Policy Analyst

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 26, 2020
Closes
Dec 03, 2020
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans, Office of Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience (CIRR).

As a Policy Analyst you will provide policy analysis and support the development and coordination of department-wide policy positions on cyber, technology, infrastructure, resilience and risk related topics and other areas of CIRR responsibility to include providing support to the Joint Cyber Coordination Group (JCCG).
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Responsibilities

As a Policy Analyst GS 0301 13/14, you will be primarily responsible for advising senior DHS officials and CIRR leadership on matters pertaining to cyber, technology, infrastructure, risk and resilience policy. Your typical work assignments may include:
  • Develop and implement national-level cyber, infrastructure, risk and resilience policy, including the analysis of potential impacts of policy options and provision of concise recommendations to leadership on complex policy issues.
  • Plan, schedule, and carry out major projects concerned with the analysis of cyber, technology, infrastructure, risk and resilience policy gaps across organizational components.
  • Conduct analysis of cyber, technology, resilience, risk and infrastructure related topics to identify policy gaps and recommended solutions at the national level and across organizational components.
  • Oversee the development of long-range strategies, priorities, planning documents, operational guidance, and program assessments of related DHS activities.
  • Review, research, and provide input on new and proposed legislation, regulation, and other relevant source materials to develop policy options and/or coordinate activities with other stakeholders to implement actions across an organization's enterprise.
  • Represent DHS policy positions in interagency and other working groups to other departments and agencies, foreign, state and local governments, the private sector, and academia through clear and concise written and oral analysis, recommendations, and evaluations


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U. S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret with SCI Security Clearance
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business days open period due to the number of applications received.


Qualifications

Specialized Experience:

To qualify for the GS-13 you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, OR equivalent public or private sector experience. For this position, specialized experience is defined as: 1) Supporting the development and implementation of cybersecurity, technology, infrastructure, or risk policies and/or other related legislative and policy initiatives; 2) Using qualitative/quantitative methods to assess and support work that assist in determining improvements to cybersecurity, technology, infrastructure, resilience, or risk policy programs; 3) Assisting with identifying, evaluating, and recommending implementation of policies; 4) Researching cyber, infrastructure and resilience strategic goals and key program events/milestones to evaluate program accomplishments; and 5) Communicating orally and in writing to prepare complex reports, directives, position papers, policies, and to solicit/present information.

To qualify for the GS-14 you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level, OR equivalent public or private sector experience. For this position, specialized experience is defined as 1) Developing and implementing workable cybersecurity, technology, resilience, risk or infrastructure policies and/or other related legislative and policy initiatives across an organizational enterprise; 2) Using qualitative/quantitative methods to assess and improve cyber, technology, infrastructure, risk or resilience policy programs; 3) Identifying, evaluating, and recommending implementation and/or changes to policies; 4) Determining cyber, technology, infrastructure risk or resilience strategic goals and key program events/milestones to evaluate program accomplishments or alternative approaches to achieve objectives; and 5) Communicating orally and in writing to prepare complex reports, directives, position papers, policies, and to solicit/present information.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

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 directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Education

Not Applicable

Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
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Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12564 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Category Rating (Delegated Examining) (Category Grouping)

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10942290 to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
Analysis of Public Policy Issues, Planning and Evaluating, and Problem Solving

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors as determined by the job analysis.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPFs) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) as determined by the job analysis.
  • If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire and application, click here https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10942290

    Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. (This position is not considered scientific/professional.) Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference .

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

    If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

  • Your resume NOTE: For what to include in the resume, click on the link:
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10942290
  • Are you a veteran? You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable. If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference." If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information .
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit the following:
    - A copy of your agency notice,
    - A copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    - A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

    7. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?
    Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment::
    - Position title
    - Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
    - Agency
    - Beginning and ending dates of appointment

    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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