Information Technology Specialist (Information Security)

Washington, D.C
Apr 30, 2021
May 06, 2021
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in the Information Technology (IT) Audit Directorate within the Office of Audit (OA) of the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The Directorate performs highly technical and complex audits and evaluations of IT systems security and information systems security programs and practices of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and component entities, and other Federal entities under the jurisdictional oversight of the OIG.

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This position may be eligible for full-time telework within the DC commuting area.

If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Conduct and/or oversee analyses and assessments of IT systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs. Plan, conduct, and lead security control test work including but not limited to: (1) information systems vulnerability assessments, (2) penetration tests, (3) disaster recovery exercise assessments, (4) Federal Information Security Modernization Act compliance testing, (5) cloud systems control assessments, (6) virtualization control assessments and (7) web security analyses.
  • Conduct and/or oversee assessments of policies, procedures, contingency plans, and other documentation to ensure information systems reliability and accessibility and to prevent and detect unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data. Draft and/or review memoranda, reports, work papers, and other audit documentation that identify, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities. Conduct and/or oversee interviews and walkthroughs to document program processes and testing. Prepare audit and evaluation reports, work papers, and other supporting documentation, ensuring conformance with applicable professional standards and OIG policy. Conduct and/or participate in meetings (e.g. entrance and exit conferences, client interviews, and briefings). Review audit and evaluation reports, work papers, and other supporting documentation prepared by team members, ensuring compliance with applicable professional standards and OIG policy.
  • Conduct and/or oversee IT systems security evaluations, audits, and reviews. Assists with developing plans for assigned audits and evaluations within the established scopes. Develop technical procedures and steps needed to accomplish audit/evaluation objectives. Prepare proposals for future audits/evaluations of information systems security program and practices. Conduct and/or review pre-audit and evaluation research of any prior audits/evaluation reports, as well as related laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. Conduct audits and evaluations of IT systems. Document and analyze findings, organizes documentation, and develops recommendations used to identify and define IT systems security requirements. Prepare audit and evaluation reports, work papers, and other audit documentation, ensuring compliance with applicable professional standards.
  • Promote awareness of security issues among management and ensures sound security principles are in place. Evaluate programs to ensure users are aware of and adhere to IT security policies and procedures. Conduct and/or lead team in briefings with OA and client management to discuss issues, status of audits/evaluations, outcomes of testing, and audit/evaluation results. Prepare and/or review audit and evaluation reports and supporting documentation prepared by team members ensuring compliance with applicable professional standards and OIG policy. Monitor implementation of corrective actions recommended in audit and evaluation reports. Provide technical advice and guidance on security aspects of IT systems to ensure implementation of appropriate systems security applications and policies. Participate in preparing responses to Congressional requests, and in preparing summaries of Congressional hearings.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required throughout the year.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
Key Requirements:
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.

  • Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    For the GS-09, candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience for this position includes meeting the following:
      Assisting in evaluating or implementing the internal controls and the operating and security practices for the organization being audited; AND Assisting in performing vulnerability assessments of networks and systems; AND Assisting in evaluating or implementing the existing security policy and procedures.

    OR you can qualify based on education which consists of a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in a related field.

    Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

    In addition to specialized experience, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.2. 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.3. 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.4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


    Additional information

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • A one year probationary period may be required.
    • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form i-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.

    Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes:
    • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
    • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
    • A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.
    • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical, Reasoning, Oral Communication and Writing.
    This announcement is issued under "Direct-Hire" authority. This notice is issued under the Direct-Hire authority. Using Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved government-wide direct hire authorities, agencies may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provisions of Title 5 U.S.C.3309 through 3318, for which OPM determines that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need. The Treasury OIG must fill mission critical positions to meet new mission requirements due to the CARES Act under Public Law 116-136. Candidates will be evaluated on their basic eligibility for Federal employment, minimum qualifications and possession of job-related knowledge, skills and abilities and other factors. All applicants who meet basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration.

    Veterans' Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this vacancy.
    Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

    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

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).Please ensure all required documents, including any required work samples, narratives, or other materials as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package.

    All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

    CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents you must submit in order to be eligible.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION:For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

    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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