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Job Title:IT Specialist (INFOSEC)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Job Announcement Number:FERC-DE-2013-0045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$45,872.00 to $59,638.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 10, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2210-07

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.

As an IT Specialist in the Office of Electric Reliability, Division of Security, you will be responsible for a wide range of IT security management activities that apply to monitoring and controlling electrical power transmission and distribution infrastructure.  This includes overseeing the development and review of mandatory reliability and cyber security standards.  It also ensures compliance with approved cyber security standards by the users, owners and operators of the bulk power system.  Primary workload consists of performing or assisting in performing unusual or complex analysis of reliability filings and standards enforcement activities related to cyber security issues affecting the Nation’s energy infrastructure.  Some of the activities would include planning, developing, implementing, maintaining, and enhancing programs, policies, and procedures to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks and information related to the Nation’s bulk power system. 

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

DUTIES:

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Your major duties will include:

Assisting and/or participating in the review and analysis of cyber and physical security standards as they relate to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).

Participation in CIP audits, Event Analysis and Compliance Violation Investigations related to cyber security.

Conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs and participating in responding to external reviews and audits.

Assisting and/or performing in critical special studies and analyses on cyber security aspects of electric system reliability, and electric utility operations.

Participating in and/or providing staff support for technical conferences or other meetings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade; for GS-07 the next lower grade is a GS-05. Required specialized experience is defined as: limited 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-7, 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (overall GPA 2.94 or above).  The degree 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 submit your transcripts with your application to qualify based on education. 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.  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.

 

If you are relying on education to qualify for this position, you must have completed your degree within one month of the closing date of this vacancy announcement. 

 

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:

We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. 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 the total infrastructure protection environment and project skills. 

Knowledge in conducting internal control reviews of information technology systems and recommend attainable corrective actions for improvement.  

Knowledge of systems security laws, regulations, and policies (e.g. OMB A-130, FISMA, NIST publications, and guidelines relating to security, privacy, and contingency planning). 

Knowledge of systems security including cyber security policies or issues as related to the generation, transmission or distribution of electricity and/or operations of electro-mechanical devices, including state-of-the-art “smart” devices.


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, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. 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:

Amanda Perry
Phone: 202-502-8476
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: amanda.perry@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-2013-0045

Control Number:

335322400