Bureau of Reclamation Congressional Affairs Liaison GS-0301-14 (MPP-LL) in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Summary

This position is being advertised concurrently under BR-WO-2018-158 for all US Citizens and Nationals. If you are interested in applying under both announcements, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Congressional Affairs Liaison. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. As a Congressional Affairs Liaison you will serve as the Commissioner's principal representative in dealings with the Congress, as well as the principal point of contact with congressional offices and committee staff.

LOCATION: Bureau of Reclamation; Commissioner's Office; External & Intergovernmental Affairs, Congressional & Legislative Affairs Office; Washington D.C.

This position is designated as a MODERATE RISK Public Trust position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Suitability Background Investigation (MBI or equivalent) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment.

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Responsibilities

For this position, the incumbent is responsible for the following job duties to include but not limited to:

Exercises significant responsibility for the development and accomplishment of legislative and congressional support to satisfy Bureau needs and interests. Develop and maintain stakeholder relationship in order to monitor and understand views and impacts of Reclamation’s actions on the community. Keeps informed on all matters affecting Reclamation programs, analyze new developments for congressional and legislative implications, and share this information with leadership. Work with Reclamation staff across the five regions and the Commissioner’s Offices in Washington and Denver to develop and transmit needed information to Congress and advocates the Department’s and Reclamation’s positions on legislation when indicated. Coordinate congressional responses to oral and written inquiries regarding program and policy issues. Prepare for and attend congressional committee hearings. Provides guidance to Reclamation offices in the preparation and monitoring of statutory and other reports to Congress, assuring proper coordination with the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Office of the Secretary. Maintain records on the status of pending legislation. Monitor the flow of issues and items of importance to Reclamation to Capitol Hill. Review proposed legislation, prepare and clear witness statements and testimony for congressional hearings, and respond to and clear questions for the record.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel maybe required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (e.g., 30% Disabled Veterans, Schedule A Persons with Disabilities, Peace Corps, etc.).

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, Determined by background investigation.
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications).
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required Documents.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

Qualifications

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

GS-14: Experience in preparing testimony for Congressional hearings; preparing Congressional correspondence on non-routine, complex, and policy matters, and participating in operational or planning meetings to discuss sharing information with Congress and major non-governmental organizations; identifying and summarizing Congressional or legislative positions for potential impacts to natural resources issues, specifically water resources management and power; and receiving and responding to staffers inquires and Congressional requests for information.

You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualification requirements here.

Education

This vacancy announcement does not allow substituting education for experience.

Additional information
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
  • All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page,Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
  • If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and submitted supporting documentation, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questionaire.

  1. In-depth knowledge of the congressional and legislative process, the federal system of government, public participation, and institutional relationships.

  2. Knowledge of the concepts, principles, methods and techniques of congressional and governmental communications, both written and oral, including writing and editing testimony and preparing witnesses.

  3. Knowledge of water, power, and natural resources principles, practices, laws, policies, and legislation.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
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Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months, schedule, i.e. hours worked, and grade if federal employment (demonstrating specialized experience and supporting responses to the online questionnaire)), completion of the online assessment, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

  • SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50s), verifying all of the following: highest rate of pay held, the full performance grade level obtained or competed for, and documentation of your current career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. This could result in more than one SF-50 to be submitted. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. DO NOT SUBMIT AWARD SF-50s.

  • DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.

  • For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.

  • CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

  • SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/hiring-authorities/

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.

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How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/hireme.html.

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to codo@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Agency contact information
HR Service Center
Phone

303-445-2018

Fax

303-445-6349

Email

codo@usbr.gov

Address

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION P.O. Box 25007 DFC, Bldg. 67 Denver, Colorado United States

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Next steps

After all application packages have been received, resumes and supporting documenation will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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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.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process 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 office-sponsored events.

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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499694500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/16/2018 to 06/06/2018

Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: FULL-TIME

Appointment type: PERMANENT