InformationTechnology Specialist (Information Security)

Washington, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time


This is to notify the public that the USDA is using a Direct Hire Authority to fill this position. For information on the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority, please visit

Veterans preference, category rating, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does NOT apply to this recruitment.
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  • This position is located with the Office of the Chief Financial Offer (OFCO), Financial Management Services Center (FMS), System Security and Compliance Division (SSCD).
  • This position functions as a senior technical expert planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining programs, policies, and procedures to protect the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of applications, systems, networks, and data.
  • Independently leads major IT projects to accomplish the development, implementation, coordination, review, and evaluation security plans, policies, technical/administrative procedures, accreditation documents.
  • Provides technical expertise and consultation for Audits Reviews, Security and Risk Assessments, Assessments and Authorizations, Privacy and other accreditation activities.
  • Ensure assigned systems are fully accredited and comply with security standards in line with NIST 800-37 Six Step Risk Management Framework.
  • Develops, manages, addresses, and closes issues with Plans of Action and Milestones (POAMS).
  • Provides technical expertise and consultation in the implementation and administration of user accessibility to computer facilities, as well as access controls to computer data files, system software, and application program security policies.
  • Leads major IT projects to develop software to automate security procedures and/or provide security reports.
  • Investigates or leads periodic surveys and inspections to assure compliance with IT security directives and inspection procedures, to assure that actual or suspected security deviations are identified and reported.
  • Guides investigations, reviews, and audits of actual or suspected security violations; to analyze findings and recommend corrective measures; and to independently develop plans and procedures for assuring the security of the equipment and data.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will be 10% or less.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a Public Trust background investigation.
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered for this position. Your resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate specialized experience requirements. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

The following link provides more information on the qualifications for this position: Information Technology (IT) Management Series .

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level.

Specialized experience is defined as experience developing, implementing, and evaluating security specifications, plans, policies, technical/administrative procedures, and programs associated with Information Technology (IT) equipment software, design, data, and physical security. Implementing and administering user accessibility and access controls to computer data files, financial system software, and application programs, including ensuring compliance with local and departmental-wide security policies. Participating in audit reviews, security and risk assessments, security tests and evaluations, and other accreditation activities in order to ensure systems are fully accredited and comply with all applicable security standards.

Information Technology (IT)-related experience must also demonstrate each of the four competencies listed below.
1. Attention to Detail - Is through 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 - 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; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) : To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.

This position is part of the bargaining unit.

This position is telework eligible.

Pay rates vary depending on location and the salary shown is for the Rest of the U.S. See for additional information on pay rates.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This is a Direct-Hire Authority position, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, to include any selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official. Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the qualification requirements. A rating will not be used; veteran's preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the responsibilities section including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

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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