FOIA/MDR Appeals Reviewer (Part-time)

Location:    Germantown, MD

The Derivative Declassifier supports the Office of Quality Management’s (EHSS-61) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request and Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) Appeals Review Program within the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security, Office of Classification (EHSS-60). The position requires an active Top Secret (TS) / "Q" security clearance. This is a part-time position.


  • Conduct second declassification reviews to identify (brackets) Classified and Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information in documents requested by members of the public under the provisions of the FOIA, E.O. 13536, and 10 CFR 1045.
  • Coordinate with the first reviewer to resolve conflicts, when necessary, and ensure that required coordinate reviews with other DOE organizations, other government agencies, and foreign governments are completed.
  • Consolidate brackets from all coordinate reviews and apply the appropriate exemption codes for the information to be denied public access to the documents.
  • Provide justification for the decisions to release or deny information when requested by management and modify brackets as directed.
  • Review redacted versions of the documents to ensure that all sensitive information has been redacted from documents being returned directly to members of the public and ensure that the correspondence transmitting the documents contains all required information.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a physical science from an accredited college or university. Individual must be able to read and understand written English at or above academic grade 15. The Nelson Denny reading assessment or equivalent reading assessment would be accepted by the Government. The contractor must provide the written test score from the completed reading comprehension test to certify that the individual has met this requirement before being hired/accepted on the contract.
  • Minimum of five (5) years total field or program office experience conducting bracketing review in support of FOIA or MDR requests in one or more of the following: (1) nuclear weapons design and improvised nuclear devices; (2) nuclear material production, such as, but not limited to, isotope separation, gaseous diffusion, gas centrifuge, etc., and nuclear material processing; (3) weapon science and inertial confinement fusion; and (4) military utilization of nuclear weapons.
  • Must qualify as Derivative Classifier (DC) and Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (UCNI) Reviewing Official (RO) within three (3) months of hire; and Derivative Declassifier (DD) within nine (9) months of qualifying DC, not to exceed within twelve (12) months of hire.
  • Knowledge of Federal Government office correspondence requirements is required.
  • Detailed knowledge of the DOE classification program including the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as amended, Executive Order 13526, and DOE Security Orders.
  • Ability to provide well-written and concise analytical reports and to include recommendations using sponsor formats; reports should provide sufficient detail to enable the government to make informed decisions.
  • Ability to work independently with limited guidance.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and subject areas.
  • Ability to work at office in Germantown, MD as required.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods and perform work in an office environment, including extensive use of computers.
  • DOE site access will require the qualified candidate be a U.S. citizen with an ACTIVE DOE Q security clearance or DoD TS equivalent. The candidate’s written consent to conduct a background check for the purposes of maintaining a security clearance will be required as a condition of employment.
  • The individual must be a current SCI holder or have access to SCI within 90 days of beginning work.
  • Certain positions requiring a security clearance may require the periodic successful completion of a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.
  • Pre-employment and ongoing reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal substances will be conducted as a requirement for ongoing access to DOE sites. The candidate’s written consent to conduct such tests will be required as a condition of employment.

Desired or Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with DOE program office procedures and tracking systems.

Please e-mail your résumé to:

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