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Job Title:Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of Industry and Security

Job Announcement Number:BIS-OASEE-2013-0004

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 $179,700.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013




This is a Full-Time position in the Senior Executive Service (SES). - This is a Permanent SES Career-Reserved position.


1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from All Qualified Individuals

(U.S. Citizens Only)


The historic mission of the Department of Commerce is "to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce" of the United States. This has evolved, as a result of legislative and administrative additions, to encompass broadly the responsibility to foster, serve, and promote the Nation's economic development and technological advancement.

The mission of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Export Enforcement is to protect U.S. national security, homeland security, foreign policy, and economic interests through a law enforcement program focused on: sensitive exports to hostile entities or those that engage in onward proliferation; prohibited foreign boycotts; and related public safety laws. BIS's Export Enforcement is an elite law enforcement organization recognized for its expertise, professionalism, integrity, and accomplishments. Export Enforcement accomplishes its mission through preventative and investigative enforcement activities and then, pursuing appropriate criminal and administrative sanctions against export violators.


  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Subject to pre-employment and employment random drug testing.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Relo. expenses will not be paid. Recruitment incentives are not offered.
  • Incumbent may be subject to geographical mobility.
  • Position may involve some travel.


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The Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Export Enforcement, under the direction of the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, serves as the chief Commerce Department official responsible for investigative and compliance activities directed primarily to enforcing national security, foreign policy, counter-terrorism and public safety mandates of the Export Administration Act (EEA) of 1979, as amended including its foreign boycott provisions, and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and their implementing regulations.

The DAS for Export Enforcement is responsible for the effective operations of the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), the Office of Enforcement Analysis (OEA), and the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (OAC).

The incumbent provides policy advice to the Assistant Secretary and policy guidance to the Directors of OEE, OEA, and OAC on such matters as to how legislative proposals and policy affect the Department's enforcement program.

The incumbent is responsible for working with counterparts from other U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service, concerning operational coordination on export enforcement matters.

The incumbent represents the Department in interagency matters and international negotiations involving enforcement of export control laws and assist the Assistant Secretary in developing Departmental policies and positions on matters relating to export enforcement and antiboycott compliance.


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To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above.  These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization.  An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.  Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Only current or previous Federal Employee applicants classified in the 1811 Criminal Investigator series will be considered for this series, all other candidates will be considered under the 1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance series.

Qualifications for the 1811 series: This position is covered under 5 U.S.C. 8412(d), FERS or 5 U.S.C. 8336(c), CSRS, Secondary Law Enforcement and Department Administrative Order 202-958, dated June 24, 2003. In accordance with DAO-202-958 the incumbent must meet the qualifications for occupation of a Secondary position. A Secondary position is one that is clearly in the law enforcement or firefighting field; in an organization having a law enforcement or firefighting mission; and is either supervisory, meaning a position whose primary duties are those of a first-level supervisor of law enforcement officer's (LEOs) or firefighters (FFs) in primary positions; or administrative, meaning an executive, managerial, technical, semiprofessional, or professional position for which experience in a primary law enforcement or firefighting position, or equivalent outside of the Government, is a prerequisite."

Age Requirement: Applicants are subject to the maximum entry age into law enforcement positions with this agency - the date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday. This age restriction may not apply to those who have previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by special hazardous duty retirement provisions.

Training Requirement: Selectee must successfully complete or have completed the eight week basic criminal investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA, or an equivalent course. Retention in the position is subject to successful completion of the training.

Firearm Requirement: This position requires you to be authorized to carry a firearm and maintain firearm proficiency. Therefore, it is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment, 18 U.S.C., Section 922(g)(9), and you will be required to verify that you have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Medical Requirements: Employees are required to maintain physical fitness standards set by the Agency. Physical stamina, excellent eyesight and hearing, and emotional stability are essential. The duties of positions in this series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).  You must address each ECQ and PTQ separately.  You are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs.  Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification.  Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications.  Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification.  Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer.  Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE". 

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Example ECQ statements are available at 2010.pdf

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs but must address all mandatory PTQs.


All applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.  The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.  All applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, education, and the ECQs as follows:


ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE:  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

(Competencies:  creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE:  This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

(Competencies:  conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN:  This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

(Competencies:  accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN:  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

(Competencies:  financial management, human capital management, technology management)

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS:  This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

(Competencies:  partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


PTQ 1 - Demonstrated experience leading a large multi-disciplinary, geographically dispersed law enforcement, national security, and/or intelligence organization.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated ability to develop, negotiate, and implement criminal and administrative enforcement and intelligence policies and procedures.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans.  For additional information visit:

Federal Employees' Insurance Program - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance.  For additional information visit:

Long Term Care - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children.  For additional information visit:

Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.  For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave.  For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan.  The three tiers are:  Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan.  For additional information visit:

This link provides additional links containing an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:



1811 Series:  This position is covered under 5 U.S.C. 8412(d), FERS or 5 U.S.C. 8336(c), CSRS, Secondary Law Enforcement and Department Administrative Order 202-958, dated June 24, 2003.  In accordance with DAO-202-958 the incumbent must meet the age, training, firearm, and medical requirements.

Background Investigation:  This position is designated as critical-sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

Financial Disclosure:  This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees.  The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period:  Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Mobility:  Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

Drug Testing:  Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the Department of Commerce.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume.  Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.  Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579):  The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

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



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Applicants must complete and submit an application online at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USAJOBS website at  An account must be established at the OPM website following the instructions provided in order to apply for the position.  Applications submitted other than the USAJOBS online application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED under this announcement.

Your application and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.  Applicants applying on-line for this position will be able to apply until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.  Please allow adequate time to complete your application.

If you encounter technical difficulties during the process, please call 1-877-662-7730 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST (excluding Federal holidays) for assistance.  If you have technical difficulties applying to the vacancy on the USAJOBS website, click on Contact USAJOBS.  It is suggested that you do not wait until the last day to apply for a vacancy announcement.  We will not accept applications other than those submitted through USAJOBS.

A complete application package consists of the following:

1.  Resume created through the link provided in this announcement and responses to the online job questions submitted via this website. Your resume must include the following information:

    a.  Your full name, mailing address (including zip code), and day

        and evening telephone numbers.

    b.  Paid and Non-paid job-related work experience.  For each job

        listed you are to provide:

        (1) Job title

        (2) Duties and accomplishments

        (3) Employers' name and address

        (4) Supervisor's name and phone number

        (5) Starting and ending dates (month and year)

        (6) Hours per week

        (7) Salary

        (8) If Federal; Title, Series, and grade/pay band

     c. Education.  Provide name, city and state of all schools

        attended; i.e., high school, colleges and universities,

        vocational, trade, business, technical.  Provide dates

        of attendance, major, and type and year of any degrees

        received.  Report only attendance and/or degrees from

        schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized

        by the U.S. Department of Education.  For more information,

        you may refer to the following website:

     d. Other Job Related Qualifications Information:  Provide

        training courses, special skills you possess, certificates

        and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc.,

        applicable to the position.

2.  A narrative statement for each mandatory Executive Core and Professional/Technical Qualification.  Failure to respond or address any of the mandatory Executive Core and Professional/Technical Qualifications marks an application as incomplete and incomplete applications WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED, resulting in an "INCOMPLETE" rating.

3.  A copy of your most recent SF-50 for current and former Federal employees.

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 Ruthie B. Stewart, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 202-482-3130.

The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


In addition to your online application and responses to the ECQs and PTQs, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:

For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility:  You must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows career appointment in the SES.

For current Federal employees:  You must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

For SES Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) Graduates:  You must submit your SESCDP OPM-Certification documentation.

Applicants who fail to submit requested documents WILL NOT receive consideration for this position.  Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating.

You may be directed to FAX specific documentation to verify information about your civil service status, your education, and/or other information.  Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet.  Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number.  Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.


Please fax legible documents using the appropriate coversheet.  Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http:/

1. Log into MYUSAJOBS

2. Click on "Applications"

3. Locate the vacancy you applied to

4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information"

5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue"

Do not submit any additional information that is not required:  Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement for alternate methods of application.


Ruthie B. Stewart
Phone: 202-482-3130
Fax: 202-482-3160
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-482-3160


The Office of Staffing, Recruitment, and Classification/Executive Resources Operations will notify applicants once their application is received and at the point of selection/non-selection.

Applicants can check the status of their application at any time after the announcement closes by accessing USAJOBS website.

Select "My USAJOBS" and enter your ID and password.  Click the link titled "Applications" and select the link under "Application Status" next to the name of the announcement.  Your status will be updated as changes occur.  If you have any questions, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist at the telephone number listed in the announcement.

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