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Job Title:IT Specialist (APPSW)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Job Announcement Number:D-DFAS-801979-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$45,192.00 to $59,638.00 / Per Year


Friday, December 07, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Indianapolis, IN United StatesView Map
Columbus, OH United StatesView Map
Cleveland, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


DFAS' mission is to lead the DoD in finance and accounting by ensuring the delivery of efficient, exceptional quality pay and financial information. We take pride in serving the men and women who defend America. DFAS is seeking goal-oriented people who like a challenge and care about serving our country. We offer rewarding careers in finance, accounting, information systems, contracting services, human resources, clerical work and many other areas. For more information visit

Vacancy Information: This position is located in Information and Technology, Web Systems area at Indianapolis, Indiana, OR Cleveland, Ohio, OR Columbus, Ohio. Salary range represents the lowest pay in Indianapolis, IN and the highest pay in Columbus, OH. To see the total salary including locality pay for specific locations, go to:

This position is being announced using the USA Staffing Application Manager system. Please click the How to Apply tab for instructions on applying for this position.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Background Investigation
  • Suitable for Federal Employment
  • Registered for Selective Service (if applicable)


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The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position.

  • Perform software design and development, unit testing, and debugging of software code using Java Enterprise 5+, Eclipse/NetBeans/JDeveloper, Oracle 11g, Structured Query Language (SQL) Server, Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), .NET Tools, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)/Javascript, Apache Tomcat and Weblogic.
  • Perform installation and administration of Apache Web Server, Tomcat Application Server, JBoss Application Server, WebLogic Application Server, Open Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) in a secure Solaris UNIX environment.
  • Review and analyze system change requests for existing or new IT systems, programming specifications, inputs/outputs, structures, and other analytical products to document solutions implemented for both functional and technical requirements.
  • Creates, modifies and maintains software solutions, design documents, technical documentation, and supporting documentation for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service meeting customer defined needs.
  • Operates in a team environment supported by version control, configuration management, and workload estimation/tracking technologies.


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Basic Requirement: Applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating:

1.)Attention to Detail

2.)Customer Service

3.)Oral Communication

4.) Problem Solving; -OR- Meet the education detailed in the qualification standards

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, qualified applicants must possess:

One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade (GS-05) within the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required. Specialized Experience is defined as: applying basic IT principles and practices to provide software development support for an automated information system; providing input to design specifications, testing plans, and issue resolution.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:One full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (SAA) may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement.Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. If you are using education to substitute for specialized experience, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) or some form of proof of your education.To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Failure to provide documentation at the time of processing, or a determination that you do not possess sufficient education and experience to meet the total qualification requirements, will result in an ineligible rating.

Background or Security Investigation:This is a non-critical sensitive position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation which may delay your starting date. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the employment offer may be withdrawn. Individuals selected for this position are required to obtain and maintain a favorable security determination to occupy a sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment. Failure to maintain eligibility to occupy a sensitive position may result in termination. For more information see the security section of Understanding Vacancy Announcements.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:

  1. Qualified Category. Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
  2. Highly Qualified Category. Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
  3. Best Qualified Category. Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible's who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies:

  • IT Specification Analysis: Define the information technology specification needed to execute tasks to support end user functional requirements.
  • Software Development: Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for designing, developing, and testing software in a given environment.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  • Communication: The ability to communicate to a varied audience both in writing and orally. 
  • DFAS recognizes the value of competencies gained through formal education and professional certifications. To ensure that consistent credit is given for these credentials in the selection process DFAS has developed standard selection criteria to be used when filling positions in professional and administrative series. Selections for professional and administrative positions will be based on four categories of selection criteria:Experience, Other, Education, and Certifications.


All information included in the resume and Occupational Questionnaire is subject to review and verification. HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have misrepresented your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position and, if you're already an employee, you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service.


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Competitive wages, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive benefits packages found in either government or private sector.  These extraordinary benefits encompass health, pay, work/life balance, growth & learning.


  • Moving expenses will not be paid.
  • Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from the DoD Program for Stability of Civilian Employment.
  • A one year probationary or trial period may be required.
  • We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
  • Travel requirement may be Seldom (less than 15%).
  • Retired Civil Service Employee:  Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance.  (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Priority Consideration:  If you are a displaced Federal Civil Service employee and attain a rating of at least 85 or are placed into the middle quality level category of "Highly Qualified" under category rating procedures, you may be entitled to receive special priority selection under the ICTAP.  For more information on ICTAP, click here ICTAP GuidanceNOTE:  If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are NOT ICTAP eligible.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID801979.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Résumé, you are encouraged to choose only ONE method of submitting your resume. (HR will review the resume that the system date stamps as the latest one received and this may not be the resume which best reflects your qualifications for the job and may result in an ineligible rating.) You may submit your resume by:  attaching in your USAJobs account; uploading in your Application Manager account; OR faxing.
  2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Other Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status. They must be received by the closing date of the announcement or at the time of application if applying to an announcement with an extended closing date.

  1. Transcripts and/or Certifications: You must submit documentation if you are substituting education for experience. Many applicants must also submit documentation for proof of meeting the basic education requirement. For additional information on acceptable documents, click here Transcripts and Certifications. You must also document your education and/or certifications in your resume.
  2. Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation. Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran's preference, and will possibly impact your placement on the certificate. For more veterans' information please click here.
    • 10-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a signed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof as required by the SF-15. Click here for a copy of the SF-15.
    • 5-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 which includes Character of Service (usually Member-4 copy). If you are currently active duty, a "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).
  3. Military Spouse Preference: Copy of spousal travel orders providing eligibility.
  4. ICTAP Eligibles: A copy of the RIF separation notice and SF50 if available.
  5. Cover Letter: You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume. Your cover letter will not be used to verify your qualifications or determine eligibility for preference.

Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.


HR Customer Care Center
Phone: (317)212-0454
TDD: (317)212-6579
Agency Information:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service DEU
Indianapolis, IN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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