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Job Title:Information Technology Security Risk Assessment Officer, SL-2210-00

Department:Department Of Education

Agency:Office of the Deputy Secretary of Education

Job Announcement Number:ODS-2013-0011

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Monday, August 5, 2013




Full-time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map


The area of consideration for this position is "All Recruiting Sources." 

One or more vacancies may be filled through this announcement.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is looking for the best and brightest to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. If you are a highly-motivated, creative individual who would like to work for an agency that establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, distributes as well as monitors those funds; collects data on America's schools and disseminates research; focuses national attention on key educational issues; and prohibits discrimination and ensures equal access to education, ED is the place for you!

This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Secretary in the US Department of Education. It is established to serve as a senior level advisor to top agency management on critical issues in the field of Information Technology. The Information Technology Security Risk Assessment Officer will work closely with the Department of Education’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Principal Office Information Assurance (IA) staffs and representatives, in ensuring a comprehensive approach to risk management within the Department.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.,
  • Must complete a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Must complete a drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance (TS/SCI).


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As the Information Technology Security Risk Assessment Officer in the Office of the Deputy Secretary you will direct and develop the Information Technology Security Risk Office while working in coordination with the IT Security Risk Officers and the CIO, CISO, CAO, and other senior leadership.

You will manage and supervise the Enterprise IT Security Risk Management Program and maintain the Department’s Master Security Risk Profile (MSRP) for information and information technology risks, monitor the progress of established Enterprise IT Risk Management Program goals and objectives.

You will coordinate with the Department’s component offices, Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and other IT officials, the Office of the General Counsel, and, consistent with the requirements of the Inspector General Act of 1978, the Office of the Inspector General to identify and enumerate critical and essential information within the Department of Education, and to assess and make recommendations regarding security risk management controls.

You will conduct routine security risk management briefings and milestone reviews to the CIO on deliverables supporting the CISO’s Information Assurance goals and objectives. Collaborate and coordinate with the Certification Agent on system assessments and security risk management governance, policy and guidance and manage corrective action plans and follow up, as necessary.

You will analyze and support the effectiveness and execution of IT security policies, plans, and procedures by assessing and advising on the certification of Department of Education systems and networks: data and network security measures, network intrusion detection and forensics processes, and information system security incident handling procedures.

You will examine the contract environment with regards to information technology security risk management, terms and conditions, legal environment, and contract performance history; field opinions of key stakeholders and negotiate to create the best outcome possible for IT security risk management within the Department.

You will develop and calculate key metrics for cost and technical performance with regard to information technology security risk management. Develop models for integrated technical and cost performance that can be used to determine the quantitative impact of a metric from beginning to end of a complete IT security risk management process.

You will develop and maintain an IT security risk management framework that identifies, assesses, and quantifies security risk, to support the organization in making informed risk management decisions regarding information technology resources.


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The qualifications include specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  

Examples of such experience include: analyzing information technologies, architecture, and standards; developing functional and technical requirements and specifications; establishing policies and procedures for the use, distribution and support of IT assets; evaluating and recommending new database technologies and architecture; defining and maintaining physical and virtual network architecture and infrastructure; and leading or managing computer projects, like those described in the previous examples.


Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position.  These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs 1-4 listed below.  Your answers to the online experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs.  However, a separate response is required for KSA 5.

Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):

1. Knowledge supporting multiple Information Technology support services in acquisitions, contracting and Enterprise Wide Risk Management IT security control policies related to privacy safeguard practices.

2. Knowledge and experience managing complex functional implementation projects in an Enterprise IT Risk Management Program environment with multiple projects, achieving project goals within budget and established time frames.

3. Ability to analyze and solve network security infrastructure problems, investigates issues, make complicated recommendations to management based on the analysis results and provide direction and guidance. 

4. Knowledge in security reliability, accessibility, and integrity procedures in compliance with enterprise IT Risk Management standards.

5. Leading Continuous Process Improvement and Analytical Problem Solving. (For this KSA only, you must prepare a narrative response not to exceed 1 page.  This response must be uploaded at the end of the application process.) Demonstrated experience in solving complex problems and utilizing data analysis to lead a strategic approach for developing a culture of continuous improvement in the areas of reliability, process cycle time, cost, quality, and productivity.  (Competencies: benchmarking, business process and quality management, problem structuring, data gathering, data analysis, findings synthesis, option and recommendation development). Your narrative for this KSA must include descriptions of how you have led a strategic approach for developing a culture of continuous improvement and improvements you have led in the areas of reliability, process cycle times, cost-effectiveness, quality, and productivity. Additionally, you should cite examples that demonstrate your ability to solve complex and potentially ambiguous problems using a full range of analytical techniques including  problem structuring, data-gathering, data analysis, findings synthesis, option and recommendation development. 


High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be substantiated by your resume. Be sure that the experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficient information that clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you exaggerate or falsify your experience, education and/or your responses to questions, your ratings can/will be changed, or you may be removed from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions will be rated ineligible. Eligible candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three (3) categories as described below:

1 - Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "Q" score between 70 and 84.99 meet the specialized experience outlined in the Minimum Qualification Requirements section of this announcement.

2 - Well Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "WQ" score between 85 and 94.99 exceed the Minimum Qualification Requirements based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions.

3 - Best Qualified Category - Applicants who have a "BQ" score between 95 and 100 Outstanding level based on review of resume and vacancy specific questions. 

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Education offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave, federal holidays, health and life insurance, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), including the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  Click on to find out more about federal benefits.

Why Work at ED?

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is a great place to work. For more detailed information regarding our various work sites, please click on the link below:

As an ED employee, you will benefit from our family-friendly work environment.  As part of our commitment to maintain a productive balance between work and home, we offer excused leave for Parent/Teacher Conferences (4 hours); excused leave for annual health screenings (4 hours); and matching leave for community volunteer service.  Other incentives such as Telecommuting and Alternative Work Schedules also may be available to you.

ED offers positions that are fair and competitive in compensation; developmental opportunities to exhibit teamwork and goal-oriented projects to enrich your federal career.

Student Loan Repayment may be paid if negotiated and approved prior to appointment.


The Federal Government is committed to expanding access to employment by hiring people with disabilities; providing technical assistance and information on reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities; and identifying and removing barriers to work.  Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either competitively (where qualified individuals compete with one another through a structured process), noncompetitively (where a qualified individual may be selected based on a special appointing authority), or through an excepted appointing authority for people with disabilities (i.e. Schedule A).  People who are selected for a Federal job must meet the qualification requirements for the position and be able to perform the essential duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)- Eligible federal employees who were in positions and who were displaced from their positions may be eligible for selective priority over other candidates, under the ICTAP or the CTAP.  Information about these programs may be found at the following links. In order to qualify, your application must receive a score of 85 in comparison with the knowledge, skills and abilities criteria.  If you believe you are eligible for this special consideration, it is critical that you read the information provided in the links below.



Student Loan Default

Applicants selected for positions are subject to a background check to verify that he or she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment.



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You must apply for this vacancy online via the OPM USAJobs website and submit all materials listed in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement by the closing date of the announcement.  Do not submit any unsolicited materials including transcripts, work samples, publications, etc.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the Servicing Personnel Office listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date.  Applicants must contact the Servicing Human Resources Office prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance with online submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.


1. Resume. You may upload a resume or use a USAJobs resume-builder resume. Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, veteran's preference (if any), email address and social security number.  Additionally, you should include job titles, salaries, employers' names and addresses, supervisor's names and phone numbers (indicate if we may contact your current and former supervisors), starting and ending dates and hours per week of unpaid or non-paid work experience that relates to this vacancy. Your resume needs to emphasize your level or responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. If you are or were a political appointee at any agency in the last 5 years, you must indicate the dates and positions on your resume. When uploading your resume, choose the Supporting Document Type called "Resume;" 

2. Narrative Response to KSA #5. Applicants must submit a narrative response to KSA #5 listed in the vacancy announcement.  The narrative response must not be longer than 1 page. Upload this document and choose the Supporting Document Type called "MTQ;"

3. Proof of Federal Employment/Status.  If you are a current or former federal employee, you must provide a Standard Form-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current or former civil service status.  You can obtain this from your Official Personnel Folder maintained by your servicing personnel office, or in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (EOPF). Upload this document and choose the Supporting Document Type called "SF50;"

4. Performance Appraisal.  If you are a current federal employee, you must provide a copy of your most recent annual performance rating.  If no rating is available, you should provide a statement explaining why you do not have a rating.

5. Proof of Veteran's PreferenceIf you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide 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., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and all other required documentation.  Click here for the form


Jennifer Munz
Phone: 202-401-6229
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
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Attn: Human Resources Services
Washington, DC
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We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome by email using the email address on file at the time with USAJobs at the time you applied for this position.  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 by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We 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 inaccurate email address 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. You may also check the status of your application at

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