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Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Congressional Affairs Specialist, GS-0301-11/12/13

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Washington DC, DC
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Location Notes:
Washington, DC
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Who May Apply:
US Citizens
Time Limit:
Permanent - No time limit
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Work Schedule:
Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement:

  • Do you want to be a leader in your field at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) where you can provide innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems. If you answered yes, then OJP is the career choice for you. You will serve as a Congressional Affairs Specialist in the Office of Communications (OCOM), Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

    The Office of Communication provides expertise in the areas of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. The Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs Division coordinates Congressional matters with DOJ's Office of Legislative Affairs, officials and staff members of the White House, and other Federal agencies. The incumbent will monitor and advise on the activities of Congress and congressional committees regarding legislation, hearings, and/or activities; respond to requests for information from Congress; and maintain effective working relationships with Members of Congress and their staff. The incumbent is primarily responsible for developing, conducting, analyzing, and managing a full range of congressional matters. S/he provides advice regarding legislative programs and activities; participates in the coordination and direction of congressional affairs activities; and develops/coordinates information distribution through congressional briefings, correspondence, and telephonically.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

    You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.

    Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from, the Selective Service. See

    This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period.

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ/OJP Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A human resources representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Your resume will be among the factors used in setting your pay, should you be made an offer of employment. Please ensure that it fully describes your experience as it relates to the position for which you are applying. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described above, veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 30-percent or more (CPS) and those with a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10-percent but less than 30-percent (CP) move from the category in which they would otherwise be placed to the top of the highest quality category, with the exception of positions which are professional and scientific at the GS-09 (or equivalent) and above. Professional and scientific positions GS-09 (or equivalent) and above will be placed at the top of the category in which their rating otherwise places them.

    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: Your application will be evaluated against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. You may also be further evaluated using additional assessment processes.
    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90-days of the closing date of this announcement.


  • The incumbent will have responsibility for the development, conduct, analysis, and management of a full range of congressional affairs activities. Specifically the incumbent will: prepare position or briefing papers on legislation affecting law enforcement, criminal and juvenile justice, community programs and activities.
    Develop relationships with congressional staff members, including staffs of relevant congressional committees, to ensure the flow of accurate information to the Congress on OJP activities, and respond to congressional concerns; provide advice to agency leadership on legislative matters, including committee, subcommittee and floor activity.

    Attends program briefings, Congressional hearings and other informational meetings in order to keep informed of program activities and represent OJP in substantive legislative policy discussion with congressional staff.
  • Prepare briefing papers for agency leadership on issues known or anticipated to be of concern to Congress; provide technical advice, assistance or prepare drafts of congressional testimony and follow-up responses to hearing questions; act as liaison among OJP bureaus and offices and the Office of Legislative Affairs on issues of concern to Congress; prepare and present briefings on OJP activities to congressional staff or to outside groups at the request of Members of Congress; provide sufficient information to prepare or prepare written responses to congressional correspondence.

Contact Information:

Constance Jones

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