Personnel Security Specialist

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 11, 2021
Closes
Jan 19, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located at the Background Investigations Branch; Personnel Security Division (PSD); Office of Security; Associate Director - Management; Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP/Bureau). The mission of BEP is to securely and efficiently produce U.S. currency and other government securities that satisfy the current and future needs of the American public and the government agencies they serve.

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Responsibilities

If you do not meet any of the categories listed above, you may wish to apply under announcement 21-BEP-71-P, which is open for any U.S. citizen to apply. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

The incumbent will:
  • Conduct complex and sensitive public trust and national security background investigations; employee and contractor misconduct investigations; worker's compensation fraud investigations; TOIG referral investigations; and other special administrative investigations or investigative inquiries that may lead to criminal investigations requiring referral to the TOIG.
  • Locate and interview witnesses, including those who evade or refuse to cooperate.
  • Collect and examines pertinent records from a wide variety of standard and unusual sources, and conduct further data collection when inconsistencies in statements or documentation are identified.
  • Conduct extensive research and analysis of applicable laws and regulations as well as other materials such as operating manuals, union contracts, etc.
  • Make decisions and recommendations in situations complicated by uncertainty in approach, methodology, and/or interpretation due to extreme sensitivity; the existence of few or no precedents to follow; and significant unresolved legal or regulatory issues.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 Nights per month

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."


The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for disqualification in the hiring process. The background investigation process conducted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is very thorough. Therefore it is imperative that applicants exercise candor and honesty when answering background questionnaires, especially as it relates to arrest, employment, education, finances, illegal drug use, and/or other criminal history. Falsification discovered in security documents or during the background investigation process may result in an immediate negative suitability determination or immediate revocation of your interim clearance (if applicable).

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

OPM/BEP Memorandum of Understanding

Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a memorandum of understanding the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that requires each investigator to have the required education or experience as follows:

a. A college degree (bachelor's); OR
b. Four years of general experience; OR
c. Two years of specialized experience within the last 5 years; OR
d. One year of specialized Federal background investigation experience within last 5 years.

General experience is progressively responsible experience that demonstrates the ability to problem solve, analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data and recognize solutions, plan and organize work and communicate effectively orally and in writing on a professional level.
Specialized Experience is progressively responsible experience conducting general background investigations or as a local, state, military or Federal law enforcement officer.
Specialized Federal background investigation experience is experience conducting background investigations for a Federal agency.

For the GS-12, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes:
  • Applying personnel security rules, regulations, policies, and practices in order to gather facts, draw conclusions or recommend solutions to problems. AND
  • Establishing and maintaining effective partnerships and communication regarding personnel security investigations. AND
  • Review reports and investigations for indications of improper activities and identifying potential problems. AND
  • Conduct security surveys, audits, or project reviews to identify work-related errors or security issues.

For the GS-11, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes:
  • Applying personnel security rules, regulations, policies, and practices in order to gather facts, draw conclusions or recommend solutions to problems. AND
  • Establishing and maintaining effective partnerships and communication regarding personnel security investigations. AND
  • Review reports and investigations for indications of improper activities and identifying potential problems.
    OR
    You may qualify with a Ph. D. or equivalent graduate education leading to such a degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. OR LL.M., if related.
    OR
    You may qualify by a combination of experience and education:
    This is creditable providing the combination consists of 100% of the requirement. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education. (Attach a copy of transcripts to ensure you receive proper credit).

For the GS-09, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes:
  • Applying personnel security rules, regulations, policies, and practices in order to gather facts, draw conclusions or recommend solutions to problems. AND
  • Establishing and maintaining effective partnerships and communication regarding personnel security investigations.
    OR
  • You may qualify with a Master's or equivalent graduate degree
    OR
  • 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.
    OR
  • You may qualify by a combination of experience and education: This is creditable providing the combination consists of 100% of the requirement. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education. (Attach a copy of transcripts to ensure you receive proper credit).

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirement, if applicable: For the GS-12; you must have been at the GS-11 level for 52 weeks. For the GS-11; you must have been at the GS-09 level for 52 weeks. For the GS-09; you must have been at the GS-07 level for 52 weeks.

Education

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
- The facility typically shuts down annually between Christmas and New Year's Day. As such, all BEP employees must take leave for work days during the shutdown period.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- Weekend work and overtime, if applicable, will be scheduled when needed based on production requirements as determined by Management.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a "not qualified" determination. A subject matter expert may be used in the evaluation. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Attention to Detail, Technical, and Communication. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. A subject matter expert may be used in the evaluation. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must score 90 or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit:

Résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .

Appraisal: a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months, or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:
- Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
- If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that. Also, you must submit a copy of your DD214 or other documentation showing dates of service and type of discharge and any other applicable documents such as SF-15, VA letters, etc.
- Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, VRA, Schedule A Disability, etc.), please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be eligible under one of these authorities, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

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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