Security Specialist (Information Security)

Washington, D.C
Sep 17, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Infrastructure Operations (IO), Security and Emergency Management office, Information Security Branch. As a Security Specialist (Information Security), the purpose of this position is to directly support and provide advice to management and GAO staff on aspects of the GAO Information Security Program in an effort to enhance the protection and security of information under the authority and control of GAO.
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As aSecurity Specialist (Information Security), PT-0080-2your typical work assignments may include the following:
The incumbent of this position will perform duties and have responsibilities related to the control and safeguarding of all types of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Classified National Security Information (NSI) for the Information Security Branch. Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Gathers information and provides advice to management in the application of security program principles, techniques, and procedures. Identifies problems related to information security programs, analyzes facts, and recommends solutions.

- Provides guidance and assistance in the handling, safeguarding, accounting for transmitting, marking and destruction of all types of Sensitive Information and Classified National Security Information (NSI), including Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Restricted Data, SCI, and NATO. Such duties may include but are not limited to classification management issues, security classification reviews and challenges, interpreting security classification guidance, and other related activities for sensitive and classified information and materials

- Works directly with Management in the development, review, and update of policies to support information security programs and to establish appropriate reporting procedures and quality control oversight.

- Functions as a Special Security Representative (SSR) of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) / Special Access Program Facility and processes and handles SCI and SAP materials.

- Reviews and approves memorandums of understandings and agency agreements regarding the control and safeguarding of information. This includes design proposals and potential construction drawings of still to be constructed secure spaces and facilities as part of Union negotiations.

- Assists in the evaluation of potential insider threat indicators surfaced during the conduct of security investigations and/or other law enforcement inquiries. Works with Management and Labor Relations to develop negotiating positions and decide grievances as a result of findings.

- Participates in emergency preparedness table top exercises. Helps develop after action reports and reviews gaps, identifies areas of improvements, and obtains lessons learned to improve the overall agency processes and assist in the development of policy.

- Provides confidential threat analyses and evaluation, operational guidance and support and operational outreach and liaison to intelligence and information security communities and law enforcement officials as needed. Presents findings and generates reports to Management and Senior Agency officials and represents the agency in meetings with third parties and senior agency officials to discuss which best practices and trends to implement and pursue.

- Develops and provides security awareness initial and recurring training/briefings and monitors/gauges agency security awareness environment to ensure adequate training is provided in order to reduce risks of compromise.

- Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.
1. You must be a U.S. citizen.
2. Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret, SCI security clearance.
3. Completion of a financial disclosure statement is required.
4. You must be suitable for federal employment.
5. Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. ( ).
6. Completion of a probationary period may be required


You may qualify at the BAND 02 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
You must have at least one year (52 Weeks) of specialized experience in the private/public sector equivalent to the (PT-1) pay band or GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as applying concepts and principles of Information Security through demonstrated experience performing the following functions: 1. Providing staff and customers with general and specific information security awareness briefings, indoctrinations, and training; 2. providing advice regarding the proper safeguarding of classified and sensitive material and information in accordance with applicable directives; 3. Conducting security inspections, including general security program compliance inspections, or after hours inspection, or inspections of security container contents; 4. Providing classification management guidance, to include security classification reviews and challenges, interpreting security classification guidance, and/or applying classification marking; and 5. SCI and SAP handling and management."


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit:

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

A review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be further evaluated based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying. Your responses must provide sufficient information to determine possession of experience and must be evidenced in your resume. Incomplete responses (e.g. see resume, or like), errors or omissions will affect your eligibility.

All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be further evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Information Assurance
  • Information Management
  • Security

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service- connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

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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

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College Transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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