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Job Title:IT Specialist (Information Security)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Departmental Administration

Job Announcement Number:IT-2013-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,823.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, January 18, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Kansas City, MO, USView Map


US Citizens or US Nationals


The United States Department of Agriculture overarching mission is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. With USDA you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities. By joining USDA, you can hone your career skills while helping to secure the U.S. future and make a real difference in the lives of Americans and people around the world.

This position is located in the National Information Technology Center (NITC), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), USDA, and is located in Kansas City, MO. The mission of NITC is to provide secure, reliable, and cost effective Enterprise Information Technology solutions and services to support the missions of agencies and offices both internal and external of USDA.  The primary purpose is to serve as Architect for NITC and USDA Enterprise Data Centers (EDCs) for OCIO, providing Information Technology (IT) architecture policy, standards, planning, and oversight for the NITC-owned and operated EDC technical environment(s).


This announcement is under Direct-Hire Authority to recruit for positions for which is a critical hiring need. Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and maybe required to serve a one year probationary period.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background Investigation.


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  • Plans and coordinates major agency IT enterprise-wide information systems (INFOSEC) security development efforts, such as coordinating the development of an agency's strategic enterprise INFOSEC policies, or managing important enterprise INFOSEC program and system initiatives. Plans, and manages enterprise INFOSEC initiatives, providing strategic direction to multiple enterprise applications, such as generating short and long term enterprise solutions, and providing impact analysis statements for key enterprise architectural decisions.
  • Provides expert analysis and advice and develops solutions to solve issues and problems associated with agency-wide IT programs. Applies many advanced statistical data and market trends from which to interpret meaning and evaluate findings. Reconciles conflicts between basic policies and program goals. Provides expert advice and recommendations to top management.


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Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

For the GS-13 level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that demonstrates: the use of Juniper Firewall, Access Control Lists, Intrusion Prevention and Intrusion Detection.  

For the GS-14 level:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level) that demonstrates:  the use of Juniper Firewall, Access Control Lists, Intrusion Prevention and Intrusion Detection. 

(Note:  There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:

There is no substitution of education for experience at this grade level.

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National;
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service;
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of a one year probationary period.


Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.  Qualified applicants will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Category placement will be determined based on applicants’ quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):  

  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art information systems security technologies and IT best practices in applying these technologies to an enterprise business applications environment.
  • Skill in the research and analysis of IT Infrastructure security capabilities and services and the development of solutions for integration and interoperability issues.
  • Skill in applying enterprise architecture principles to the design and development of complex, large scale security systems.
  • Ability to develop new methods, approaches, and procedures, and interpret guidelines, and standards related to life cycle development and the build-out of complex systems.
  • Skill in the development of long-range plans for network security systems and capabilities to mitigate security risks within the infrastructure.

For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.

  1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

  2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

  3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

  4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

If after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

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The Federal service offers a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. Explore the benefits offered at



  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): For more information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  For information on how to apply as a CTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. 
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify:  Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
  • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. 


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ONLINE APPLICATION: Application to this announcement requires the online submission of basic applicant information and responses to competency questions and submission of supporting documentation (described in the required documents section below). All application materials will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date. Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the number listed in the Contact information section. NOTE: Our online application system is 100% compatible with the following web browsers: Netscape; IE versions 5.5 and above and Safari 1.0 and above on Mac. If you are using any other web browser to complete your application you may experience errors, missing text or you may be unable to complete your application on-line. STEP ONE (On-line Resume): You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. The information you provide in your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to our system when you apply on-line. 1. Begin the application process by clicking on the [Apply Online] button at the bottom of the announcement. 2. Log into your USAJOBS account (if you are not already logged in) or create one (if you do not have one established). 3. Select the resume you would like to submit and click on [Apply for this position now!]. You will now be automatically transferred to our system where you will complete the application process. STEP TWO (Personal Information and Competencies): 1. Once you have been transferred, follow the on-screen prompts to complete your application. Be certain to read the on-screen instructions thoroughly before continuing. First, you will be asked to complete or update your information on file. 2. After completing or updating your information, you will be asked to respond to questions specific to this vacancy. You must respond to all questions in order to save or proceed with the application process. 3. Once you have answered all the vacancy questions click on [Finished]. STEP THREE (Faxing Supporting Documentation): The next step of the application process is to fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your supporting documentation submitted in order continue with the online portion of the application process. Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are properly faxed and received. All required documents must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. FAX INSTRUCTIONS: 1. After answering all vacancy related questions, you will be taken to a page containing a list of fax cover sheets for all required supporting documents. 2. If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status of those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are submitting an updated copy. 3. You must use a separate cover sheet for each type of supporting documentation. Choose the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column. 4. Click the Print Cover Sheets button. A window will pop up containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected. Print the coversheet(s). NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the coversheets. 5. Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any required fax cover sheets click on [Done]. You will be moved forward in the application process. 6. Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document is legible and all information is complete and signed, if necessary. Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Original documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes. 7. Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number specified on the cover sheet. NOTE: If you are faxing more than one document, EACH DOCUMENT MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet to the fax number specified on the cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS UNDER ONE COVER SHEET. 8. Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a unique identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly. 9. You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been successfully received by Human Resources. This EMAIL CONFIRMATION is our official receipt of submission. The fax confirmation generated by the fax machine is NOT your official receipt of submission. Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as specified under the required documents section by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. STEP FOUR (Review and Submit Application): The final step of the application process is to review and submit your complete online application package. 1. Review the personal information, core questions, vacancy questions and resume for accuracy and completeness. 2. Once you are satisfied with your application click on [Finished] to submit your application. If you do not click on [Finished] your application will not be submitted and you will not receive consideration. 3. Once you have submitted your application you will be redirected back to USAJOBS where you may view your application status, continue to browse for open positions and/or apply for additional positions. You may return at any time until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement to update or make changes to your application. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT APPLY ONLINE: You are strongly encouraged to complete the on-line portion of the application process via USAJOBS. If you cannot apply on-line, call the number listed under Agency Contact section between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to the closing date to request a hard copy of the complete application package. If you do not request the complete application package, and your application does not include all the information requested within the web site How do I apply if I cannot apply on-line (See link below.), you will not be considered for this vacancy. Be advised, if you request an application package late in the announcement period, you cannot receive an extension past the closing date. Hard copy faxed applications must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy applications that are not faxed will be accepted at the Human Resources Office listed in the Agency Contact section of this announcement until 4:30 p.m. All hard copy applications must include all the information listed at How do I Apply if I cannot apply on-line. Application packages submitted via e-mail will NOT be accepted. ***Do NOT use government postage paid envelopes. ***Applicants who cannot apply on-line, click the link below for instructions on how to apply. How to apply if I cannot apply online At the above web site, click on Frequently Asked Questions, then Appling for Jobs and finally How to apply if I cannot apply online ***Be certain to submit all supporting documentation. This information should be submitted in the format prescribed within the Required Documents section of this announcement. ***If you are found qualified for this position, you will ONLY be considered at the grade level(s) for which you applied* APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT ALL OF THE INFORMATION REQUESTED ON THE WEB SITE HOW DO I APPLY IF I CANNOT APPLY ON-LINE. APPLICANTS FAILING TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.


RESUME - showing relevant experience and education COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE VETERANS DOCUMENTATION - DD-214, SF-15 and the proof as requested on the SF-15 if claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference; DD-214 if claiming 5 point preference or VEOA eligibility (separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service). DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you MUST meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85)


Franky Reese
Phone: 301-504-4308
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Departmental Management
5601 Sunnyside Ave
Room 2-2149
Beltsville, MD
Fax: 571-258-4052


After the announcement has closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your eligibility and qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will inform you of your status upon completion of the evaluation process.

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