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Job Title:Personnel Security Assistant (CORE) GS- 0086-07

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2012-T0204-PYJ-641341-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, May 8, 2012 to Monday, May 14, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 Years




1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


Agency Wide - FEMA Only


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

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.


Who May Apply:

  • Current FEMA Employees Only
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

You will serve in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mission Support Bureau, Office of the Chief Security Officer.  In this position, you will perform work of a general, clerical, secretarial, or officer support nature and/or provide direct support of an administrative area or technical program.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of on-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service.

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.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • This position requires a Public Trust background check.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a trial period of 1 year.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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Specific Duties:

  • Performs a wide variety of administrative tasks associated with maintaining and supporting the work performed within the organization.
  • May act as liaison between the program office and administrative offices outside the organization.
  • Process unclassified papers and correspondence, maintains the Visitors Access Request system providing certification of security clearances for FEMA personnel visiting other government facilities, including validating security clearances.
  • Plans and establishes office control systems such as those for the control of the location, arrangement, access to, and use of office files.
  • Prepares investigative reports for simple cases with one or a few simple issues and a single respondent.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-07 level you must possess the following:

One year of specialized experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent that demonstrates the ability to advise and make recommendations concerning administrative operation of an organizational security or law enforcement unit, answer questions, provide advice about organizational policies and procedures, compose letters and memoranda, and maintain schedules.

Specialized experience is described experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. 

All qualifications and grade equivalency requirements must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement. 

SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires a Public Trust/Noncritical Sensitive background check.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a Public Trust position as a condition of placement in to this position.  This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


ALL APPLICANTS:  Will review your resume and transcript{s), to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences as it relates to the specialized experience and KSA's required for the job for which you are applying.  Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Names of candidates in the Best Qualified Category will be sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) measured in the questionnaire:

  1. Ability to maintain hard copy or automated records and prepare reports.
  2. Ability to interpret and apply a variety of guidelines and/or regulations.
  3. Knowledge of office procedures.
  4. Knowledge of methods and procedures for managing records.
  5. Ability to communicate in writing.
  6. Ability to communicate effectively in a customer service environment.  

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


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, May 14, 2012.

To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here.


  • Your résumé
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  •  Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.
  • Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current/former grade and step.


Sheila Hicks-Martin
Phone: (202)212-4887
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Avenue Portals III
Mail Stop 3715
Washington, DC


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here

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