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Job Title:IT Specialist (INFOSEC) - Direct Hire Authority

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Job Announcement Number:FERC-DE-2013-0046

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$54,032.00 to $70,236.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington, DC, USView Map
FEW vacancies - Hagerstown, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means. To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.ferc.gov.

These positions are located in either the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security (OEIS) or the Office of Electric Reliability (OER).  OEIS provides leadership, expertise, and assistance to the Commission in identifying, communicating, and seeking comprehensive solutions to significant potential cyber and physical security risks to the energy infrastructure under the Commission’s jurisdiction.  OER serves the public interest by providing leadership and vision in promoting competitive markets and ensuring just and reasonable rates, terms and conditions of service in natural gas pipeline, oil pipeline and electric power markets.

Under the guidance of senior staff, the incumbent will work with government and private sector specialists on assigned segments to analyze, monitor developments and report on design efforts in order to achieve a high level of security and protection for the nation's energy assets. Because of the importance of software for energy delivery and market operations, the incumbent will work with engineers, analysts and senior staff to identify and promote the mitigation of areas of vulnerability in order to improve the security of electric grid operations as well as other energy delivery systems.  

More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.

Position is included in the Bargaining Unit

Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet specialized experience
  • One year probationary period may be required
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service
  • A background investigation is required
  • Some travel may be required

DUTIES:

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Analyzing policies and practices for the development and implementation of protection mechanisms for the cyber-security of energy infrastructure necessary for a reliable interconnected national power system and facilitating processes to engage Office leadership and staff in policy development; 

Performing analyses related to cyber-security of SCADA systems affecting the national energy infrastructure; 

Assisting with the implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities; e.g., intrusion detection or access authentication programs, coordinate the implementation of security programs across platforms, and establish vulnerability reporting criteria;

Identifying security requirements and issues and providing technical support on cyber-security as it affects energy infrastructure and critical assets;

Obtaining and maintaining familiarity with cyber-security systems and industry standards used to protect critical energy infrastructure; Supporting FERC staff in development and enforcement of the cyber-security component of reliability standards; 

Assisting in the development of improved software and other measures that facilitate secure and effective energy infrastructure operations; 

Performing special studies and analyses, with emphasis on cyber-security, and regulatory systems and procedures employed by the Office in the execution of its regulatory responsibilities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade; for GS-09 the next lower grade is a GS-07. Required specialized experience is defined as: expertise in areas related to: Communications Security Management, Standards Compliance, Computer Network Defense, Configuration Management, Data Management, Encryption, Hardware, Information Assurance, Information Systems Security Certification, and Information Systems/Network Security. Specific experience with electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution systems, control systems, SCADA, or programmable logic controllers is desirable. **Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy**.


Education can be substituted for experience.  To be eligible for the GS-9, you must show possession of a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree. The degree in must be in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

**You must meet these educational requirements by June 30, 2013, of this vacancy closing. 

**If you are using a combination of education and experience to qualify for this position, you must meet the educational requirements above by June 30, 2013, of this vacancy closing. 

CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR COURSEWORK TO BE VERIFIED; FAILURE TO INCLUDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN CANDIDATES NOT BEING CONSIDERED; TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy.  Transcripts must be submitted at time of application.  All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement.  If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

These positions are being filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA) and are open to all US citizens. Applications that meet the basic qualifications will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applicants and veteran's preference do not apply.  NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as:

Knowledge of cyber security vulnerabilities and mitigation procedures.

Ability to plan analyze and conduct research projects.

Ability to present research, findings and recommendations both orally and in writing.

Ability to work in a team environment.

 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes: Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards; Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year; Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire; A wide choice of health insurance plans, and coverage for pre-existing conditions. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums; Flexible spending accounts for health care and for dependent care, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, and health and fitness programs. Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here.



OTHER INFORMATION:

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply

Tips for Applying  For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations  you've given. 

-Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement. 

-Submit all requested documentation; e.g., SF-50, performance appraisal, transcripts



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please note that if you do not provide all required information by the closing of the announcement, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible).

ICTAP PRIORITY PROVISIONS: Current or former Federal employees who are or were on career or career conditional appointments may have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this consideration, applicants must be well qualified for the position to which applying. To be well qualified, applicants must receive a score of 90 or higher. You will need to provide the Federal Agency Name and date of your Reduction in Force notice, what your most recent performance rating was and your position, grade level and duty location of your last SF-50. At time of appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of agency Reduction in Force notice, a copy of most recent performance rating and a copy of most recent SF-50. You must provide a statement of eligibility at the point of application. VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Steven Eskin
Phone: 202-502-6164
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: steven.eskin@ferc.gov
Agency Information:
FERC
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC
20426
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your application up to four times throughout the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

FERC-DE-2013-0046

Control Number:

335156000