Supervisory Information Technology Program Officer (Senior Deputy Assistant Director, IPPA)

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Full Time


This position is a career appointment in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Current federal civil services employees may apply. The civil service consists of all persons occupying an executive (including excepted service), judicial or legislative branch position. It does not include the uniformed services. Veteran's preference does not apply to the SES.

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As the Senior Deputy Assistant Director for the Information, Policy and Public Affairs Division (IPPA), the incumbent also serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer. In these roles, the incumbent is charged with the responsibility for overseeing the Bureau of Prison's (BOP) information technology environment. This oversight includes planning, budgeting, and execution of resources to acquire, develop, and support information systems, information security, correctional security technology, and Information Technology (IT) policy/directives throughout the BOP. The incumbent has direct oversight responsibility for several IT branches and functions known collectively as the Office of Information Systems (OIS). These branches oversee the development and management of the BOP's intranet and its public website, maintain mission critical software systems and coordinate with the Department Of Justice's (DOJ) to maintain the current system, upgrade existing software, and implement new systems. In addition, these branches oversee the activities of the IT Managers in BOP institutions and Regional Computer Services Coordinators; oversee all IT planning, project management for major IT projects, and the enterprise IT budget; act as a certification authority for the security of BOP IT systems, to include developing and enforcing IT security directives and policies; monitor the BOP's vulnerability management risk posture; and support external IT security audit functions. Further, these branches identify and evaluate new security-related technology and equipment for implementation throughout the BOP; develop standards for the configuration of the Bureau's LAN and WAN; and support the Office of General Counsel, and the Office of the Inspector General to search for, preserve, and produce litigation or investigative materials from BOP IT systems.

As a principal member of the Assistant Director's staff, the incumbent is involved in all major policy decisions in the review and evaluation of program areas under the purview of the division. The incumbent will provide top-level advice to the Assistant Director and the Director of the BOP concerning the IPPA Division and the impact this Division has on the total management of the BOP.

The Senior Deputy Assistant Director oversees multi-million dollar budgets for information systems and technology throughout the BOP which includes: analyzing needs, developing advanced budget projections, allocating resources, monitoring and tracking expenditures, and reconciling budget outlays and allocations. He/she coordinates with the Program Review Division of the BOP to establish auditing guidelines, identify trends and monitor program review results. Further, the incumbent works with divisional staff and the BOP Director's Office to identify and monitor key indicators for functional areas, as well as develop, review and monitor agency and division specific strategic plans.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for operational and training purposes.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
ES - 00


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship

Applicants must utilize the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model when writing Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ).
Use examples of relevant experience for each ECQ being sure your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

Each accomplishment should be clear concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of...) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised; size of budget managed; amount of money saved, etc.).


MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: To be qualified for this position, applicants must be able to show progressively responsible experience in the corrections or criminal justice sector in developing, formulating, and promulgating new and updated IT policies, directives, and procedures resulting from new program initiatives, or from ongoing evaluation of program impact and effectiveness. Experience conducting sound analysis, and presenting those results in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner on complex issues related to IT matters in response to federal IT statutes, regulations, policies, or procedures.

- You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

- You must be a member of the Federal civil service. The civil service consists of all persons who occupy positions in the executive (includes excepted service), judicial, and legislative branches, excluding positions in the uniformed services.

- After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

- You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

- You will be required to travel occasionally for training and operational purposes.

- Applicants for this position may be required to pass a pre-employment medical examination.


This position does not have any education requirements.

Additional information

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Any materials you send with your application will not be returned. Upon appointment, you are required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278. You must provide the information annually after appointment. Veteran's Preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

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 based upon your response to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the Senior Executive Service, and are in addition to the specific mandatory technical qualifications listed above. To assess the executive experience of each candidate, applicants who are applying for their initial career appointment in the SES must demonstrate, with specific examples, how their experience is relevant to exercising leadership in each of the five competencies. A concise executive summary must show where and when the qualifications were obtained, the organizational setting in which the experience was acquired, (e.g. organizational size, level, and assigned fiscal resources), and a narrative discussion of the qualifications. Applicants must follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result (CCAR) model to adequately address the ECQs. ECQ narratives must demonstrate relevant experience that addresses the leadership competencies. Completed ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.

1. Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

2. Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

3. Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

5. Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications can be found at .

Please refer to OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications for more detailed information.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Resume showing relevant experience. In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date.
  • You MUST submit a copy of your latest yearly performance appraisal/evaluation (within the last 13 months).
  • Current or former Federal employees NOT employed by the Bureau of Prisons MUST submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) Form which reflects the most recent position, title, series and grade; competitive service appointment; tenure group; status or SES reinstatement eligibility; and salary (within the last 13 months).

  • Failure to provide these documents will result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.

    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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