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Telecommunications Specialist (Radio)

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

This position is located in the Office of Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Office of Information Systems (OIS), Radio Services Division (RSD).

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Performing strategic planning and tasks for communications technology initiatives throughout USCP, as well as for radio interoperability with partner agencies. Plans the configuration, deployment, ad recovery of communications systems using geographical data and information gathered during site walk-throughs. When required, must be able to work outside of normal duty hours to provide communications support to personnel on travel.

Designs, develop, and test radio systems architecture, components, circuits, and products including antenna design, frequency synthesizers, transmitters, and receivers. Compiles and evaluates test data, prepares technical analyses, and recommends methods and processes required to meet design objectives on new or improved products and processes.

Perform maintenance on electronic equipment. Trains users on the proper operation of radio equipment. Utilize various databases to track equipment repairs, discrepancies, staff access, and the progress of ongoing projects and managing talk groups. Perform site walk-throughs to gather communication systems installation information in support of USCP missions.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen. Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance. Must complete a one year probationary period. The position is designated as emergency and subject to recall. The incumbent may be required to report to their duty station or an alternate site in the event of severe weather.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.
For the CP-9 level you must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the CP-8/GS-10 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience which includes: 1) Knowledge of telecommunications operating techniques, digital and analog communications requirements including video, local area networking, and procedures used by organizations; 2) Knowledge of the configuration and maintenance of computers and servers that support radio systems; 3) Skill in diagnosing problems and determining corrective action for complex electronic systems; and 4) Effective communication skills in order to instruct and train users on radio usage.

All eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date (11/20/2023) of the vacancy announcement.

(Information on Qualification & Education are located at the following link: )


There is no education substitution for experience in this series and/or grade.

Additional information

Additional Conditions of Employment with USCP:
Note: As per the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) and the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019, criminal history information will only be collected following a qualifications review and after a tentative offer of employment has been made. A criminal history does not automatically exclude an applicant from employment with the USCP.
Criminal History Check -- Must successfully pass a comprehensive criminal history check of the past 10 years if offered employment. A criminal history check will be performed on applicants who accept an offer of employment.
Credit Check -- Must successfully pass a credit check. Applicants must not be in default or delinquent on any Federal guaranteed student loans. Applicants must demonstrate a competent financial history. Financial delinquency including collection accounts, liens, repossessions, or garnishments may be a basis for disqualification.
Selective Service Registration -- Male applicants must provide verification of registration with the Selective Service System or must verify exemption from the Selective Service System registration because of age or military status. Female applicants are exempt from Selective Service System registration.
Fingerprint Check -- Applicants' fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a check of the criminal history record.
Background Investigation -- Must successfully complete all components of the USCP full field background investigation. There are few automatic grounds for rejection in the USCP background investigation process. Issues of misconduct, such as illegal drug use, arrests, or convictions may not be automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements, omissions, or intentionally withholding required information at any phase of the hiring process will result in a candidate's disqualification regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatement or omission. The primary reason candidates fail a background investigation is due to deliberately withholding or omitting material facts. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process.

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