Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Security

Washington, D.C
Jan 22, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Full Time

The Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Economic Security is responsible for the policy development and policy coordination in all DHS mission areas related to foreign investment and economic security. The DAS leads Departmental policies and processes focused on safeguarding America's economic integrity and competitiveness in the global marketplace as well as building a sustainable economy that benefits all Americans; also focuses on important issues like supply chain and related-critical infrastructure as well as protecting intellectual property and emerging technologies.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Provides executive management of the Departments' primary representation to the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and Team Telecom.
  • Coordinates across the entire Department to identify threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences arising from foreign investment and then making risk-based recommendations to Department leadership on any risk mitigation strategies required to protect national security and Department missions.
  • Oversees and reviews proposed legislation or regulations-and develops Technical Assistance for Congress-that would significantly change the basic character of the way the Department or its component agencies conduct business with the public or with private industry, or that modify important interagency relationships or relations with foreign countries.
  • Develops and coordinates policy for economic security and advises on policy matters and leadership decisions regarding the impact of economic matters on national security. Ensures the development, implementation, and coordination of DHS policies across the Department and with the interagency.
  • Sets strategic direction and priorities for future Economic Security activities and works to further refine organizational concepts for the Economic Security team and to develop staffing and budget proposals.
  • Oversees Foreign investment screening is a critical element of the Department's strategy to protect U.S. national and economic security.
  • Represents the Under Secretary and PLCY to the National Security Council, official policy coordinating councils, other interagency working groups, and other interested departments and agencies, the media, the public, and representatives of allied governments (in coordination with International Affairs); the purpose of which is to establish, inform, and maintain government-wide and international homeland security policies.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Selectee will be required to complete form OGE-278, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Form.
  • You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement as required by Executive Order 14043, for further details, refer to additional information below.


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed above.

The ideal candidate will have experience supervising employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector or non-governmental organizations

.Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant. Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.

This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the TQs and ECQs described in this vacancy. As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:
  • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
  • Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.
  • If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.

We recommend that your resume addressing the ECQs include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and the results of actions taken.

The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME-Based method, therefore, evidence of each ECQ and TQ must be CLEARLY REFLECTED in your 5 page resume.
Your application package must contain a 5 page resume. Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

A sample 5-page resume that incorporates ECQs and TQs can be viewed on this link (indexed at page 29 - 37)

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) - Mandatory

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, and Vision.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, and Team Building.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, and Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, and Technology Management.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, and Influencing/Negotiating.

These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Detailed information on the ECQs is available at

Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory

You will be evaluated on the following TQs:

TQ 1. Demonstrated experience building teams and developing strategic and stable partnerships to advance national security interests in a shifting environment caused by evolving technology and market conditions, but within a legal architecture and defined policy goals. Includes experience briefing senior government officials and coordinating homeland security policy.

TQ 2. Experience leading economic policy development and implementation of cross-cutting economic security initiatives that have a direct and significant impact on homeland security operations, such as foreign investment risk management, competitiveness in the global marketplace, supply chain and related critical infrastructure security, protecting intellectual property, emerging technologies, compliance and mitigation agreements, information and technologies communication systems, and regional expertise.


Veteran's Preference - Veteran's Preference does NOT apply to the SES positions.


There is no recognized education to qualifying for this position; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation will be acceptable.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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/ Sensitive Compartment Information clearance as a condition of placement in this Special 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.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

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.

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, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before a Final Job Offer is released. The agency will provide additional information in your Tentative Job Offer regarding how you will submit this proof of vaccination or request a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, the component is currently in an expanded telework posture. Therefore, if selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component's telework policy.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.