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    Job Title: Freedom of Information Act Specialist (FOIA)

    Department: Department of the Treasury

    Agency: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    Sub Agency: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    Job Announcement Number: DEU-PB-11-052


    $52,319.00 – $96,954.00 /year


    Tuesday, August 09, 2011 to Tuesday, September 06, 2011




    This is a Full-Time Permanent appointment in the Competitive Service. This position is in the bargaining unit. The salary range includes 13% geographic differential pay.




    few vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.


    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is among the top places to work in the federal government. The OCC ensures a safe and sound banking system for all Americans and ensures fair treatment and equal access for all national bank customers. Our culture promotes creative and thoughtful contributions by people in all positions, and an environment that values and encourages diversity. If you are an inquisitive, investigative individual with high standards of your own, consider the OCC.

    The OCC is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today’s global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

    This position is located in the Deputy Comptroller for Public Affairs, Communications Division. As a Freedom of Information Act Specialist (FOIA), you will handle public requests for Corporate filings, applications, and other documents made pursuant to the FOIA and the Privacy Act. You will serve as a focal point for inquiries from the public, banking industry, members of the news media, and other interest groups seeking information available under those Acts and provide basic information concerning the banking industry as well as OCC policies, regulations, documents and orders.

    Key Information:
    If you are a “status applicant” and wish to be considered for this position under both merit promotion and competitive procedures, you must also submit an application under vacancy announcement MP-PB-11-052. “Status applicants” are individuals who are current or former permanent Federal civilian employees who hold or held non-temporary appointments in the competitive service.
    If you are an OCC employee on a permanent Schedule A appointment and wish to be considered for this position under the same Schedule A appointing authority, you must also submit an application under vacancy announcement INT-PB-11-052D.

    • Click “Print Preview” to review the entire announcement before applying.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    As a Freedom of Information Specialist (FOIA), you will:

    • Respond to incoming requests for information on OCC programs and the financial institutions that the OCC regulates. Convey to customers the methods by which information can be requested and provide advice and counsel on how to submit FOIA and Privacy Act requests. Respond to requests concerning agency actions; analyze and prepare responses to FOIA and Privacy Act inquiries. Review requested records to determine if the information is releaseable, redacts documents and make decisions on legal justification for nondisclosure. Create and maintain a variety of files in electronic and paper form that documents the steps taken in processing requests for use in possible appeals and/or litigation, ensuring an effective records system for information requests/responses.
    • Analyze and evaluate requests for information, including those that may raise complex legal or policy issues as well as those with high public or political sensitivity. Assist requestors in clarifying the precise nature of the information sought and negotiating simplification of requests when necessary.
    • Serve as the division’s expert on licensing-related issues by working with licensing professionals throughout the OCC to keep abreast of corporate filing procedures, requirements. Also serve as an expert on all documents relating to the corporate structural history of financial institutions.
    • Handle requests for routine corporate filings, and other requests for information as assigned. Gather information from various OCC offices in order to respond to requests.
    • Research, analyze and intepret new or revised statutes and precedents and selects the most applicable. Evaluate the pertinence of FOIA, Privacy Act, OMB and OCC regulations, relevant judicial decisions, and past determinations to render a recommended decision on the release or withholding of information.
    • Assist in the production of the OCC’s monthly Publication Interpretations and Actions, the production of the monthly list of enforcement actions and Community Reinvestment Act Performance Evaluations as needed.
    • Handle other assignments as required.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements within 60 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement:

    Selective Placement Factor: Candidates must possess the following selective placement factor to be considered qualified for the position:

    Demonstrated experience analyzing, researching and responding to complex or sensitive requests for information filed under a public disclosure law or regulation.

    This position requires one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the NB-III band levels. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized experience for this position includes: analyzing, processing, and responding to requests for information filed under the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act or similar disclosure-related laws or regulations and experience handling requests for Corporate filings and other licensing issues.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.


    Your application includes your:
    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. Required documents.

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating: Qualified applicants will be evaluated in the following areas:

    Knowledge of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts or similar law or regulation and the use of their exemptions to protect certain government information.

    Ability to read, interpret and analyze requests to determine what information or records are within the scope of a request filed under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts or similar law or regulation.

    Ability to perform research and to apply knowledge of disclosure regulations and principles in order to make recommendations as to what information should be released by applying established standards or guidelines.

    We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Outstanding, Excellent, Qualified, depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans’ preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

    Benefits and Other Info


    We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous – helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes:

    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year;
    • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire;
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount of the health insurance premiums;
    • A performance-based merit pay program designed to reward employees for excellent performance;
    • Free OCC dental and vision insurance, long-term disability, and business travel insurance.
    • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at and about OCC-specific benefits at:


    • Important information regarding Ethics and Conflicts of Interest: As an employee of the OCC, you will be expected to follow the OCC’s ethics rules, which are designed to guard against conflicts of interest that could undermine public confidence in the OCC. If you are currently employed by one of the banks under OCC’s supervision, there are mandatory Recusal periods. Additionally, there are prohibitions on owning banking securities. Should you have questions concerning Ethics and Conflict of Interest requirements, please contact Human Resources.
    • Relocation benefits will be paid in accordance with OCC’s relocation policy. Free real estate information on job locations is available by calling OCC’s relocation management firm at 1-877-237-5068.
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
      If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9( Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.

    How To Apply


    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this on-line application process and submit any applicable required documents, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses an extreme hardship, you must contact the human resources office no later than noon Eastern Time on the closing date. After this time, requests to apply will not be granted.

    Treasury provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. Hearing impaired applicants may use TDD # (202) 874-5642.

    Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.

    Step 1 – Create a Resume with USAJOBS (
    If you have not created a resume on USAJOBS, you must create a user account and use the resume builder provided to create at least one resume on file on USAJOBS.

    Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

    Step 2 – Review the Job Announcement
    We suggest you review the duties thoroughly and go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will be required to answer in Step 4. You may need to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.

    Step 3 – Apply Online
    Click the “Apply Online” link at the bottom of this announcement and then select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application. Click on “Apply for this position now!” and you will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury’s CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

    Step 4 – Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application
    If this is your first time on Treasury’s CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select “Take me to the assessment” and click on the “Next” button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the “Finish” button.

    Step 5 – Review and Confirm Your Submission
    You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for documents (see Step 6 for details). Once you click “Done,” you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click “Finish” at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

    Step 6 – Submit Documents
    You can submit any applicable required or optional documents (see below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

    Document Upload: You may upload documents in one of two ways:
    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you’ve already loaded on USAJOBS. or
    2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on “My Applications” and search for the vacancy. Once you’ve located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select “Apply Online.” Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
    In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the “Vacancy Documents” screen. Then, click on “Finish” to be returned to USAJOBS.

    Fax: Print a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the “Faxing Supporting Documentation” instructions. The fax number will be provided on the cover-sheet.

    E-Mail: Send your documents by e-mail to [email protected]. We can accept documents in the following formats: PDF or Word.


    Please note that all required documents must be received by the closing date and that we will determine your eligibility and qualifications based solely on the material received by the closing date.

    If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: For more information on veterans’ preference, click here.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.

    If you are applying for consideration under a special appointing authority, you must provide the required supporting documentation.

    In addition to required documents, you may submit the following:

    • Cover Letter


    Saundra Keys
    Phone: 214-720-7058
    Fax: 999-999-9999
    TDD: 202-874-5642
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    500 North Akard
    Suite 1600
    Dallas, TX 75201
    Fax: 999-999-9999


    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My USAJOBS” tab and clicking on “My Applications.” You will receive final notification via email when this vacancy has been filled.

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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