IT Specialist (INFOSEC)

Washington D.C.
Feb 28, 2017
Sep 26, 2017
Full Time

Secure the Homeland
Proud to Protect

This announcement was recently changed to extend the closing date.

This recruitment may be shared across the DHS organizations in an effort to support efficient and effective recruitment operations. Candidates not interested in participating in this initiative may request to opt out.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

At DHS, we help our government and private sector customers by responding to incidents, sharing information, developing and promulgating best practices, and increasing our Nation's cybersecurity capacity. Every day, DHS employees make a difference as they enhance the security, resilience, and reliability of our Nation's critical networks and address threats to our public health and safety, economy, and national security.
It takes a great team to protect a great Nation, and at DHS, we foster a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. Interested in joining our team? Find out more at

Multiple positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. While all positions will be filled in the Department of Homeland Security, multiple Components and Offices within DHS may use this announcement to fill positions.


This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency.  There may be multiple cut-off dates with the first being 30 days after the initial opening date December 16th. Additional cut-off dates may be established as needed until all vacancies have been filled.

Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.


Who May Be Considered:  Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.

This announcement is issued under the direct-hire authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need.  Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement should the need arise.


In addition, the salary information was updated to reflect pay adjustment increases for 2017. 

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required based on the position requirements and mission needs as determined by the selecting Component/Office.

  • No

  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Financial Disclosure may be required.
  • You must be able to obtain a security clearance as required.
  • To qualify for this position at the GS-15 level, you must meet the following requirements:

    You must possess IT related experience in each of the required competencies that includes 1) developing new Information Technology (IT) and cybersecurity policies, standards, and methods(Attention to Detail); 2) collaborating with other IT experts throughout the organization or in other organizations on IT and cybersecurity policies, problems, and issues (Customer Service); 3) developing, managing, and maintaining Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) to identify and mitigate privacy risks (Problem Solving); and 4) serving as a senior expert and consultant to senior management officials in order to advise on integrating IT programs with other programs within the organization(Oral Communication). In addition, have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Service (obtained in either the public or private sector). This experience includes overseeing policy standards and implementation strategies to ensure procedures and guidelines comply with cybersecurity policies; and conducting Privacy Impact Analysis (PIA) of the applications security design for the appropriate security controls, which protect the confidentiality and integrity of Personal Identifiable Information (PII). NOTE: The contents of your resume must fully and explicitly support this response in its entirety. Otherwise, you will be found ineligible.

    There is no education substitution for this GS-15 position; please do not submit your transcripts.

    New employees must serve a one year probationary period.


    Conditions of Employment:

    Security Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation. Since this announcement will be used to fill positions within multiple Components and Offices across DHS, the type of investigation and security clearance level will be made in accordance with the position requirements as determined by the selecting DHS Component/Office.

    Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel.  Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, acts of terrorism, or lack of funding.  Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).



    In this position, you will provide oversight to ensure program/project work is adhering to the larger strategic view developed by senior management at DHS and serve as the Point of Contact for elevating unexpected issues that may arise to senior leadership.

    Major duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Oversee the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools.
    • Promote awareness of security issues among management and ensure sound security principles are reflected in the organization's visions and goals.
    • Conduct Privacy Impact Analysis (PIA) of the applications security design for the appropriate security controls, which protect the confidentiality and integrity of Personal Identifiable Information (PII).
    • Design a cybersecurity strategy that outlines the vision, mission, and goals that align with the organization's strategic plan.
       Assess and manage privacy risks associated with cybersecurity programs, operations, and technology and ensure compliance with agency privacy program requirements.