Washington D.C.
Jul 06, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Full Time

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the agency Americans trust with their lives.  As a global leader in public health, DHHS is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. 

This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens

All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. 


This position is located with the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Operations, Office of Information Management and Technology, Information Security Services Staff located in Rockville, MD.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • You may be required to serve a one (1) year probationary period.
  • Must successfully obtain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Successful reinvestigation is required periodically.
  • In order to qualify for this position, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade of GS-13 or equivalent band level of experience in the Federal service that demonstrates competence in attention to detail, customer service, oral communication and problem solving.  Specialized experience will also include skills in applying advanced IT and cybersecurity principles, concept, methods, standards, and practices.

     Desired Qualifications: 

     *Tier 2/3 system administration on multiple cybersecurity environments from:  Checkpoint Firewall Systems; Juniper Firewall Systems; SPLUNK; Open source IDS Systems; Puppet; Zenoss; Bugzilla; Windows; LINUX; McAfee ePO; and Tenable.

    Certifications:  CEH, MSCP, LPIC, PMP, CISSP, or other significant Information Technology security training.

    GS-14 (or equivalent): individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

    1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work.

    2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

    3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

    4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. 

    Conditions of Employment:

    1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

    6. One-year probationary period may be required.

    7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid:  NO

    8. Bargaining Unit Position:  NO

    9. Drug Screening Required:  NO

    10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized:  NO

    Top Secret/SCI


    As the IT Specialist you will serve as a Cybersecurity Risk Analyst within the Risk and Compliance Branch, Information Security Services Staff, headed by the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) performing the following duties:  

    -Ensure security controls are appropriately applied to FDA systems for the protection of privacy and to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information in support of the FDA public health mission.

    -Plan and investigate mission-critical cybersecurity violations that affect the integrity of an agency-wide information  technology (IT) infrastructure, such as unauthorized access to financial systems or national security data.

    -Conduct security control assessments, security authorization packages, and integrating controls for FedRAMP cloud environments.

    -Assist in the enforcement  of information/cybersecurity standards and security control parameters that comply with OMS, FISMA, FedRAMP, HHS, and other federal government  security requirements.

    -Support the agency innovation efforts from cybersecurity perspective to include: establishment of cloud solutions, enhanced mobile technologies, and data consolidation efforts.

    -Support the FISMA, A123, and other IT security-related audits and security assessment  team.

    -Coordinate and assist in the deployment of security solutions within cloud service provider environments.

    -Complete and maintain documentation such a system security plans, security risk assessment, continuous  monitoring and other related activities.

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