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Job Title:  Information Technology Specialist ( Security)
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  PH-13-CLW-849133

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 to Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Founded in 1970, EPA is a dynamic organization employing people from diverse backgrounds dedicated to improving and preserving the quality of public health and the environment.

EPA seeks to recruit exceptional men and women who will work in new creative ways that are cleaner for the environment, cheaper for business and taxpayers, and smarter for America's future.


The position is located in the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Mission Systems (OMS). OIG conducts audits, investigations and program evaluations of major EPA environmental programs. OMS serves as the focal point for developing, coordinating, implementing and maintaining OIG information resource management systems and provides technical direction to the OIG staff located across the nation in multiple offices.

The Information Technology Specialist (Security) serves the OIG Information Security Specialist who administers the information security program at Headquarters and at Resource Centers across the nation. He/she furnishes definitive technical authority for physical and information security matters within EPA/OIG.


 Who May Apply:   Merit Promotion eligible candidates

You are eligible under merit promotion procedures, if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service 
  • Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous Federal service  
  • Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
  • Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service
  • Individuals with disabilities - For more information and proof required see

You must submit the appropriate documentation in order to be considered under merit promotion procedures, such as:    

  • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 that includes position information, grade level and competitive status); and copy of most recent performance appraisal is required for current Federal employees.  (The Performance Appraisal submitted for current federal employees must be from within the last year);
  • DD-214 from Veterans for consideration under special Veteran appointing authorities; and
  • Non Competitive Appointment Authority documentation, if applicable  

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy. 
Filling this position is subject to funding availability.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See the How To Apply section.)
  • Relocation expenses are not included.
  • You would be subject to random drug testing.
  • 1-5 days travel per month
  • Able to obtain and maintain critical-sensitive clearance


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Develop, implement, review, and monitor information security practices, policy, or procedures.

Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and existing information systems.

Review Office of Inspector General information technology investments and security practices to ensure that appropriate levels of information security practices are maintained.

Review all current relevant legislation, statues, regulations, circular, policies, and ensure that the security program is aligned with federal practices.

Serve as senior security expert and consultant to EPA OIG management and staff.


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Basic Requirement: For all positions, individuals must have information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

1. Attention to Detail--Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

2. Customer Service--Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provides information or assistance, resolves their problems or satisfies their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

3. Oral Communication--Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; 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.

Selective Factors:

 1. Ability to conduct risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs for trusted systems and implement security controls that align with a system’s minimum security requirements based on security categorization levels.  

 2. Ability to recommend changes to improve security and operational practices, including the architecture of network infrastructures, intrusion detection devices, virtual private networks, and encryption methods.  

 3. Ability to interpret and make recommendations on federal regulations, including  OMB Circular A-130, Computer Security Act of 1987, Government Information Security Reform Act of 2000, the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security controls, such as Special Publication #800-53,  and the NIST Risk Management Framework.


Specialized Experience:  In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements and the Selective Factor above, you must also have at least one full year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service  designing, developing and managing information technology systems that meet current and future business requirements and have experience developing metrics for the evaluation of program effectiveness for management. You should have advanced level experience working with network operating systems, database management and data storage, network architecture and conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of information systems and have served as a technical consultant to management and other technical specialists, with a focus on information technology security.

Quality Ranking Factor: Possession of active Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification or equivalent active professional security certification. You must provide a copy of your certification to receive credit.

All qualifying experience must be documented in your resume and other supporting materials.






Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level.)


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. In addition to meeting the Selective Factor, your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


-Knowledge of network systems design, development, and testing.

-Ability to interact with others.


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EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes all of the documents described below under "Required Documents."  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 849133.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:

- DD-214 that shows VEOA eligibility, if applying through that program 

- SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service).  You must submit a relevant SF-50 that clearly shows how you have competitive status.  If you are applying on the basis of an Interchange Agreement, or other method, you must supply all the necessary information and documentation to support that.


Catherine L. Weisbrod
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

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