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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Mainframe)

Agency:Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Job Announcement Number:FRTIB-12-MP-044-751317

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

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$101,035.00 to $131,343.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 02, 2012 to Tuesday, October 16, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans. We are seeking a champion for its continual improvement.

Voted as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" as ranked by the Partnership for Public Service in its 2011 Very Small Agencies Best Places to Work Rankings, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) is an independent Federal Agency with a single mission: To administer the Thrift Savings Plan solely in the interest of its participants and beneficiaries.  We help Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services retire with dignity by providing benefits similar to private sector 401(k) plans.  The TSP manages over $300 billion for 4.6 million participants located in every time zone around the world.  


This position is located in the Office of Technology Services (OTS).  Incumbent serves as a Mainframe program manager, and acts as manager of FRTIB Mainframe platform, which provides the agency systems with a stable mainframe environment to run mission critical applications.

You are eligible to apply under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of the following:

  • Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service
  • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service
  • Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
  • Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service   
  • Individuals with disabilities- For more information and proof required see:
  • Any other individuals eligible for a non-competitive appointment, including former Peace Corps volunteers 
    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Only experience gained by closing date of this position will be considered
  • Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements


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  • Plan, manage, coordinate, and integrate all aspects of the Agency Mainframe platform;
  • Account for overall success and effectiveness of Mainframe platform programs, projects, and operations, and ensures alignment with critical Agency priorities and other IT programs, functions, and systems;
  • Oversee and manage Mainframe platform programs, projects, acquisitions, and operations to ensure the achievement of, and support for, Agency strategic goals and objectives;
  • Provide expert subject matter expertise on new and ongoing multi-year Mainframe platform projects, including selecting and prioritizing projects, developing requirements, conducting analyses, collaborating on the design and acquisition, overseeing implementing and testing, coordinating deployments, and evaluating and monitoring progress and achievement of project goals and objectives;


  •       ~Maintain expert knowledge and awareness of Mainframe technologies.


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In order to qualify for GS-2210-14 Information Technology Specialist, you must possess experience demonstrating each of the four competencies:(1) Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail; (2) Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services; (3) Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately; (4) Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include planning, managing, coordinating, and integrating all aspects of an agency's mainframe platform; managing the overall success and effectiveness of mainframe platform programs, projects, and operations; ensuring an agency's mainframe platform projects align with priorities, other IT projects, functions, and systems; and providing expert subject matter expertise on mainframe platform projects to include developing requirements, conducting analyses, overseeing implementation and testing, evaluating and monitoring progress, etc.

Conditions of Employment:

1. Background Suitability Investigation: Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance.
2. Alternate work schedule options are available.

3. Telework may be available after you have come on board.
4. If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. 
5. Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:  
1. Technical Competence
2. Project Management

3. Oral Communication 

4. Written Communication 


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Benefits:   The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has agency specific benefits which include student loan repayment and flexible work schedules. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: or


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of service or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans' preference see

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service (see

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must be placed in the "Well Qualified" category or higher in order to be given priority consideration.


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To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

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

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 751317.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with 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 and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

   1. Your Resume'

   2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

   3. Other supporting documents:

          - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable (Copy of DD-214 provided must show type

             of  discharge/character of service)          

          - SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action  


Phone: (404)331-4541
Agency Information:
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
77 K Street NE
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. Based upon your rating category, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

Once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks), you will receive notice via e-mail or by mail.  If no e-mail address was provided by you during the application process, you will be notified by mail.

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