Government Information Specialist

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Posted by: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Jul 05, 2019


Rockville , MD 20852

Job Description:


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research.


This position is located in Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Governance and Enterprise Management Services Division (GEMS), Information Services Branch (ISB), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Team.
The Government Information Specialist is responsible for providing advice and assistance to all NRC offices regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) activities.

The successful candidate will perform the full range of Government Information Specialist duties. Such duties include but are not limited to:

Examining records relating to enforcement actions and NRC investigations of allegations to verify that identities of confidential sources, and privacy interests of other individuals meet legal criteria for exempting information from disclosure and are supported by agency policy. Also assures the products within the Branch's scope of responsibility are technically, administratively, and legally correct and consistent with the quality and quantity standards of NRC policies and procedures.?
Counseling FOIA coordinators in NRC regarding meeting deadlines for receipt of documents, scoping requests and volume of documents involved in order to resolve problems and to expedite processing of requests; reviews responses and documents supplied by staff offices.?
Developing recommendations or solutions on legal and policy matters pertaining to the FOIA and Privacy Act and researches pertinent law and related information and develops drafts of regulations procedures, manuals, and other guidance necessary to effectively implement the FOIA and PA.?
Conducting FOIA/PA training sessions, interpreting requests, coordinating responses, reviewing documents for exempt information, arrange for extensions, resolving related problems and assuring responses are timely and accurate.?
Coordinating staff reports on fee estimates and preparing notices to requesters on estimated fees. Also prepares responses required by the Executive Director for Operations of appeals of initial denials of access to information under FOIA/PA.


In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as: experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of FOIA and PA activities demonstrated by seasoned judgment and considerable analytical and interpersonal skills to analyze FOIA requests; apply existing legal, policy, and procedural guidance; make independent determinations to release records or deny access to records; prepare clear responses; present determinations; and negotiate solutions to resolve disclosure issues.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate RECENT knowledge and experience in the following:

1. Comprehensive knowledge of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA), Attorney General's OMB's interpretations, appropriate case law, and pertinent Executive Orders, regulations, and directives to assure that these activities are properly carried out.
2. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and obtain cooperation of the principal staff in locating and reviewing requested records and responding to FOIA and PA requests in a timely manner.
3. Demonstrated ability to analyze legal decisions and follow through to recommend appropriate policy and to resolve conflicts effectively.
4. Demonstrated ability to negotiate effectively with NRC investigators, allegation coordinators, inspectors, and subject-matter experts to resolve disclosure issues.
5. Ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external organizations, orally and in writing, in order to carry out assigned activities, i.e. reports, regulations, manuals, responses to inquiries and studies.

How to Apply

Visit Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Government Information Specialist Job Announcement Number OCIO/GEMS-2019-0002 and apply on-line by July19, 2019. If you are viewing this opportunity after July 19th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

Education Level:

High school or ged

Pay Rate:

$80,000 to $100,000

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About U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency that was established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 and began operations in 1975. NRC’s mission is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety and to promote the common defense and security and to protect the environment. In carrying out its mission it exercises the following vision: Demonstrate the Principles of Good Regulation (independence, openness, efficiency, clarity, and reliability) in performing our mission. NRC’s scope of responsibility includes: the regulation of commercial nuclear power plants, research and test reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, medical, academic, and industrial uses of radioactive materials; the decommissioning of these facilities and sites; and, the transport, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials and wastes. NRC issues licenses for civilian uses of radioactive materials, oversees the licensees, and certifies standard nuclear reactor designs and spent fuel storage casks and transportation packages. It also licenses the import and export of radioactive materials; participates in international nuclear activities, including multilateral and bilateral safety and security activities; and works closely with its international counterparts to enhance nuclear safety and security worldwide. To accomplish its overall mission NRC has identified two Strategic Goals—To ensure the safe and secure use of radioactive materials. We need a wide variety of administrative and technical staff to accomplish our objectives. We hire engineers, scientists, security specialists, information technology professionals, financial analysts, and a range of other occupations. We’re constantly looking for outstanding individuals at all levels – recent grads, mid-career professionals, and senior leaders.

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