Security Specialist (TEMPEST)

Washington D.C.
May 20, 2019
May 20, 2019
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time
Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Resume and application must be submitted online.

    • You must possess or have the ability to obtain and/or maintain a DOE "Q" level clearance (Tier 5 – Critical Sensitive – High Risk –SF-86 required - Top Secret) for access to information classified as high as Secret Restricted Data and Top Secret National Security Information.
    • This position has been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TD P) subject to testing for all illegal drug use. You will be required to pass an initial drug test as well as continued random drug testing.
    • Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450 is required
    • Valid Driver License is REQUIRED
    • If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.


    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

    1. Experience in conducting TSCM and TEMPEST operations and evaluations for cost effective countermeasures and protecting of classified and sensitive information
    2. Experience in legislation, Federal regulations, orders, directives, national and international agreements, and other documents that effect and define security policies in order to conduct in-depth analyses of security posture and provide expert advice and guidance.
    3. Experience in interpreting national policies, goals and legislation in reviewing security guidance and regulations that apply to the technical security posture of a department; analyze, develop or initiate development of guidance in the form of security policies, procedures directives or instructions to reduce the threat to an agency and other national security interests.

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

    1. Mastery knowledge of general security systems, standards, methods and procedures, particularly electronic security devices and systems in order to exert leadership and function as a technical authority in fulfilling the responsibilities of a Certified TEMPEST Technical Authority (CTTA) and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) specialist. Expertise sufficient to analyze, coordinate, and implement Department wide orders, plans, and procedural guidance for TEMPEST and TSCM operations and to solve complex problems which may arise in the Technical Security Program (TSP)
    2. Comprehensive knowledge of and detailed familiarity with state-of-the-art security equipment devices and techniques to ensure effective implementation and operation of the Departments TEMPEST and TSCM programs, and to assess the adequacy of existing DOE systems. Working expertise of systems to suggest methods for improving equipment effectiveness to identify potential problems in electronic equipment. Able, as well, to identify and recommend needed operational changes to minimize vulnerabilities, hazards and to prevent sabotage of countermeasures equipment used to detect technical penetration. Will maintain all DOE and National knowledge and ability requirements.
    3. Knowledge required to participate as a technical expert in DOE or interagency reviews for resolving problems related to technical security matters and to advise/brief higher level DOE management of new developments and new and emerging technology that may impact on existing electronic security programs. Knowledge is sufficient to propose revisions and identify implementation impact with the objective of enhancing performance and efficiency.
    4. Ability to interpret DOE security standards, guidelines, and policies and ability to communicate and work effectively with Headquarters and field management, program managers, security technical experts, other security personnel and contractor employees.
    5. Ability to exercise a high degree of tact, diplomacy and communication skills to persuade senior officials, both within and outside DOE, to follow recommended course of action and/or to adhere to existing objectives and guidelines in the resolution of a wide variety of security policy issues.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    There is no Educational Requirement at this Grade Level, nor can you substitute Education for Experience at this grade level.

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

    Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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