Security Specialist (Information Security)

District of Columbia, D.C
Apr 21, 2021
Apr 30, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Infrastructure Operations (IO), Security and Emergency Management office, Information Security Branch. The purpose of this position is to directly support and provide advice to management and GAO staff on aspects of the GAO Information Security Program in an effort to enhance the protection and security of information under the authority and control of GAO.

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The incumbent of this position will perform duties and have responsibilities related to the control and safeguarding of all types of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Classified National Security Information (NSI) for the Information Security Branch. Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Gathers information and provides advice to management in the application of security program principles, techniques, and procedures. Identifies problems related to information security programs, analyzes facts, and recommends solutions.

- Provides guidance and assistance in the handling, safeguarding, accounting for transmitting, marking and destruction of all types of Sensitive Information and Classified National Security Information (NSI), including Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Restricted Data, SCI, and NATO. Such duties may include but are not limited to classification management issues, security classification reviews and challenges, interpreting security classification guidance, and other related activities for sensitive and classified information and materials

- Works directly with Management in the development, review, and update of policies to support information security programs and to establish appropriate reporting procedures and quality control oversight.

- Functions as a Special Security Representative (SSR) of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) / Special Access Program Facility and processes and handles SCI and SAP materials.

- Reviews and approves memorandums of understandings and agency agreements regarding the control and safeguarding of information. This includes design proposals and potential construction drawings of still to be constructed secure spaces and facilities as part of Union negotiations.

- Assists in the evaluation of potential insider threat indicators surfaced during the conduct of security investigations and/or other law enforcement inquiries. Works with Management and Labor Relations to develop negotiating positions and decide grievances as a result of findings.

- Participates in emergency preparedness table top exercises. Helps develop after action reports and reviews gaps, identifies areas of improvements, and obtains lessons learned to improve the overall agency processes and assist in the development of policy.

- Provides confidential threat analyses and evaluation, operational guidance and support and operational outreach and liaison to intelligence and information security communities and law enforcement officials as needed. Presents findings and generates reports to Management and Senior Agency officials and represents the agency in meetings with third parties and senior agency officials to discuss which best practices and trends to implement and pursue.

- Develops and provides security awareness initial and recurring training/briefings and monitors/gauges agency security awareness environment to ensure adequate training is provided in order to reduce risks of compromise.

- Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel to GAO field office locations may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret, SCI security clearance.
  • Completion of a financial disclosure statement is required.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Completion of a probationary period is required.
  • Must be suitable for federal employment.

You must meet all qualification requirements before the closing date of the announcement.


You must have a minimum of one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-11 in the federal service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped you with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as applying concepts and principles of Information Security through demonstrated experience performing the following functions: 1. Providing staff and customers with general and specific information security awareness briefings, indoctrinations, and training; 2. providing advice regarding the proper safeguarding of classified and sensitive material and information in accordance with applicable directives; 3. Conducting security inspections, including general security program compliance inspections, or after hours inspection, or inspections of security container contents; 4. Providing classification management guidance, to include security classification reviews and challenges, interpreting security classification guidance, and/or applying classification marking; and 5. SCI and SAP handling and management.

You must meet all qualification requirements before the closing date of the announcement.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Selectee will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit SSS .

Selectee will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectee will be required to update the OF-306.

Selectee will be subject to a determination of suitability for Federal employment.

GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email

GAO's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a probationary period.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the qualification requirements stated, you will be further rated based on your responses to the assessment questions. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume.

Please follow all instructions carefully. If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to a vacancy question is "see resume", your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.

All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
  • Comprehensive knowledge of information security processes, methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to interpret documentation and guidelines related to information security.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to prepare analytical reports and provide advice and guidance on security programs and related issues.
  • Ability to analyze facts and recommend resolutions to issues and problems.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: Must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- Veterans: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty: an official statement of service from your command.

- SF-50: Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

- Disability: If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof of disability.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all applicable required documents have been submitted.

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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