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

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Occasional travel to GAO field office locations may be 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

This is a NON-bargaining unit position.

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

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit .

Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email .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.

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.

The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one or two-year probationary period.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the qualification requirements stated above, you will be further rated based on your responses to the assessment questions. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Please follow all instructions carefully. If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to a vacancy question is "see resume", your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
    • Information Assurance
    • Information Management
    • Security

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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

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

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. 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.

If you are using your education to qualify (even partially), you must submit a copy of your transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you will be required to provide official transcripts. Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For additional information, please visit

Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD-214 or if you are currently active duty: an official statement of service from your command. For more information on veterans' preference visit: .

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof disability.

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