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Job Title:IT Specialist (SA/AS) JAVA Application Developer

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:13CE2-ITX0258-2210-13-AD

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

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$81,823.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Tuesday, August 06, 2013








38 vacancies in the following location(s):
Lanham, MDView Map
Detroit, MIView Map
Austin, TXView Map
Farmers Branch, TXView Map
Ogden, UT, USView Map
More Locations  (1)



AMENDED to include information regarding Veterans Sole Survivorship Preference


WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

Veterans Sole Survivorship Preference: Veteran released or discharged under honorable conditions from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a Sole Survivorship discharge (SSP), you may be eligible for Veteran's Preference. To receive credit, please update your application to indicate that you are a "5-point preference based on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (TP) and include documentation to support your claim. To update your application, sign in to your "My Account" in USAJOBS and EDIT PROFILE. All veterans preference questions are found in your "Hiring Eligibility" Update question #3 to show 5-point preference if you are claiming SSP. See the section entitled "How to Apply, What if I forgot to submit something" for instructions on updating your application and adding the necessary documentation for consideration.

This announcement is being used to create an inventory of qualified applicants for IT JAVA Application Developers and will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies. The following cut-off dates have been identified for order of consideration: 02/22/13, 03/22/13, 04/22/13, 05/22/13, 06/21/13, and 07/23/13. Eligible applicants will be considered as vacancies become available based on cut-off dates and date of application. Eligible CP and CPS compensable veterans will be considered with the first group of certified eligibles referred after applications are received. Applicants not meeting minimal qualification by any of the above cut off dates have the opportunity to submit updated information/documentation to support their eligibility at any time before the closing date of the announcement.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)? The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

WHAT DOES AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (SYSTEMS ANALYSIS/APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE) DO? An Information Technology Specialist, in the Systems Analysis/Applications Software organization, provides expert technical support to internal and external customers by providing programming and analytical support for the development and implementation of critical software applications. In this role, you will be called upon to create, support, and sustain a stable information technology environment for mission critical applications for the agency's Business and/or Functional Operating Divisions.

The mission of IRS Information Technology is to provide leadership in the delivery of information technology solutions that anticipate and meet enterprise-wide needs by empowering employees to deliver customer-centered, value-creating systems, products, services, and support.

Positions are located in Lanham, MD; Ogden, UT, Farmers Branch, TX, Martinsburg, WV; Detroit, MI; Austin, TX.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at




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  • Opportunities for a flexible work place may be available.
  • Moving expenses are not authorized.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm


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As an Information Technology Specialist (Systems Analysis/Applications Software) you will:

  • Ensure the integration of IT programs and services;
  • Develop solutions to integration/interoperability issues;
  • Design, develop, and manage IT security systems that meet current and future business requirements, and apply or extend, enhance, or optimize the existing architecture; managing assigned projects;
  • Communicate complex technical requirements to non-technical personnel, and prepare and present briefings to senior management officials on complex/controversial issues.
  • Develop software applications for the PC/Server/Web portal environment, such as Java, J2EE, XML, HTML, SOAP, SQL, DB2, Oracle, other object oriented language and/or other Web technologies.
  • Use applications such as Rational Application Developer for WebSphere, Rational Suite, Relational Databases Applications, Erwin, Infragistics, Business Objects, ROBO Help, Adobe Framemaker, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Office, and use expertise in Enterprise Life Cycle (ELC), and Enterprise Architecture.
  • Identify resource requirements for major national projects and assigns tasks to project members, reports progress, and ensures customer and management involvement throughout the software development process.
  • Resolve critical issues affecting the configuration of the IT infrastructure; identify and correct weaknesses in critical performance parameters and variances.
  • Improve productivity and software quality throughout the life cycle of a broad range of IRS IT applications.
  • Lead major projects to develop, interpret, and implement guidelines for other specialist to design and deliver PC/Server/Web portal environments.
  • Formulate a comprehensive vision for future applications of the PC/Server/Web portal environment and develops plans to align the environment with business requirements.


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    You must meet one or more of the following basic requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    GS-13-LEVEL At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 12 level that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated through assignments that required the ability to analyze a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of ADP system design. This would include defining what system interrelationships must be considered, or what operating mode, system software, and/or equipment configuration is most appropriate for a given project. In addition, your experience must include planning and coordinating an agency-wide implementation of process improvement methods and concepts to improve the quality of software products; Serving as the principle advocate within the agency/organization for the application of process improvement concepts and practices; and Consulting with senior specialists and IT managers throughout the agency in the implementation of process improvement practices. In addition, to be qualified at this level, you must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and experience in the use of JAVA. Your knowledge and experience must be sufficient to provide expert technical advice, guidance and recommendations to management and other technical specialists on critical IT issues relative to applying systems analysis principles and techniques.


    In addition to the above, to be qualified for this position at this grade level you must have experience as a Senior JAVA Developer & technical lead; including interpreting & implementing requirements.  Experience of J2EE (JEE5/JEE6) integrated environments demonstrated by developing complex projects with HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB), Java Architecture for XML-Web Services (JAX-WS), Enterprise Beans JPA/Hibernate, Java Server Faces (JSF), Spring Applications Framework & Eclipse deployed to enterprise application server with user interfaces.




    1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. You will respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following competencies: Project/ Program Management, Analytical/Critical Thinking, and Oral and Written Communications.
    2. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position. For tips preparing your resume click for cover letter tips click
    3. You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on your responses to the online questions. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.) Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service -connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their responses to the questions and will be referred for selection before non-preference eligibles with the same category. Applicants are tentatively assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation and/or assessment results.
    4. Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position(s). Applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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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. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at:


    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Carmel Cipriano at Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 Personal Identity Verification); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification. IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.


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    The application process has 6 STEPS: 

    STEP 1: Create an account at: .

    STEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your Resume into USAJOBS.

    STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to , copy and enter the announcement number in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click "Apply for this position now!"

    STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy". STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.

    STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application. WHAT IF I FORGOT TO SUBMIT SOMETHING?

    1. Log into My USAJOBS at with your user name and password.
    2. Click on "Application Status".
    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.
    4. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.
    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click "Finish" to save this change.


    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the click here. you must submit proof of eligibility.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION For additional information see link at bottom of announcement

    Sole Survivorship Preference: Veterans released or discharged under honorable conditions from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a Sole Survivorship discharge (SSP), may be eligible for Veteran's Preference. To receive credit, please update your application to indicate that you are entitled to "Veteran's Preference by reason of Sole Survivorship Discharge" and include documentation to support your claim. See the section entitled "How to Apply, What if I forgot to submit something" for instructions on updating your application and adding the necessary documentation for consideration



    Kim Flood
    Phone: 631-654-6641
    Fax: 000-000-0000
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    Holtsville, NY
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    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. 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 communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile. You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application."

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    38 vacancies in the following locations:
    Lanham, MDView Map
    Detroit, MIView Map
    Austin, TXView Map
    Farmers Branch, TXView Map
    Ogden, UT, USView Map
    Martinsburg, WV, USView Map

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