Cyber Policy Analyst

Washington, D.C
Oct 11, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment.

This assignment is within the Office of Policy, Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience, Department of Homeland Security.

The position will be full time remote until the announcement of return to work. Upon announcement, a split time in-office presence is strongly desired in accordance with the team's identified schedule.
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The incumbent will perform as a Policy Analyst and directly support significant national level cyber and emerging technology policy portfolios.

You will be primarily responsible for supporting senior DHS and CIRR leadership on matters pertaining to emerging technology-related policy. Your typical work assignments may include:

Coordinate Departmental policy positions across Components, including soliciting, compiling, and adjudicating Component inputs.

Develop briefing materials for, and participate in, internal Departmental meetings on emerging technology policy topics as well as National Security Council (NSC) meetings.

Identify and assess policy gaps across the Department

Support the development of long-range strategies, priorities and planning guidance on identified emerging technology topics

Review, research, and provide input on new and proposed legislation, regulation, and other relevant source materials to develop policy options and/or coordinate activities with other stakeholders to implement actions across an organization's enterprise.

Represent the office during OIG, GAO, and other audit and review processes, provide technical review and clearance on draft congressional responses, testimonies, and other miscellaneous tasks

Represent DHS policy positions in interagency and other working groups to other departments and agencies, foreign, state and local governments, the private sector, and academia through clear and concise written and oral analysis, recommendations, and evaluations.

Experience in one or more of the following topic areas is preferred but not required:

International engagement, congressional affairs, data security and privacy, enterprise cybersecurity

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:

1) Support the development and implementation of cybersecurity, technology, infrastructure, or risk policies and/or other related legislative and policy initiatives;
2) Use qualitative/quantitative methods to assess and support work that assist in determining improvements to cybersecurity, technology, infrastructure, resilience, or risk policy programs;
3) Assist with identifying, evaluating, and recommending implementation of policies;
4) Research cyber- related strategic goals and key program events/milestones to evaluate program accomplishments; and
5) Communicate orally and in writing to prepare complex reports, directives, position papers, policies, and to solicit/present information.

Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • 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 to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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