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Job Title:Telecommunications Specialist

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Job Announcement Number:NTIA-OSM-2013-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Wednesday, February 06, 2013




Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full-time, Permanent




FEW vacancies in the following location:
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All qualified U.S. citizens.


The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the President's principal advisor on telecommunications and information policy issues.  NTIA represents the Executive Branch in both domestic and international telecommunications and information policy activities.  NTIA also manages the Federal use of the radio spectrum, performs cutting-edge telecommunications research and engineering, and administers infrastructure and public telecommunications facilities grants.

This position is also being announced concurrently under Merit Assignment Procedures (MAP) vacancy announcement number: NTIA-OSM-2013-0014.  Applicants who wish to be considered under MAP must apply to both announcements.

The position is located in the Spectrum Engineering and Analysis Division (SEAD) an organizational element of the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Office of Spectrum Management (OSM). The incumbent will occupy a permanent position in OSM.  The incumbent performs duties covering a wide range of activities necessary to carry out the Department’s domestic and international spectrum management responsibilities.  The incumbent will serve as a project lead reporting directly to the Chief of the SEAD. 


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (, if applicable.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • You must be able to obtain Secret Security clearance.


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The incumbent in this position will serve as a lead member in a working group that will prepare plans to maintain and develop computer-aided spectrum engineering and analysis models that will be used to characterize and resolve spectrum issues and make more efficient and effective use of the spectrum.  The incumbent will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federal Government spectrum management processes through computer automation and in conjunction with IT staff members, define new spectrum analytical software and develop analysis tools for agency use that is complaint with OSM’s Enterprise Architecture.  The incumbent will support the implementation of the OSM IT improvement plan as applies to spectrum analysis and engineering and support the work of the IRAC TSC chaired by SEAD.  The incumbent will also provide support in developing policy recommendations on various domestic rulemaking actions taking into account Federal agency and Administration views and utilize the procedures contained in the NTIA Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management, including:  Annex I (Coordination Procedures), Annex J (Necessary Bandwidth), and Chapter 5 (Spectrum Standards). 


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For the GS-14, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or equivalent band.  Specialized experience is defined as making decisions and recommendations related to domestic spectrum management process and developing IT solutions for spectrum management problems to include analyzing and displaying frequency assignment data to evaluate usage trends and assessing potential sharing opportunities.  Experience developing automated electromagnetic compatibility analysis capabilities used in assessing spectrum sharing between different radiocommunication services; and identifying deficiencies in existing computer models and modeling techniques and develop proposed solutions to address the deficiencies.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.   The best qualified candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility : Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1.  Knowledge of policy and processes associated to spectrum management for the Federal Government.

2.  Knowledge of the statutory and regulatory framework that serves as the basis for radio frequency management in the United States.

3.  Knowledge of enabling spectrum management software tools for evaluation of improving the effectiveness and efficiency in spectrum usage.

4.  Knowledge of innovations in Information Technology. 

5.  Skill in employing software modeling techniques to solve spectrum management problems.

6.  Skill in identifying deficiencies or gaps, in order to formulate recommended process and/or policy improvements.

7.  Ability to implement improvements in the spectrum management process.

For more information on category rating, please go to:

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most federal employees at


ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1.            A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.

2.            A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL.

3.            A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

4.            Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA): 

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):

30% or more disabled veterans: 

Persons with disabilities:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP):

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Christine Covington at 202.482.3041 or


A complete application consists of the following:

  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation.  Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation.  If applicable, see Other Information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.


Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

1.  Application Received or Application Incomplete;

2.  Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

3.  Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

4.  Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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