Information Technology Specialist (APPSW)

Washington, D.C
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


This position, located in the Court's Office of Information Systems, reports to the Deputy Clerk, Chief Information Officer and provides assistance with the support and maintenance of the Court's case management system (DAWSON).
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Software Development
  • Support the development and implementation of the Court's case management system (DAWSON). This includes:
    • Maintaining the Court's code repositories.
    • Using the tools and languages within the Court's DevSecOps pipeline for DAWSON such as CircleCI, GitHub, Slack, Terraform, JavaScript.
    • Participating in software and hardware evaluation and assessment.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of software related cyber security.
  • Review vendor-produced code to ensure that it is tested and secure.
Customer Service
  • Provide information, assistance, and helpdesk support to internal and external DAWSON users.
Administrative Activities
  • Support and train users in developed applications through documentation and hands-on sessions.
  • Author software documentation to establish and explain product functionality.
  • Support installing, documenting, establishing administrative procedures for the Court's software.
Work at the higher grades: This position provides a progressive career ladder with full- performance level to the GS-11. In order to progress through the career ladder, an employee must work at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade, must be performing their current position at a fully-successful level, and must show evidence of performing duties at the next higher grade level. Promotion consideration is subject to the supervisor's discretion.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
11 - GS-11.


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be United States citizens or nationals.
  • All Court employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for US Tax Court Employees.
  • Employees of the U.S. Tax Court are considered "at-will" employees, and, as such, may be terminated with or without cause.
  • Employees will be required to complete a 52-week probationary period.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Favorable suitability determination - Selection of this position is contingent on a favorable suitability determination and security background check, to include credit check, Federal income tax check and criminal check. A candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court, and remain current at all times while employed by the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the background investigation and credit check, and favorable adjudication. A background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  • All applicant information is subject to verification.
  • The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for Court employees.


Candidates must possess specialized experience which is experience directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in this vacancy announcement.

Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position that can be concurrent include:
  • A minimum of two years of experience in programming applications, with equal emphasis on client-side and server-side browser-based technologies as well as serverless microservices. Preference given for experience with React, NodeJS, and AWS Lambda.
  • Experience with software development life-cycle processes and procedures for DevOps and Continuous Integration/Continuous Development (CI/CD), including containers, issue tracking, automated testing tools, and source control management. Preference given for experience with CircleCI, GitHub, SonarQube, OWASP ZAP, and Docker.
  • Experience with Not Only SQL (NoSQL) and SQL database technologies. Preference given for experience with AWS DynamoDB.


Certifications: Technical degree in mathematics, statistics, or computer science preferred but not required. Incumbent must have or successively achieve within one year of appointment a CompTIA Security+ certification and at least two of the certifications listed below (or their equivalent) to continue employment.

Related Certifications AWS Certified Developer DevOps Leader (DOL) AWS Certified DevOps Engineer DevSecOps Engineering (DSOE) Certified Agile Service Manager PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Certified Scrum Developer Web Development Professional Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Scaled Agilists CompTIA A+ Scrum Alliance (Certified Scrum Master/Certified Scrum Developer) CompTIA Security+ Scrum Alliance (Certified Scrum Professional) Continuous Delivery Architecture (CDA) (Professional Scrum Master II or Professional Scrum Developer) DevOps Foundation® Certification

Additional information


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The United States Tax Court is an Equal opportunity employer.

Ratings will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's experience as related to the duties of this position and the Specialized Experience and Minimum Requirements listed above. The resume/application package must provide detailed information showing the extent to which the Specialized Experience and Minimum Requirements are satisfied.

If you fail to provide the information as required, your application will not be evaluated beyond the basic screening process. The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then evaluate your application package to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Application of Preference Eligibles: Preference eligibles will be placed above non-preference eligibles within each rating category. Preference eligibles who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 level or higher.

Special Appointment Authority Information: In accordance with the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998, veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may also apply. You must provide documentation of veterans' preference or military service (e.g., SF-15, DD-214), if applicable.


For questions, call the Office of Human Resources at (202) 521-4700.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be in PDF format and attached to your email where you identify your name and the position to which you are applying.
  • An electronic cover letter stating the position for which you are applying and providing any supplemental information that may be necessary to address the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.
  • Resume highlighting relevant knowledge and experience.
  • If mentioned in your cover letter or resume, copies of documents for current certifications that are relevant to the position.
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50 (if a current federal employee).

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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