JOB: Communications Program Specialist at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Washington, DC

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Communications Program Specialist (Public Safety) (DEU)
    Department: Department Of Commerce
    Agency: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
    Sub Agency: National Telecommunications & Information Administ
    Job Announcement Number: NTIA-OTIA-2011-0013

    SALARY RANGE: $123,758.00 – $155,500.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 to Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-0301-15/15
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full time Term appointment not to exceed 13 months Maybe extended up to 4 years
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All qualified U.S. citizens.

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the President’s principal advisor on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA represents the Executive Branch in both domestic and international telecommunications and information policy activities. NTIA also manages the Federal use of the radio spectrum, performs cutting-edge telecommunications research and engineering, and administers infrastructure and public telecommunications facilities grants.

    This position is a Term appointment not to exceed (NTE) 13 months, but MAY BE extended up to four (4) years.

    This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit assignment procedures for status candidates (those currently serving on a career/career-conditional appointment, reinstatement eligibles, or those eligible under special appointing authorities)under announcement #NTIA-OTIA-2011-0014. Candidates who wish to be considered under both delegated examining & merit assignment procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements.

    NTIA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch’s principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy issues and also manages the Federal Agency use of the radio spectrum. This position is located in the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA), Infrastructure Division. OTIA is responsible for administering NTIA grant and financial assistance programs, including the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), which falls under the Infrastructure Division.

    The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Associate Administrator of OTIA and is a principal in the development of policies and activities that promote the development and implementation of BTOP. In this capacity and under the direction of the OTIA Deputy Associate Administrator, the incumbent performs high-level analysis necessary for the effective evaluation, award, and monitoring of BTOP public safety grants and other efforts.


    * You must be a U.S. citizen.
    * You must apply on-line through USAJOBS. Please see How to Apply section.
    * Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    * Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
    * Must be suitable for Federal employment.


    The employee shall provide advice and assistance to the Deputy Associate Administrator in the formulation, development, and implementation of policies and programs designed to administer grant programs through which grantees develop and expand broadband deployment in the United States while also fostering innovative adoption of broadband by consumers and businesses. Grant programs will be administered with a high degree of transparency and with concerted effort to mitigate instances of waste, fraud and abuse and responsibly spend taxpayer dollars. To perform these functions, the Communications Program Specialist shall:

    – Provide high-level expert analysis to evaluate, select, and monitor grants for projects that expand broadband infrastructure and public safety wireless broadband access throughout the United States.
    – Collaborate with BTOP staff and NTIA Senior Management to achieve program purposes.
    – Work in partnership with Federal Communications Commission and public safety waiver jurisdictions to understand technical requirements, regulatory framework, and nationwide strategy for deploying public safety wireless networks.
    – Apply knowledge of BTOP priorities and objectives, and best practices in grants administration.
    – Apply knowledge of BTOP program policies and Federal grant making rules to ensure that grant recipients comply with all relevant requirements, including award terms and conditions, reporting requirements, and oversight obligations.
    – Assist in the development of post-award plans and policies to ensure proper use of taxpayer dollars and conformity with relevant BTOP, Department of Commerce, and Federal policies.
    – Represent NTIA at workshops, conferences and meetings related to BTOP and public safety broadband as appropriate.
    – Assist in the development of BTOP written materials, including reports, presentations, web content, and official records.
    – Serve as liaison with stakeholder groups, including industry, nonprofit organizations, and state and local leaders.
    – Represent NTIA with the Federal partners group on issues related to public safety wireless broadband.

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