IT Specialist (APPSW), GS-2210-07/09/11/12, Census-DE-LDS

Suitland, Maryland
Jun 28, 2022
Jul 05, 2022
Full Time

  • Develop test data and appropriate testing procedures, analyzes and evaluates the results.
  • Oversee the creation of general utility routines and systems, and independently develop the more complex routines and detailed sequences of internal program logic by coding, testing, and debugging.
  • Review requirements of projects to determine objectives of the program, concepts, nature of the unprocessed data, and processes required in support of the computer effort in order to organize work processes and problems for computer solution.
  • Analyze and refine systems requirements. Determine and design applications system. Assure software and system quality and functionality.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).

Due to COVID-19, the Census Bureau is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period consistent with the Census Bureau's telework policy and approval from your supervisor.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see ADRM-2022-0015, IT Specialist (APPSW), GS-2210-07/09/11/12 FPL:12 , CENSUS-MP-LDS .

A probationary period may be required.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This is a BARGAINING unit position.

Relocation expenses MAY BE paid.

This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for referral is May 13, 2022. After this date, the cut off dates are as follows:

June 13, 2022

July 13, 2022



In addition to meeting the Competency Requirements listed below, applicants must have the experience or education listed below.


For the GS-07, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: applying knowledge of programming, software development, or problem solving to support software and system development; participating in the development of innovative software solutions for projects involving large volumes of data; and/or developing, with assistance, software systems using knowledge of techniques, procedures, and processes such as data structures, service oriented architecture, software engineering, and computer communication.


Education: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.


For GS-09 you must at least one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: assist with planning proposing and or designing segments of IT programs; design modifications to internal program structure of files and records; codes, test debugs IT programs; and supports the integration of hardware and software components.


Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.


For the GS-11 you must have at least one year experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: analyzing and refining system requirements to determine application systems. Developing test data and procedures to analyze and evaluate the results. Designing user interfaces; analyzing business requirements, risk and cost.


Education: 3 academic years of progressively higher level graduate education, leading to a LL.M. or doctoral degree.


For the GS-12 you must have at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: analyzing needs and product requirements to create software designs and code based on a specified rule or set of rules; investigating system concepts and interactions to identify or predict software engineering problem areas; conducts studies and recommend course of actions; and independently develop complex routines of internal programs by coding testing and debugging.

Education cannot be substituted for experience for this position at this grade level.



Attention to Detail - Meticulous; thoroughly reviews and proofreads various IT related data/information; dedicates focus to accomplish tasks that are complete, precise, and accurate to a given IT situation.

Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive IT services or IT products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess IT needs, provide expert technical information or assistance, resolve fairly complex or non-routine problems, or satisfy expectations; knowledge of available products and services; committed to providing quality IT products and service.

Oral Communication - Expresses technical information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, recognizes potential miscommunication, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Problem Solving - Identifies IT related problems using a variety of materials or sources; gathers and applies technical information to determine accuracy and relevance to moderately complex problems; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives; makes decisions or recommendations that influence IT policies or programs and applies new developments to previously unresolved problems.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
  • VRA (GS-11 or below)
  • VEOA ( permanent positions )
  • 30% or more disabled
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • CTAP

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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