Supervisory Technical Security Engineer

Washington, D.C
Jun 20, 2019
Jun 27, 2019
Full Time


The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and Congressional buildings and grounds from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.
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This position is located in the Technical Countermeasures Division (TCD) in the Security Services Bureau (SSB), Chief of Operations, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP). TCD is responsible for identifying and neutralizing technical penetrations and vulnerabilities that could potentially compromise sensitive and national security information for the U.S. Congress. These include threats to personnel, information and property located at congressional facilities nationwide.

This incumbent serves as deputy to the Associate Director (AD), Technical Countermeasures Division, assisting the AD in directing the activities of the Division, achieving the organization mission, and supervising experts in the following technical areas: laser/fiber optics, Radio Frequency (RF) engineering, grounding, acoustics, and/or computer engineering with responsibility to plan, manage, identify, review, evaluate, recommend and integrate/implement selected information security countermeasure equipment technologies for congressional facilities nationwide.

Supervises a group of Technical Security Specialists. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the Division. Manages staff operations to ensure equitable and effective management of federal employees and contractors. Ensures professional development, and compliance with employment regulations. Provides advice and counsel to subordinate staff related to work and administrative matters. Assists the AD with a variety of financial management and budget functions to include managing financial plans, allocations, and expenditures in support of the Congress.

Applies electronics engineering theories, principles, practical concepts, and processes to search for technical vulnerabilities and attacks. Researches, develops, tests, evaluates, operates, maintains, and directs the fabrication, manufacture, and installation of technical security equipment and systems in order to detect or reduce the possibility of a technical attack.

Oversees and monitors contractors in the assessment of technologies. Recommends new research and technology projects that show promise for integration and implementation to the Department's information security countermeasures program. Addresses the design, development, installation, maintenance, testing, modification, and repair of highly complex technical security systems (TSS) deployed throughout the Congress. Utilizes expert engineering knowledge to assess contractor performance and compliance with engineering/scientific design specifications and other requirements in contracts.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be U.S. Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.
  • Must have Direct Deposit.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Top Secret(TS)/Sensitive Compartment Information(SCI) and Q security clearances.
  • Must be obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Must be able to obtain a nationally recognized TSCM certification.
  • Must be able to work in an confined area, work from heights, and move objects up to 50 pounds.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below.

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Professional Engineering -- To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

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B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
    Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions; or Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; or Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A; or Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

CP-12/GS-14: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the (CP-11/GS-13) grade level. Examples of specialized experience include performing and advising on one or more protective or investigative research and development program management activities, such as 1) researches, develops, tests and evaluates radio frequency (RF) equipment; 2) researches, tests and evaluates x-ray and other systems; 3) researches and evaluates metal detection systems and the latest technological advances in concealed weapons detection; 4) researches and evaluates existing and emerging electro-optics technologies; 5) researches, maintains and develops enhancements for radar systems; 6) researches and develops new technologies to enhance capabilities in areas including tagging, tracking, surveillance and lawful wiretaps; 7) researches and develops systems for technical surveillance countermeasures; 8) researchers and develops building and area intrusion detection technologies and products; 9) monitors developments in technologies for identification and authentication applications; and 10) knowledge of budgets and acquisitions processes.

All eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date (07/03/2019) of the vacancy announcement.

(Information on Qualification & Education are located at the following link: )


You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume, assessment questionnaire and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for this job. If you meet the minimum requirements for this job, we will evaluate your application materials, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your qualifications, accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Evaluation Factors

Please address all Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) within the narrative responses, so that your experience can be evaluated properly. To view the KSAs please go to the HOW TO APPLY section and click on the link Application Preview.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Resume: Resumes should include full description of job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment.
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire: Failure to provide a narrative response when required will result in an "Incomplete Application and/or Assessment Questionnaire" rating.
3. Other supporting documents :
- College transcript(s), or other documentation to prove possession of the basic requirement for this position.

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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