JOB: Ethics Staff Specialist at the Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Ethics Staff Specialist, GS-301-9/11 (DEU)
    Department: Department Of Education
    Agency: Office of the General Counsel
    Sub Agency: Department of Education
    Job Announcement Number: OGC-2011-0002

    SALARY RANGE: $51,630.00 – $81,204.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Friday, June 03, 2011 to Thursday, June 16, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-0301-09/11
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full time Permanent
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens.

    The area of consideration for this position is “All Recruiting Sources” for Non-status candidates. Announcement OGC-2011-0003 is open concurrently with an area of consideration of “Federal Agencies” for status candidates. Applicants with non competitive eligibility
    (i.e. VEOA, Sch. A, etc) should also apply under announcement OGC-2011-0003.

    The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly-motivated, creative individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on Americas schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

    The position is located in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Ethics Division. The incumbent of this position serves as an Ethics Staff Specialist. In this capacity the incumbent independently carries out assignments, including the selection of methods, approaches, problem solving, in support of the management of the Department’s Ethics program. The incumbent researches and analyzes work associated with financial disclosures, coordinates ethics training and assists the database administrator.


    * You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    * Must complete a Background Investigation and fingerprint check.
    * Must complete a One-year Probationary Period.
    * Relocation Expenses will not be paid.
    * Drug Testing (if applicable)


    The incumbent reviews, analyzes and evaluates Public and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports submitted for a determination of whether financial interests may present conflict of interest problems, outside employment has been properly approved, forms are properly completed and conforms to ethics regulations and other laws. This includes application of the conflict of interest statutes, public regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to the Agency’s conflict of interest program and research investments. Communicates with filers to clarify any omissions, discrepancies or problems. Also provides advice and guidance.

    Provides technical guidance to all U.S. Department of Education (ED) Executive Offices (EOs) and promotes their compliance with the Department procedures regarding the filing and review of confidential financial disclosure reports and outside employment approval forms.

    Plans, coordinates, and arranges for educational and training sessions for both headquarters and regional personnel to keep them constantly abreast of the laws, changes in regulations and interpretations and new policies. Training is provided not only to supervisor, but to technicians, clerical staff, and individual employees as well. Training includes formal classroom presentations and day-to-day encounters. Collects, develops, and coordinates background materials, i.e., issue papers, other work statements, to be used in conjunction with training sessions. Develops agenda items and discussions in concert with the Assistant General Counsel (AGC).

    Prepares responses to controlled correspondence for AGC. Draft memos, reports and summaries regarding financial disclosure report and other issues within area of responsibility.

    Obtains pertinent information about a designated area of operation and takes steps to correct deficiencies.

    Explains regulatory and legal requirements relevant to problem situations, Provides information and clarifications to assist in the resolution of problem situations.

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