Physical Security Specialist

Washington, D.C
Aug 15, 2019
Aug 21, 2019
Full Time


The incumbent serves as a Physical Security Specialist that will assist with the implementation of security policy and programs and performs limited law enforcement duties in accordance with applicable authority for protection of government employees and property.
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  • Performs inspections and conducts monitoring of DOJ facilities for adherence and compliance with directives, instructions, regulations and requirements.
  • Conducts facility assessments to evaluate risk.
  • Recommends security control systems using well-defined methods and procedures to ensure that materials are not compromised, sabotaged, stolen, or misused.
  • Responds to incidents involving personnel and property and performs limited investigation duties.
  • Drafts recommendations for security processes and procedures.
  • Prepares reports and briefings on results of investigations.
  • Acts as a liaison with responding emergency personnel to ensure safety for DOJ property and personnel.
  • Reviews security contract requirements and reports deficiencies verbally and in writing.
  • Monitors performance and verifies compliance of the Guard service contract.
  • Resolves problems with guard force operations.
  • Identify problems and make recommendations to support security contract.
  • Coordinates access for high-ranking dignitaries visiting the Department.
  • Assures safety and health of employees and the protection of government property.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • May require completion of a one year probationary period
  • Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.


For the GS-09 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade-level in the Federal service performing the following duties: 1) Monitoring security procedures and creating reports; 2) Performing law enforcement duties for the protection of government employees and property; and 3) Evaluating existing security practices and procedures and recommending improvements; OR

1. A master's or equivalent degree; or two full years of progressively higher-level education; or a LL.B or J.D., if related; OR

2. Have some specialized experience as described above in the first paragraph, but less than one year; and have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in number 1 above. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond the first year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify).

Selective Factor: Certificate of Completion from a civilian or military police academy AND at least one-year experience as a certified law enforcement officer.

If you do not meet the selective placement factor above, you will not be considered for this position.

You MUST meet all of the above qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement08/20/2019. YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements . Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at .

All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. .

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: .

Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: .

NOTE: To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: .

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. Additional information is found at: .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):
  • Physical Security
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Problem Solving

Please Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 90 days after the HR Office issues the selection certificate.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume showing relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. (Cover Letter optional).
  • Veteran documentation, (if applicable).
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable)
  • Schedule (A) Documentation (if applicable)
  • An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)
  • Your Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  • Certificate of Completion from a military or civilian police academy.

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.