- Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
White River Junction
Government Information Specialist
##### Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
07/26/2019 to 08/09/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$74,596 to $96,978 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
White River Junction, VT
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
##### Telework eligible
The facility Privacy/FOIA Officer has oversight for the data
governance program and initiatives in the VHA Medical Center or
Healthcare System and its supporting catchment area. The position
makes unique facility-level determinations about disclosures,
issuance of denials, redactions, access, use and dissemination of
federal agency records.
Learn more about this agency
**Facility Data Governance Director and Information Strategist**
- Supports developing a local level strategy for data governance,
which includes leading from the executive office and creating a
unique program that includes diverse processes and specific
policies which are independent of other facilities.
- Develops the local privacy strategy that integrates the VHA
Medical Center or Healthcare System with data governance program
goals, national strategic priorities and VA core values.
- Provides subject matter expertise directly and independently
with senior leadership, local and facility Law Enforcement,
Office of Chief Counsel in the District, VHA Central Office and
VISN leadership regarding data governance.
- Performs complex analysis of key policy inquiries that can
encompass any and all information collected, used or disclosed
in the facility. Contributes to significant agency decisions,
policy recommendations and executive leadership consultations
based on an in-depth knowledge of government regulatory and
federal and state statutory requirements, case law and Office of
Inspector General (OIG), Government Accounting Office (GAO) and
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) verdicts.
**Performance Measurement, Assessment & Improvement**
- Plans and conducts monitoring activities which measure the
overall level of operational compliance by the facility.
- Analyzes all of the interrelated issues that affect the
- Creates a communications process and tools that are flexible,
customizable and interactive to address the VHA Medical Center
or Healthcare System's unique compliance challenges and
- Contributes to national VHA performance data by submitting
reports with findings and recommendations to senior leadership
and national program offices
- Coaches supervisors to train staff on the appropriate access to
protected health information.
**Data Lifecycle Management, Protection & Disclosure**
- Develops and integrates policy based processes, roles and
controls that influences how data is created, collected, used,
stored and destroyed throughout the organization.
- Performs assessment of privacy-related risks associated with
business activities that involve processing of personal and
- Participates in the planning, development and evaluation of
procurement and acquisitions for goods and services for the
- Independently investigates non-compliance of privacy related
issues at all levels of the organization and outside of the
organization when VHA information is involved.
- Adjudicates complex privacy and FOIA decisions that affect
employees, Veterans, patients and commercial businesses in the
absence of supervision.
**Work Schedule:** Monday - Friday 8a.m. - 4:30p.m.
**Virtual:** This is not a virtual position.
**Position Description/PD\\#: Government Information
**Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:** Not Authorized
**Financial Disclosure Report:** Not required
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
- #### Job family (Series)
0306 Government Information Specialist
### Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement, 08/09/2019.
**Time-In-Grade Requirement**: Applicants who are current Federal
employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks
must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of
this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52
weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but
must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your
time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application
materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the
past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year
time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance,
you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates
**Note:** Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal
employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees
applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA)
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as
**Specialized Experience:** You must have one year of specialized
experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the
normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are
not limited to:
- Applying sound principles and standards in completing highly
complex and technical assignments;
- Knowledge of the ethics and compliance profession, theories and
systems of internal control, and professional compliance and
- Analyzing requests for release of agency records following
statutes that govern information disclosure;
- Conducting evaluation and research of public and agency records;
- Managing the Privacy and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- Developing recommendations pertaining to information disclosure;
- Providing leadership and strategic direction to affirm that all
employees within the facility adhere to regulatory mandates with
respect to privacy;
- Ensuring the facility's full compliance with regulatory
requirements and adhere to regulations;
- Developing facility Privacy and FOIA policies and procedures;
- Developing and provide facility specific Privacy and FOIA
- Processing complaints and investigate allegations of illegal or
improper activities related to the handling or release of
privacy protected information;
- Tracking all Privacy and FOIA complaints, incidents, and data
breaches into the Privacy Violation Tracking System.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Communications Security Management
- Data Management
- Performance Measurement
- Personnel Security and Safety
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; religions; 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.
**Note**: *A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of
work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of
time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to
receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature
of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number
of hours a week spent in such employment.*
**Physical Requirements:** A pre-placement physical examination to
determine the physical, cognitive and emotional fitness of
candidates for appointment in VA is required.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit
the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
**Note:** Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities,
schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal
employment. You can verify your education here:
d.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education
to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of
Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit
for that education. For further information, visit:
### Additional information
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain
talented individuals in public service, increase worker
productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during
emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework
eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
**Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave**:
Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per
pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served
as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal
employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or
active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be
used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such
credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date
and is not guaranteed.
**Special Employment Consideration:** VA encourages persons with
disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5
CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with
disabilities \\[i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical
disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities\\], and/or Disabled
veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or
more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply
under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement
The **Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan** (ICTAP) and
**Career Transition Assistance Plan** (CTAP) provide eligible
displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection
priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To
be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of
the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your
most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty
location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or
more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility
is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
**Placement Policy:** The posting of this announcement does not
obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The
position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade,
transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one
or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have
faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
**Veterans and Transitioning Service Members**: Please visit the VA
for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking
employment at VA, career development services for our existing
Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military
For more information on the \"Who may apply\" eligibility
requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other
Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for
information regarding an Alternate Application.
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE
WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.**
Please ensure that your application package includes the following
Experience: Starting and ending dates of experience (month and
year), hours worked per week.
Education (If applicable based on the education section of this
announcement): Legible transcripts that detail the name and location
of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree
Licenses and/or certificates earned. (If applicable)
To ensure you are properly rated, you must make certain the required
experience and competencies listed in the qualifications section is
addressed in detail in your resume.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are
referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional
job related information, which may include, but not limited to;
responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a
work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or
supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all
instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating
or consideration for employment.
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
##### Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
##### Trust determination process
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application
Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if
applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this
position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included
other documents required for your application, such as a copy of
your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's
(current/former Federal employees), documentation to support
Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for
displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Disability Rating Letter
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
**SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in
Grade and/or Eligibility):**
- Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal
- An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be
submitted with your application materials. If the most recent
SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not
clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as
required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide
an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year
- Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be
accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
- Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
- Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
- Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
- SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date
more than one year old.
**Veterans' Preference:** When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible
Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or
for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must
provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and
character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are
currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or
discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to
your active duty service which reflects the dates of service,
character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of
impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others
eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of
eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 \"Application for 10
Point Veteran Preference\" with required proof as stated on the form.
**Documentation is required to award preference.** For more
information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
#### 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
Review our benefits
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
- How to Apply
**All applicants are encouraged to apply online.** To apply for this
position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the
documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The
complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on
08/09/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire
1. To begin, **click Apply Online** to create a USA JOBS account or
log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select
your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and
complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click **Submit My Answers** to submit your application package.
**NOTE:** It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and
appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS
account, sajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the
Application Status link and then select the more information link
for this position. The Application page will display the status of
your application, the documentation received and processed, and any
correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your
uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan
process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA
JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy
announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents
from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
**NOTE:** Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a
condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of
Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals
who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where
patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as
part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to,
VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers
(CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary
units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA
licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and
unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee
basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers,
and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to
receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a
face mask throughout the influenza season.
### Agency contact information
### Ortega Elam
White River Junction VA Medical Center
215 North Main St.
White River Jct., VT 05009
Learn more about this agency
### Next steps
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a
confirmation notification by email. After we receive application
packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy
announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure
qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review
is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will
be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be
notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office
for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final
notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging
into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information
regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help
- 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
### 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 process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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
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.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.
#### Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to
apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/540888600. Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
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