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Job Title:Security Specialist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Secret Service

Job Announcement Number:HRT-PM003-12-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 06, 2012 to Wednesday, November 21, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




FEW vacancies - Washington, DC


  • Current Federal employees serving under a career or career conditional appointment
  • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
  • Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special Hiring Authorities
  • Persons eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998

    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.

    Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

    • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
    • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
    • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

    Joining the Secret Service, Office of Human Resources and Training, Security Clearance Division, Clearance and Access Branch will require you to provide authoritative advice, guidance and expertise to management officials that specifically pertain to Presidential Directives and Executive Orders, Intelligence Community Directives and security compliance standards that are attributed to Classified National Security Information and/or Sensitive But Unclassified information or program areas.  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Security Clearance Division, Clearance and Access Branch to help administer security briefings as well as review and write internal policy that addresses administrative security standards, classification management guidelines, access control requirements and physical security compliance standards.  This Security Specialist position starts at a salary of $89,033 (GS-13, step 1) with promotion potential to $115,742 (GS-13, step 10).  For more information on the Secret Service click here.  For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here. 


    • U.S. citizenship is required.


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    The selectee will serve as Security Specialist in the Security Clearance Division, Clearance and Access Branch. Typical work assignments include:

    • Providing guidance and training for security specialists related to security protocols and operational procedures; providing expertise in the operations of classification management, access control, the development of physical security facility plans, and administrative security; and sensitive compartmented information (SCI) program as it relates to personnel security and physical security matters;
    • Making recommendations for changing existing policy and for implementing new policy; developing access control policies and procedures; developing guidelines and procedures for special access approval;
    • Coordinating the review and inspection of facilities, surveys and operations; evaluating existing security practices; and correcting deficiencies;


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    GS13: You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $89,033) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level performing duties such as: program management as it relates to 3 of the 5 program areas (i.e., Physical Security, Information Access Control, Administrative Security, Classification Management and Sensitive Compartmented Information) programs.


    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. Qualifications Must Be Met The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a full field investigation is required before appointment.
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
    • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
    • Undergo occasional travel.


    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. A score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices, in order to be considered and deemed eligible. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Knowledge of security policies, procedures, directives, and regulations impacting the administration of various security program areas (i.e., special investigations, access control, operations security, classification management, administrative security, physical security, and sensitive compartmented information), in order to provide advice, expertise and guidance to management.
    • Skill to analyze security legislation, and new or revised security regulations, and evaluate and make recommendations concerning the expected impact.
    • Ability to collect and summarize analysis of information concerning program or deficiencies, and develop plans and recommendations to enhance security programs for management evaluation.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85.0 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.


    Veterans: Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). For more information, click here.  


    Military Spouse Appointing Authority: Executive Order 13473, dated September 28, 2008, authorized the noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses to competitive service positions. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) codified implementing regulations at 5 CFR 315.612, effective September 11, 2009. For more information click here.


    Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.

    To preview questions please click here.


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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."


    Relocation expenses will not be authorized.


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    This position is being advertised via CareerConnector which is an automated staffing system. 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. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Human Capital Division and an employment packet will be sent to you. The employment packet must be completed and received within the Human Capital Division no later than the closing date (Eastern Standard Time) of this vacancy announcement. The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.


    In addition to submitting your resume and addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
    • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
    • Are you a Veteran? Submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates  of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility. Click here for more veterans' information.
    • Are you a Military Spouse? If you are applying under Executive Order 13473, click here for required documents.
    • Are you a current or former Federal Employee? Submit a copy of your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied and highest grade and step. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.
    • Are you claiming special appointing authority, such as Schedule A or VISTA/Peace Corps service? Submit proof of this eligibility. For additional information on special appointing authorities, click here.


    Human Capital Division
    Phone: 202-406-6420
    Fax: 999-999-9999
    TDD: 202-406-5390
    Agency Information:
    United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
    Please read entire announcement
    Please apply online
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 999-999-9999


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. Best-qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You may check the status of your application for this position by going to Click on the "My USAJOBS" tab, enter your user id and password, and click on "My Applications". You will also receive an email notification regarding your application status. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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