Job o’ the Day: Director of the Federal Register (Top Secret Clearance Required)

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From time to time we at the Cryptosphere feature interesting job opportunities; anything from cheffing at the CIA to “support[ing] government transparency and citizen participation in the rule-making process.”

Like here.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, the Director of the Federal Register would need a Top Secret clearance because: “he or she would play a role in continuity of government under conditions of national emergency, and would be responsible in particular for production of the so-called Emergency Federal Register. Over the past several years, Federal agencies have developed contingency plans to maintain operations in the case of a broad range of emergency circumstances,” according to a recent proposed rule that was published (naturally) in the Federal Register on October 28. ‘The FRA [Federal Register Act] authorizes the President to activate the Emergency Federal Register (EFR) system in place of the daily Federal Register in certain limited circumstances…. The purpose of the EFR is to support the preservation of the rule of law and a constitutional form of government,’ the proposed rule explained.”

Here’s the listing, from USAJobs.

Job Title:Director of the Federal Register

Agency:National Archives and Records Administration

Job Announcement Number:JD1252871PSP


$120,749.00 to $167,000.00 / Per Year


Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Friday, November 21, 2014




Full Time – Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


United States Citizens


Top Secret




The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is seeking a customer-focused executive to lead the Federal Register program, which provides citizens access to proposed and final regulations, rules, and other administrative actions of the Federal government. The cornerstone of this work is the publication of the Federal Register, the daily newspaper of the Federal government. The Federal Register program is responsible for numerous online and hardcopy publications to keep citizens apprised of agency actions and Presidential orders.

In the past several years NARA’s Federal Register operations have undergone major changes to support government transparency and citizen participation in the rule-making process. The paper-based systems of the past have been largely replaced with interactive web-based systems that are more quickly updated and easily accessible.

In the future, the new Director of the Federal Register will lead continued change, including greater integration with NARA’s other open government, research, and information sharing programs and information systems.

Additional information about the Office of the Federal Register and its functions can be found at

The position is located at 800 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC.

Whether you are new to the Federal Government or an experienced professional seeking a career change, you can make history at the National Archives. Our dedicated staff works across a variety of career fields to safeguard the records of the Federal Government – more than 10 billion of them. Visit our Employee Gallery at to see the kinds of dynamic projects our staff are undertaking. If you want a career where you can see the difference your work makes, then join the National Archives!


  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 10% travel required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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Serves as Director of the Federal Register with responsibility for administering a legal publications program including the daily Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, the slip laws, the United States Statutes at Large, the United States Government Manual, and the Public Papers of the Presidents.


Serves as Secretary of the statutory Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, including: planning, presenting, and coordinating matters to be considered by the Committee; implementing Committee decisions; and drafting regulations to be submitted by the Committee to the President of the United States or his delegates for signature.


Coordinates the functions of the Electoral College for the Archivist of the United States, the Congress, and the American People. Responsible for the receipt, custody, filing for public inspection, and verification of the Presidential electoral vote and the verification and custody of certification of appointment of the electors of the President and Vice President.
Plans and directs government-wide studies of all aspects of the rulemaking and drafting procedures of the various agencies, developing data, principles and standards to assist agencies in attaining fuller and more uniform compliance with the Federal Register Act.


Establishes and maintains effective liaison with the Government Printing Office, the Administrative Office of the Supreme Court, the Joint Committee on Printing and other Congressional bodies, the White House and agencies of the Executive Branch, all of which have a direct interest in the publications and procedures of the office.
Plans, directs, and coordinates the establishment and maintenance of emergency systems and facilities for the dissemination of laws and regulations of the Government in the event of a national emergency. As such, administers a robust telework program.

Participates in NARA’s management team, implementing NARA’s strategic direction and producing practical and creative high-level approaches to address related matters such as: agency-wide aligned outcomes/goals and priorities, customer- and stakeholder-focused needs and expectations, internal change management, employee satisfaction, outreach and relationship-building, one-voice communication, and problem resolution.
Supervises the work of a staff of approximately 60 writer-editors and attorneys through key subordinate division directors. Reviews and approves performance standards and appraisals for key subordinates; approves promotions, reassignments, awards, training, and other personnel actions; makes selections for key positions; resolves formal complaints and grievances; makes final decisions on adverse and performance-based actions, etc.


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Entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES) requires demonstrated executive experience in all five of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) listed below.  Applicants must also meet the professional / technical qualifications.  Experience must be at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-15 level in the Federal service.


If you are selected and have not previously served in the SES, your qualifications must be certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) at the Office of Personnel Management.  The QRB will review your ECQs to ensure you meet the qualifications for entry into the SES.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. You are required to respond to all ECQs and technical qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated ineligible. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and “How to Apply” and “Required Documents” instructions.


You will be evaluated on the Professional/Technical and Executive Core Qualifications listed below:




  1. Demonstrated experience as a senior level manager in an electronic publishing or information services enterprise that delivers electronic and digital products to customers through multiple innovative systems and approaches.




The Executive Core Qualifications describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the SES; they also reinforce the concept of an ‘SES corporate culture’.  Successful performance in the SES requires competence in each ECQ.  The five ECQs and their specific competencies are described below:


  1. Leading Change — This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.


Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.


  1. Leading People — This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.


Competencies:  Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.


  1. Results Driven — This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.


Competencies:  Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.


  1. Business Acumen — This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.


Competencies:  Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.


  1. Building Coalitions — This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


Competencies:  Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.


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NARA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information visit the following websites: or



You must complete a 1-year probationary period if you have not previously completed a probationary period in the SES.


You will be required to complete an OGE 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report.


Veterans’ preference does not apply to the SES.


It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 21, 2014 to receive consideration.


  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • 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.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:


You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):


  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is       1252871.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The completeapplication package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 21, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:


  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire       View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


NARA provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Capital Specialist listed below for this vacancy.



The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:


—   Resume.


—   Response(s) to Occupational Questionnaire.


—   Separate narrative statements describing your experience, education, and accomplishments as they relate to each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).  OPM’s Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications located at  provides detailed information on how to address the Executive Core Qualifications.  Your ECQ narratives must not exceed two pages per ECQ and should be written in the Challenge-Context-Action-Result model described in the guide. Do not include your ECQ narratives in the resume.


—   Separate narrative statements describing your experience, education, and accomplishments as they relate to each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).  Clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility should be provided for each factor.  Narrative statements should not exceed one page per PTQ.


If you are currently on a career SES appointment, or are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, you are not required to submit narrative ECQ statements.  You must, however, submit narrative statements addressing the PTQs.  In addition, please submit a copy of the SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your appointment to the SES.


If you are a graduate of an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program, you must submit evidence that you completed the program in lieu of a narrative ECQ statement.


Pam S. Pope
Phone: (314)801-0882

Agency Information:
Office of Human Capital
Staffing and Classification Br
1 Archives Drive – Room 370
Saint Louis, MO


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Applications will be reviewed by the Human Capital Office to determine if you meet the professional/technical qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred to NARA’s Executive Resources Board to identify the best qualified candidates. These candidates will be referred for further consideration to the hiring manager. You will be notified of the outcome after final approval of the selectee.


Note:  If you are selected and have not previously served in the SES, your qualifications must be certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) at the Office of Personnel Management. The QRB will review your ECQs to ensure you meet the qualifications for entry into the SES.


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