Physical Security Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time

The primary purpose of this position is to manage the technical countermeasures (TCM) program and provide program management support for all aspects of the technical countermeasures (TCM) lifecycle to include intrusion detection systems (IDS), video surveillance systems (VSS), physical access control systems (PACS), x-ray machines, walk through metal detectors (WTMD), and their associated communications network and data storage.

Duties performed:
  • Participate in the development and implementation of technical security countermeasures.
  • Perform oversight activities as a lead/technical authority and support regional personnel to ensure overall success of the technical countermeasures program.
  • Provide input and assistance in the identification and investigation of countermeasure program weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
  • Monitor and track regional technical countermeasures projects, equipment operating status and inventory.
  • Develop new physical security approaches to mitigate weakness and vulnerabilities in ongoing operation and monitor the progress of program improvements.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Pre-employment Drug Testing: This position requires a negative pre-employment drug test result prior to appointment into the position.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • License required: Yes, Driver's License
  • Pre-employment physical required: No
  • Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
  • This position is at the full performance level.
  • Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operational events without regard to declarations of unscheduled leave or government closures due to weather, protests, acts of terrorism, or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).


Specialized Experience:

GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government, performing the following duties:

1) Utilizing information technology based electronic security system countermeasures to identify and mitigate weaknesses and vulnerabilities in ongoing operations;
2) Reviewing technical countermeasures project requirements to ensure compliance with national guidelines and policies; and
3) Ensuring technical security countermeasures are properly acquired, installed, operating and repaired in accordance with establish recommendations.

NOTE: The contents of your resume must support this response in its entirety in order to be found qualified for this position.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

NOTE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Additional Position Requirements:

Physical Security Training:
The incumbent must satisfactorily complete (or have previously completed) the FPS Physical Security Training Program (PSTP) conducted at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Motor Vehicle Operation: The incumbent must possess a valid automobile driver's license, maintain a safe driving record, and demonstrate they are medically qualified to operate a motor vehicle safely in accordance with the standards and procedures established in 5 CFR 930. Periodic verification of license and safe driving record will be required.

Training and Certification: This position will require that the incumbent obtains and maintains a minimum DHS Project Manager Level II, Contract Officer Representative Level III , Comp T IA A+, Network +, and Security + certifications within 24 months of employment. This position also requires that the incumbent complete any applicable DHS training.


Education is not qualifying at the GS-13 level.

Additional information

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

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this Critical Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement from your command if currently on active duty that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see .

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP): This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:

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