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    This position is located in the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The primary mission of OIG is to promote effective management, accountability, and positive change in the Department of State (Department), U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), and the foreign affairs community.

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    The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) for Information Technology is primarily responsible for managing worldwide information technology (IT) support, systems development and integration, acting in a lead representational role with numerous intra- and inter-agency IT organizations, and strategic planning for all OIG IT requirements. The incumbent also has significant responsibilities for providing automated data processing and analysis as well as advanced electronic data processing support to all directorates within the OIG, including the Office of Investigations, Office of Audit, Office of Evaluations and Special Projects, Office of Inspections, and the Office of General Counsel.

    Major Duties

    The incumbent plans, directs, controls, and supervises IT, data analysis, and other program staff.

    Assists the IG, DIG, AIGs and OIG Senior Leadership in setting overall priorities and policy for IT and data analysis activities. Also oversees the planning and execution of these activities to ensure goals and objectives are achieved in an effective and timely manner and that customer expectations are met. Responsible for policy development for OIG-wide IT and data analysis-related matters.

    Develops plans to provide all OIG components with IT and data analysis systems and support. This includes researching the methods and means, developing alternative approaches, ensuring security for data, and justifying all significant IT capital investments, which include telecommunications systems. Develops, implements, and enforces security policies OIG-wide, and maintains constant awareness of evolving government-wide policies.

    Coordinates planning and implementation of data analysis and predictive analytics with cross-agency stakeholders, and crosscutting entities such as applicable bodies within the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE). Ensures OIG plans and acquisitions integrate with systems, i.e., that they will work together, and that systems, programs, and applications fully integrate throughout OIG headquarters, field offices, and with the Department.

    Develops needs assessments and strategic plans, working closely to blend technology and data with the work processes. Chairs cross-functional working groups to develop detailed plans for agency initiatives. Efforts include responsibility for planning, budgeting, acquisition, and implementation.

    Monitors and manages the performance of programs in area of responsibility, evaluating the performance of the program(s) based on applicable performance measurements, and advises the IG/DIG regarding whether to continue, modify, or terminate the program.

    Establishes the policy and framework for IT security and implements it within OIG and represents OIG in Department committees and working groups involving data integrity, data governance, automated records management, as well as other committees involving data security and enterprise architecture.  

    Formulates strategies, develops plans and procedures, and implements training and professional development to meet OIG requirements regarding knowledge and skill in information resources management.

    The incumbent directs, coordinates, and manages work through subordinates to support a variety of investigative, auditing, evaluation and inspections oversight work requiring significant resources and garnering intense Congressional interest, and advises the Inspector General on agency-wide IT management and data analysis programs. The incumbent makes decisions on work problems presented by subordinate supervisors and makes selections for subordinate supervisory and non-supervisory positions. Implements ways to eliminate bottlenecks, develop teams, and improve business practices; plans and prioritizes schedules; and assigns work.

    Assists in maintaining, supporting, and enhancing the OIG’s management information system and other software applications, including SharePoint, that are used to perform and track all phases of OIG audit, investigation, evaluation and inspection operations, as well as management support functions. Maintains, supports, and enhances the public OIG internet site, internal intranet and other OIG portal sites, and oversight-related databases.

    Directs the development, dissemination, and maintenance of policies, plans, procedures, guidelines, and standards relating to areas of responsibility. The incumbent constantly scans and evaluates new technologies that will have an impact on improving the operations of the OIG as well as implementing enhancements that furthers the mission of the OIG. Ensures the OIG’s services meet applicable mandates and determines the impact of changes to the OIG’s services. The incumbent also reviews current legislation, directives, regulations, and guidance, and evaluates the impact on OIG programs and services.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    00 - There is no known promotion potential.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
    • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • One-year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

    The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually and upon termination of employment. This position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's completion and favorable adjudication of a background security investigation.


    Unless you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Executive Core Qualifications (last five questions). All applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the Mandatory Technical Qualification questions in order to receive consideration for the position.

    To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification statements available on the Office of Personnel Management's website please click here.

    When responding to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications.

    Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per Mandatory Technical Qualification and Executive Core Qualification.

    Applicants who use "see resume" as a response will not receive consideration for the position.

    Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ)

    All applicants must address each of the MTQs in order to receive consideration for this position. 

    For this position ALL applicants must address each of the following MTQs.

    1) You must address the MTQs separately (as a separate document) and NOT through the question portion of the application process.

    2) After preparing your MTQs, please upload the document as an "additional document" in the document upload section.

    For this position ALL applicants must address each of the following MTQs:

    Knowledge of IT systems, architecture, management, approaches, and development in order to provide effective and secure IT systems. 

    Broad knowledge of the principles, processes, and functions of management in order to lead a group of professional and administrative staff in providing IT services, including broad knowledge of Federal budget and procurement processes, supervisory personnel management, and contracting.

    Expert knowledge of automated data processing methods, including data governance and analytics, use of data visualization tools, data communications, and automated data processing capacity management to identify user requirements, implement methods to expedite processing, and provide required support.

    Mastery of the database management concepts, principles and techniques, IT project management principles and methods, data mining, data storage, and data warehousing methods, and interfacing with agency level IT infrastructure.



    Additional information

    EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) – U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States -- either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee’s information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    An Executive Review Board (ERB) and Qualifications Review Panel (QRP) consisting of senior officials will rate applicants based on the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience and education. The ERB and QRP will determine the degree to which candidates possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the MTQ requirements of the position and the ECQ requirements. Among the factors the ERB and QRP will consider in determining the applicant's relative capacity and fitness for the position are education, training, experience, and demonstrated executive level qualifications. The ERB and QRP will rate your applications against each of the ECQs and MTQs to determine the best qualified candidates. Candidates determined to be best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration for the position. 

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the career SES or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit proof of non-competitive eligibility, i.e., conversion to career SES SF-50 or SES Certificate. You must attach a copy of an SF-50 "Notice of Personnel Action" that verifies status or eligibility. If the SF-50 is not attached THEN YOU MUST ADDRESS THE ECQs or you may lose consideration. All required documents must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement, which is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. See Step 3 under "How to Apply."

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    How to Apply

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    To start your application, click Apply and we’ll walk you through the process where you’ll attach a resume and any required documents.

    During the application process you can review, edit, delete, and update your information. We’ll automatically save your progress as you go, so you won’t lose any changes.

    Please carefully read all the instructions before you apply. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.

    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

    STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the U.S. Department of State’s Gateway to State automated application system. The questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this position.  

    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation applicable to you, as listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement, to the Department’s Gateway to State automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

    Technical assistance with your on-line application is available through the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com or by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET


    NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET at least 2 working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Agency contact information

    Martin R. Conterez








    U.S. Department of State
    1700 N Moore St
    SA-39, rm 1400
    Attn: OIG
    Rosslyn, Virginia 22209
    United States
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    Next steps

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interviews in approximately two weeks after the announcement closes. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability review and/or security background investigation, which generally takes an average of at least two to six months.

    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

    1. Upon receipt of your application.
    2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
    3. After the certificate is issued.
    4. After final selection is made.

    For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/580026900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.