Security Specialist (Information Security)

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 23, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Infrastructure Operations (IO), Security and Emergency Management office, Information Security Branch. The purpose of this position is to directly support and provide advice to management and GAO staff on aspects of the GAO Information Security Program in an effort to enhance the protection and security of information under the authority and control of GAO.

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The incumbent of this position will perform duties and have responsibilities related to the control and safeguarding of all types of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Classified National Security Information (NSI) for the Information Security Branch.

Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Gathers information and provides advice to management in the application of security program principles, techniques, and procedures. The incumbent identifies problems and issues related to information security.
  • Provides guidance and assistance to GAO staff on security policy matters pertaining to the processing, dissemination, handling, marking, accounting, destruction, and safeguarding of all types and levels of classified National Security Information and sensitive information, including; Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Restricted Data, SCI, and NATO. Such duties may include but are not limited to classification management issues, security classification reviews and challenges, interpreting security classification guidance, and other related activities for sensitive and classified information and materials.
  • Coordinates with internal and external stakeholders on matters pertaining to security infractions, violations, and spillages involving classified and sensitive information
  • Conducts general, after-hours, and various other security compliance inspections in order to assess the effectiveness of the overall GAO Security Program as well assess compliance with specific information security policies, such as the protection of Federal Taxpayer Information. Presents detailed and comprehensive inspection reports with corrective actions, as needed
  • Functions as a Special Security Representative (SSR) of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) / Special Access Program Facility and processes and handles SCI and SAP materials
  • Develops and provides security awareness initial and recurring training/briefings and monitors/gauges agency security awareness environment to ensure adequate training is provided in order to reduce risks of compromise.
  • Conducts risk analysis and collaborates with insider threat personnel in the development of insider threat policies, training, procedures, and standards. Collaborates with internal stakeholders on insider threat matters, and provides security support to the Insider Threat HUB.

  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel to GAO field office locations may be required.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret, SCI security clearance.
    • Completion of a financial disclosure statement is required.
    • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
    • Completion of a probationary period is required.
    • Must be suitable for federal employment.

    You must meet all qualification requirements before the closing date of the announcement.


    You must have a minimum of one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-11 in the federal service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped you with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as applying concepts and principles of Information Security through demonstrated experience performing the following functions: 1. Providing staff and customers with general and specific information security awareness briefings, indoctrinations, and training; 2. providing advice regarding the proper safeguarding of classified and sensitive material and information in accordance with applicable directives; 3. Conducting security inspections, including general security program compliance inspections, or after hours inspection, or inspections of security container contents; 4. Providing classification management guidance, to include security classification reviews and challenges, interpreting security classification guidance, and/or applying classification marking; and 5. SCI and SAP handling and management.

    You must meet all qualification requirements before the closing date of the announcement.


    There is no education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    This is a non bargaining unit position.

    Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    Selectee will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement. (if applicable)

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit SSS .

    Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    Selectees will be subject to a determination of suitability for Federal employment.

    GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email

    GAO's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

    GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a probationary period.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    If you meet the qualification requirements stated, you will be further rated based on your responses to the assessment questions. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Please follow all instructions carefully. If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to a vacancy question is "see resume", your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.

    All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
    • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to navigate security databases, both classified and unclassified systems.
    • Skill in gathering information and providing advice to management in the application of information security program principles, techniques, and practices.
    • Ability to evaluate both program effectiveness and administrative systems to assure that timely and appropriate measures are taken to correct deficiencies.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete application package which includes:

    - Resume: Must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

    - Veterans: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty: an official statement of service from your command.

    - SF-50: Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

    - Disability: If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof of disability.

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all applicable required documents have been submitted.

    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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