This position is located in the Compliance Branch of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO). The mission of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) is to foster open, transparent, fair, competitive and secure markets through clear rules and effective oversight of derivatives markets and market participants. DMO seeks to be the world’s foremost authority on the rapidly evolving derivatives markets.Learn more about this agency
At the full performance level, you will serve as a Systems Risk Analyst in the Compliance Branch (Branch) of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO), as senior staff of the Branch's Market Continuity Program (MCP). Using advanced knowledge of information technology (IT) concepts and of standards, guidelines, and best practices regarding system safeguards and security control reviews, you will conduct the CFTC's oversight of compliance by Designated Contract Markets (DCMs), Swap Data Repositories (SDRs), and Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) with the system safeguards requirements of the Commodity Exchange Act (Act) and CFTC regulations. Additionally you will;
- Plan and conduct System Safeguards Examinations (SSEs) of all DCMs, SDRs, and SEFs, to evaluate the reliability, cyber and physical security, adequate scalable capacity, internal oversight, and testing of their automated trading and data reporting systems
- Serve as one of DMO's senior IT and system safeguards experts for performance of system safeguards oversight that is complex, sensitive, and of high importance to the mission of the CFTC.
- Serve as an expert on teams conducting system safeguards examinations (SSEs) of DCMs, SEFs, and SDRs to assess their compliance with the system safeguards requirements of the Act and Commission regulations. SSEs address DCM, SEF, and SDR compliance with core principles requiring the regulatee to: establish and maintain a program of risk oversight to identify and minimize sources of operational risk through development of appropriate controls and procedures and development of automated systems that are reliable, secure, and have adequate scalable capacity; establish and maintain emergency procedures, backup facilities, and a plan for disaster recovery that allow for the timely recovery and resumption of operations and the fulfillment of the duties and obligations of the [regulatee]; and periodically conduct tests to verify that backup resources are sufficient.
- SSEs focus on seven risk oversight program areas, including:
- Enterprise risk management and governance;
- Information security;
- Business continuity and disaster recovery, including pandemic planning;
- Capacity and performance planning;
- Systems operations;
- Systems development and quality assurance; and
- Physical security and environmental controls.
- In leading or participating on an SSE team, the incumbent will:
- organize and conduct review of documents provided by the DCM, SDR, or SEF examined;
- conduct extended on-site interviews, as a senior expert on the interview team, with regulatee senior management and technical staff;
- apply extensive, expert knowledge of risk oversight, IT principles, appropriate controls and procedures, and best practices for automated systems to the analysis of information developed in the course of the SSE, and play a significant participatory role at an expert level in MCP staff determination of appropriate findings and recommendations;
- draft a detailed report of MCP findings and recommendations;
- participate as a senior-level expert in communicating findings and recommendations to senior management and technical staff of the DCM, SDR, or SEF examined; and
- assess the efficacy and timeliness of corrective action taken by the DCM, SDR, or SEF
Represents the MCP on DMO teams reviewing applications from entities seeking designation as a DCM or registration as an SDR or SEF. Serves as an expert in technical reviews by MCP staff of the applicant's compliance with system safeguards requirements for entities seeking the designation or registration in question. Expertly communicates with applicants during the registration or designation process and participates as a senior-level expert in MCP staff evaluation of applicant sufficiency in light of applicable system safeguards requirements, and drafts system safeguards-related portions of related reports and registration or designation orders. May be required to independently conduct such technical reviews, including on-site data center visits.
25% or less - Occasional Travel
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship
- Background/Security Investigation
- Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service
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CT-12 Level: To qualify for the CT-12 level you must meet the Selective Placement Factor listed below andhave at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS/CT-11 level).
Specialized experience is defined as experience applying knowledge of IT concepts, standards, guidelines, and techniques regarding system safeguards and security control reviews.
CT-13 Level: To qualify for the CT-13 level you must meet the Selective Placement Factor listed below and have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS/CT-12 level).
Specialized experience is defined as experience applying knowledge of IT concepts, standards, guidelines, and techniques regarding system safeguards and security control reviews; experience in oversight of compliance on systems of an electronic trading environment; experience in evaluating the reliability, cyber and physical security, scalable capacity, internal oversight, and testing of automated trading and data reporting systems; and experience in evaluating emergency procedures, backup facilities, and disaster recovery plans electronic trading systems.
CT-14 Level: To qualify for the CT-14 level you must meet the Selective Placement Factor listed below and have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS/CT-13 level).
Specialized experience is defined as experience through which one has gained a mastery knowledge of systems and network architecture sufficient to: understand and discuss the functional characteristics of and interrelationships between sub-systems and linked systems of an electronic trading environment; assess the existence and effectiveness of redundancy, security controls and extensibility within that electronic trading environment; read and interpret system and network physical and logical diagrams.
Selective Placement Factor: Applicants must have experience using information security principles to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and its information.
One or more professional certifications in the following system safeguards and IT field are highly desired:
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP);
- Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA);
- Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP);
- Certified Data Center Professional (CDCP);
- Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (COEIT);
- Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP);
- Certified Authorization Professional (CAP);
- Certified Security Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP);
- Certified Internal Auditor (CIA);
- Certified Information Security Manager (CISM);
- Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC);
- Certified Functional Continuity Professional (CFCP);
- Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP);
- Business Continuity Certified Planner (BCCP);
- Business Continuity Certified Lead Auditor (BCCLA);
- Disaster Recovery Certified Specialist (DRCS).
Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Must serve a one year probationary period.
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- A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
- A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
- A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
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How You Will Be Evaluated
Selective Placement Factor: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties of the position and will be used as a screen out element. If the selective placement factor experience is not documented in your resume you will not receive further consideration under this announcement. In addition to the specialized experience requirement this position has the following selective placement factor(s)
• Applicants must have experience using information security principles to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and its information.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following areas:
- Information Technology Architecture - Knowledge of an electronic trading environment's systems and network architecture in order to assess the effectiveness of redundancy, security controls and extensibility and to understand the characteristics and interrelationships between systems within this environment.
- Technical Competence - Ability to plan, schedule, and manage technical projects.
- Written and Oral Communication - Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and effective manner, both orally and in writing, in order to prepare reports that document analysis, findings, and conclusions.
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- Answers to the occupational questionnaire (vacancy announcement questions).
1. Cover Letter
2. Writing Sample
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- Copy of Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);
- Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference;
- VA Letter
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AddressCommodity Futures Trading Commission
Three Lafayette Centre
1155 21st Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20581
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