IT Specialist (INFOSEC)

Washington D.C.
Mar 15, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • May serve a probationary period.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. This announcement may close prior to the established closing date once 50 applicants are reached.

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    GS-13 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Having expert knowledge of IT risk management and security principles and methods, IT security products and services required to sufficiently perform IT assessments, mitigations and evaluations, develops and/or interprets policy, procedural controls and guidelines covering IT security, application and data security, system software security, contingency planning, and compliance with Federal IT laws and regulations; having mastery knowledge of requirements analysis IT security principles and methods, communications techniques, IT Forensics principles, network operations and protocols, systems security regulations and policies sufficient to provide IT security advice and to develop IT security implementation plans which ensure proper protection of IT systems; having expert knowledge of appropriate Veterans Affairs policies, operating procedures, information flow, and of prevailing IT practices in government agencies and the private sector sufficient to evaluate and recommend adoption of new or enhanced approaches to delivering IT security measures and to develop specifications to ensure compliance with security requirements at the IT systems level; having expert skills necessary to protect the IT infrastructure environment; having expert knowledge of and skills necessary to plan, organize, and direct team study work and to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement IT information risk management and security compliance recommendations where the proposals involve substantial agency-wide resources, require extensive changes in established procedures, or may be in conflict with the desires of the activity studied; having knowledge of the agency's program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key IT risk management events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the worth of IT risk management compliance and inspection program accomplishments.


    This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

    The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Possess the experience to evaluate Risk management compliance as it relates to both IT and traditional programs through the identification, assessment, mitigation and evaluation process. Must have the ability to develop and/or analyze procedures and systems for identifying, assessing, and mitigating enterprise risk; evaluate the effectiveness of risk management within the Information Technology Enterprise; and based on operations and changing program requirements, collects relevant information, identifies relevant issues, and develops legislative proposals and/or regulatory changes.

    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; religions; 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.

    There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level.

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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


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