FOIA Post (2002): FOIA/Privacy Act Positions Available at Federal Agencies

May 9, 2002

FOIA/Privacy Act

Positions Available at Federal Agencies

The Office of Information

and Privacy has learned of the following Freedom of Information Act/Privacy

Act-related positions that currently are available at federal agencies:

• The Transportation

Security Administration (TSA), a newly created component of the Department of

Transportation, has multiple openings for both attorneys and paralegals (or

other access professionals) who have experience in working with the Freedom

of Information Act.

The attorney positions

are located in the Transportation Security Administration's Office of the Deputy

Chief Counsel for General Law. Anyone interested in these positions should contact

Lyn M. Rahilly, an attorney in the TSA's Office of the Chief Counsel, at (202)

493-1228.

The paralegal/access

professional positions will be located in the Transportation Security Administration's

newly formed FOIA office. These openings will be formally announced on the Transportation

Security Administration's Web site (www.tsa.gov) soon.

Because this new

sub-agency is an "excepted service" government entity, its salary scales are

different from those of the ordinary government salary schedule; they are set

in "pay bands" that can range higher than regular GS grades. Additional information

can be obtained through the Transportation Security Administration's Web site

(www.tsa.gov).

• The Office

of Management and Budget (OMB) is looking for someone to work on a three-month,

nonreimbursable detail to help cover its governmentwide policy responsibilities

under the Privacy Act of 1974 and also matters pertaining to FOIA fees. The

position is in the Information Policy and Technology Branch of OMB's Office

of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). OMB prefers an attorney for this

position, but is willing to consider other access professionals as well. Anyone

interested in this position should contact Jasmeet Seehra, Deputy Director of

OIRA's Information Policy and Technology Branch, at (202) 395-3123.

The Office of Information

and Privacy is posting these notices in an effort to facilitate the hiring of

highly qualified attorneys and access professionals to work in the FOIA and

Privacy Act areas throughout the federal government. The potential value of

doing so was discussed at a FOIA Officers Conference held by OIP late last year,

and this is the first in what is expected to be a regular series of such postings.

OIP encourages

the FOIA personnel at all federal agencies to bring FOIA and Privacy Act-related

vacancies to its attention for prompt inclusion in this FOIA Post feature.

  (posted 5/9/02)

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