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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (APPSW)

Agency:Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Job Announcement Number:CFTC-ODT-2013-0019

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

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$106,840.00 to $156,935.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 08, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




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


We will accept applications from U.S. Citizens.


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, the CFTC continues to protect the American public by promoting market 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.

Applicants with status or those eligible under special hiring authorities, should apply under CFTC merit promotion announcement CFTC-ODT-2013-0009. However, if you desire consideration also under 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.)


The position is located in the Systems and Services Branch (SSB) within the Office of Data and Technology of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.  ODT is the focal point for the provision of information processing services to the Commission and its responsibilities for information resources policy development, computer technology assessment as it relates to the futures industry and Commission activities, information resource procedures development and implementation, computer systems design, development, testing, management and maintenance.  ODT serves CFTC field offices in Chicago, New York, Kansas City in addition to the Washington, DC headquarters location.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service


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You will serve as a Project Manager in the Systems and Services Branch within the Office of Data and Technology.  As a project manager you will manage tasks/project schedules.  This includes the management of individual time spent on a project and time spent by project team members.  As an Information Technology Specialist (Application Developer) you will perform software analysis and development.  This duty requires gathering, software design, software development, database management, system security, unit testing, system testing, data migration, systems integration, and software implementation.  Performs software engineering and integration using Microsoft SQL Server, Powder Builder, MS Net and the Microsoft Office Suite.  Develops mission critical applications using MS.Net and SQL Server.  Performs software engineering and integration.  Performs database modeling and management using Microsoft SQL Server.  Develops database triggers and stored procedures.  Develops web-based software applications using Java, ASP.Net HTML, and Internet Information Server (IIS).  Extracts, transforms, and loads data using a variety of data formats, including XML-based data formats. 


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Minimum Qualifications - You must meet the minimum qualifications outlined below in OPM's Qualifications Standard Operating Manual:

  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.


Specialized Experience - You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-12 in the federal service.  Specialized experience must include: (1) Knowledge of data structures, operating systems, and software applications to perform highly specialized computer litigation and examination investigative tasks; (2) Ability to provide analysis and advice on complex program related information technology issues or problems where new analytical techniques must be developed to identify and evaluate findings.  (3) Ability to manage project tasks, including activities associated with project management (i.e., project planning, progress assessments, quality reviews, implementation strategies, regular user communication, regular staff communication, risk management, and benefits analysis.



All candidates must fully meet the qualifications requirements for the 2210 series specified in the OPM Qualifications Standard Operating Manual:


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). 


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: candidates MUST submit:

  1. A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
  2. A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
  3. A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
  4. A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area.


Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP). Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CFTC with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If CFTC has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria.  You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:


EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. 


Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA). VRA allows eligible veterans to be appointed without competition to any grade level through GS/CT-11 or equivalent.  VRA appointees are hired under excepted appointments to positions that would otherwise be in the competitive service.  Refer to for additional information on Veteran’s Preference, VEOA, and VRA.



The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.


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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






Rosalind Epps
Phone: 202-418-5003
Fax: 999-999-9999
Agency Information:
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Three Lafayette Centre
1155 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 999-999-9999


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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