Security Specialist

Sterling, Virginia
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
Full Time


The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. For information about our bureau go to:

This position is located within the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Associate Director for Administration, Management Support Division (MSD), Personnel Security Branch in Sterling, VA.

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The primary purpose of the position is to provide management support related to personnel security and HSPD-12 badging by assuring accurate and timely processing of security clearance and background investigation documentation, while maintaining appropriate documentation on the granting of security clearances using DOD, OPM, DOI, and GSA security systems such as the NP2 Portal, the Central Verification System, e-QIP, DOIAccess, the Personnel Security System, and USAccess. Additionally, this position works directly with the branch chief and the Department to maintain and update DOD, ODNI, NBIB, and other national security related information systems.

At the full performance level GS-09 the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • The incumbent receives and reviews requests for Public Trust and National Clearance background investigations and re-investigations for applicants, employees, contractors, and all other personnel working for the Bureau and other fee-for-service clients.
  • The incumbent ensures credentialing and access management systems and information are updated and accurate daily.
  • The incumbent analysis investigative information forwarded from outside security agencies and other sources and briefs security staff on relative information as it relates to the continuous evaluation program.
  • The incumbent provides candidates and serviced employees with access to the e-QIP system by creating or resetting user profiles, and provides assistance logging into the e-QIP system.
  • The incumbent will serve as a point of contact for security offices outside the Bureau and to personnel within the Bureau.
  • The incumbent routinely handles sensitive, personal information regarding candidates and employees, e.g. PII, investigative questionnaires.
  • The incumbent prepares and submits weekly status reports regarding the status of actions for candidates/employees.
  • The incumbent maintains and provides statistical reports and spreadsheets relevant to their personnel security duties.

  • Security Clearance Required: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance if you are selected and hired for this position.

    The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Salary Information: GS-7: $47,016 - $61,122 per year; GS-9: $57,510 - $74,759 per year

    ** First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    NOTE: This vacancy is limited to the first 150 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .


    Minimum Qualification Requirements:

    Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade within the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

    Specialized Experience at the GS-07 is defined as:
  • Experience interpreting and applying Federal regulations, manuals, directives, and instruction regarding personnel security processes;
  • Receiving and screening personnel security documentation for completeness and accuracy
  • Providing support with administrative functions such as; mailings and email tracking.

  • Specialized Experience at the GS-09 is defined as:
  • Applying personnel security policy, procedures, techniques, equipment and methods to identify and report conflicts in procedural issues;
  • Assist in making security clearance adjudications, suitability determinations and recommendations;
  • Determine eligibility for access to classified or sensitive information and granting personnel security clearances/accesses in the presence of minor derogatory information; and
  • Respond to questions and inquiries involving personnel security and suitability.

  • Substitution of Education for Experience (GS-07): 1 full year of graduate level education or a bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement. *Additional information regarding Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.): OR a Combination of Education and Experience: combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet the total qualification requirement. The total percentages must equal at least 100%.

    Substitution of Education for Experience (GS-09): Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related OR a Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    If you are using education to substitute for the specialized experience, you must submit transcripts at the time you apply.


    For entry at the GS-07 level, current or former federal employees who have held a GS position in the preceding 52 weeks must meet the time in grade requirement. Applicant must have served 52 weeks as a GS-05 or higher grade in the Federal Service.

    For entry at the GS-09 level, current or former federal employees who have held a GS position in the preceding 52 weeks must meet the time in grade requirement. Applicant must have served 52 weeks as a GS-07 or higher grade in the Federal Service.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    Security - Practical knowledge of personnel security requirements established in Federal law, executive order, Department regulation and policy effecting the employment of individuals by the BSEE.
    Oral Communication - Ability and skill to communicate effectively and diplomatically verbally with personnel and officials at all levels within the BSEE and with individuals and organizations outside of the bureau.
    Regulations and Guidance - Knowledge of 5 CFR 731, suitability and adjudication guidelines, Federal law, executive order and Department regulations process relating to classified material to ensure that individuals granted security clearances are properly briefed and informed of their personnel security responsibilities.
    Technology Application- Knowledge and ability to use and effectively manage electronic physical access control systems in regards to the USAccess/DOIAccess systems, OPM's Central Verification System, e-QIP, and Personal Identification Verification (PIV) cards.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station; and a past SF-50 showing your highest FPL position; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority;(7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: OR .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria 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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