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APPENDIX 4-23 INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH SPECIALIST (FDNS) GS-0132-12
This position is located in the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, BCIS. Subject position is located at one of the 5 Service Centers and serves as liaison between the FDNS Service Center and the Intelligence community. The parenthetical (FDNS) is added since subject position, among other responsibilities functions to identify fraud trends and patterns through complex analyses and investigations; e.g., analysis of data captured from applications, petitions, and leads obtained from a variety of
sources. Consequent to its analytical responsibilities, incumbent provides policy input to the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security and leads major intelligence projects. The incumbent is responsible for the production of immigration intelligence for major functional geographic areas and for the dissemination of an intelligence product that supports the mission of the office. This is a senior level position which has a full performance level of GS-13.
INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH STUDY REPORTING 20%
Subject position identifies fraud trends and patterns through complex analyses of intelligence data captured.
Provides interpretation of intelligence analyses and drafts critical interagency intelligence assessments. Apprises policy and intelligence officials at all levels, within and outside the organization, on emerging issues by preparing intelligence reports and presenting oral briefings. Develops the organization's position on controversial or disputed issues. Writes for various publications on behalf of the organization. Responds to requests for information from a wide variety of sources.
POLICY AND PROCEDURE DEVELOPMENT 20%
Serves as an expert in the collection, control, and dissemination of document-related intelligence information for a major agency organizational component. Acts as liaison with agency policy-level officials to ensure that agency views and interests are promoted with respect to current and emerging policy issues, and that those views are taken into consideration in policy development and implementation.
Reviews and evaluates new concepts in the intelligence field. Makes recommendations to management on implementing new requirements when implementation affects significant dollar or manpower resources. Serves as representative at a variety of high-level national meetings on program issues. Establishes formal and informal liaison with appropriate federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, attorneys, and court officials within the area.
Performs specialized duties with continuing responsibility for projects, questions, or problems that arise within an area of a program or functional specialty.
Serves as technical specialist responsible for problem assessment for an organization. Coordinates and performs studies and investigations to develop policies, criteria, methods, and techniques for the resolution of advanced program problems. The problems to be solved are ones for which experience, data, and guidelines are very limited or point in conflicting directions, or the problem solutions are of special urgency or likely to be particularly controversial. Participates in proposal conferences, surveys,
review of contractor proposals, and contract negotiations. Provides in-depth justifications for new or modified procedures.
INTELLIGENCE DATA ACQUISITION PLANNING AND OPERATIONS 15%
Plans and develops long-term intelligence gathering and preparation strategies in a broad subject area. Considers numerous, critical, and complicated variables that inhibit the acquisition of data of this scope and magnitude. Institutes measures to improve as well as sustain the information acquisition program over the long term.
Establishes key international relationships to obtain sources of intelligence.
Reviews requests for intelligence collection, considering the validity of the request and the feasibility of obtaining the data, Maintains final approval authority for those requests judged to have considerable economic or security risks. Presents and defends agency positions or controversial issues at interagency and intra-agency forums and conferences.
INTELLIGENCE DATA DISSEMINATION OPERATIONS 15%
Analyzes and provides recommendations to high level policy officials on intelligence operation matters of great international importance, including advice on major areas of uncertainty. Maintains liaisons with personnel in other intelligence agencies, laboratories, operational forces, and allied foreign governments to discuss intelligence requirements and provide Information. Participates in top echelon intra and inter-organization planning or work groups, and serves on committees with national or internati
onal representation and implications. Provides guidance or other support for developing a variety of intelligence reports.
INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION 15%
Plans, develops, organizes, and conducts special research studies providing comprehensive assessments of broad, exceptionally complex, or highly sensitive issues within the assigned area. Develops methods of evaluating the validity, accuracy, and reliability of a broad array and high volume of information, for translation into intelligence relevant to the organization. Analyzes the significance and policy implications of issues in the assigned area.
Initiates contact with personnel stationed overseas, other senior intelligence analysts, and experts in specialty fields to validate and ascertain reliability of information.
LIAISON AND OPERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS 15%
Maintains liaison and operational relationships with headquarters program managers, officials of foreign governments, state and local governments and/or various U.S. and foreign agencies on difficult and diverse matters or issues that affect critical aspects of major agency-wide programs, such as controversial law enforcement activities affecting significant populations.
Serves as technical expert and liaison in developing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders in the Federal government, private industry, and state and local law enforcement agencies. Develops processes by which the organization pursues collaborative arrangements and relationships with other law enforcement entities.
Plans, organizes, and coordinates briefings and information exchange opportunities. Serves as an interface between the agency and components of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Maintains liaison with other governmental agencies on intelligence projects relating to national security or criminal cases.
Participates in inter-or-intra-agency task forces or special project groups that evaluate and/or implement established program policy objectives. Coordinates task force and special project group activities. Provides advice and guidance to agency managers (field and headquarters) for matters relative to organizational operations, policies, and requirements.
FACTOR 1-7 KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
The position requires a thorough knowledge of the operation of the intelligence program of the agency and its relation to the national intelligence activity; knowledge of the functions and operations of other intelligence organizations, even though unrelated to own specialty field; familiarity with related non-intelligence activities; knowledge of the influence of the specialized field upon foreign areas and peoples in order to determine probable courses of development and action; knowledge of the interplay
of geographical, political, military, economic and industrial forces in various regions of the world; and the ability to present and argue effectively for a position. The position requires the ability to evaluate the importance of international situations and problems; and to present well-considered and sound suggestions.
FACTOR 2-4 SUPERVISORY CONTROLS
Establishes own work routines. Receives special assignments and policy guidance from the supervisor. Receives assistance in conferences during which the supervisor outlines assignments and objectives, suggests lines of approach, and identifies potential elements of difficulty. Contributions to major projects are reviewed for conformance to format, coherence and consistency, soundness of treatment and interpretation, and fulfillment of the requirements for which the project was instituted.
Exercises judgment in determining method of approach, techniques to be used, and manner of presentation of results. Background information, experience, and advice are available from senior staff members.
FACTOR 3-4 GUIDELINES
Specific policies and precedents are applicable but typically stated in general terms. The guidelines of major concern at this level are broad policy statements regarding such matters as objectivity, responsiveness, and timeliness.
The specialist is often required to deviate from traditional methods and to develop new valuable criteria and methodology. The specialists increasing ,visibility and ongoing professional relationship with policy making bodies requires judgment and ingenuity in maintaining objective standards.
FACTOR 4-5 COMPLEXITY
Projects and revises long-range estimates in the assigned field. Serves on top-level review committees of own intelligence organization to evaluate, discuss, test, and validate intelligence research reports, and intelligence collection programs, plans, guides, and manuals before they are finally approved and released. Serves both as representative of their subject-matter field and as senior staff member and brings to bear both technical considerations of methodology and subject-matter knowledge of own area.
Develops new concepts, guides, and methodologies in the solution of unprecedented problems and develops experimental approaches and solutions.
FACTOR 5-4 SCOPE AND EFFECT
Represents organization with private contractors and outside intelligence sources. Travels domestically and oversees when problems and projects are of a highly specialized or significant nature require the attention of a highly qualified technician.
Participates in the development of research programs and reviews and evaluates the results of these program until they are fully operational. Prepares justification of projects and briefs top agency personnel on the purpose and progress.
FACTOR 6-3 PERSONAL CONTACTS
Maintains contacts with counterparts in other intelligence organizations to keep abreast of current developments, to resolve problems, to eliminate duplication, and to provide free flow of information on matters of intelligence interest.
Carries out personal coordinating and liaison with counterparts and colleagues throughout the intelligence community and using agencies.
FACTOR 7-3 PURPOSE OF CONTACTS
The purpose of contacts is to explain the intelligence needs of the agency or to give expert guidance and assistance in the field of competence. Gives professional guidance and technical assistance in the intelligence area of expertise, and serves as coordinator of projects jointly undertaken with other agencies.
FACTOR 8-1 PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The work is sedentary and is usually accomplished seated comfortably at a desk. Some walking and some travel away from the work site Is required. No special physical effort or ability is required to perform the work.
FACTOR 9-1 WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment includes the array of risks and discomforts normally found in offices, conference rooms, libraries, and similar settings. Common sense safety precautions are observed. There may be intermittent exposure to varied weather.