JOB: Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC), Department of Homeland Security

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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Job Title: Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

    Department: Department Of Homeland Security

    Agency: Office of the Inspector General

    Job Announcement Number: OG-2011-506926


    $89,033.00 – $115,742.00 /year


    Monday, July 25, 2011 to Tuesday, August 02, 2011




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional




    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    United States Citizens


    Become a part of one of the most challenging and important missions in the country today. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) ensures that all of DHS programs and operations are effective and efficient by conducting audits, and carrying out criminal investigations. In our dynamic work environment you will work side by side with special agents, attorneys, auditors, program analysts and IT experts to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in DHS programs and operations.

    Begin an exciting career with The Office of Management The Office of Management provides vital administrative support services to the staff of the OIG in the conduct of the mission critical work, to include budget, human resources, acquisitions, facilities and space management, security, training, and information technology services.

    Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to perform work that involves ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools? Then consider joining the Information Security Branch, Office of Management, Information Technology Division (ITD), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland (DHS).

    This vacancy is also being announced under Merit Promotion procedures as vacancy announcement OG-2011-508918. Please review the announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration. You must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.


    • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
    • A pre-employment drug test is required for this position.
    • You are required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Moving Expenses will not be paid.
    • A Top Secret clearance is required


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC
    • Develops policies and procedures and implements technologies to ensure information systems confidentiality, integrity, and availability; and to prevent and defend against unauthorized access.
    • Plans, schedules, and programs security requirements for the implementation of new IT systems;
    • Plans, schedules, and programs security requirements for the operation, maintenance, and use of the organization’s information technology systems.
    • Conducts systems security evaluations, audits, and reviews to assess security events to determine impact and implement corrective actions and guarantee the rigorous application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and practices in the delivery of all IT services.
    • Participates in short and long-range planning for information systems, information assurance program activities, and performs other duties as assigned.

    Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    For the GS-13: Specialized experience for this position includes the following:

    • monitoring security networks and operating systems to identify threats, risks, and vulnerabilities to IT and communication infrastructure;
    • evaluating and monitoring IT systems compliance with security requirements; implementing and coordinating activities to ensure, protect, and restore IT systems, services, and capabilities;
    • deploying continuous monitoring tools for security information event management and cyber security situational awareness;
    • providing advice and guidance to end users on implementing IT security procedures; AND
    • using vulnerabilities scanners, XML and XSLT reporting, and script programming; applying hardening guidelines, perimeter controls, log analysis, and configuration management; and deploying PKI and FIPS compliant solutions.

    Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in an online job questionnaire. The KSAOs are:

    1. Knowledge of a full range of IT INFOSEC security requirements, principles, concepts, practices, products and services; methods for risk assessment and certification/accreditation; and familiarity deploying operating systems, database software, vulnerability scanning, and security information and event management tools.
    2. Knowledge of local and wide area network security requirements and techniques for protecting systems from malware, data tampering, and unauthorized system entry. Knowledge of information security regulatory requirements in legislation, directives, policies and procedures relevant to Department of Homeland Security and familiarity with NIST guidance.
    3. Knowledge of a wide variety of applications, operating systems, protocols, and equipment used in customer organizations, including new and emerging information technologies and/or industry trends. Extensive experience utilizing the following technologies: Oracle Solaris 10, RedHat Linux, Microsoft Windows Server, Splunk, Tenable Security Center and Nessus Passive Vulnerability Scanner, Symantec Altiris IT Management Suite, Symantec End-Point Protection, and/or IBM Tivoli BigFix.
    4. Knowledge of scripting programming languages such as perl, ruby, bash, ksh, powershell or python, and markup languages such as XML, XSLT, ArcSML, etc.
    5. Skill in applying project management principles and practices to plan, organize, develop, and oversee multiple, concurrent information security projects.
    6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing sufficient to fully coordinate activities with management officials and other IT Specialists, and to provide user training and support.

    All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to each KSA above. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire will serve as responses to the KSAs. The selectee must pass a drug test by urinalysis prior to appointment.

    Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation, adjudicated by the Department of Homeland Security. You must also be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

    Completion of a one year probationary period may be required.


    The Category Rating system will be used to evaluate applicants on their total background including experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position based upon the information provided in the resume/application and any other supporting documents. If you are current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training in relation to the evaluation criteria, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:

    • Best Qualified– Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
    • Well Qualified– Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
    • Qualified-Overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.

    Applications of Veterans Preference: The Category rating method does not add veterans preference points or apply the rule of three, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category. Preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the minimum qualifications requirements “will be listed in the highest quality category (except if the position is a scientific or professional position at the GS-09 level or above). The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had defined the professional and scientific professional positions and can be accessed here:

    NOTE: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
    Benefits and Other Info


    The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here:


    1. ICTAP AND/OR CTAP CANDIDATES – To receive selection priority, surplus and displaced employees must apply and be found well-qualified for the position. A well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP employee is one who satisfies all medical, physical, education, experience and selective factors (if any) for the vacant position; is rated equivalent to 85 or more against the Rating Schedule or if category rating is being used, meets the criteria of “Highly Qualified Category” as described in the Qualifications & Evaluations section of this announcement; and, upon entry can satisfactorily perform all of the duties of the position.

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates must submit the following documents which show their eligibility for selection priority: 1) a copy of a RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or some other proof of eligibility for priority selection; 2) a copy of an SF-50 showing their current position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location; and 3) a copy of their most recent performance appraisal.

    2. SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES – If you are eligible and would like to be considered under a special hiring authority such as Schedule A of the excepted service for persons with disabilities; a veteran who is eligible for appointment under the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority or the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, appropriate documentation to support your claim for eligibility must be submitted with your application package. See for more details.

    The Department of Homeland Security welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Homeland Security.

    3. SELECTIVE SERVICE – If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    4. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

    5. The Department of Homeland Security is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. For additional information on:

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Reasonable Accommodations

    Veterans Information

    Please see links at the end of the vacancy announcement.


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Resume
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, August 02, 2011. You may not receive consideration for this position, if you do not submit a complete application package.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    To fax supporting documentation you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 506926. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with your resume and any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    The following documents are required (if applicable):

    1. Resume or OF-612 “Optional Application for Federal Employment” or any other written format you choose is REQUIRED to submit your application for consideration.
    2. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, must be provided in order to receive veterans preference (if applicable). If a DD-214 Form is not available at the time of application, applicant MUST submit proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status or active duty status. Veterans with a service connected disability and others claiming 10 point preference are required to provide a copy of the letter from the VA or branch service showing disability dated after 1991 and are encouraged to submit Form SF-15 NOTE: If you do not submit all of the required documentation, you will not receive additional veteran preference points.
    3. TRANSCRIPTS from a college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are required to verify that you meet the basic education requirement. Failure to provide transcripts will result in a loss of consideration for this position. For a listing of accredited U.S. schools, please visit: For graduates of foreign universities, an evaluation of all course work from an organization recognized as specializing in interpretation of credentials is required. For a list of accredited agencies for foreign education, please visit: NOTE: If the requested information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.


    Phone: (202)653-0008
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    DHS Office of Inspector General
    STOP 2600
    Attn Chief of Operations 12th floor
    Washington, DC 20528


    The process of consideration of applicants may take several weeks.

    Notification Process: Once the online questionnaire is received you will received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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