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Job Title:  Systems Risk Analyst
Agency:  Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Job Announcement Number:  CFTC-DMO-2013-0026

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,956.00 to $131,968.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
20581View Map
Chicago, IL, USView Map
60654View Map
We will accept applications from U.S. Citizens. Applicants with status or those eligible under special hiring authorities, should apply under CFTC Merit Promotion announcement CFTC-DMO-2013-0027. However if you desire consideration also and this public non-status announcement, you must apply to both. (Status applicants are current permanent Federal employees in the competitive service and former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility.)


Apply now for an exciting opportunity at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). With an expanded mission and authority to include oversight of the swap markets integrity, transparency and preventing and prosecuting fraud, manipulation and other abuse in the futures and options markets. Please visit to learn more about the CFTC.

The incumbent serves as a Systems Risk Analyst in the Division of Market Oversight’s Examinations Branch, and is responsible for supporting and conducting reviews of the electronic systems and the business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities of existing and new applicants for designation as exchanges, swap data repositories, and swap execution facilities.



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    As a Systems Risk Analyst you will support regular technology examinations of the electronic systems and the business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities of existing Designated Contract Markets, Swap Execution Facilities, and Swap Data Repositories, and review applications for designation in those categories. Your duties will include:


    • Participating in examinations of existing Designated Contract Markets (DCMs), Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs), and Swap Data Repositories (SDRs) as well as reviews of applications by entities to become registered as DCMs, SEFs, or SDRs. Topic areas include: (1) Information security; (2) Business continuity and disaster recovery planning and resources; (3) Capacity and performance planning; (4) System operations (including configuration and event management); (5) Systems development and quality assurance; (6) Physical security and environmental controls; and (7) Enterprise risk management and internal audit.


    • Meeting with officials and representatives of DCMs, SEFs, and SDRs concerning aspects of such reviews or concerning review findings, and participating in the Division’s assessment of the efficacy and timeliness of corrective actions by reviewed entities. 
    • Preparing reports to the Commission regarding review findings and recommendations made for eliminating weaknesses identified.  
    • Preparing technology profiles of Exchanges, selecting and summarizing key information contained in the documentation obtained during reviews.   
    • Assisting with ongoing special projects and with development of the Division’s market continuity program, including its review guidelines, procedures, and assessment tools.


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    To qualify, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-7 or equivalent level to qualify at the GS-9, with commensurately greater experience for applicants applying at Grades 11 and 12. Specialized experience is described as experience in any or all of the areas below:

    • Planning, conducting, or reporting on compliance or management control reviews of complex electronic systems.
    • Working with the IT and/or business sides of technologically complex entities.
    • Information security.
    • Network design or implementation.
    • Systems capacity and performance planning.
    • System operations (including configuration, change and/or event management).
    • Systems development and quality assurance.
    • Physical security and environmental controls.
    • Enterprise risk management and internal audit.


    This position is open to all current and former tenured Federal candidates.


    Your application will be evaluated and rated under CFTC Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

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    We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, employer paid dental, medical benefits, Life Cycle Fund and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Explore the major benefits offered to CFTC employees at


    Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.


    Probation Period. Candidates selected under competitive examining procedures will subject to a one-year probationary period.


    Veterans Preference. If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume.

    • In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    • In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
    • Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under “How You Will Be Evaluated,” veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-disconnected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).



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    YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE. Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. You must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom 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 USAJOBS 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. EST.


    • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
    • An unofficial college transcript (Note: if you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day. Submit only if specified in the announcement. ) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)
    • If you are requesting Veterans Preference, you must submit:
    1. Copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty).
    2. Standard Form (SF) 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.
    3. VA Letter



    Larry Mack
    Phone: 202-418-5013
    Fax: 202-418-5521
    Agency Information:
    Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Three Lafayette Centre
    1155 21st Street, NW
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 202-418-5521


    Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”

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