Policy Analyst - NIH - Bethesda, MD

Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers.  Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world.  We are currently seeking a Policy Analyst to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:
- Competitive salary with comprehensive benefit package
- Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
- Learn more about what Kelly can do for you at www.kellygovernmentsolutions.com


TASKS. The contractor shall:

  • Independently process FOIA requests, including correspondence, memoranda, and redacting documents. 
  • Research, analyze and evaluate data for information requests responses; write final response letters with no redactions or with routine applicable exemptions. 
  • Draft memoranda for NIH OD FOIA Office proposing a final determination on requests denied in part or full. 
  • Write email information request responses as received from other organizations and the public.
  • Conduct research on 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 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 Institute/Center (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, and/or additional justifications provided by the requester. 
  • Recommend approval/disapproval 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 requester’s information needs.


REQUIREMENTS. The contractor must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in governmental affairs, public policy, or other related field.
  • Minimum of nine (9) years of specialized experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and work independently.



Note that the phone number for our NIH branch is not listed.  Due to the high volume of inquiries, we regret that we cannot accept phone calls.  All qualified candidates will be contacted.

About Kelly Services®

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Kelly Services is an equal opportunity employer including, but not limited to, Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, Protected Veterans, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law.

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