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Bureau of Reclamation Congressional Affairs Liaison in Washington, District Of Columbia

Summary Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise as a Congressional Affairs Liaison. You can make a difference in the West by helping to meet increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Duty Location: Washington, District of Columbia Responsibilities The incumbent serves as a Congressional Affairs Liaison Officer and performs duties in support of the Congressional & Legislative Affairs Group as they relate to Reclamation's relations with Congress and other executive branch agencies. Assignments are varied and are within any area of jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Reclamation. Responsibilities include the performance of the full range of Congressional liaison work including controlling, analyzing, researching and formulation of official responses to written and telephonic requests from Members of Congress and their staffs, and Congressional Committees. Through regular communications establishes a collaborative working relationship with Congressional staff, Reclamation staff, and Reclamation stakeholders to assure that their needs are heard and addressed where appropriate. Uses project management, conflict management, mediation, discretion, and negotiation tools to achieve results in a collaborative spirit. Provides expert advice and guidance on the preparation of responses to Congressional inquiries as well as Executive Branch inquiries. Prepares information papers, briefings and Congressional correspondence for leadership review and approval. Assists in preparing Reclamation leadership for hearings, briefings and meetings with Members of Congress, their staffs, and Committees. Research laws, regulations, court actions, correspondence, and other records and analysis on a wide variety of issues impacting various areas of Reclamation as they relate to the execution of its mission. Develops official responses to ensure the reply answers the query, identifies corrective actions if called for, controls established and attempts to develop favorable reactions from members of Congress. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. You must be suitable for federal employment, determined by a background investigation. You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (see Required Documents). You must submit eligibility documents for veterans consideration (see Required Documents). You must meet any minimum education and/or experience requirements (see Qualifications). Who May Apply: 30% or More Disabled Veterans Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Competitive) Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Non-Competitive) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Department of the Interior Employees (Competitive) Department of the Interior Employees (Non-Competitive) Federal Employees (Competitive Transfer) Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Transfer) Former Federal Employees (Competitive Reinstatement) Former Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Reinstatement) Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A) Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Military Spouses Miscellaneous Appointing Authorities Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers Public Lands Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority Special Hiring Authorities Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Qualifications In order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - this information must be clearly supported in the resume. To qualify at the GS-13, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 level in federal service having demonstrated experience performing the following: 1. Reviewing legislation to determine the impact to a group or organization. 2. Reviewing reports, correspondence, and legislation to determine conformance with current policy, international affairs, and departmental priorities. 3. Preparing documents to support and advise on formal stances of prospective legislation and impact to an organization. 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; religious; 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. 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). You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors if applicable, by 04/16/2024. Education This position does not allow substituting education for experience. Additional Information You may be required to serve an initial probationary period. Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and you may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit: Recruitment Incentive or Relocation Incentive. Current agency employees may be eligible to receive a referral bonus for recruitment of this position. For information visit: Referral Bonus Awards. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may be offered a Student Loan Repayment Benefit (SLRB). The decision to offer an SLRB will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit: SLRB Program. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may request consideration for a Superior Qualifications Appointment. For information, visit: OPM Fact Sheet. Related non-Federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria. This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630). For additional information, please visit: Creditable Service for Annual Leave DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit This position is designated as a MODERATE RISK Public Trust position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Suitability Background Investigation (T2S or T2RS or equivalent) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: This is a non-bargaining unit position. Additional vacancies may be filled using this job announcement.