Student Trainee (Government Information Specialist) - Pathways Intern
US Office of Inspector General4.3
Washington, DC
Job description

Duties

This position is located in the Office of Chief Counsel, Office of Inspector General (OIG).

The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal opinions and memoranda on litigation involving OIG operations and activities, and researches questions of law pertaining to OIG authority and applicable statutes. The office also reviews audit and investigative issues for legal sufficiency; represents OIG in administrative and judicial proceedings; and assists U.S. Attorneys in preparation of criminal cases conducted by OIG Special Agents. The office reviews proposed departmental legislation and regulations; and coordinates responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests.

The incumbent will work closely with the FOIA staff to provide administrative support in a number of specialized areas. The incumbent is employed under the Pathways Program that provides students with opportunities to explore federal careers while in school and getting paid for the work performed.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Typical, but not all-inclusive, duties are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:

  • Prepare routine correspondence to FOIA requesters for review and approval by senior staff.
  • Draft and finalize a variety of documents as directed, including status reports.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate data for response to information and discovery requests.
  • Conduct research using the DOJ FOIA Guide and other available sources to recommend whether specific information should be made publicly available.
  • Assemble and review proposed release of government information in response to FOIA, Privacy Act, or other requests.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of office records and files. Updates and purges files on a regular basis. Makes electronic versions of paper documents (creates PDF files) and stores and organizes electronic documents in searchable format.
  • Receive, sort, and route incoming mail and correspondence to staff. Coordinate the distribution of materials, reports, and other information.
  • Assist with preparation for meetings including arranging conference rooms, copying materials and ensuring participants receive all required documents prior to the meeting.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Enrolled at least half time at a qualifying educational institution.
  • Applicants must not graduate before December 2022
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  • Must sign a Pathways Student Agreement.

The agency may non-competitively convert a Pathways Intern to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service, as long as the Intern meets service requirements as outlined in the Pathways Student Agreement. If converted, the full performance level of this position is a GS-09.

Pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Due to COVID-19, our agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Your employment with DOT OIG will begin remotely at your current residence. Once our normal business operations process begins you will receive further instructions on when to report to the office. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency’s telework policy.

Qualifications

To qualify for the GS-7 Student Trainee (Government Information Specialist) position you must:

Be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or graduate or professional school; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate on at least a half-time basis.

Maintain an overall GPA of 2.7 or greater. (G.P.A.'s are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.45 rounds to 2.5 and 2.44 rounds to 2.4).

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, experience operating a personal computer and related equipment, such as printers, photocopiers and facsimiles; experience maintaining a filing system both electronic and hard copy to include updating and purging the files on a regular basis; using computers to develop correspondence, memos, forms and other standardized documents. Experience researching information, reviewing forms and other documents for completeness.

OR

B. One full year of graduate level education One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.

OR

C. Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A)

S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

  • Class standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
  • Grade-point average (G.P.A.)- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
    • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
    • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

    Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. If you fail to submit a COMPLETE on-line resume, you WILL NOT be considered for this position. Please make sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions for this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings are subject to change or you may be removed from employment consideration.

PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE A PHOTO OF YOURSELF IN YOUR RESUME OR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION. FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION REMOVED FROM CONSIDERATION

Education

Current students enrolled or accepted for enrollment seeking a degree from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Students must have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA.

To be eligible for an appointment to a position in the DOT Intern Program, an individual must meet the definition of a "student" as set forth in 5 CFR part 362.202:

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE COPY OF THEIR TRANSCRIPTS. DEGREE AUDITS ARE NOT AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. IF SELECTED, AN OFFICIAL/SEALED TRANSCRIPT WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO AN APPOINTMENT DATE BEING ESTABLISHED.

IF YOU HAVE EARNED A DEGREE FROM A FOREIGN INSTITUTION YOU MUST SUBMIT WITH YOUR APPLICATION EVIDENCE THAT ANY EDUCATION COMPLETED IN A FOREIGN INSTITUTION WAS APPROPRIATELY ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING BODY RECOGNIZED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS EQUIVALENT TO U.S. STANDARDS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, REFER TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE AT http://www.ed.gov

Additional information

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

Any male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959, and who is subsequently selected for this position must certify that he is registered for the military selective service by the date he is to enter on duty. False certification may result in termination after appointment.

If you served on active duty in the U.S. Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veteran's preference. More information on veterans' is available in the VetGuide that may be found on the United States Office of Personnel Management website at www.opm.gov.

If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume/application. In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 (certificate of release or discharge from active duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a purple heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10 point veteran preference” and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your claim.

Although veteran preference points will not be assigned under the student vacancy, veteran preference eligibles will be listed ahead of non-veterans.

Candidates will be asked to fill out a Declaration for Federal Employment (Optional Form 306). Individuals selected for positions will be required to certify that their application materials are accurate when they enter on duty.

Additional selections may be made within 90 days of the opening date of this announcement should vacancies occur.

THIS AGENCY PROVIDES REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS TO APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR ANY PART OF THE APPLICATION AND HIRING PROCESS, PLEASE NOTIFY THE AGENCY. THE DECISION ON GRANTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.
ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, UNION AFFILIATION OR NON-AFFILIATION, MARITAL STATUS, NON-DISQUALIFYING PHYSICAL HANDICAP, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT REASON. THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (OIG), U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL ADDITIONAL LIKE VACANCIES IN THE ANNOUNCED DUTY LOCATION.


  • Benefits

    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    **This position does not confer eligibility for life insurance, or retirement coverage.

    **This position may confer eligibility for health insurance.

    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 benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Candidates will be assessed based on their eligibility requirements listed under qualifications. Candidates who do not meet the minimum qualification requirements will not be further evaluated.



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  • Benefits

    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    **This position does not confer eligibility for life insurance, or retirement coverage.

    **This position may confer eligibility for health insurance.

    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 benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    TRANSCRIPTS - You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A degree audit is unacceptable.

    PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE A PHOTO OF YOURSELF IN YOUR RESUME OR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION. FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION REMOVED FROM CONSIDERATION

        • Resume:

          • Your resume must support your answers to the Vacancy Questions, as well as the specialized experience described in this announcement.
          • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations, and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
          • For qualifications determinations, your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
          • For additional information see:
            • What to include in your resume
            • Resume Writing

          NOTE: If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings are subject to change or you may be removed from employment consideration.

          Applicants who fail to submit all the required documentation listed above, in addition to their resumes, will be considered ineligible for further consideration for this announcement.



      SCHEDULE A - To receive consideration for Schedule A appointment, you must submit your certification from a licensed medical professional; or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

      The letter must be printed on the licensed medical professional's letterhead and must include a signature or it is invalid.

      DD-214 - To receive consideration, all veterans must submit a copy of their DD-214 (copy Member #4). If you are claiming preference due to a service-connected disability, you must submit your Vet Letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs documenting your status. If you are a current service member, in lieu of a DD-214, you may submit a statement from your military personnel center certifying the nature and dates of your service and expected date of separation.

    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.

  • How to Apply

    Applications submitted via WWW.USAJOBS.GOV must be received before midnight eastern time on the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit a COMPLETE on-line resume, you WILL NOT be considered for this position. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, the Servicing Personnel Office listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. Applicants must contact the Servicing Human Resources Office PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

    PLEASE NOTE THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. EASTERN TIME (ET) ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT 11:59 P.M. (ET) ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 200TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

    Agency contact information

    Karen Muller

    Phone

    202-366-1490

    TDD

    202-366-2136

    Fax

    202-366-2136

    Email

    Karen.Muller@oig.dot.gov

    Address

    DOT, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
    1200 New Jersey Ave SE
    West Building, Room W71-123
    Washington, District of Columbia 20590
    United States

    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your application status by the servicing human resources specialist via e-mail. It is essential that you have a current e-mail address on file and remove any restrictions from your e-mail account that may prohibit our contacting you via e-mail. You may also check the status of your application at WWW.USAJOBS.GOV.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

TRANSCRIPTS - You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A degree audit is unacceptable.

PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE A PHOTO OF YOURSELF IN YOUR RESUME OR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION. FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION REMOVED FROM CONSIDERATION

      • Resume:

        • Your resume must support your answers to the Vacancy Questions, as well as the specialized experience described in this announcement.
        • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations, and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
        • For qualifications determinations, your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
        • For additional information see:
          • What to include in your resume
          • Resume Writing

        NOTE: If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings are subject to change or you may be removed from employment consideration.

        Applicants who fail to submit all the required documentation listed above, in addition to their resumes, will be considered ineligible for further consideration for this announcement.



    SCHEDULE A - To receive consideration for Schedule A appointment, you must submit your certification from a licensed medical professional; or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

    The letter must be printed on the licensed medical professional's letterhead and must include a signature or it is invalid.

    DD-214 - To receive consideration, all veterans must submit a copy of their DD-214 (copy Member #4). If you are claiming preference due to a service-connected disability, you must submit your Vet Letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs documenting your status. If you are a current service member, in lieu of a DD-214, you may submit a statement from your military personnel center certifying the nature and dates of your service and expected date of separation.

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.


Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

  • Students

    Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.

Clarification from the agency

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A SUMMER POSITION. You must be enrolled in a qualifying academic program through December 2022 in order to be considered for this position. This is a temporary Pathways Internship Program appointment not-to-exceed 1 year. This position may be extended based on agency needs. The anticipated hours are 20 hours per week during school & possible 40 hours per week during school breaks.

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