Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-13 (Direct Hire Authority)

Washington, D.C
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 18, 2019
Full Time


The position is located in the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, Intelligence and Information System Division, Intelligence Systems Support Branch in Washington, DC.

Serves as a technical liaison between OSII and Office of Science and Technology to provide technical advice and consulting.

Additional selections may be made, if needed.

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  • Plans, designs, and implements new and improved information systems and the maintenance of current systems to meet investigative and intelligence requirements.
  • Serves as an integrated technology specialist responsible for the development, analysis, implementation, maintenance and enhancement of all software applications.
  • Coordinates technical problems and issues related to hardware and software.
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining existing programs, policies and procedures to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the system and data.
  • Designs, acquires, modifies, evaluates documents and using software intended to ensure automated systems are secure from unauthorized use, viral infection, and other problems that would compromise confidentiality, privacy of data or other aspects.
  • Serves as a Technical Liaison by providing technical advice.
  • Advises the Division and Branch Chief on long range strategies regarding the expanded use and enhancements of systems.
  • Evaluates new software technologies to assess its applicability for Division requirements and recommending the acquisition and practices to management.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizen
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Must successfully complete a background security investigation
  • A mobility agreement is required as a condition of employment.

The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

MOBILITY PLAN : New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF's mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.


Basic Requirement - Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.
  • Attention to Detail ‐ Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Problem Solving ‐ Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

  • In addition to meeting basic requirement must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level. Specialized experience for the position is defined as experience developing, implementing and maintaining information technology systems, policies, and procedures to protect the integrity and confidentiality of systems; designing, acquiring, modifying, evaluating, and using software to ensure that automated systems are secure, demonstrated experience with one or more of Java, JavaScript, C#, SQL, Soap WSDL, .Net, Python, ArcGIS, and PowerShell.

    This position is processed under a Direct Hire authority; therefore, veteran's preference and Category Rating procedures do not apply.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: .

    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: .


    Additional information

    Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations from ATF's Human Resources Operations Division. Please click on the following link to read important information. DOJ Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations

    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

    Periodic Reinvestigation: Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation

    EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, gender identify and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit factor.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

    "Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized."

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    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 online assessment 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 you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:
    • Knowledge of and skills with programming in multiple computer language such as Oracle, Structured Query Language (SQL), JAVA, .Net, etc for the purpose of designing, maintaining and technically Administering systems.
    • Knowledge of IT methodology of data processing methods, types of equipment, standard techniques in problem identification and resolution.
    • Knowledge of data processing methods, system applications and IT best practices.
    • Skills in Geographic Information System (GIS) Portal Architecture and GIS Administration.
    • Skill in writing
    • Ability to communicate orally to articulate complex information technology issues to non-technical audience (i.e. Agents, Intelligence Research Specialist, etc.)
    • Ability to effectively lead or participate in task forces, special projects or other groups to compose operating directives and conduct briefing presentations.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    (1) Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional)
    (2) Veterans' documentation (DD-214, Member Copy 4, Revised October 2013 SF-15 and VA letter, if applicable.
    Note: The Revised October 2013 SF-15 is the latest copy and all others are not usuable.
    (3) CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

    Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/ validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement.

    Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

    It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

    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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