IT Cybersecurity Specialist

Washington, D.C
Feb 18, 2021
Feb 25, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Cybersecurity Division. The incumbent serves as the Program Manager for the Department's Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program and Financial Manager for the Cybersecurity Division.

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  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of the strategy, implementation, tactics, techniques, and procedures for the agency's tools, processes, and agency dashboard reporting requirements.
  • Leads departmental deployment of security systems technologies for a variety of administrative, financial, technical and security applications; and provides authoritative input on all matters pertaining to security services.
  • Ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs.
  • Supports budget formulation and execution, financial and budgetary analysis, execution and monitoring, and contract review and monitoring for all budgeted functional areas under the Cybersecurity Division.
  • Prepares and provides oversight and reviews major budget justification materials.
  • Monitors obligations and expenditures of funds and performs continuous analysis of cost trends to identify areas with programmatic or fiscal problems.
  • Develops policies, plans, and procedures to ensure the continued reliability, security and accessibility of systems, network, and data infrastructure.
  • Promotes the awareness of cybersecurity issues ensuring sound security principles and assures appropriate project and resource integration are documented and justified.
  • Translates strategic plans and technical guidance into objectives, strategies, and architectural guidance to support IT information security services.
  • Ensures critical mission systems are in compliance and consistent with the Department's IT Security Program and enhance interoperability and integration for business applications and IT infrastructure.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


In addition to the Specialized Experience identified below, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.
  • Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  • For the GS-14: Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to:
    • Managing a Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, responsible for the development and maintenance of the strategy, implementation, tactics, techniques, and procedures for an agency's tools, processes, and agency dashboard reporting requirements;
    • Identifying, analyzing, and reporting events that occur within the network in order to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats;
    • Responding to crisis or urgent situations within the Department's enterprise to mitigate immediate and potential threats and use mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery approaches, as needed, to protect information security of the Departments IT systems, network, and data whether on premises or in the cloud;
    • Conducting assessments of threats and vulnerabilities, determining deviations from acceptable configurations, enterprise or local policy, assessing the level of risk, and developing and/or recommending appropriate mitigation countermeasures in operational and non-operational situations;
    • Working with external cybersecurity partners to review, update, and revise configurations of external cybersecurity services for optimum benefit to the Departments mission and security;
    • Tracking and reporting to management on the responsiveness, performance, and effectiveness of externally hosted cybersecurity services provided to the Department by our external cybersecurity providers. Making recommendations for improvement or alternatives as needed;
    • Providing support to an agency's vulnerability management program which includes the Vulnerability Disclosure Program. Conducting vulnerability and configuration baseline scan. Working with stakeholders to address technical concerns, tracking mitigation activities, and coordinating requests for risk acceptances. Monitoring and reporting on end of life software, DHS Binding Operational Directives and other critical vulnerability and patch management activities;
    • Performing financial management and managerial functions to support planning and execution of programs to include (but not limited to) evaluation, review and development of budget estimates, performance measurements, and justifications; and presenting financial results of operations and budgetary status related to the CDM Program to stakeholders.
    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    A written test is not required.

    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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Education does not substitute for Specialized Experience at the GS-14 grade level.

    Additional information

    This vacancy is being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority. All applicants who meet the basic and minimum qualification requirements will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications and veteran's preference does not apply.

    The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

    Stipulations of Employment:

    Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

    This position is subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty, and random drug testing while you occupy the position.

    Work Schedule:

    This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

    Miscellaneous :

    The Agency uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic for, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Applications:

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants who "self-certify" that they meet the minimum qualification standards, and other eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement may be referred to the selecting official who may conduct their own assessment for further consideration and interviews.

    The selectee's eligibility will be verified prior to extending a tentative job offer. After making a tentative job offer, all pre-employment and suitability requirements will be conducted prior to a final job offer. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.

    Veteran's Preference:
    Veterans' Preference does not apply to Direct-Hire recruitment procedures. Applicants eligible for veteran preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. DD Form 214, SF-15 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions. For more information on veterans' preference (see ).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness , National security

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • College transcript(s).
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible
    • Cover Letter, optional
    Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

    It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP and ICTAP visit:

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