Personnel Security Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 10, 2020
Closes
Sep 18, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is locate in the Personnel Security Division, Security and Emergency Preparedness Directorate, Chief Operating Officer.

The position description number for this position is 375307.

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

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

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Responsibilities

This position is located within the Personnel Security Division (PSD) within the Security and Emergency Preparedness Directorate (SEPD), and is an integral part of a small team that provides personnel security services to the agency. The PSD is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating personnel security-related aspects for Library applicants, employee and non-employee background investigations and for developing, issuing and implementing Library-wide personnel security and suitability policies and procedures. Professionalism, discretion, reliability, service orientation, and an ability to work both independently and as part of a team are key requirements.

Reviews and evaluates security applications submitted to the Personnel Security Division. Reviews forms for completeness and continuity of activities. Obtains information to clarify questionable or discrepant information. Initiates investigative process appropriate to the position sensitivity and/or the level of security clearance required. Obtains prior investigations, security clearance accesses and existing derogatory information from other Federal agencies.

Determines scope of investigation and identifies additional coverage required. Reviews, evaluates, and adjudicates personnel security investigations conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Defense agencies, and other investigative agencies. Interviews subjects of investigations regarding inconclusive or derogatory information developed. To accomplish such interviews, the incumbent must have the judgment and ability to recognize sensitive, personal issues and to avoid unwarranted concern or emotional responses in eliciting required additional information. Determines whether additional investigation is warranted to resolve complex cases. Documents findings, makes security determinations and formulates case disposition recommendations for various actions, including approval or denial of employment or retention in sensitive positions and the granting, denying, or revoking of security clearances.

Accepts requests for, and initiates action on, FBI pre-appointment name checks and OPM Security/Suitability Investigations, Index and Defense Central Index of Investigation name checks. Receives arrest records resulting from name checks, independently correlates responses with established security records or files, prepares the necessary additional records and provides analysis and recommendations during the pre-employment process. Maintains Periodic Reinvestigation Program as required by E.O. 12968 and implementing directives. Determines the need for updates and correlates investigative requirements with other security programs (i.e. sensitive compartmented information, emergency preparedness and office of assignment). Adjudicates or schedules additional investigations for unusual or especially critical matters.

Based on a comprehensive understanding of appropriate regulations, the incumbent independently responds to a wide range of substantive inquiries from within and outside the DHS regarding policy, procedures, records, relationships, status of individual cases and other aspects of the personnel security program.

Maintains liaison with administrative support personnel handling the security aspects of the personnel process assigned to the various offices within the Library. Provides guidance and assistance, as necessary. Exercises independent judgment in determining whether and what information should be released.

Update and maintain manual and automated record-keeping systems in the office, including sensitive investigative files, investigative and clearance databases, suspense files, administrative records.

Drafts Notice of Proposed Action and Letters of Interrogatory as well as security clearance and revocation proposal and decision letters to employees and applicants, where significant adverse information has been developed during the personnel security process.

Performs administrative management requirements for the office which includes but is not limited to procurement, equipment, furniture, supplies and space. Researches solutions and coordinates with service providers as well as other PSD and SEPD staff.

Performs other related duties as assigned. Proficiency in English required. The incumbent must have or be capable of obtaining and maintaining a TOP SECRET security clearance which is required for the incumbent to carry out the duties of the assigned position. Failure to obtain or maintain this clearance will result in separation from the Library.

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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
09

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications

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 provide investigation processing and personnel security support work.**

Knowledge of personnel security concepts, principles, and practices.**

Ability to provide policy and program advice and guidance.**

Ability to communicate in writing.**

Ability to perform administrative management functions and office services.

Ability to serve as program liaison within and outside the agency.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

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 email ADA@loc.gov. 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 proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. 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.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

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.

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.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

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

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

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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