NIH-NHLBI- Policy Analyst

20 Dec, 2021

Jobs

NIH-NHLBI- Policy Analyst

Axle Informatics
Rockville, MD

Overview

Overview

Axle Informatics is a bioscience and information technology company that offers advancements in translational research, biomedical informatics, and data science applications to research centers and healthcare organizations around the globe. With experts in biomedical science, software engineering, and program management, we focus on developing and applying research tools and techniques to empower decision-making and accelerate research discoveries. We work with some of the top research organizations and facilities in the country including multiple institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

Overall Position Summary and Objectives

The purpose of this position is to produce work products and documents associated with FOIA case processing, to include correspondence, researching, analyzing, and evaluating data for information request responses.

Work location Bethesda MD.

 

DELIVERABLES

  • Work products and documents associated with FOIA case processing, including correspondence, memoranda, and redacting documents; research, analyze and evaluate data for information request responses.
  • Work products and documents related to computer generated work including materials; prepare and format documents; draft memoranda proposing a final determination on requests denied in part of full.
  • Work products and documents related to the conduct of research relevant disclosure laws, regulations, policies, and precedents to reach conclusions regarding the release of requested information, and document results; Apply knowledge of the FOIA, the Privacy Act, DHHS FOIA Regulations, NIH policy and court decisions.
  • Work products and documents related to writing analyses and findings on regulations, case decisions, policies and procedures; coordinate with attorney on how best to respond to lawsuits over information requests; consult with the DHHS FOI Office and the Office of General Counsel. –
  • Work products and documents related to evaluating appeals and making recommendations on appeals; analyze new regulations to determine impact on existing policy; draft weekly progress reports.
  • Work products and documents related to negotiating informal agreements and supports formal agreements to resolve conflicts between the requesters and providers of information.

Statement of work

  • Provides technical experience needed to analyze, develop and implement organizational policies and practices.Research, analyze and evaluate data for information request responses, write final response letters with no redactions or with routine applicable exemptions- 2
  • Independently process FOIA requests, including correspondence, memoranda, and redacting documents- 1
  • Draft memoranda for NIH OD FOIA Office proposing a final determination on requests denied in part or full- 3
  • Write email information request responses as received from other organizations and the public
  • Conduct research on relevant disclosure laws, regulations, policies, and precedents in order to reach conclusions regarding the release of requested information, and document results
  • Apply knowledge of the FOIA, the Privacy Act, DHHS FOIA Regulations, NIH policy and court decisions to review requests for information, determine the appropriateness of the release and review and make recommendations regarding appeals
  • Review documents and responses to ensure compliance with the Acts and the regulations and policies issued pursuant to them
  • Refer FOIA and PA requests to the appropriate NHLBI or InstituteCenter IC Service Center client divisions and offices for response documents
  • Consult with members of the public, attorneys, congressional staffers, IC management and NIH intramural or extramural staff to resolve requests for sensitive documents which may involve proprietary commercial and financial information, invasions of personal privacy, on-going investigations, or pre-decision and deliberative material
  • Consult with the DHHS FOI Office and the Office of General Counsel in reviewing and arriving at recommendations regarding requests involving administrative appeals
  • Review appeals for non-release of information or fees charged under the FOIA
  • Evaluate appeals considering applicable laws, regulations, andor additional justifications provided by the requester
  • Recommend approvaldisapproval of the appeal and write responses to the HHS FOIA Officer who decides administrative appeals
  • Coordinate information requests with other offices; maintain a record of information in case file as appropriate
  • Analyze regulations, case decisions, policies and procedures to determine whether private or confidential information can be released; draft memoranda based on findings
  • Participate in meetings and discussions with attorneys on how best to respond to lawsuits over information requests via phone and electronic correspondence
  • Analyze and provide written analyses of new regulations to determine their impact on existing policies and procedures
  • Use automated tracking systems to monitor requests for confidential information to ensure their timely resolution; extract information from multiple sources for use in writing reports
  • Draft a weekly progress report regarding the status of assigned FOIA cases and other activities to be submitted to the Branch Chief
  • Respond to inquiries for the formal release of documents
  • Communicate with consumers, the public or special interest groups on behalf of an organization
  • Negotiate informal agreements and support formal agreements to resolve conflicts between the requesters and providers of information; determine what is needed by a requester and assist the requester in formulating a request that will satisfy the requesters information needs
  • Provides technical advice to program staff regarding new policies and procedures.
  • Interpret requirements, analyze gathered information, verify facts, draw conclusions and prepare work products
  • Prepare a variety of status reports, management summaries and briefing papers which identify problems, assess the overall condition of work completed or in progress, and outline issues, solutions and recommendations
  • Performs research of issues pertaining to current policies, regulations and procedures, and prepares issuance to program staff on changes.
  • Assists with data collection.
  • Work with staff on reporting requirements, including collecting information, collaborating with other offices and preparing written reports
  • Compile and analyze policy and related information
  • Collects and analyzes data.
  • Collect, organize and analyze data from various sources
  • Analyzes and provides information on current policy issues.
  • Prepare background information, options and recommendations that are used to brief upper management
  • Attends meetings to review and implement discussion items.
  • Attend meetings, workshops, and seminars on relevant topics; provide a summary of relevant proceedings
  • Prepares reports, graphs, etc., for use by upper management.
  • Interpret, analyze and condense material from a variety of sources for presentation
  • Provides technical expertise needed to independently analyze, develop and implement organizational policies and practices.
  • Provide expert advice on the administrative and management implications of policy and program proposals
  • Analyzes and consults with upper management regarding current policy issues.
  • Prepare background information, options and recommendations that are used to brief upper management
  • Summarizes data and prepares and reviews reports, graphs, etc., for use by upper management.
  • Interpret, analyze and condense material from a variety of sources for presentation
  • Develops new policies that support organizational goals.
  • Prepare recommendations and alternative options based on knowledge and analysis of policy practices and procedures
  • Plan, lead, and attends meetings to review and implement discussion items.
  • Attend meetings, workshops, and seminars on relevant topics; provide a summary of relevant proceedings
  • Prepares briefing materials and professional packages for upper management, and provides recommendations for improvement.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 represents priority rankings, where 1 is highest priority and 5 is lowest priority of those ranked 

 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree 

Certifications & Licenses 

  • Bachelor’s degree in governmental affairs, public policy, or a related field

Field of Study

  • Public Policy

Skills (Ranked By Priority) 

  1. Strong communication skills both oral and written
  2. Policy briefs
  3. Writing

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 represents priority rankings, where 1 is highest priority and 5 is lowest priority of those ranked. 

 

Benefits

  • 100% Medical Dental & Vision Coverage for Employees​
  • Educational Benefits for Career Growth​
  • Paid Time Off (Including Holidays) ​
  • Employee Referral Bonus ​
  • Profit Sharing
  • 401K Matching​
  • Flexible Spending Accounts:
    • Healthcare (FSA)
    • Parking Reimbursement Account (PRK)
    • Dependent Care Assistant Program (DCAP)
    • Transportation Reimbursement Account (TRN)

The diversity of Axle’s employees is a tremendous asset. We are firmly committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and will not tolerate any illegal discrimination or harassment based age, race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, status with respect to public assistance, and other characteristics protected under state, federal, or local law and to deter those who aid, abet, or induce discrimination or coerce others to discriminate.

 

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact careers@axleinfo.com.

 

Disclaimer: The above  is meant to illustrate the general nature of work and level of effort being performed by individual’s assigned to this position or job . This is not restricted as a complete list of all skills, responsibilities, duties, and/or assignments required. Individuals may be required to perform duties outside of their position, job  or responsibilities as needed.

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Job posted: 2021-12-20