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Job Title:Supervisory IT Specialist (INFOSEC)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2012-T0256-SHM-588457D/M

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 13, 2012 to Wednesday, February 15, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


United States Citizens


When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

FEMA offers developmental opportunities, competitive compensation, and networking opportunities.

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Security Branch, located in Washington, DC.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

NOTE: A Government-wide Direct Hire Authority (DHA) exists for Information Security positions in the 2210 series. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification and IT competencies for this position will be referred to the selecting official. The DHA expedites hiring by eliminating competitive rating and ranking, veterans' preference, and "rule of three" procedures. For more information on Direct Hire Authority please visit,



  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Financial Disclosure required.


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·         Manages 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. Develops policies and procedures to ensure information systems reliability and accessibility, and to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data.


·         Leads information awareness of security issues among management and ensures sound security principles are reflected in the organizations' visions and goals. Leads and manages systems security evaluations, audits, and reviews. Reporting standards are developed and findings presented.


·         Manages risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs. Managing a structured program to achieve certification and accreditation of IT Systems in support of Agency assets.


·         Participates in network and systems design to ensure implementation of appropriate systems security policies. Facilitates the gathering, analysis, and preservation of evidence used in the prosecution of computer crimes.


·         Manages and develops systems security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures; develops and implements programs to ensure systems, network, and data users are aware of, understand, and adhere to systems security policies and procedures.


·         Assesses security events to determine impact and implement corrective actions; and/or ensures the rigorous application of information security/ information assurance policies, principles, and practices in the delivery of all IT services.


·         Supervises through subordinate employees performing work at the GS-15 and below. Responsible for leading and managing a diverse staff to achieve the goals and outcomes defined by the mission objectives.


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You must have one year specialized experience. Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. Specialized experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level for the occupation. All qualifications and grade equivalent requirements must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level. See example below.

To qualify for this position at the GS-15 grade level you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in federal service providing agency/organization-wide technical support to ensure that effective IT security practices/measures are incorporated into the networks, applications, and data of an agency/organization financial system. In addition to, managing and developing systems security contingency plans and implementing programs to ensure systems, network, and data users are aware of, understand, and adhere to systems security policies and procedures. 

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions


GS-15: There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12-31-59, who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment within this Agency.

CITIZENSHIP: Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:  You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: Mandatory Direct Deposit/Electronics Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) for salary payment is a condition of employment at FEMA. Selectee will be required to participate in DD/EFT.

SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:This position requires a Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance (TS-SCI).


All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. These questions measure the extent to which an applicant meets basic eligibility for employment, minimum qualifications as described in the announcement (either through experience and/or education), and the extent to which applicants possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position. If applicants meet the minimum qualifications, they will be given the minimum earned rating of 70 points. Candidates must respond to all questions; a maximum of 30 points may be awarded based on the applicant’s responses to the questionnaire.  Candidates who are found to be highly qualified will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ICTAP): Federal Career and Career-Conditional Displaced employees in the local commuting area who are rated "well qualified" will receive special selection priority. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your recent performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds", or equivalent), proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. Please do not submit a cash/time off award SF-50, as this does not verify grade. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the well qualified standards for the position. A well qualified applicant must satisfy the following criteria: In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, including selective placement factors, education, and experience requirements, the applicant must score at least an 85 (prior to veteran’s preference being applied) on the application questions as established and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.


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Our career opportunities feature competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle.  You will enjoy a range of comprehensive and competitive employment benefits that, among others, include:  a fully portable Thrift Savings Plan, similar to a 401(k); personal leave days for vacation, illness, and family care; ten paid holidays per year; flexible work schedules; defined benefit retirement plan; a wide choice of health insurance programs, non-taxable Flexible Spending Accounts for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses; life and long-term care insurance; transportation subsidies; and Employee Assistance Programs.  Other benefits that may be available include:  a uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; fitness centers; and telework.  For more information on federal benefits, please visit


PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 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.

RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANTS: If you left federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

FEMA also provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants should notify the point of contact on this vacancy announcement if a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the application and hiring process.  For more information, please visit


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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 Monday, February 27, 2012.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Please ensure you click the Apply for this position now! button at the end of the process.  You will be redirected to Application Manager,, to complete your application package.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. 


Note:  To check on 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.


To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, using the following vacancy ID:  588457.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire,

2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144.

4. Print the fax cover page ( and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g. resume, transcripts, veterans documents, etc) to the same fax number in #3.


Please do not complete steps 1 – 4 if you are applying on line. 


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents.  To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan.  You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account ( for this vacancy announcement.  You documents will be displayed under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  To fax documents, you MUST use the special coverage page.  Print the pre-populated cover page on the uploaded documents screen of Application Manager or you may click this link: to print a copy of the cover page.  When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

·         Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number: 588457

·         Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.

·         Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:  If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire.  You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer each question.  You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.  Be sure to double check your application before submission.




If applicable, candidates must attach the latest report of Separation from Active Duty (DD-214) to establish honorable discharge from military service. If appropriate documentation is not received by the closing date, preference will not be granted. Applicants who are active military duty will not have a DD-214. Prior to appointment we will verify your eligibility for veteran's preference and that your military service was honorable. To be entitled to preference, a veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in section 2108 of title 5, United States Code. This means that: An honorable or general discharge is necessary. Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans. Guard and Reserve active duty for training purposes does not qualify for preference. When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete form SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. The SF-15 is available online at:

Merit promotion and non-competitive eligible candidates:

Candidates must attach a copy of an SF-50 that documents the highest grade held, salary, tenure group, service computation date, and competitive service appointment. Failure to provide these documents will result in non-consideration for this position.

Competitive status is not required for qualified handicapped individuals eligible for appointment under 5 CFR 213.3102(u); qualified 30% or more disabled veterans eligible for appointment under 5 CFR 316.402(b)(5); those eligible under the Veteran`s Recruitment Act; and, those eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, provided that these individuals otherwise meet the description of 'Who May Apply.'

Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three (3) years or more of continuous active service may apply. (Veterans applying under this category must provide proof (DD 214) of service with submission of application).  If a DD-214 Form is not available at the time of application, applicants must submit proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status.   


Sheila Hicks-Martin
Phone: (202)212-4887
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Avenue Portals III
Mail Stop 3715
Washington, DC


Once your complete application is received, you will receive correspondence indicating that your application has been received.  We will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome. 

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