Alexandria, Virginia
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


These positions are located within the Deputy Inspector General for Evaluations, Space, Intelligence, Engineering and Oversight Directorate. In this position, you will serve as an Evaluator under a Project Manager and will be responsible to perform broad and complex assignments for the Research & Engineering Division one of four teams.

This job is an open continuous announcement and will remain open until all positions are filled or September 30, 2020.

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  • Participates and occasionally leads the research, planning, and execution of independent and objective technical evaluations related to systems and acquisition programs throughout their life cycle from technology maturation through sustainment.
  • Participates and occasionally leads the research, planning, and execution of independent and objective technical evaluations related to the design, construction, and sustainment of DoD infrastructure.
  • Provides technical expertise or guidance to evaluate areas such as major weapons design and production engineering, system logistics support, system modification programs, construction and architecture, procurement, and technology development.
  • Works within a team to establish and maintain effective coordination with evaluated organizations in support of technical evaluation objectives.
  • Collects and compiles data for analysis, tabulations, charts, and graphs to support proposed technical evaluation findings and recommendations.
  • Develops proposed technical evaluation findings and recommendations based on data analysis.
  • Prepares oral presentations and written reports to summarize technical evaluations.
  • Maintains and expands knowledge of the DoD acquisition process, DoD construction and infrastructure, DoD policy, and industry developments in various engineering disciplines.
  • Evaluates and provides comments on proposed audits, investigations, evaluations or studies.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less - You will be expected to travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitable for Federal Employment
  • Registered for Selective Service (if applicable)
  • This national security position, which may require access to classified information, requires a favorable suitability review and security clearance as a condition of employment. Failure to maintain security eligibility may result in termination.
  • Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DoD OIG.
  • Position has been designated as Non-Critical Sensitive; incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • The incumbent will be required to serve a two-year probationary period.
  • The incumbent must adhere to the DoD Standards of Conduct.


This is an open continuous announcement and will remain open until all positions are filled or September 30, 2020.

The first cut-off date to be referred will be 7/31/2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to maximize their employment opportunities. Thereafter, additional referral lists will be generated as vacancies occur.

The second cut-off date to be referred will be 8/31/2020.

The third/final cut-off date to be referred will be 9/30/2020.

Basic Requirement: All applicants must meet one of following Mandatory/Basic Educational Requirements for consideration for an engineering position:
  • Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress- strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or electronics. Or
  • Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • 1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer byany State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

    2. Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed theEngineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

    3.Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g. physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics; may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all- inclusive.) AND

    In addition to basic requirement listed above, one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to GS-12 or non-Federal equivalent level that demonstrates knowledge in one or more disciplines of engineering to include Electrical, Aerospace, Electronics, Computer, or Nuclear Engineering, specifically, experience in conducting and supporting engineering and technical reviews, assessments, or evaluations of Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs), weapons, satellites, networks, communications, intelligence, software, or other critical DoD systems. Desired specifics also include collecting, analyzing, and compiling data for oral and written presentations and reports. Proven experience of participation in technical review and input into decision-making with respect to defense weapons systems or infrastructure acquisition programs. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in engineering concepts, principles, techniques, and practices to interpret and apply in the development of assessments and evaluations.

    Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    These positions have a basic education requirement. Applicants must provide proof of meeting the basic requirement. Unofficial transcripts are accepted with the application package. Official transcripts will be required, if selected.

    You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual.OPM's General Schedule Qualification Standards for All Professional General Engineers Positions,


    Note: Due to the education requirement of this position, an unofficial transcript must be submitted at the time of application. If transcripts are not received, you will be rated as ineligible.

    Additional information

    • Competitive wages, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive benefits packages found in either government or private sector. These extraordinary benefits encompass health, pay, work/life balance, growth & learning.
    • Moving expenses WILL NOT be paid.
    • Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from the DoD Program for Suitability of Civilian Employment.
    • A probationary period will be required.
    • Telework availability will be based upon the mission requirements and supervisory determination.
    • We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or be exempt from Selective Service (see )
    • Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Priority Consideration: Does not apply to Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) positions (5 CFR 330 Subparts B, F, and G).
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
    • Pay for first time hires to the Federal Government will typically be set at step 1 salary range for their respective grade level.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    These positions are announced under a new OPM Government-Wide Direct Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.205) special hiring authority (5 U.S. Code § 2102), for certain STEM Positions grades GS 11-15. Under this Direct-Hire Authority for a General Engineer, all applicants who meet the education and minimum qualification requirements listed in this announcement will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further review and consideration.

    Under this special hiring authority, Veteran's Preference, category rating, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply.
    For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. Veteran's Preference does NOT apply.

    All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting officials.

    DESCRIBING YOUR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. All answers provided in the assessment questionnaire must be substantiated by the resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answers choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

    The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies:

    • Engineering and Technology
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Reasoning
    • Technology Application
    • Writing

    You can preview the Assessment Questionnaire here:

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Resume MUST include the following: where you worked, job title, series and grade, if applicable, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and ending dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week and salary.

    2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire: Your resume must describe the quality of work in regards to responses to the occupational self-assessment questionnaire as they generate your numerical rating.

    3. Transcripts and/or Certifications: All applicants to include current agency employees, must provide documentation to support the basic educational requirement. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If selected, official transcript(s) will be required. To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    4. Other Supporting Documents.

    4. Military Spouse Preference:Spousal Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders or travel orders, marriage certificate/license and the Self-Certification form are required to claim Military Spouse Preference.

    The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status. They must be received by the closing date of the announcement or at the time of application if applying to an announcement with an extended closing date.

    Cover Letter: You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume. Your cover letter will not be used to verify your qualifications or determine eligibility for preference.

    WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/30/2020, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

    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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