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Job Title:Security Assistant

Department:Executive Office Of The President

Agency:Office of Administration

Job Announcement Number:OA-13-13-GT-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$34,075.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year


Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


If you are a status candidate, please apply under Announcement # OA-13-13-GT-MP.


This position was previously announced under the announcement number OA-13-08-GT-DE.  If you previously applied to this position and wish to be considered, please re-apply under this announcement.

Begin a challenging and exciting career with the Executive Office of the President (EOP) providing support to the President of the United States.  The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President's message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad.  The EOP is comprised of the White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, National Security Staff, Council on Environmental Quality, Council of Economic Advisers, and the Office of Administration.  The Office of Administration (OA) provides a full array of customer-based services to the EOP.  To learn more about OA, please visit


The position is located in the Personnel Security Division, (PSD), Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Office of Administration (OA), Executive Office of the President (EOP).  The incumbent performs a variety of security administrative and assistance functions in support of the PSD.


**Notice:  More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.


Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Be at least 18 years old and obtain a favorable security determination
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required


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  • Serves as the primary liaison between the Personnel Security Division of the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer and the Personnel Security Office for various Federal agencies.
  • Responsible for the administration of security in/out processing procedures and for the processing of security investigations, buliding pass requests, clearance requests, background checks, answering questions, directing clients and ensuring the proper distribution of required forms and correspondence to the appropriate office personnel.
  • Queries the EOP Database Management System to answer inquiries on a variety of matters including clearance levels and the status of background investigations.
  • Prepares in final form, documentation and correspondence to the management and administration of the security office.


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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position.   The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.   Examples of specialized experience are:


For the GS-05:   You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector performing the following:  security assistant related experience providing customer service, utilizing desktop computer applications and effectively communicating both orally and in writing to all echelons of personnel; experience with the implementation of administrative rules, regulations, directives and instruction in the protection of classified materials; experience inspecting and evaluating procedures to formulate and coordinate security control and storage of classified materials.


For the GS-06:  You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector performing the following:  a complete understanding of in-processing newly assigned personnel, initiating e-QIP, passing security clearances/information, and ordering background investigations using OPM PIPS/CVS portal.


For the GS-07:  You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 grade level or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector performing the following:  experience with initial and period reinvestigations for personnel security clearance requirements; progressively responsible experience with security rules, regulations and procedures, or operations in order to perform assignments and resolve problems; experience performing clerical and assistant tasks in support of established personnel security programs.




EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE:   Education must demonstrate the applicant obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.  The postsecondary institution from which the education was received must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation by visiting the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcripts in order to receive credit for that education.      


For the GS-05:  Four years of post-high school education leading to a degree may be substituted for specialized experience.


NOTE:  There is no education substitution for positions above grade GS-06.  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements .  For additional information regarding combining education and experience, please visit http://www.opm/gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-cler.asp.

Please see "Qualifications Required" for requirements of the position.


How You Will Be Evaluated: Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required for the position.   Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be placed into one of the following categories based on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the specialized experience associated with this position:


  • Best Qualified (BQ) – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates exceptional experience in most of the requirements of the position.
  • Well Qualified (WQ) – Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrates strong experience in most of the requirements of the position.
  • Qualified (Q) - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets the requirements of the position either through experience or education.


QUALITY RANKING FACTORS:   Address the following Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs)/Critical Elements within the body of your resume.


  • Knowledge of a body of standardized security rules, regulations and directives to perform a full range of standard personnel security assignments such as processing a variety of security actions, processing forms for various investigation requirements, reviewing reports of information/investigation on individuals and responding to routine inquiries about personnel security matters.
  • Knowledge of security forms, procedures, and requirements related to personnel security sufficient to screen investigation requests to determine which need to be referred to a specialist; extract information from reports; and provide basic information about personnel security programs.
  • Knowledge of one or more automated databases such as the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Process (e-QIP), the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS), and Personnel Investigations Processing System (PIPS), that are associated with a specific security function to support office and security operations and produce a variety of documents and reports.
  • Knowledge of general clerical office procedures.


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Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


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To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager. Your application packet must include a completed Occupational Questionnaire, resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation.  To complete the Occupational Questionnaire, please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.  Please see "Required Documents" section below for additional information.  All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.


We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you are unable to upload your supporting documents, please complete and use the cover page located at and fax them to 1-478-757-3144.  The cover page MUST include: VIN #802967, SSN, name used to complete Occupational Questionnaire, and address.


If you are not able to apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, ;
  • Print form 1203FX to provide your response to the Occupational Questionnaire:; and
  • Fax completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Form 1203FX will serve as a cover page for the fax submission. 


It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate.   Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.   If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means   applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.


Application packages will NOT be accepted via mail.  Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages.


  • Resume which must include the following information: announcement number and job title for which you are applying; beginning and ending dates (mo/yr) for paid or non-paid work experience; and average number of hours worked per week.
  • Education - If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript or an appropriate course listing.  The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but MUST provide the original if selected.
  • Completed Occupational Questionnaire


  • Special Appointing Authority – Separate referral lists will be generated for applicants eligible to be appointed under a non-competitive special appointing authority.   If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not need to compete with the public for federal jobs.  To determine your eligibility, please read the information below and click on the appropriate link for additional details.
  • Veteran's Preference must provide the following: DD-214 (member copy 4) showing dates served, discharge type, and campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned and VA Disability Award Letter displaying the percentage awarded.  If you do not supply the required documentation to verify your eligibility you will not receive proper credit for preference. For additional details visit:
  • Schedule A (Severely Physically Handicapped) must provide documentation from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Service.  For additional details visit:
  • Other miscellaneous hiring authorities information may be found at:


EOP - OA Client Services
Phone: (202)395-1088
Agency Information:
Executive Office of the President
725 17th Street NW
Washington , DC


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.   We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications based on the information provided and may interview the best qualified applicants.   After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening.   If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.


You will be notified four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.

2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.

3. After the certificate(s) is issued.

4. After the final selection(s) is made.

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