IT Specialist (INFOSEC)

Washington D.C.
Sep 26, 2017
Oct 04, 2017
Full Time

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. 

Learn more about this agency

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

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U. S. Citizenship is required.
  • Financial Disclosure may be required.
  • You must be able to obtain a security clearance as required.
  • 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).

    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.

    Background Investigation:

    The tentative selectee must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of employment for this position.

    Other Information:  

    This position has been designated exempt from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).

    All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

    Note about the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation: Your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, training and self-development will be evaluated as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in your resume/application and any other supporting documents.

    National Service Experience
    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.

    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    Read more

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements described above and who are otherwise eligible to apply for the position, may be referred for selection consideration. 


    Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure the basic qualifications requirements have been met. Applicants who meet the basic qualifications of the position will be evaluated on their experience, education and training using a Assessment Questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:



    Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Read more Security clearance Other