IT Cybersecurity Specialist (SPP) CG-2210-13/14

Washington, D.C
May 10, 2021
May 18, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Chief Information Officer Organization, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO), of the FDIC and responsibilities include enterprise-wide security strategy.

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

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Define appropriate levels of system availability based on critical system functions and ensure that system requirements identify appropriate disaster recovery and continuity of operations requirements to include any appropriate fail-over/alternate site requirements, backup requirements, and material supportability requirements for system recover/restoration.

Responsibilities include enterprise-wide security strategy to include the creation and maintenance of information security policies, information security risk assessment efforts, information technology risk assessments, security monitoring, security awareness and training program, security protection architecture, or cybersecurity solutions.

Establish acceptable limits for the software application, network, or system.

Provide input to the Risk Management Framework process activities and related documentation (e.g., system life-cycle support plans, concept of operations, operational procedures, and maintenance training materials).

Document and address organization's information security, cybersecurity architecture, and systems security engineering requirements throughout the acquisition life cycle.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May require occasional overnight travel.

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 specialized experience for this position.

    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 conducting assessments of threats and vulnerabilities, assessing the level of risk and recommending information system solutions to help the organization operate more securely.

    To qualify at the CG/GS-14 grade level, you must have at least one-year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade CG/GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience presenting computer-related evidence in support of network vulnerability mitigation, conducting assessments of threats and vulnerabilities, assessing the level of risk and designing information system solutions to help the organization operate more securely.

    Applicants eligible for ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program) must achieve a score of "well qualified" for this position. For more information, click here .


    There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.

    Additional information

    The FDIC will utilize Direct Hire Authority to fill future vacancies in a variety of Cyber and Information Security (INFOSEC) occupations. Applications MAY BE periodically referred to Hiring Officials both during the open period and for up to 90 days after the closing date of the vacancy.

    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.

    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. If you are found qualified, you will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration.

    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.
  • Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies to monitor and evaluate systems' compliance with IT security requirements.
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity privacy principles, laws, regulations, and policies sufficient to ensure coordination and/or collaboration on security activities.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for assessing vulnerabilities, and developing or recommending appropriate mitigation counter measures.
  • Knowledge of Security Assessment and Authorization process to assess the effectiveness and practicality of IT systems.
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy principles used to manage risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data.
  • Knowledge of current industry methods for evaluating, implementing, and disseminating information technology (IT) security assessment, monitoring, detection, and remediation tools and procedures utilizing standards-based concepts and capabilities.

  • 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. For more information, click here .

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    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

    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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