Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

Washington, D.C
Sep 21, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in Library Security Operations Center, IT Security Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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The position is located in the Office of the Chief Information Officer within the IT Security Division. The incumbent employs expert knowledge of IT security issues, solutions, practices, concepts, trends, and capabilities relating to securing information, networks, and systems. The incumbent carries out a wide range of complex assignments to further the goals and objectives of the Library and works under the supervision of the Chief Information Security Officer. The incumbent performs security operations functions, including; incident handling and management, performance of computer network defense and cyber threat hunting activities, leading cyber investigations, IT research and analysis, project planning and management and solutions development.

Supports the Security Operations Center's mission of full incident life-cycle management by providing full analytical documentation of events and incidents, coordinating activities designed to ensure, protect, and restore IT systems, services, and capabilities, and tracking events and incidents through remediation. Investigates, triages, analyzes and responds to security events and incidents to identify scope, urgency, and impact of threats to the environment. Performs monitoring of security tools and analysis of log files and digital evidence in support of incident handling activities and provides expert analytic investigative support of large scale and complex security incidents. Provides expert level guidance to enterprise-wide technical teams regarding the remediation and mitigation of security incidents. Executes standard processes and work flows during incident response activities and works towards enhancement and maturation of these processes.

Serves as a Library of Congress representative and subject matter expert on cyber threats and countermeasures. Utilizes a wide variety of computer network defense and hunting tools, including; intrusion detection/prevention systems, next-gen firewalls, traditional firewalls, anti-virus, endpoint detection and response, network deep packet inspection, security event and incident management (SEIM) solutions, endpoint forensics and malware dynamic analysis. Performs the analysis of cyber threat intelligence reporting to identify indicators of compromise (IOCs) and adversary tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and develops custom signatures, alerting criteria and threat hunting hypotheses. Performs threat hunting activities by proactively and iteratively searching through network and endpoint data to detect and isolate advanced threats that evade existing security solutions.

Conducts complex research and analysis of cyber operations capabilities and trends as it relates to computer network defense and security operations. Researches cyber threat vectors and adversary tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and develops and maintains a systematic approach to analyzing and utilizing collected data to maintain continual operational awareness of current and emerging threats. Participates as a representative in technical conferences and meetings with other IT personnel within the Library of Congress and/or components of private organizations or other government agencies. Develops alternative approaches to addressing issues affecting the Library's mission and programs and recommends solutions. Provides authoritative guidance related to the Library of Congress IT security operations program. Develops long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate and minimize risks associated with IT systems. Reviews and evaluates security incident response policies and identifies the need for change based on new security technologies or threats. Tests and implements new policies and institutes measures to ensure awareness and compliance.

Plans and develops long-range objectives and milestones for IT projects that involve substantive mission-oriented programs, such as projects implementing enterprise-level applications and/or changes to IT infrastructure to meet modified business processes. Defines project scope, requirements and deliverables and manages IT projects with high complexity or risk. Develops and implements project management procedures, tools, templates, activities and infrastructure. Utilizes communication skills, both orally and in writing, sufficient to present complex technical information to individuals to facilitate constructive discussion and to obtain consensus or agreement. Reviews project management plans, designs, test plans and implementation plans for security operations projects.

The position description number for this position is 171987.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

No additional requirements to those listed above.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to perform IT research and analysis.

Ability to respond to incident, investigation, handling and management.**

Ability to apply project management methodologies and techniques to manage complex IT projects.

Knowledge of computer network defense and cyber threat hunting.**

Ability to interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The certificate of disability must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, a Disability Services or Career Services Office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within three (3) years of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-3960 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

Disabled applicants claiming Selective Placement eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness. If Selective Placement is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.

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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