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Library of Congress Program Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Information Systems Business Office (ISBO) seeks a Program Specialist to manage and provide leadership, oversight and direction for special projects. The Information Systems Business Office is a small unit within the Office of the Director.


The Information Systems Business Office provides management oversight of all CRS information assets and systems. The office works closely with all CRS Divisions and the Office of the CIO (OCIO) to maintain and enhance CRS’ mission critical systems consistent with federal and Library of Congress (LOC) policies and standards. This includes supporting OCIO IT governance, security, and application development (agile/scrum) practices and methods for sustaining and enhancing the CRS application portfolio.

As a Program Specialist, you will support projects utilizing both traditional and agile methodologies and techniques. In this capacity, you will provide leadership, oversight, and direction for special projects, including formulating short and long range plans and recommendations optimizing the use of resources; provide expert technical advice on complex program issues which impact major agency-wide programs; provide constant and continuing evaluation and assessment of programs and/or activities, and propose alternative solutions; and lead analysis of projects, issues, or programs impacting all or most agency organizations, and independently identify and resolve problems that impede program and/or system development efforts and the achievement of Service objectives. The Program Specialist will act as the CRS Product Owner for various CRS modernization efforts. In this capacity the Program Specialist will participate in all required agile ceremonies and act on behalf of CRS to ensure all enhancements/modifications align and support CRS’ and LOC’s strategic goals and direction. Additionally, the Program Specialist will ensure all application and system Accreditation and Authorization (A&A) documents are created and maintained in accordance with federal and LOC standards and guidelines. As required, the Program Specialist will participate and support LOC/OCIO governance processes to include development of essential artifacts and associated governance boards. Finally the Program Specialist will monitor project as well as service level objectives and agreements for operational mission critical business systems.


Plans, organizes, and carries out analytical studies involving the planning, development, and implementation of major agency programs of national scope and impact. Provides leadership, oversight, and direction in support of the agency's information projects and programs.

Provides authoritative findings, guidance, and recommendations on agency-wide programs. Researches, analyzes, and provides expert technical advice and assistance on complex program issues, such as issues or problems which impact major, agency-wide programs.

Provides constant and continuing evaluation and assessment of programs and/or activities through the development of criteria for measuring their progress and success toward meeting the goals and needs of the Service and/or Congress. Proposes alternative solutions when a single solution does not meet all the criteria for satisfactory resolution.

Provides authoritative guidance in the resolution of complex problems or issues impacting major agency programs. Leads analysis of projects, issues, or programs impacting all or most agency organizations.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

The position description number for this position is 058797.

The selectee will work a 40-hour week.

The incumbent of this position is eligible to work a flexitime and/or compflex work schedule.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

This is a non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Conditions of Employment

No additional requirements to those listed above.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to design and utilize management/organizational methodologies and techniques**

Ability to analyze problems and make recommendations**

Ability to manage projects**

Ability to think systemically.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to innovate.

Ability to exercise judgment and discretion.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


Additional Information

Althoughit is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade. The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position.The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant’s college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The lettermust verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application.Certification from health care providers are not accepted.For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM. The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

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