Information Technology Specialist

Washington, D.C
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 09, 2021
Full Time

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The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow in this position.

As a part of a broader mission, develop national policy and provide expert advice regarding the
development, testing, debugging and maintenance of unique, extremely complex or long-range computer
program applications, utilities, and process routines to be run in a high-performance relational database
environment. These systems use a combination of micro-/mini-/mainframe CPU's high performance
peripherals, high-performance software, and high-speed telecommunications including dedicated
lines, Intranet, and Internet.

Serve as a director of Team Leaders for complicated service wide projects. Review technical accuracy
of projects, conduct periodic inspection of computer specifications and programming code developed by
assigned IT Specialists, monitor problems encountered by assigned IT Specialists to determine if individuals require closer supervision or additional training and provides feedback to the Section Chief.

Adjust workload among Team Leaders to insure timely completion of all projects assigned. When
directed, acts for the Chief in his/her absence.

As part of a larger mission, conceive and independently develop comprehensive processing
specifications for computer applications programs, taking into account various hardware and software
configurations that apply, interface needs and requirements with other subsystems, and the
inputs/outputs, processing sequences, and edit criteria required by the users of Statistics of Income

Oversee teams writing program code in a language such as C#, XAMLL, JAVA, SAS, PL/SQL and
object-oriented programming languages. Interpret and analyze systems programming requirements and design and develop only the most complex computer programs or portions thereof required to process the wide range of Internal Revenue data in a statistical environment.

Oversee teams preparing on-line user manuals, technical standards, and information bulletins; develops
systems standards and guidelines for processing requests for information services, cost/benefit economic
analysis and the overall systems design and control.

Monitor and evaluate teams assessing computer systems to identify and resolve specific procedural and
logic problems, and to recommend changes for improving the overall efficiency of computer systems
operating in a production statistical environment.

Provide advice and consultation to a wide range of subject matter specialists including professional
statisticians and economists in the preparation of complex specifications, requirements, and procedural
materials for projects to be implemented on SOI systems.

Provide expert consultation to the Database Administrator on the installation of projects on the database
to ensure the highest level of system performance while achieving all of the projects' goals and

Develops extensive plans for Team Leaders to follow in conducting Systems and Quality Acceptability
Testing (SAT) to validate computer programs and systems designed for on-line database and/or
mainframe computer operation.


Conditions of Employment


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  • If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19. Employees must be within a 200-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position will be conditional on obtaining and maintaining a High Risk Security Clearance.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Must successfully complete a (high or moderate) risk background investigation, including the FBI criminal history record check.
  • If you are an IRS/Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility, please refer back to the CTAP Documentation link in the vacancy under How You Will Be Evaluated.


Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-14 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. This experience must include Information Technology (IT) related experience that demonstrates each of the following four competencies: 1) Attention to Detail, 2) Customer Service, 3) Oral Communication and 4) Problem Solving. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated through assignments that required the ability to analyze a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of IT system design. This would include defining what system interrelationships must be considered, or what operating mode, system software, and/or equipment configuration is most appropriate for a given project: In addition, specialized experience for this position includes experience integrating IT programs and services and developing solutions to integration issues; designing, developing, and managing IT security systems that meet current and future business requirements, and applying, extending, enhancing, or optimizing the existing architecture. In addition, managing assigned projects; communicating complex technical requirements to non-technical personnel; and preparing briefings to senior management on complex issues. This specialized experience includes leading IT systems development projects from design to support; evaluating the effectiveness of installed systems and services; and providing advice for and devising solutions to a wide range of IT issues.


MEET TIME IN GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT: For positions above the GS-05, applicants must meet applicable time-in-­grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year (52 weeks) at the next lower grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the grade you are applying for.


TIME AFTER COMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT: By the closing date (or if this is an open continuous announcement, by the cut-off date) specified in this job announcement, current civilian employees must have completed at least 90 days of federal civilian service since their latest non-temporary appointment from a competitive referral certificate, known as time after competitive appointment . For this requirement, a competitive appointment is one where you applied to and were appointed from an announcement open to "All US Citizens".

For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards .


For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time, but you must provide an SF-50 documenting you held this job series. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
  • Note: If substituting Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) for experience at the GS-7 level, please note that grade-point averages are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. The Qualifications requirements above will reflect if SAA is accepted for this position and the online questionnaire will offer the option to select SAA as a qualifying response.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
  • The salary range indicated in this announcement reflects the minimum locality pay up to maximum locality pay for all duty locations listed. The range will be adjusted for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages .
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Tour of Duty: Days, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
2 positions to be filled in Research, Applied Analytics & Statistics, Statistics of Income (SOI), Information Management & Dissemination, to be filled in any of the following locations: 77 K Street NE, Washington, DC, 7125 Industrial Road, Florence, KY or 1160 W 1200 S, Ogden, UT

Please consider each location carefully when applying. If you are selected for a position at one of your location selections, that location will become your official post of duty.

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