Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

General Services Administrati...
Washington D.C.
Jun 21, 2016
Apr 03, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

We are seeking cybersecurity professionals to perform broad, high level information security implementation and related work that spans government and some private entities. You will be implementing and providing authoritative advice and guidance that ensures the confidentiality, integrity and availability of network and information systems on a broad, complex spectrum.
We have a severe shortage of qualified applicants for our Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC - Information Security) positions. To help us fill these jobs, we have been granted “Direct Hire Authority” or DHA. This means that when we have a vacant job, we can hire any qualified candidate, either from this job posting or from any source. The benefit of applying to this posting is that your application may be shared with a hiring manager if they request resumes from this posting.
A few key facts about this DHA notice:

  • Multiple vacancies may be filled at the GS-15 level
  • Jobs are located in Washington, D.C. and on a possible Virtual basis across the Continental U.S.
  • Current GSA employees on competitive service appointments may not be selected.
These positions will be filled in the 18F organization at GSA. 18F is an office inside the General Services Administration that helps other federal agencies build, buy, and share efficient and easy-to-use digital services. We’re a team of technology experts that work with agencies to diagnose problems and then work alongside agency teams to find the right solutions. LEARN MORE ABOUT JOINING 18F

For questions about the selection process, contact the following:
  • Jacqueline Coleman - (202)969-4069
If you have general questions about this job posting, or are having difficulty applying, contact us at 816-823-2006, or
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  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • 1 year probationary period may be required
  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
  • Applicants applying for the GS-15 grade level must meet the following requirements: Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below: IT SPECIALIST COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:

    • Attention to Detail - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant keeps abreast of latest technology, information, research, etc., to maintain knowledge in field of expertise (for example, reads trade journals, participates in professional/technical associations, maintains credentials).
    • Customer Service - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant promotes or develops and maintains good working relationships with key individuals or groups.
    • Oral and Written Communication - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant serves on panels, committees, or task forces as a representative for the organization on technical or professional issues.
    • Problem Solving - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant monitors current trends or events (for example, technological, economic, political, social, educational, or employment trends or events) and applies the information as appropriate.

    In addition to the competencies listed above, applicants must demonstrate one year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience overseeing, managing or leading complex, enterprise-class information technology, infrastructure and/or network security programs, projects and teams in one or more of the following areas:
    • Application Engineering: Performing security assessments on software applications that reflect the state of modern information security and developing open source software tools as necessary to support such efforts.
    • Software/Systems/Infrastructure Penetration Testing: Performing assessment of software and infrastructure vulnerabilities through penetration testing (“red teaming”). Performing physical and network security assessments to test their resilience to social engineering and phishing.
    • Information Systems Security Operations and Incident Response: Performing IT security incident response and remediation processes for information system/infrastructure security events. Developing processes and open source tools to proactively detect malicious activity in systems and integrating such into security operations.

    If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
    • Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
    • Positions may be designated as Public Trust Positions and have varying position sensitivity requirements. Appointment may be subject to background investigations and favorable adjudication prior to entering on duty.
    • Non-GSA employees must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
    • Complete an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, and obtain approval that no conflict or an appearance of conflict exists between your financial interest and this position.
    • You may be required to participate in the Region's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), representing the Service and/or GSA as a whole. This may involve participating in COOP meetings and planning activities; performing mission-critical work at a designated location other than the traditional GSA office site (which may be outside of the commuting area); and ensuring that GSA's needs are still being met in the event of an emergency, disaster or otherwise unforeseen circumstance disrupting traditional office operations.


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