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We hope that this information can be used by agency human resource professionals to create consistent position descriptions that will attract quality candidates to this new job series. While creating this series is ultimately good news for everyone, it forced agencies to quickly rethink how they categorize FOIA professionals. As agencies prepare for the deadline, we encourage them to consider the following best practices:. Office of Information Policy. The Department of Justice recently took an important step in reinforcing the principles outlined in the FOIA Guidelines and the Open Government Directive through updated employee performance standards. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

In the occupational information section of the flysheet, OPM describes the Government Information Specialist as a person who is entrusted withl, “implementing policies and procedures to manage Government information and providing information-related assistance and services to the general public. To distinguish the importance of their work, OPM recently created the Government Information Series , a new job category for FOIA and Privacy Act professionals, which will promote, “transparency as well as accountability in providing American citizens with easier access to more Government information. Talk to your FOIA and Privacy managers about your interest in the series and determine the implementation status for your agency. We hope that we will become a resource to help human resources professionals and the FOIA and Privacy communities collaborate to ensure the success and the best possible implementation of the series. Skip to content FOIA professionals do an essential job that keeps our democracy afloat. While creating this series is ultimately good news for everyone, it forced agencies to quickly rethink how they categorize FOIA professionals.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Government Information Specialists formulate policy, advise agency management, and ensure compliance with Federal laws governing the flow of information. Hardly appropriate treatment for those who uphold the ideals of transparency and democracy!

Professionalizing the FOIA Profession: The 0306 Government Information Specialist Job Series

Government Information Specialists will be responsible for promoting accountability and transparency while safeguarding certain types of vital government information.

While this is progress, we recognize that there is more to do.

In the occupational information section kpm the flysheet, OPM describes the Government Information Specialist as a person who is entrusted withl, “implementing policies and procedures to manage Government information and providing information-related assistance and services to the general public.

Office of Information Policy. The FOIA and Privacy managers should then communicate to the human resource professionals in your agency to ensure there is an understanding and agreement occuptional place for either hiring or converting those responsible for government information to the new job series.

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If so, how could we obtain aeries to consider in our rewrites? OPM largely left it up to agencies to decide how to implement the new job series; since each agency is structured a little differently, this allowed agencies to decide what works best occupationa them. As agencies prepare for the deadline, we encourage them to consider the following best oxcupational.

This new job series specifically addresses the work performed by FOIA and Privacy Act professionals, which is a key element in recognizing the professional nature of their work. The WG is completing a set of core competencies for Government Information Specialists in the areas of analytical skills, communications, organization and team building.

This series includes positions responsible for administering, analyzing, supervising, or performing work involved in establishing, disseminating or managing Government information.

Has the WG drafted new position descriptions? We hope that we will become a resource to help human resources professionals and the FOIA and Privacy communities collaborate to ensure the success and the best possible implementation of the series. Related blog posts January 7, After hearing from many different agencies that seeies were some issues with the implementation of the job series, OGIS offered to host an inter-agency and external working group WG.

03006 creating this series is ultimately good news for everyone, it forced agencies to quickly rethink how they categorize FOIA professionals.

As of Novemberthere were 27 agencies with a total of professionals in the series.

The work also involves safeguarding Government information while supporting accountability and transparency. Skip to content FOIA professionals do an essential job that keeps our democracy afloat. We at OGIS recognized early on that professionalizing the field is an important step in improving the FOIA process and we were eager to work with anyone who wanted to advance this effort.

While the implementation deadline is quickly approaching, the WG anticipates that our work will continue long after March 9, The Department of Justice recently took an important step in reinforcing the principles outlined in the FOIA Guidelines and the Open Government Directive through updated employee performance standards. Talk to your FOIA and Privacy managers about your interest in the series and determine the implementation status for your agency.

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The WG has not drafted new position descriptions, but it intends to release a set of core competencies in the next few months. OGIS and the WG will continue to beat the drum for FOIA and Privacy professionals; if you want to know how you can be involved with the outreach effort, or if you have other ideas or feedback, please contact us. To distinguish the importance of their work, OPM recently created the Government Information Seriesa new job category for FOIA and Privacy Act professionals, which will promote, “transparency as well as accountability in providing American citizens with easier access to more Government information.

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Those professionals’ administration of the FOIA plays a vital role in maintaining the transparent and occupaional government that is not only essential for government accountability, but is also integral to our country’s representative democracy. We hope that this information can be used by agency human resource professionals to create consistent position descriptions that will attract quality candidates to this new job series. Hi Susan, Thanks for your question. The WG also is working to educate and collaborate with other agencies and human resource offices about ways to use the job series to professionalize the career and recommend implementation of the series.

OPM issued guidance directing agencies to implement this series with a March 9, deadline. Traditionally, FOIA and Privacy professionals in the Federal government have had no consistent job titles or descriptions and no clear career path; instead, agencies have taken a patchwork approach, squeezing FOIA and Privacy professionals into sometimes unrelated areas. The job series exists as a result of collaboration between people across the government and interested members of the public. FOIA and Privacy professionals must continue to work together with the human resource professionals within their agencies to implement the series.

As agencies prepare for the deadline, we encourage them to consider the following best practices: If this is happening at your agency, speak up! Working together can only help the process. The WG welcomes additional agencies and those in the requester community to continue the conversation.