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Job Title:  IT Specialist (Security), ZP-2210-04 (DIRECT HIRE)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NTIA-ITS-2013-0010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$87,815.00 to $134,899.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent/Full-time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Boulder, CO, USView Map
All qualified United States citizens.  


The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) is the research and engineering laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). ITS supports the promotion of advanced telecommunications and information infrastructure development in the U.S., enhancement of domestic competitiveness, improvement of foreign trade opportunities for U.S. telecommunications firms, and facilitation of more efficient and effective use of the radio spectrum. ITS also serves as a principal resource for solving the telecommunications concerns of other Federal agencies, state and local Governments, private corporations, and international organizations.

Over the past century, radio and wireless systems and telecommunications networks have become essential to life itself. ITS is a national leader in radio science and telecommunications systems.  Become part of a team that solves telecommunications and information management challenges for Federal and state agencies and provides the nation with scientific information to thrive in an ever-changing world. This is an exciting opportunity to work on ground breaking information technology services in support of some of the nation’s highest priorities. We are looking for someone with cutting edge technical skills and project management experience. 

PUBLIC NOTICE: This position is in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences located in Boulder, CO.  ITS is the principal telecommunications research laboratory for NTIA and other federal agencies. ITS employs ever-increasing information technology resources to carry out this mission. 

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-IV is equivalent to the GS-13/14 grades.

This position is being posted under Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Authority authorized by 5 United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 3304 and 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 337, Subpart B. Category Rating, Veteran's Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process.  For more information of Office of Personnel Management Direct-Hire Authority, please click here Direct-Hire Authorities.

 Relocation is not authorized. This is a non-bargaining unit position.


  • U.S. citizen. Suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • All qualifications must be met by the closing of the announcement.
  • A one-year trial period may be required.


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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Monitor IT operations and systems ensuring that the security policies, procedures, and configurations are followed and implemented;
  • Execute and test plans to ensure system integrity and availability for overseeing system, install application software, and monitor system performance and security events;
  • Elevate performance anomalies to the system owner and security anomalies to the system owner and the Department's computer incident response team;
  • Implement a regular schedule for vulnerability  testing of infrastructure components to ensure security patches are current on all devices, and that intrusion detection sensors (IDS) or system audit logs are properly configured and events are monitored;
  • Assess the security impact of configuration changes to the system, evaluate the cost-effective security alternatives, and approve security- related solutions;
  • Monitor the timely completion of corrective action to resolve security-weaknesses identified in self-assessments or external reviews of controls;
  • Coordinate with the system owner on security issues and reporting on the security posture of the organization's system;
  • Implement and maintain password management and controls, and periodically review and re-grant system access privileges to all user;


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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at:  Qualification Standards

There are no education requirements for this position.

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service ZP-04 (GS-12). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. This experience need not have been in the federal government.  Such experience is typically gained in the IT field or through the performance of work where the primary concern is IT.

Specialized experience for the ZP-04 position is defined as: Experience using network management tools, including Windows Active Directory, McAfee Enterprise Firewall, and Cisco Firewall and Switches; Experience developing and administering a network security program. Any of the following IT Security Officer certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP), Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC). AND For all grade levels, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating:
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 judgement to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.  NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. For more information about the qualification requirements for this position: 


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

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More than one selection may be made from this announcement.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, 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 "Update Application" 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. ET.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the Human Resource Personnel listed in this announcement.


A complete application consists of the following:
• Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
• Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Application of Standards for more information.

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

*Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website- Foreign Credentials. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.


Janet Rizzi
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
DOC/NOAA/WFMO KC Staffing Division
601 E 12th Street Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
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You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and
4. Selected or Not Selected.
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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