Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Washington, D.C
Jul 19, 2021
Jul 26, 2021
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in the Architecture and Security Team of the Service and Business Management Staff in the Department of Technology Services.
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The Department of Technology Services (DTS) provides an array of enterprise services to the judiciary, both for national judiciary systems managed by the Administrative Office (AO) and local court-managed systems across the country. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) provides technical and operational oversight to the AO Technology Office, the Cloud Hosting and Networks Office (CHNO), the Enterprise Operations Center (EOC), and the Systems Development and Support Office (SDSO). The candidate will perform the Information Security Officer (ISO) role for the COO's Security Chief in support of SDSO.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Ensuring a comprehensive security strategy for information systems and applications is employed for the office.
  • Serving as the principal IT security advisor to the System Owner on all matters involving the security of an information system.
  • Recommending alternate system architecture(s) for improved security.
  • Supporting the development of COO IT security policies, as needed, including the required annual review. Communicating the need to understand COO IT security policies and providing feedback to shape our policies.
  • Communicating to the Office Chief when they are overloaded and there is a need for prioritization and/or load balancing of ISO/ISSO tasks.
  • Developing the scorecard, annually, and reviewing the scorecard, periodically.
  • Ensuring the creation and execution of the system's continuous monitoring program, including identifying the controls, approving the test methodology and reporting processes, and coordinating with stakeholders on its implementation.
  • Supporting external audits, as needed.
  • Performing escalation of security issues to the COO.
  • Managing and reporting on AO IT security risks to information assets via Plans of Action & Milestones (POA&Ms).
  • Tracking IT security risks by monitoring POA&Ms that exceed the remediation timelines established in the Vulnerability Management Plan and ensuring valid Risk Mitigation Plans (RMPs) are in place.
  • Creating Exception Request Forms (ERFs), Risk Acceptance Memos (RAMs) and any renewals.
  • Performing Certified Software Asset Manager (CSAM) setup for all office systems.
  • Coordinating the management of System Security Plans (SSPs) for all office systems.
  • Coordinating system security documentation including, but not limited to:
  • Interconnection Security Agreement (ISA)
  • Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP)
  • Incident Response Plans (IRP)
  • Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
  • Current system baseline configurations
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • System documentation and configuration logs
  • Performing coordination between ITSO and SDSO, as needed.
  • Ensuring vulnerability scanning is performed.
  • Performing periodic activities enabling continuous monitoring.

  • 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 an 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 must demonstrate ALL areas defined below:
  • Managing and overseeing teams of professionals responsible for threat and vulnerability management.
  • Applying knowledge of compliance frameworks and tools such as Judiciary Information Security Framework (JISF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and FedRAMP.
  • Integrating security risk management with business objectives.
  • Demonstrating understanding of COOP, Disaster Recovery (DR), and business continuity methodology.
  • Experience in cloud security, including active directory federation services.
  • Applicants with the following certifications/experiences are highly desirable:
  • Cyber Security Assessment and Management (CSAM)
  • Supervisory IT governance and risk management experience
  • Knowledge of Agile and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  • Preferred IT Security certifications:
    • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
    • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
    • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
    • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
    • Certified in IT Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (CGRC)


    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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