Congressional Affairs Specialist

U.S. Department of Health And Human Services
  • Location
    Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Aug 26

Position description

This Direct-Hire position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the Commissioner (OC), Office of Policy, Legislation and International Affairs (OPLIA), Office of Legislation (OL), located in Silver Spring, MD, which provides strategic policy and legislative leadership, planning, and data-driven analysis for the Food and Drug Administration to more effectively and efficiently protect and promote the public health.

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  • Manage all aspects of Congressional oversight and investigations; document requests and related Congressional briefings in assigned issue areas.
  • Manage all aspects of Congressional hearing and briefing preparations, including preparing written and oral testimony and talking papers.
  • Provide authoritative information, analysis and guidance on legislative, regulatory, and policy questions and summarize alternatives for consideration by FDA and HHS policy makers.
  • Serve as an Agency point of contact for Congressional committees and individual member offices to explain FDA?s established policies and procedures, including responding to inquiries, requests and correspondence regarding FDA's regulatory policies.
  • Develop Agency staff papers, summaries, charts, and reports requested by Members of Congress, their committees and staff.
  • Edit transcripts of testimony prepared by FDA participants in hearings, and submissions for the record, as may be requested.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Citizenship Requirement: You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this advertisement unless explicitly stated otherwise.
  • Direct Deposit: You will be required to have all federal salary payments electronically deposited into a bank account with a financial institution of your choice.
  • Background Investigation Requirement: All employees must pass a security investigation. Failing to pass the background check may be grounds for removal or legal action. If hired, you may be subject to additional investigations at a later time.
  • FDA participates in e-Verify: All new hires must complete the I-9 form; this information will be processed through e-Verify to determine your employment eligibility. If a discrepancy arises, you must take affirmative steps to resolve the matter.
  • Certification of Accuracy: All information concerning eligibility and qualification is subject to investigation and verification. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, or appropriate legal action.
  • FDA participates in e-Verify: All new hires must complete the I-9 form; this information will be processed through e-Verify to determine your employment eligibility. If a discrepancy arises, you must take affirmative steps to resolve the matter.
  • You must meet ALL requirements by the closing date of this announcement to be considered. Only education, experience, and qualifications attained by this date will be considered. You must continue to meet all requirements through the hiring process.
  • Additional selections may be made from this vacancy, within the same geographical area, by other organizational elements from within FDA, through shared corporate recruiting activities.


The position of Congressional Affairs Specialist falls under the 0301 occupational series. To qualify for this position at grade GS-13, you must meet the following:

Minimum Qualifications
Specialized Experience
. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

  • You must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service that includes experience: analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting legislative proposals as it relates to public health programs; drafting formal reports, legislative proposals, testimony, and other briefing materials relative to public health programs/legislation; representing the organization at meetings and conferences; and serving as an advisor on congressional needs and pending legislation affecting public health programs.

NOTE: Voluntary experience may be used to qualify.

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on 09/02/2020. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities. You must continue to meet all requirements through the hiring process.

You may be asked to provide additional information at a later time. All interview requests and selection decisions are at the full discretion of the hiring office.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date . To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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