Information Technology Specialist Palace Acquire (ACQ EHA)

Washington D.C.
Oct 13, 2016
Sep 30, 2017
Full Time

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Do you have the desire to be intellectually challenged? Are you looking for a secure career? Do you have initiative? If so, then read on! A Civilian Career with the Air Force offers challenging work, and the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference. We're offering you an exciting career—begin as a PALACE Acquire intern and then determine how far you want to go. You are the key to your success!

These positions are being filled under Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for acquisition positions located at Air Force installations identified in this public notice. Positions may be filled as permanent with a full-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location. 

"These positions are being filled under the Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority. The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority to appoint certain Civilians to positions designated pursuant to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improve Act (DAWIA); positions are located Air Force-Wide. Positions are filled as permanent with a full-time work schedule. Pay may vary by geographic location." 

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) of 1990, P.L. 101-510, Title XII, imposed qualification requirements for certain acquisition positions.  DAWIA was enacted to improve the effectiveness of the acquisition workforce by establishing minimum qualification standards for each acquisition career field or functional stall.  DoD implemented DAWIA by establishing a certification process.  Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) is Air Force implementation of DAWIA.  Each Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) career field requires specific education, training, and experience as well as defines the certification process for each career field.  Candidates must be able to meet mandatory education, training, and experience requirements of the level of the position to which they are appointed within two years of their reassignment. These requirements are in addition to the qualification requirements established by the Office of Personnel Management.  Certification levels are determined by the level or responsibility of the job, and whether job requires basic, intermediate, or advanced experience and training.

The PALACE Acquire Program offers you a permanent position upon completion of your formal training plan. As a Palace Acquire Intern you will experience both personal and professional growth while dealing effectively and ethically with change, complexity, and problem solving. The program offers a  3 year formal training plan with yearly salary increases. Promotions and salary increases are based upon your successful performance and supervisory approval. This is your opportunity to begin a successful civilian career with the United States Air Force.

NOTE: Notices of Results (NORs) will not be sent to applicants under this authority. Please do not contact this office for status. If you are selected for this position, you will be contacted.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to Keesler AFB, MS and San Antonio TX for training (approx. 30-120 days) will be required during the three year program

  • Yes

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Security Clearance
  • Mobility Agreement
  • Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA)
  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

     You may qualify if you meet one of the following:

     1. You  must have completed all requirements for Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in the following disciplines computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, information systems, computer/cyber security, technology management and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods, from a qualifying educational institution in a field that equips me to perform the work of the position

    AND must have documented Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the undergraduate level in one of the following:

        a) Class Standing - upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university, or major subdivision;

         b) Grade Point Average - 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in your major field or the required courses in your major field completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum.  If more than 10 percent of total undergraduate credit hours are non-graded, i.e. pass/fail, CLEP, CCAF, DANTES, military credit, etc, you cannot qualify based on GPA;

         c) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (note: freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this position). (If qualifying based on class standing or honor society membership, provide appropriate documentation). OR

    2. You have one full year (18 semester hours or the equivalent) of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of this position. Such fields include business administration, industrial management, industrial engineering, industrial psychology, public administration, political science, or government. (Submit copy of transcripts). 


    3.  You have at least one year (12 months) of specialized experience, that provided knowledge to perform successfully the duties of the position such as work experience that involves performs a variety of specific duties designed to develop knowledge and skills in applying IT specialist principles, methods, and techniques. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower qualifying pay band or equivalent grade under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems.  Equivalent experience may be at the level of the lowest GS grade covered by the applicable pay band; however, the experience must demonstrate KSA's to successfully perform the duties of the position being filled.


    4.  You must have a combination of graduate education as described above and the type of specialized experience as described above, which when combined would equate to 100%. (To compute, first determine your total qualifying graduate level education as a percentage of the graduate education required; then determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of experience described above; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal to at least 100 %.) (Submit a copy of your transcript.)

    Qualified candidate's will be considered in accordance with Office Of Personnel Management Guidelines. You can also visit:

    Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities:

    1.Knowledge of IT principles, techniques, requirements, methods and practices to participate in a variety of routine IT specialist assignments.

    2.Knowledge of the principles, policies, and practices of acquisition and program management to carry out assignments in support of planning, organizing and managing software and hardware systems acquisition.

    3.Knowledge to assist in the development and maintenance portions of IT system capabilities which support the operation, planning, management, analysis and decision-making :functions of the customer.

    4.Analytical and evaluation skills to assess systems of IT programs and/or equipment for capability in meeting customer or project requirements.

    5.Oral and written communication skills for effective working relationships, interaction with customers, and presentation of findings and proposals.



    1. Mobility - you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training.

    2. Successful completion of all training and regulatory requirements as identified in the applicable training plan.

    3. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

    4. May be required to travel by military and/or civilian aircraft in the performance of official duties. 

    5. Must be able to attain Information Technology Level I acquisition certification with 24 months after being assigned to the position.

    6. Requirement of the program:  Travel to Keesler AFB  and San Antonio for training will also be

    required; approx.30-120 days during the program.


    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 or other copy showing type of discharge).  If you are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15 (utilize SF 15 with revision date of Oct 2013),  "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. (Approved VA Letter from the VA that shows percentage of disability, I.E. 10, 20. 30 etc.)

    For more specifics on all veterans employment issues such as Veterans preference or special appointing authorities see the Veteran's Guide:

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    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALISTS perform advanced intern information technology functions involving the development, implementation, and maintenance of Air-Force wide IT hardware and software requirements. This involves reviewing requirements, planning objectives, managing the acquisition, and coordinating implementation actions to manage IT hardware, software, and operating systems.

    Performs a variety of specific duties designed to develop knowledge and skill in applying IT specialist principles, methods and techniques. Performs routine tasking, or assists others with more complex assignments.  Carries out specific, routine tasks to assist in collecting, compiling, and analyzing a variety of program data used to identify requirements for software and hardware. Assists higher graded specialists in developing portions of IT systems support projects or studies, and in evaluating specific portions of plans or operations to identify needed changes or adjustment. Exchanges routine factual information with senior specialists and interested parties 

    Performs a variety of specific duties designed to develop knowledge and skill in applying program management responsibilities in support of systems acquisition. Performs specific, routine tasks to assist in collecting, compiling, and analyzing a variety of program data for the systems acquisition process. Assists in development of programming and planning projects; or studies, and in evaluating specific portions of program plans or operations.

    Participates in the development of management information. System's (MIS) in support of customer needs. Utilizes technology and management principles to assist in the development or modification of IT methods and capabilities to subject matter requirements and end user abilities. Assists in the development of MIS capabilities which enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of work processes performed by others. Participates in the design and development of IT applications as needed in support of MIS projects. Conducts end user demonstration and orientation upon implementation and as needed to ensure.

    Carries out special projects designed to facilitate the full use of the intern's training and development. Such assignments include the development of written summaries and reports to be used by higher level IT specialists, contractors and/or customers serving as a team member on conventional, standard studies; etc. Uses a wide range of IT systems manuals, standard publications and technical material to obtain information analyze data and prepare reports. Presents briefings or presentations on findings, which may require gaining senior specialists' acceptance of proposed solutions.