning sensitive issues while complying with the Privacy Act of 1973.

15. Respond to inquiries in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORKINGS OF CONGRESS AND ITS VARIOUS AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES INCLUDING PROTOCOL, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

16. Advise senior management on protocols and procedures when interacting with congress.

17. Assist with the development of complex and sensitive policies and procedures governing interactions with congress members.

18. Provide guidance on the preparation of responses to congressional inquiries.

ABILITY TO ACCURATELY ANTICIPATE AND DEFINE PROBLEMS

19. Recommend planning strategies that ensure legislative proposals do not conflict with overall organizational objectives.

20. Assist in the development of legislative strategy.

21. Analyze current programs and problems to determine where further investigation with have favorable or unfavorable impact.

22. Determine the factual data required, issues involved, and extent of action necessary to address an issue.

23. Develop and present solutions to controversial issues for which there are no precedents.