Passport Specialist GS-0967-5/7
Department Of State - Denver, CO

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This position is located in the Adjudication section of the Colorado Passport Agency in Denver, Colorado. The incumbent will serve on a rotational basis in the Regular Adjudication and Public Application Unit, receiving both classroom and on-the-job training in the examination and adjudication of passport applications.

One or more vacancies may be filled using this job opportunity announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship or National

Résumé and supporting documents (See How to Apply)

High Risk Public Trust Certification is required

DUTIES:
Duties of the Passport Specialist include but are not limited to the following:

Receiving and examining passport applications for completeness, signature, and affirmation of the truthfulness of statements contained in the application, verification of the identity of the applicant, and presense of required photographs and fees.

Examining the evidence of citizenship submitted with the application to establish its authenticity and adequacy in relation to the requirements of law and the facts set forth in the application.

Composing correspondence to applicants requesting additional documentation if necessary and explains the need for and potential sources of evidence to support claimed citizenship.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify for Passport Specialist, GS-5, you must meet one of the following criteria:

A. You must have three years of general experience, one year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-4 level. Such experience may have been gained while working as a law clerk, claims clerk, contact representative, or voucher examiner that involved interpreting and applying laws, rules, and regulations and dealing effectively with individuals to secure their compliance with applicable laws.

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B. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

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C. Combination of education and experience. If you do not qualify based on education or experience alone, you can combine your education and experience by converting each to a percentage and then adding the percentages. To calculate this, determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required; then determine your education as a percentage of the education required; then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

To qualify for Passport Specialist, GS-7, you must meet one of the following criteria:

A. Possess one year of work experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service responding to inquiries about laws or information concerning U.S. Citizenship or passports/visas or travel to foreign countries; or researching, developing, verifying or authorizing claims arising under the nationality laws of the United States.

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B. Completion of 1 full year of graduate level education in law, or other fields related to the position. For your information, one academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

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C. Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university AND you meet one of the following provisions of the superior academic achievement: (You must submit a copy of your transcript to qualify for superior academic achievement.) 1. A grade-point average of "B" (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. 2. A grade-point average of "B+ " (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all courses completed, in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of your undergraduate study.3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision. 4. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Grade point averages should be rounded to one decimal point, i.e., 2.95 is rounded up to 3.0; while 2.94 is rounded down 2.9. You must submit copies of your college transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended, not just courses taken at the school granting the degree. If selected, official college transcripts will be required to verify education and grade point average prior to employment.

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D. Possess a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience. If you have some but not all of the experience or education described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable experience and education that you do have. To do so, convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages the sum of which must equal at least 100%. For example, an applicant who has 6 months of professional experience (50% of the experience requirement) and at least 9 semester hours of creditable graduate work (50% of the education required) would satisfy the qualifications requirements for the GS-7 level. If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript with your application, and if selected, an official college transcript will be required to verify education prior to employment.

Transcripts must be submitted to verify any education. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1)unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2)you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

FOREIGN EDUACATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 will be considered.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

BENEFITS:
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference , you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/veteranscenter

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

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