Computer Scientist, CG-1550-13

Washington, D.C
Apr 03, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Division of Information Technology, Application Platforms and Delivery Branch, Headquarters of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and participates in architecting, designing and developing software systems toward aligning business, data, and technology components to meet customer needs and IT strategy.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

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  • Serves as a computer scientist and technical expert for the software development of multiple medium to high cost, medium to high impact, and/or medium to high complexity large scale IT Software Projects or assigned automated information systems (AISs) to support business customer needs.
  • Work involves both application and development of mathematical, statistical and computer simulated models and applications that align the Corporation's business, data, and technology components to customer needs and IT strategy.
  • Provides guidance and direction to portfolio managers and engineers for the development, integration, testing, and sustainment for all software and hardware.
  • Analyzes software and/or hardware problems and provides solutions. Solves a wide range of complex operational and support problems to meet customer requirements. Draws upon multiple IT specialties in order to accomplish complex tasks.
  • Contributes to architecting, designing and developing software applications, including coding, configuration, integration, unit testing, and test automation of software and database components.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Registration with the Selective Service.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Employment Conditions.

Completion of Financial Disclosure may be required.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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. Additional qualifications information can be found here .

You must have Information Technology (IT)-related experience which demonstrates proficiency in each of the following competencies:

• 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.

In addition to the competencies listed above, applicants must meet the education and specialized experience for this position.

Basic Requirements: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's or higher degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

To qualify at the CG/GS-13 grade level, you must have at least one-year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade CG/GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience designing and developing software systems that align business, data and technology components to meet customer needs and using approaches that ensure new and existing development and software design activities are integrated with security, privacy and IT operations (for example; Software Development Life Cycle or DevSecOps).

Applicants eligible for ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program) must achieve a score of 80 or higher in the online assessment to be determined "well qualified" for this position. For more information, click here


See requirements stated under QUALIFICATIONS.

Additional information

If selected, you may be required to serve a probationary period.

To read about your rights and responsibilities as an applicant for Federal employment, click here .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

"This is a Direct-Hire Public Notice. Applications will be accepted for the location identified in the public notice. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants DO NOT apply to positions filled under this public notice. All complete applications (transcripts must be included) will be verified for eligibility requirements and will be submitted to the hiring official upon request.

Upon the submission of your application package to, you will receive an automatic reply from OPM informing you that your application has been submitted, received and is being processed. If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging the receipt of your application. Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. You will not receive any additional notifications, and your resume may not be reviewed for qualifications unless a position is requested to be filled by the hiring official. After you submit your application, you will be contacted only if further evaluation or interviews are required or upon your selection."

If requested by Management, your application will be reviewed to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements outlined in this announcement. Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

1. Skill in applying, the following information technology principles, concepts, methods, standards and practices sufficient to lead and manage the development of IT Projects/Products: project Management Life Cycle; software Development Life Cycle (SDLC); configuration Management Framework; ITIL Framework; agile/DeVSecOps Methodologies; security and privacy Awareness; documentation life cycle; Requirements analysis; IT Infrastructure; and task Order Management.

2. Knowledge of computer science concepts and principles of standard computer science practices, methods, and techniques to perform, specific instructions, routine projects or minor phases of a larger or more complex project.

3. Knowledge of commercially available technologies and services, new and emerging technologies, information technology related trends, and cybersecurity and privacy standards/best practices.

4. Ability to design and develop applications using modern technologies and cybersecurity and privacy techniques.

5. Ability to communicate orally in order to present complex technical information, advice, findings and recommendations to both IT professionals and others during meetings and presentations.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

INTERAGENCY TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): If you are a displaced Federal employee eligible for consideration under ICTAP, you must submit proof of eligibility. For more information, click here

EDUCATION DOCUMENTS: If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, submit a copy of your college transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable). Education must be from accredited institutions. For a listing of accredited educational institutions, click here . An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you attended more than one university and need to send multiple transcripts, please upload/fax all transcripts as one document.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information, click here .

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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