Scientific Program Analyst - NIH - OSMO/OCGR/FOIA

Job Locations US-MD-Bethesda
# of Openings
2
Category
NIAID
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

CAMRIS is a clinical and life sciences firm that realizes innovative solutions to challenges worldwide through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. We combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. Our core practice areas include HIV/AIDS, microbiology and infectious disease research, vaccine research, development and production, global health security, biodefense, and clinical research.

 

CAMRIS attracts the next generation of scientists to work at premier government research and development institutions with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, under world leaders in health research. Our exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k plan with employer contribution, paid holidays, vacation, Medical and Flexible Spending Accounts, and life insurance. If you enjoy being a part of a high performing health and research organization dedicated to making the world a healthier place, please apply today!

 

We are seeking a Scientific Program Analyst to support the overall functions of the OSMO/OCGR/FOIA, NIH: 

 

Responsibilities

  • Support the FOIA program by providing advisor related assistance and case processing support.
  • Receive, review and respond to information requests from the general public, attorneys, congressional offices, research investigators, news media, education institutions, and others; explain DHHS FOIA policy and procedures to inside customers and requesters external to the organization.
  • Consistent with law and regulation, determine what information is proprietary under FOIA and therefore exempt from release; redact records in accordance with policy, prepare material for release, and arrange for materials to be duplicated; write requesters appropriate interim letters, partial release letters, and final close-out letters.
  • Access Internet sources; e.g., grantee and contractor Web sites, public and private institution Web sites pertinent to grant or contract material, Freedom of Information Act Guide & Privacy Act Overview and the FOIA Update published by the U.S. Department of Justice; utilize sources available within the IC such as computerized databases on scientific projects and program homepages.
  • Serve as a resource for the IC and for those responsible for providing records to the incumbent in response to FOIA requests; update program officials on changes in applicable laws and provide training and guidance; brief program officials on issues of concern and informs them of course of action; review letters and records for compliance with the FOIA, legal opinions, court decisions, and DHHS regulations and policies.
  • Serve as a FOIA/PA expert; provide confident recommendations/advice to senior management on the technical and policy requirements of the Acts, including the conditions under which information must be released or withheld; make recommendations on any FOIA/PA issues that must be referred to the Office of the Director, NIH, for resolution; provide counsel about whether to release or deny release of information on unusually complex, controversial, or unprecedented requests, or to refer the issue to NIH for resolution.
  • Analyze the nature and scope of FOIA and PA requests and refer them to the appropriate NIAID divisions and offices for drafting of responses; review all records to determine the information and documents that are responsive to requests.
  • Provide expert advice to staff responsible for answering inquiries for documents in the possession of NIAID; ensure the development of accurate and authoritative information on NIAID programs, to include the development of written products that articulate, interpret, and explain highly complex, potentially controversial and important agency programs and research findings; requests come from scientists, medical professionals, members of academia, the press, the general public, professional or voluntary associations, attorneys, other government agencies and congressional offices; requests cover a broad spectrum of matters, from general information about the organization to highly sensitive investigations or personnel matters; guide staff on identifying which documents are releasable and which are to be withheld in accordance with FOIA and PA regulations.
  • Review evaluate and counsel senior NIAID leadership on extraordinary cases that raise unusual issues or require special attention or guidance in view of possible unfavorable publicity to NIAID or NIH; provide staff assistance by reviewing and evaluating recommendations and other problems referred to the Office for decision.

Qualifications

  • All support positions require a minimum of a BS degree or equivalent years of experience; some require a MS, MD, or Ph.D.
  • The education, skills and relevant years of experience required for each support position are consistent with those identified as the minimum requirements for the labor categories specified in the contract.
  • A minimum of five years FOIA experience, NIH FOIA experience preferred.
  • Must be familiar with FOIA Express operating system.
  • Research skills in internet, email, databases and computer software.

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