Program Analyst

Woodlawn, Maryland
Jul 18, 2019
Jul 26, 2019
Full Time


Serves as the senior analyst on the following agency programs: defensive counterintelligence (CI), Insider Threat detection and prevention, Foreign Intelligence Entities (FIE) and information coordination with the Intelligence Community (IC).
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  • Reviews and evaluates the agency's defensive CI and Insider, FIE and threat operations, collaboration, and intelligence and information sharing missions which support homeland security.
  • Provides analytical, advisory, and consultative services to management on these programs.
  • Oversees the evaluation of the agency-wide Insider Threat program, ensuring ongoing enhancements of FIE threat policies and metrics as required by federal guidance, directives, and task forces.
  • Analyzes and advises on improvements to agency response protocol for resolving CI and Insider Threat information that presents a credible threat to SSA.
  • Provides oversight for the development of intelligence collection requirements for various agency components as appropriate to meet changing legislation and executive orders.
  • Ensures the development of the agency's Defensive CI Program mission and authorities, as required by federal directives.
  • As the agency's IC liaison, ensures the agency's interests are addressed and protected at interagency meetings.
  • As the senior program analyst, provides management at all levels of the agency with current situational evaluations of global and domestic counterintelligence, FIE, and Insider Threats and events.
  • Leads a group in complex research on unique and unprecedented situations in order to gather and disseminate intelligence information in support of ongoing or emerging intelligence program or project requirements.
  • Directs the self-inspection of safeguarding measures and reports costs to the appropriate federal entity for maintaining agency-wide classified information systems, Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, and clearance holders.
  • Analytical, advisory, and consultative services help the agency's management to safeguard and protect classified national security information in accordance with all applicable Executive Orders, statutes, regulations, and directives.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selective Service Registration: 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
  • Background and/or security investigation may be required.
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing.
  • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance and be eligible for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes (1) a mastery of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems; (2) Knowledge of insider threat program management, organizational principles, and practices; (3) Experience with collecting and aggregating information from various sources to evaluate potential insider threat indicators and (4) Experience in conducting evaluations to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of an insider threat program.

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

Applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks at GS-12.

Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will only be accepted from applicants eligible for one of the following categories.
  • Federal employees currently serving under career or career conditional appointments;
  • Federal employees currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities; and time limited appointments for veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more;
  • Former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement (i.e., those who have career status or separated from a career-conditional appointment less than 3 years ago);
  • Current or former Federal employees eligible under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); or
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles (i.e., Preference-eligible veterans OR veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service).
  • Federal employees serving under excepted service appointments with competitive service compatibility (e.g. Postal Service, Foreign Service, an agency with an interchange agreement, etc.) may be eligible to apply. Please visit Excepted Service Appointments with Competitive Service Compatibility for more information.
NOTE: Excepted service employees serving under Schedule A appointments for Attorney positions or Pathways Programs appointments (Presidential Management Fellows, Recent Graduates, and Interns) are not eligible for consideration.

Position to be filled under the provisions of the Management Officials Promotion Plan . The best-qualified list for this vacancy may be used to fill the same or similar positions in a component(s) under the same Deputy Commissioner. Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date the best qualified list is issued.

LOCALITY PAY: Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that should they be selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.

This position is eligible for telework.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Expect 25% or less travel.
This position may be subject to drug testing.

This is a critical sensitive position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 86, Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Skills in research methods and statistical measurements with regard to insider threat program management (Maximum 60 points)
  • Knowledge of insider threat goals, objectives, acquisition, and administrative processes (Maximum 60 points)
  • Skill in researching and making recommendations (Maximum 60 points)
  • Skill in preparing written and oral findings (Maximum 60 points)
Total possible points: 240 points
Applicants will be assessed using the rating criteria listed in the following link:

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

Your resume must provide all of the information necessary to make qualifications and eligibility determinations (e.g., experience related to your qualifications for this position, grade levels and dates of your current and prior positions, etc.). SSA employees may submit an SSA-45 .

Your resume must specifically demonstrate, in your own words, the possession of the required experience related to the minimum qualifications, selective placement factors and/or evaluation criteria. Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement, rating criteria, KSAs and/or position description will not be considered. If this occurs, you may lose consideration for one or more grade levels or found ineligible.

If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that that reflects your grade/step, possession of time-in-grade (e.g. a Within-Grade Increase or Promotion/Reassignment dated more than one year ago), and career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service. You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to prove possession of time-in-grade. Current SSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50.

If you are a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must also submit your separation SF-50 showing your separation was not for performance or conduct reasons.

If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. If you are a new Federal employee who has not yet received a performance rating, you must upload an explanation.

Current SSA employees and VEOA applicants are not required to submit performance appraisals.

If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit your DD-214 (member 4 copy) and any other documentation demonstrating your preference eligibility, such as a disability letter.

NOTE: If you are a current Federal employee eligible under VEOA, you are subject to the time-in-grade requirement and must submit an SF-50 as required above.

If you are applying for selection priority under ICTAP, you must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting your separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

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