Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Washington, D.C
Apr 20, 2021
Apr 27, 2021
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Program Services (DPS), Judiciary Data and Analysis Office (JDAO), Data Management Division, Architecture and Development Branch.
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This is a hands-on position and the candidate will be responsible for managing and guiding System Administrators(SA) in JDAO to ensure data contained in the JDAO systems and tools are secure. The Information Security Officer (ISO) provides recommendations concerning safeguarding of information systems and conducts comprehensive assessments of the management, operational, and technical security controls employed within or inherited by an information system to determine the overall effectiveness of the controls. Reviews information systems in order to identify potential security weaknesses, recommends improvements to address vulnerabilities, implements changes and documents upgrades. Provides direct support as a technical representative for ensuring security is integrated throughout the lifecycle of systems and residual risk is acceptable. Assists with the management of security aspects of the information system and performs day-to-day security operations of the systems.

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • Communicating and enforcing Judiciary security policies, procedures and safeguards for all information systems in the Judiciary Data and Analysis Office (JDAO).
  • Developing and maintaining security documentation to include system security plans, incident response plans, contingency plans, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Analyzing and advising on the risk and remediation of security issues based on remediation of security issues based on vulnerability scans performed by Information Technology Security Office (ITSO).
  • Conducting periodic vulnerability scans and performing risk assessment to re-evaluate the security and risk posture of the system and mitigation strategies as well as to assess the impact of new requirements.
  • Initiating coordination and tracking remediation of security weaknesses as they are discovered in Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M).
  • Assisting with investigations into security violations related to information systems under their purview; ensuring corrective actions are implemented and information security incidents are handled in accordance with Judiciary policies and procedures.
  • Reviewing planned application and information system changes and assess security impact.
  • Assisting with the development, implementation, and enforcement of any new and/or existing security policies and procedures.
  • Conducting meetings and briefings with JDAO Management, Business Owners and System Owners on the state of security for the systems under their purview.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience supporting the Federal government, as an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) or managing an information security program for IT applications and infrastructure.


    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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