Senior Analyst (Cybersecurity/Software Acquisition)

Washington D.C.
Jul 28, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

GAO's work is designed to address goals:

- to help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;

- to help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence;

- to help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and

- to maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.

This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Acquisition and Sourcing Management (ASM) team. The GAO supports Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. GAO provides Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, non-ideological, fair, and balanced. The ASM team is responsible for helping Congress evaluate hundreds of billions of dollars in government spending each year for goods and services; including items the government buys to meet national defense, homeland security, and civilian space needs, among others. The ASM team also helps assure that agencies are managing their acquisition projects well by assessing acquisition strategies, benchmarking projects against best practices, identifying potential risks, and reviewing contractor performance.

As a Senior Analyst, the incumbent serves as an individual contributor on an engagement team performing the full range of duties in support of GAO reviews in response to requests from congressional committees, subcommittees and those mandated by public laws and committee reports. These reviews may require specialized knowledge of one or more subject areas within ASM’s purview such as: software-intensive weapon systems, including, aircraft, ships, ground-based combat vehicles, space-based systems and their associated ground systems; cybersecurity standards and guidelines; software acquisition practices;and the protection of critical technologies.

The GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Completion of a probationary period may be required.
  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation.
  • Selectee must be able to meet and maintain suitability requirements
  • Selectee must have eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959
  • This position requires applicants to have at least 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band level, or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as applying quantitative and qualitative methods and theories to develop analysis of federal acquisition programs, involving one or more the following areas: software-intensive weapon systems, including aircraft, ships, ground-based combat vehicles, space-based systems and their associated ground systems; software acquisition practices; cybersecurity standards and guidelines; and the protection of critical technologies; as well as demonstrating strong oral and written communication skills while working in a collaborative environment.

    You must meet all qualifications requirements BEFORE the closing date of this announcement.

    Top Secret


    • Independently or in collaboration with team members and a methodologist, determines the approach to be taken, the research design to be used, and researchable questions for GAO reviews related to cybersecurity and software acquisition.
    • Collects and analyzes data on cybersecurity and software acquisition from a variety of sources and applies sound analytical concepts and methods in support of engagement objectives. Selects, refines, organizes and presents factual information and analysis; reviews program documents and reports; and decides on form, content, scope, and depth of analysis and response. Compares and presents options for review by internal and external audiences.
    • Evaluates and analyzes findings to discern interrelationships and decides on thoroughness of information to be used in report findings on software-intensive weapon systems, cybersecurity standards and guidelines, software acquisition practices, and the protection of critical technologies.
    • Provides factual and analytical information in a clear, balanced, manner to be used in the report of findings to Congress.
    • As required, serves as the Analyst in Charge (AIC) on an engagement team. Prioritizes the work to ensure milestones are met; manages staff and assigns work to team members, to include expectations and deadlines for completing assignments; and performs audit work.
    • As a senior analyst on the engagement team serves as a coach and mentor to Band I analysts and PDP members.

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