IT Specialist (PLCYPLN)

Langley AFB, Virginia
May 04, 2021
May 08, 2021
Full Time


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The primary purpose of this position is to provide developmental experience designed to broaden the skills and/or enhance the leadership perspective of an identified high potential candidate; it is not a continuing position and assignment duration is limited to 36 months.
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  • Serves as the ACC/A6 technical authority and senior communications-computer systems technical advisor on the integration of Air, Space, and Cyberspace operations.
  • Serves as a technical expert on Air and Cyberspace systems that are extremely complex with significant national or international scope and impact.
  • Represents the Director at meetings, conferences, and senior level forums as an expert consultant and advisor on Air/Cyberspace integration and communications technology issues/matters.
  • Develops strategies to institutionalize service oriented architectures and infrastructure across ACC, Air/Cyberspace operations, and the CAF to maximize mission effectiveness and minimize required investments.
  • Analyzes and coordinates with investment managers, system program managers, and compliance subject matter experts to ensure systems and investments meet mission needs and comply with applicable laws, regulations and policies.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Mobility is a condition of employment. Employee must sign an Air Force wide mobility agreement.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information access.
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • PCS travel expenses will be paid IAW JTR and AFMAN 36-606. PCS cost will be paid IAW Career Broadening Policy under this agreement. Career Broadening positions are managed by AFPC/DP2Z and are centrally funded.
  • This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. It is required that you (a) refrain from the use of illegal drugs and (b) if requested, submit to urinalysis testing.
  • An advanced degree in related technical information technology is highly desirable (e. g. Computer Science, Engineering, Math, and Operational Research).
  • Positions are established specifically to provide developmental experience designed to broaden the skills and/or enhance the leadership perspective of a high-potential, mid-level manager.
  • Career Broadening also provides training and developmental opportunities at various organizational levels.
  • These assignments offer the qualified candidate a unique assignment in that the candidates brings certain experience to the assignment while gaining new experiences in a different work environment
  • TEMPORARY PROMOTION: If the position is filled as a temporary promotion, upon completion of the career broadening assignment, the temporary promotion may lead to permanent promotion without further competition
  • Completion of grade-appropriate Professional Military Education is highly desired.
  • Requires short and extended periods of TDY within and outside of the continental United States. Requires travel by any or all modes of military and/or commercial transportation.
  • Employee may be required to work overtime or unusual schedules to include evenings and weekends.
  • Employee is required to file DD Form 1555, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Department of Defense Personnel. Employee may be required to be an Officer of Government Ethics (OGE) 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments.
  • This position performs information assurance/cybersecurity work. Per DoD 8570.01-M, the incumbent of this position must achieve the appropriate IA certification within six months of assignment of these duties.
  • A waiver of this six month requirement may be granted per DoD 8570.01-M, C3.2.4.2 or C3.2.4.3. Failure to receive the proper IA certification may result in removal from this position.
  • An extensive professional mastery and background in network management, standards, software development, communications-computer architectures, automated data processing system design, development, implementation, and life-cycle management (cont)
  • (cont) as well as staying current in state of the art software production, computer hardware, and communications capabilities is highly desirable.


In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Administrative and Management positions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below: Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Oral Communication, and Problem Solving AND one year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-13 grade/level or equivalent in the federal service.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-13 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Mastery knowledge of AOC cyber operations, IT infrastructure, development, management and operation of enterprise applications, system integration, IT acquisition, hardware and software development, maintenance, and sustainment sufficient to organize the research of, development of, and adoption of technical standards and solutions that promote the insertion of new technologies in an effective manner across the Command and Air Force enterprise. Expert knowledge of current and new AOC and IT systems architectures, integration and interoperability, design operations and configuration, facilities, practices and methodology, across the Government.
  • Expert knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems. Knowledge of, and skill in applying, acquisition program management guidance and processes sufficient to assist the senior staff in discharging Clinger-Cohen Act duties, in particular validating the technological viability of IT investments in the MDOC.
  • Knowledge of program management, DoD financial planning and POM processes to identify and defend requirements, integrate activities, and lead teams throughout the command and in inter-agency environments. Knowledge of life cycle process for systems and trends in present and emerging areas of information technology systems and processes and ability to develop innovative solutions internally by leveraging AF and DoD capabilities and through productive partnerships with industry and academia.
  • Ability to develop command IT policy, plans, requirements, and procedures to ensure IT infrastructure supports the current and future needs of the command and the AF. Knowledge of ACC IT needs and existing "state of the industry" practices in providing comprehensive
    Information Security.
  • Knowledge of AOC, MDOC and IT Cyber surety requirements for certification and accreditation, network operations and protocols, systems testing and evaluation, and performance management methods sufficient to plan and conduct security accreditation reviews for installed systems or networks and assess and advise on new or revised security measures and countermeasures based on the results of accreditation reviews. Knowledge of full range of AOC, MDOC and IT security principles, concepts, practices, products and services
    (including systems software, database software, immediate access storage technology) and methods for evaluating risk and vulnerability, implementing mitigation improvement, and disseminating IT security tools and procedures.
  • Ability to integrate functions and activities relative to responsibilities of the Chief Information Officer, Chief Data Officer and the Chief Information Security Officer with other core functions and activities of the Directorate. Skill and ability to speak and write effectively, to address highly complex technical and controversial issues (frequently in terms understandable to non-technical personnel), prepare and give briefings, chair meetings, lead task forces, and prepare reports and statements for senior military (General Officer/SES), government, and private sector management officials.
  • PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    PCS restrictions: An employee selected to make a PCS to a Career Broadening assignment is restricted from making a second PCS for 12 months

    Defense National Relocation Program is authorized.

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application . The Vacancy ID is 11098422

    If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here . Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.

    Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

    APPRAISALS/AWARDS: Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.

    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
    National security

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
  • Online Application: Questionnaire.
  • Resume: For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
  • Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees): Most recent SF-50 ( with an effective date no more than 12 months prior to the closing date of the announcement-see Block 4 of the SF-50 ). Block 24 must contain "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a "1." Employees eligible under an OPM approved interchange agreement , block 34 may contain a "1" or "2."
  • Applicants seeking promotion consideration must also submit an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates time-in-grade has been met. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include (see Block 5-B) Promotions, Within-Grade, Grade/Range Increases (Reg WRI), and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old. The SF50s submitted to verify time-in-grade must reflect a full calendar year. A single SF50 that shows the applicant on a step above one (1) in the salary range does not meet this requirement as there are multiple ways to earn a higher step that are not the result of 52 weeks service.
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