Security Specialist (Information Security)

District of Columbia, D.C
Jun 22, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Infrastructure Operations (IO), Security and Emergency Management office, Information Security Branch. The purpose of this position is to directly support and provide advice to management and GAO staff on aspects of the GAO Information Security Program in an effort to enhance the protection and security of information under the authority and control of GAO.

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The purpose of this position is to directly support and provide advice to management and GAO staff on aspects of one or more GAO security programs in an effort to enhance the protection and security of information. The incumbent of this position will perform duties and have responsibilities related to the control and safeguarding of all types of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Classified National Security Information (NSI). Additionally, the incumbent will serve in a confidential role advising Management as part of Agency proposals for negotiations with the Union on the installation, oversight, and management of secure facilities and equipment located in GAO headquarters and its field offices.

Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Gathers information and provides authoritative advice to management in the application of security program principles, techniques, and procedures. Identifies problems related to physical, information, and/or personnel security programs, analyzes facts, and recommends and leads mitigating solutions
  • Provides guidance and assistance in the proper handling, safeguarding, accounting for, transmitting, marking and destruction of all types of Sensitive Information and Classified National Security Information (NSI) including; Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Restricted Data, Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), Special Access Programs (SAP), and NATO. Such duties may include but are not limited to classification management issues, classified processing, and other related activities for sensitive and classified information and materials.
  • Serve as an Alternate Special Security Officer (SSO) for GAO. As alternate SSO, responsible for assisting the SSO with the proper management of the GAO SCIF, facilitating access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) and Special Access Program (SAP) materials, and guiding and training staff on the proper handling and safeguarding of the same
  • Coordinates with revising and updating all Information Security Orders, policies, and guidance. Serves as a chief subject matter expert for each Information Security Order to resolve stakeholder and Union comments. Includes new Orders with information security nexus such as the Information Security Incident Response and Insider Threat Program. Briefs Management and Labor Relations on ongoing developments with and working drafts of Information Security Orders.
  • Coordinates with internal and external stakeholders on security classification reviews that involve classified and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Such duties may include but are not limited to classification management issues, security classification reviews and challenges, interpreting security classification guidance, and other related activities for sensitive and classified information and materials.
  • Supports and provides expert Information Security guidance to the Insider Threat Program, provides confidential threat analyses and evaluation, evaluation of potential insider threat indicators, operational guidance and support, operational outreach and liaison to intelligence and information security communities and law enforcement officials as needed. Presents findings and generates reports to Management and Senior Agency officials and represents the agency in meetings with third parties and senior agency officials to discuss which best practices and trends to implement and pursue.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel to GAO field office locations

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret, SCI security clearance.
    • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement
    • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
    • You may be required to complete a one year probationary period
    • You must be suitable for federal employment

    You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.


    Applicants must have a minimum of one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band, equivalent to the PT-II, PE-IIA, OR GS-13 level in the federal service or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined Applying concepts and principles of Information Security through demonstrated experience performing the following functions: 1. Providing staff, customers, and management with general and specific information security guidance; 2. Leading the development of agency wide and specialized security awareness briefings and training related to information security, and executing both indoctrination briefings and debriefings; 3. providing expert direction to management regarding the proper safeguarding of classified and sensitive material and information in accordance with applicable directives; 4. Leading a team or independently conducting security inspections, including general security program compliance inspections, or after hours inspection, or inspections of security container contents; 5. Providing expert and authoritative classification management guidance, to include security classification reviews and challenges, interpreting security classification guidance, and/or applying classification marking; and 6. Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Program handling and management.

    You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.


    There is no education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    This is a non bargaining unit position.

    OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS: Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

    Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

    The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one or two-year probationary period.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    If you meet the qualification requirements stated above, you will be further rated based on your responses to the assessment questions. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Please follow all instructions carefully. If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to a vacancy question is "see resume", your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.

    All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):

    • Mastery knowledge of information security processes, methods, procedures,and techniques to recommend and/or apply to the improvement and/or management of GAO's Information security program.
    • Expertise and independent skill in applying information security and/or classification principles to the safeguarding of national security information and Controlled Unclassified Information, to include original or derivative classification determinations for national security information.
    • Expertise and independent skill in evaluating and identifying measures designed to safeguard information to prevent unauthorized access to equipment, facilities, material, and documents; and to safeguard them against inadvertent disclosure, espionage, sabotage, damage, and theft.
    • Expertise in interpreting documentation and guidelines related to information security program to provide management and staff with expert guidance.
    • Skill in communicating orally and in writing to provide advice and guidance to management on security programs.
    • Ability to independently analyze complex Information Security issues or problems requiring expert knowledge. The incumbent independently resolves these issues with no guidance or leads staff in resolutions to these issues.
    • Ability to lead and provide guidance to junior staff in matters of information security.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete application package which includes:

    - Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

    - Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty: an official statement of service from your command.

    - Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

    - If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof disability.

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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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