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Job Title:Chief Information Officer

Agency:Federal Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:OED-CIO-2013-0002

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

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$119,554.00 to $174,100.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 05, 2013 to Thursday, April 04, 2013




Full Time - - Senior Executive Service (SES)


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


Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.  Applications are not being accepted through the Apply Online button.  Please refer to the How to Apply Section for submission instructions.


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient, and free of restrictions that harm consumers.  To ensure the smooth operation of our free market system, the FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices.  The FTC also enforces federal antitrust laws that prohibit anticompetitive mergers and other business practices that restrict competition and harm consumers.  The FTC’s primary mission is to protect consumers.

This position is located in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Office of the Executive Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).  The OCIO is responsible for planning and managing all aspects of the agency's Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, telecommunications, and data security in delivering end user services to all FTC staff.  The OCIO manages library services, a data center and all enterprise applications, mission specific applications and oversees helpdesk services.


  • You must file a financial disclosure report upon appointment to the SES.
  • Initial SES appointees are required to serve a 1 yr. probationary period.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Applications are not being accepted using the Apply Online button.


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The Chief Information Officer (CIO) serves as the primary executive with direct oversight of the Office of the Chief Information Officer and as the principal information technology and information security advisor to the Executive Director, Chairman, and other agency officials.  The CIO is also responsible for strategic planning, developing, organizing, directing, and maintaining a comprehensive information technology and information resources management (IT/IRM) plan that aligns to the agency business strategy, and for ensuring critical IT investments that impact business results are funded.  The CIO oversees the development and maintenance of the agency Enterprise Architecture (EA) to guide IT modernization in support of agency missions; monitors and evaluates the performance of information resource investments through a Capital Planning & Investment Control (CPIC) process; and advises the Executive Director, Chairman and other agency officials on whether to continue, modify, or terminate IT programs or projects. 

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the incumbent is responsible for the development, coordination, and maintenance of an integrated information and technology management program that meets the federal requirements including applicable laws (Clinger-Cohen, FISMA, etc.), regulations, and Government-wide policies (e.g. the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars).  He or she plans, formulates, and manages the FTC’s IT budget working within the framework established by the agency.  In this regard, the CIO works in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to ensure that program goals and objectives are achieved and that the FTC acquires and maintains the most effective and efficient integrated technology program possible within approved budgets.  Additionally, the CIO prepares reports required by OMB and other oversight entities justifying initial IT investments and related ongoing maintenance costs.  The incumbent is accountable for the use of FTC’s IT resources and related expenditures; ensures full disclosure of the information technology results of agency operations; develops and maintains in consultation with the Executive Director, Chairman and other agency officials agency-wide policies governing the use of IT and telecommunication resources; and ensures secure, cost-effective, and integrated information system.

As the Director of the OCIO, the incumbent oversees a staff responsible for carrying out information and technology operations of the Commission and for protecting information and systems in compliance with Federal requirements.  The incumbent is responsible for monitoring the execution of the Commission's E-Government initiatives and ensuring that implementation plans and milestones are updated and reported to OMB.  In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the development of an optimal IT organizational structure and for continuous improvement in methods of information technology operations.  The CIO partners with program managers in performing process analysis and reengineering (as appropriate) to ensure the changing needs of the Commission are met through sound technical information management.  The CIO is also responsible for meeting the agency’s IT/IRM workforce and human capital needs using both federal employees and contractors, in collaboration with the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and the Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO).

The CIO must stay abreast of the day-to-day activities to ensure the agency has the Information Technology resources necessary to accomplish its objectives.


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All applicants must submit written statements describing accomplishments that would satisfy the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).  You must respond to all ECQs and address each one separately.  If you fail to do so, we will rate you 'ineligible' for the position.  You can find additional information on the ECQs in the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.  A good competency-based qualifications statement should address the following elements for each ECQ:  (a) the goal, problem, or activity and its challenge, (b) the context or environment in which the activity took place, (c) specific actions you took to address the challenge, and (d) the results or impact of the activity.  Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs you managed, and the results of your actions. You are strongly encouraged to review the Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.  The ECQ statement, addressing all five ECQs, is limited to a maximum of ten pages. 

ECQ 1 - Leading Change:  This ECQ 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. 

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This ECQ 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. 

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This ECQ 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. 

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. 

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions:  This ECQ 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. 


All applicants must submit written statements of accomplishments that would satisfy the Professional/Technical Qualifications.  You must address each Professional/Technical qualification separately.  Normally, your written statements should not exceed one page per Professional/Technical qualification.  


1 – Experience in performing the following activities in connection with managing an organization charged with the delivery of IT services: strategic planning; enterprise architecture; budget formulation; capital planning for information resource investments; and information security management.  Experience in these areas must be directly related to supporting an organization of comparable size and scope to the FTC while conforming to policies of a legislative or other governing body. 

2 – Experience in managing multi-faceted IT organizations in developing and leading initiatives to better serve customers and to achieve strategic IT and corporate missions, goals, and objectives.

3 - Demonstrated experience overseeing or performing a majority of the functions described in the Clinger-Cohen Core Competencies: policy and organization, building IT management and technical staff expertise, process/change management, information resources strategy and planning, IT performance assessment, IT project/program management, capital planning and investment control, acquisition, E-government/E-business/E-commerce, information security/information assurance, enterprise architecture, and technology management assessment. 


1 - An advanced degree in related fields (such as Information Systems, MBA concentration with MIS, etc.)

If you are a current career member of the SES, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply for competitive and/or noncompetitive consideration.  If you wish competitive consideration, you must submit a resume and written statements addressing the ECQs, Professional/Technical qualifications, and other applicable qualifications.  If you wish noncompetitive consideration, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the Professional/Technical qualifications, and other applicable qualifications; you need not submit written statements addressing the ECQs.  You must also provide documentation of QRB certification (i.e., SF-50 showing career SES status, or OPM-issued SES qualification certificate.)

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate executive leadership capabilities in terms of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the Senior Executive Service and professional and technical competence.  Typically, you will have gained experience of this nature at or above the GS-15 grade level or its equivalent in the federal service, or with state or local government, a federally chartered corporation, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. 


Applicants who meet all the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications.  This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified.  Total background, including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed.  This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the executive core and professional/technical qualifications described above.

Application material is not being accepted using the Apply Online button for this announcement.  There are NO questions to be previewed or answered.  Please refer to the How to Apply section for submission instructions. 

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The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package.  For details please click the link below. Benefits Offered


  1. The agency will not pay moving expenses.
  2. If we select you for an initial career appointment to an SES position, the Office of Personnel Management’s Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must approve your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) prior to appointment.  A selection is tentative until we obtain a QRB certification.
  3. You must complete a Declaration for Federal Employment before we can hire you in order to certify the accuracy of your written application and provide information necessary to determine your suitability for federal employment.
  4. If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, and we select you for this position, you must certify prior to appointment that you registered for the military selective service.
  5. If we select you for this position, you must complete personnel suitability documents.  Appointment is contingent upon successful completion of an appropriate background investigation.
  6. Veterans’ preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
  7. The Federal Trade Commission provides reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to applicants with disabilities.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Federal Trade Commission.  The agency will make determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.  Questions about the Federal Trade Commission’s accommodation policy may be directed to Michelle Adamchak at (202) 326-3696.
  8. The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually while employed, and upon termination of employment.  You may also be subject to post-employment restrictions.
  9. Your application includes information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a); collection is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, '3302 and 3361. We use the information to determine qualifications for employment.
  10. The FTC is required to solicit applicant cooperation in assessing the applicant pools we are reaching with our vacancy announcements.  We ask that you complete and return a “Demographic Information” form.  Please note that an applications intake clerk will remove this document from your application package upon its arrival in the office and will immediately direct it to the EEO office.  The form and the information it provides is not associated with your application in any part of the examining process and is not available to the human resources staff or selecting officials in any way during the hiring process.  After we fill the position, such information is available to the Human Capital Management Office only as part of an aggregate statistical number.  We appreciate your cooperation and invite you to call us at the contact number listed below if you have any questions or concerns about using this form.  We ask that you access and complete the form, write the vacancy announcement number at the top of the first page, and send us the completed form along with your application package. 
  11. We will not accept applications received in government postage-paid envelopes.


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We must receive your application on or before the closing date specified on this announcement.  You must submit (1) a written resume and (2) a qualifications narrative describing your specific experiences, accomplishments, training, education, and awards that demonstrate your present ability and/or potential to perform duties associated with each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above. 

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement.  Insufficient information will result in a not qualified rating.  It is recommended that you include the following information:

Full name, mailing address, e-mail address and day and evening telephone numbers;

Educational information including the name, city and state of colleges and universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received;

Information about your paid and non-paid work experiences related to this position including:

  • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job);
  • Duties and accomplishments;
  • Employer’s name and address;
  • Supervisor’s name and phone number;
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year);
  • Salary;
  • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor; and
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishment.

Send or deliver application materials to: Federal Trade Commission Human Capital Management Office 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Rm. H-723, Attn: OED-CIO-2013-0002 Washington, DC 20580

To deliver your application materials in person, enter the FTC headquarters building at the above address through the 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW, entrance between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. and a security officer will assist you. OR 

You may send application materials via facsimile to (202) 326-2543.  Be sure to include the announcement number on your transmittal sheet and identify all of the documents you are transmitting.  Please include a telephone number at which we may contact you in the event your materials do not transmit OR

E-mail application materials to  Please include the announcement number OED-CIO-2013-0002 in the subject line of your e-mail. 

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We will not consider extraneous materials such as award and training certificates. 

Contact Information:

Contact Name:  Michelle Adamchak                                 

Phone: 202-326-3696                           



You must submit (1) a written resume and (2) a qualifications narrative describing your specific experiences, accomplishments, training, education, and awards that demonstrate your present ability and/or potential to perform duties associated with each of the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above.  You must supply documentation of civil service status (i.e, SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action.)


Michelle Adamchak
Phone: 202-326-3696
Fax: 202-326-2543
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-326-2543


We will notify you by email that we received your application and whether or not we referred your application to the selecting official for consideration.  If we referred you for consideration, we will notify you when we have made a selection.  We base our evaluation of your qualifications on the information you supply.  We will verify performance, suitability, and security information and consider that information in making employment offers.



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