IT Specialist (InfoSec)

District of Columbia, D.C
Jun 20, 2019
Jun 27, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the Managing Director, FCC IT, Technology and Resiliency, Washington DC.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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The incumbent serves as an IT security specialist with responsibility for: (a) conducting FCC security compliance projects and reviews in FCC Bureaus/Offices; (b) implementing engineering mechanisms used to defend FCC Networks from external threats which involve delivering and maintaining FCC systems and networks; (c) participating with the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in identifying, developing, assessing and reporting Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) compliant security policies, processes, standards and practices. He/she reports directly to the Chief Information Security Officer.

As an IT Specialist in the field of information technology security, the incumbent provides authoritative guidance to FCC's IT security programs, which involves: (a) implementing long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities; (b implementing security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities, threats as well as the application of new technologies; (c) isolating and defining complex issues; and (d) resolving critical problems.

Additionally, the incumbent will be responsible for:
  • Developing, implementing, and improving IT Security principles, methods, tools in support of cyber and information security standards;
  • Providing mitigation and remediation recommendations in support of the system assessment process and lead the mitigation and remediation effort by directly engaging with the stakeholders.
  • Analyzing, planning, and implementing security approaches for cyber and information security technologies;
  • Coordinating and facilitating with other IT teams to ensure federal security requirements are in place through the lifecycle of solution implementation.
  • Prepare and review necessary documentation to obtain the Authority to Operate for systems, including assessments, analysis, audits.
  • Collect metrics from system tools to answer data calls and provide graphics summarizing metrics in excel and power point.
  • Utilize vulnerability security tools commonly used such as Nessus and Web Inspect.
  • Document residual risks by conducting a thorough review of all the vulnerabilities, architecture and defense in depth and provide the risk analysis and mitigation determination results for risk exceptions.
  • Document and manage POA&Ms, false positives, and risk exception artifacts.
  • Pro-actively work with team members to identify and address security and compliance issues.
  • Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) duties.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • US Citizenship.
    • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
    • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
    • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
    • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
    • Drug Testing Required

    Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.


    Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

    1. Attention to Detail - Reviews technical and design specifications and action plans with milestones. Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

    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 - Provides technical advice and consultation to top level officials. 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; and listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

    4. Problem Solving - Assesses IT needs of customers, determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

    For this position, specialized experience includes the following:

    1. Implementing, and improving IT Security principles, methods, tools in support of cyber and information security standards; 2. Analyzing, planning, and implementing security approaches for cyber and information security technologies; and 3. Coordinating and facilitating with other IT teams to ensure federal security requirements are in place through the lifecycle of solution implementation.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.



    Additional information

    EEO Policy Statement Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement Veterans Information Legal and Regulatory Guidance

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents using the CATEGORY RATING PROCESS. All eligible applicants under Delegated Examining (DEU) will be placed in one of the following three categories:

    1. Highly Qualified (Score 90-100) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of major job related competencies and possession of all evaluation criteria;
    2. Fully Qualified (Score 80-89) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of major job related competencies and possession of the evaluation criteria; and
    3. Minimally Qualified (Score of 70-79)- the applicants possessing only the specialized experience described in the vacancy announcement.

    An automated score is administered based on the on-line application process used. Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based on their responses to the job specific questions for this position.

    Application of Veterans Preference: The category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability at least 10 percent MUST be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

    A selecting official may make selection from the highest quality category ("HIGHLY QUALIFIED") provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in the same category.

    Applicants under Merit Promotion will be considered in accordance with the agency's merit promotion plan and union agreement.

    There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

    1. the core questions
    2. the vacancy questions
    3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts), if applicable; and
    4. your resume.

    You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):
  • IT /Security Knowledge/Experience.
  • IT Policy and Guidelines.
  • Oral Communications.
  • Written Communications.
  • Customer Service.

  • Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions, provide supplemental documents and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    ***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s). All required supporting documents MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents. The fax number will be listed on this sheet. If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided. Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again. If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

    Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:

    1. When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

    2. ICTAP eligible candidates must submit a copy of their most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds" or equivalent) and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM, or your agency documenting your priority consideration status. You must be rated fully qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position.

    3. If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.

    4. Veterans MUST submit form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

    5. College Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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