Information Technology Specialist (Project Manager)

District of Columbia, D.C
Feb 27, 2021
Mar 07, 2021
Full Time


The Division of Administration (DA) directs the innovative internal management of the Commission's business, personnel, financial, technological, security, and strategic operational resources. This position is located in the Systems Development and Management Section, Information Technology Branch of the Division of Administration within the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission).

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At the full performance level of this position, you will serve as a project manager performing tasks involving defining or designing business and application processes, followed by researching and identifying technology solutions to meet customer's goals. The project manager facilitates modeling of proposed system through understanding customer and user requirements, strategies and goals. The project manager participates in business and technical design, implementation planning, data conversion efforts and case/model design. Additional duties include;
  • Analyzes work processes, data relationships, and business needs to translate into application requirements.
  • Determines appropriate products or services with clients or customers to define project scope, requirements, and deliverables. Develops, modifies, or provides input to project plans; implements project plans to meet objectives. Monitors project activities and resources to mitigate risk. Implements or maintains quality assurance processes. Gives presentations or briefings on all aspects of the project. Participates in phase, milestone, and final project reviews. Ensures appropriate product-related training and documentation are developed and made available to customers.
  • Determines the agency needs by using many tools, conducts interviews with management and other department leaders, analyzes documentation, facts and figures, in order to ascertain the true needs to be met by the project, transfer information from management into needed data and compiles a report in an easily understood projected vision to be implemented. Designs or conducts analytical studies, cost-benefit analyses, or other research.
  • Utilizes a variety of tools and software engineering technologies such as Business Process Modeling Notation, MS Office Tools, Microsoft Visio, and Office 365, and Sharepoint.
  • Performs testing of computer software to ensure effective and appropriate operations. This includes the monitoring of online and background system activity, ensuring adequate system response time for all processes, verifying data integrity of the system, and ensuring the appropriate completion of all processes.
  • Develops documentation for existing systems. Identifies standards or requirements for infrastructure configuration or change management; participates in change control (for example, reviewing configuration change requests). Redesigns data models for existing systems to ensure accuracy and developing test plans. Communicates with supervisor and other appropriate staff to keep them fully informed of project status, system continuity, and system issues. Evaluates, monitors, or ensures compliance with laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures.
  • As a Contracting Officer Representative, assumes overall responsibility for the planning, directing, reviewing and ensuring performance of the contracts that are under his/her control. Recommends changes to existing contracts for implementation during the fiscal year (FY). This includes working closely with other internal organizations, to identify contract modifications to be accomplished, in order to improve contract performance based on the needs of the customer. Through surveillance of contracts, ensures deliverables are on time and in accordance with contract provisions. Maintains complete and current files on various contract actions and conducts follow-up in areas needing attention; ensures that documentation folders are consistent with applicable regulations and can withstand audit.
  • Performs monitoring of Government property reporting, payments, and contract closeout as coordinated with the servicing contracting office. As necessary conducts routine site visits to various locations and stakeholder offices, and evaluates, advises and resolves issues impacting overall mission contract execution. Manage Quality Assurance Surveillance Plans, uploads required reports into the Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) or Joint Appointment Module (JAM) as directed by the Administrating Contracting Officer and participates in the annual Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARs) Appraisal. Actively participates in developing documents for Contract Re-competes as directed by the Program Manager, to include defining the requirements in the performance work statement (PWS).
  • In addition to planning surveillance inspections, responds to daily emergencies and problems. Maintains continuous contacts with Contracting Officers and customers (requirements owners) to coordinate all work efforts. Ensures the terms of the contract are observed; contracted services are in compliance with government regulations, policies and procedures, and outlined in the scope of work support mission requirements. Develops contract modification and supporting documents assuring all requirements are stated in scopes of work, performance requirement summaries, data item descriptions, and contract data requirement lists.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:

Contracting/Procurement - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques, or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.

Planning and Evaluating - Ability to organize work, set priorities, and determine resource requirements. Ability to determine short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; and skill in coordinating with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals. Skill in performing work with careful attention to detail and the ability to monitor progress and evaluate outcomes.

Customer Service - Ability to anticipate and meet the needs of customers, deliver high-quality products and service, and exhibit commitment to continuous improvement.

Project Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance. Ability to identify problems; determine accuracy and relevance of information and use sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Written and Oral Communication - Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and effective manner, both orally and in writing, in order to prepare reports that document analysis, findings, and conclusions.


TO QUALIFY AT THE CT-12 LEVEL, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-11 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as that through which one has gained knowledge of, and skill in applying the following: systems design tools and methods and systems design standards and approaches sufficient to: develop requirements and specifications for systems that meet business requirements; provide advice on the merits of proposed systems development projects; and analyze approaches to the design and development of new or enhanced applications. Experience using development life cycle principles, methods/techniques, etc., sufficient to assist in the development of plans, schedules, estimation of resources and report on activities/accomplishments.

TO QUALIFY AT THE CT-13 LEVEL, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-12 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as that through which one has gained expert knowledge of and skill in applying advanced IT principles, concepts, and practices sufficient to interpret customer business needs and translate them into application and operational requirements. Experience using development life cycle principles, methods/techniques, etc., to develop plans, schedule, estimate resources required; define milestones and deliverables; monitor, evaluate and report on activities/accomplishments. Experience using analytical and product management skills to collaborate with developers and subject matter experts to establish the technical vision and analyze tradeoffs between usability and performance needs.


Additional information

Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Probationary Period. Must serve a one year probationary period.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:

Candidates MUST submit:
1. A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
2. A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
3. A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
4. A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local
commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or
transfer of function outside the local commuting area.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CFTC with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If CFTC has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

1. VRA -

2. VEOA -

3. 30% or more disabled veteran -

4. Persons with disabilities -

5. CTAP -

6. ICTAP -

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated and rated under CFTC Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
  • Resume showing relevant experience
  • Answers to the occupational questionnaire (vacancy announcement questions).

If you are requesting veterans' preference, you must submit (as applicable)
  • Copy of Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);
  • Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference;
  • VA Letter

Veterans Preference. If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume. In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-disconnected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).

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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