Program Manager Acquisition Governance

Washington, D.C
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 18, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management (PARM).The incumbent is the Program Manager for Acquisition Governance and is responsible for supporting the Director, PARM in all aspects of management, administration, and oversight of the Department's acquisition program management functions.
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As Program Manager (Acquisition Governance), the incumbent is one of the principal consultants to senior DHS management on all matters pertaining to Departmental acquisition programs and program executions. The incumbent is responsible for the leadership and direction of the acquisition resources assigned toPARM for oversight of Level 1, 2 and 3 Acquisition programs. The incumbent is an expert in Acquisition Program Management and identifying and resolving performance risk and technical issues, determining fruitful areas of mathematical analysis, prioritizing work and allocating resources, preparing programs for key decision points, and defining, maintaining and directing the acquisition program management core competencies.
  • Serves as an acquisition technical expert to USM, DUSM, other DHS Headquarters staff, DHS Activities/Components, program managers, and the acquisition workforce relative to the implementation, management, and operation of the DHS acquisition system. Provides management and technical expertise in all areas of acquisition management including requirements development, systems engineering, logistics support, test and evaluation, financial planning and cost estimating, and contracting. Interfaces directly with DHS, Federal, industry, and academia personnel in matters relating to acquisition and systems engineering policies, directives, procedures, and best business practices.
  • Ascertains compliance with any statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures related to DHS acquisition program and project management
  • Represents the USM, DUSM, and PARM at meetings, discussions, conferences, committees, and technical society meetings. Interfaces at highest levels within DHS Leadership, Headquarters staff, DHS Activities/Components, 0MB, GAO, other: federal agencies, and private industry. Routinely briefs high-level officials.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Selective Service - males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service see
  • Filing of OGE 278 - Public Financial Disclosure.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (SCI) security clearance.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
  • This position has been designated excluded from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6)..
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading teams and/or projects for a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector or nongovernmental organizations. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

All applicants will be evaluated by a panel to determine the degree to which they possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). To be rated and considered for this position, applicants are requested to fully describe their experience in each of the following MTQs. When addressing the MTQs, please use the first person as you assess and describe your qualifications. MTQ Documentation should be attached under "Supporting Documents, Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)" once you have completed the on line questionnaire.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):

MTQ 1.
Knowledge and experience in the development of complex acquisition programs across a broad range of technology and asset types to include surface ships, aircraft, detection equipment, cybersecurity, and information technology.

MTQ 2. Knowledge and experience in the application of acquisition laws and program management principles, and proven expertise in identifying and resolving technical and programmatic issues related to cost, schedule, performance, and risk.

You must submit TWO written MTQ narrative statements that clearly and concisely document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire with the Mandatory Technical Qualifications narrative statements, .

Note: Responses to MTQs must not exceed 2 pages per MTQ, for a total of 4 pages.

Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the MTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".


Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

Additional information

This position is at the full performance level.
This is a non-supervisory position.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

To learn more about Senior-Level positions in the Federal Government, visit OPM's website at

Career Transition Assistance Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:

For Competitive Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Non-competitive Appointment Eligibles: All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).Interchange Agreement possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links below.

Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers
persons with disabilities
Interchange Agreement

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Your resume and responses to the MTQs are an integral part of the process for determining your minimum qualifications for the position. Your responses will be evaluated by a human resources specialist/and or a SME against the information you provide in your on line resume and/or by reference checks. Responses that are not clearly supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration.
  • Application packages will be reviewed for completeness. Incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration. Your resume and questionnaire will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications based on your responses to the mandatory technical qualifications requirement. If you do not meet these requirements, you may not receive further consideration.
  • If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, your application package will be further evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based. Qualifications will be based on the content of their resume and their responses to the MTQs. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided. Candidates who apply under Non-competitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the MTQs. If you are determined qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click . This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  • Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Veterans' preference applies to SL positions and will be applied accordingly: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service­ connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318 (b) are satisfied.

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

1. REQUIRED Your resume (5-page limit) - it must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement. Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating. IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. It is recommended that you include the following information:
  • Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received
  • Information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including:
    • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and phone number
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
    • Salary
    • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
2. REQUIRED Your Mandatory Technical Qualifications Narrative (4-page limit) - A narrative statement addressing each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Each technical qualification must be addressed separately. Narrative statements must not exceed 2 pages for each individual technical qualification(s); may not exceed 6 pages in its totality. IF YOU EXCEED THESE LIMITS, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.3. Other supporting documents ( only submit if applicable ):
    Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP)? If so, submit:
    • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
    • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'', documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
    • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    Are you eligible for a special noncompetitive hiring authority (e.g., Schedule A Disability, Peace Corps, Former Overseas Employees, etc.)? Submit documentation of proof that supports your eligibility under a special hiring authority. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position title;
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);
    • Agency; and
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.
    You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

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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