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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Security/System Architect)

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Employment and Training Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-ETA-047

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


Monday, April 01, 2013 to Tuesday, April 09, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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


This position is being filled through Direct Hire Authority and is open to all U.S. Citizens and ICTAP/CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area. All applicants who meet the basic qualifications will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does NOT apply. Veteran's preference does not apply. Closing day extended due to scheduled USAJOBS maintenance on 04/07/13.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States.  In carrying out this mission, the Agency administers a variety of Federal labor laws.  Such administration requires a wide array of personnel that are experts in coordinating congressional and intergovernmental media and public relations activities which help to earn public support and increase knowledge of DOL’s missions, functions, programs and services.  The Office of Information Services and Technology (OIST) provides these services. 


This position is located in the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Information Systems and Technology (OIST). The incumbent serves as Information Technology Specialist (Security/System Architect) and reports to the IT Governance Branch for OIST.


The Information Technology Specialist (Security/System Architect) has security oversight of the ETA systems, with responsibility for the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and hardware and software systems to ensure the reliability and accessibility of the system and to prevent and defend the system and the data it contains from unauthorized access. 


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires most recent SF-50, that shows series, grade and step.
  • Performance appraisal dated within the last 18 months of this announcement.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.


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The Information Technology Specialist (Security/System Architect) is responsible for the implementation, support, management and maintenance of advanced security practices and systems to protect the ETA Information System, integrated data structures, and software designs developed and deployed during the nationwide deployment. The Information Technology Specialist (Security/System Architect) performs the following duties—


  • Develops long range plans to ensure the long-term security and performance of ETA systems;


  • Anticipates and identifies the wide variety of potential risks and system vulnerabilities and develops security software, hardware and procedural approaches to minimize these system vulnerabilities, improve system reliability, protect data from corruption, and guard against inappropriate access to information;


  • Leads the implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities;


  • Coordinates the implementation of security programs and protocols across a variety of platforms, taking into account the wide variety of anticipated system users and user’s needs;


  • Evaluates emerging threats and state-of-the-art security hardware, software and procedures to select and incorporate the most suitable security approaches, supporting current and anticipated system functions and vulnerabilities to be integrated into ETA security program;



  • Evaluates security risks to the system and informs management of project-related risks;



  • Serves as the sole liaison with the Department of Labor, Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOL OCIO) for compliance reporting and certification in the governance area of Security;


  • Ensures that all ETA systems are FISMA-compliant; works with OIG as necessary during independent assessments of the security of the information system;


  • Establishes and oversees risk management framework that addresses security, privacy and governance of ETA IT assets;


  • Serves as a principal expert for the ETA information systems security engineering (ISSE) process by providing security guidance and oversight through all phases of system development life cycle including security requirements analysis, security architecture / design / implementation, security testing, risk assessment etc.;


  • Leads multiple Web application security assessment/ projects on new and existing Web application programs and projects, ensuring rigorous application of Web security principles and best practices;


  • Performs security testing and evaluation (ST&E), independent verification & validation (IV&V) and security controls assessment (SCA) on vendor employee developed software;


  • Provides technical oversight for the development of short and long-range system security plans and Federal security compliance activities;


  • Provides continuous oversight and management of the Agency's security event monitoring and response program supporting the Agency's Major Information and General Support Systems in an integrated environment;


  • Manages Agency incident response (IR) processes for events (i.e., probes to PII data breach) from detection to post incident following standard practices and procedures to respond appropriately to external and internal threats;


  • Provides technical assistance in the development of security systems and recommends the acquisition of special equipment, software, and other resources required supporting the ETA security requirements;


  • Analyzes data collection by system security tools, e.g., Web application firewalls, to determine inefficiencies and approaches to enhance security functionality for the network, while not reducing system efficiencies;


  • Attends meetings with IT security experts to exchange information, collaborate to learn best practices, and maintain contact with other Departments, Government agencies, and industry security consultants;


  • Implements, administers, and monitors Vulnerability Management Program (VMP) utilizing distributed appliances based vulnerability solutions, configuration compliance tools, and application scanners; 


  • Works directly with the agency Network Operations staff to provide information security support during events impacting Agency programs and customer-facing services;


  • Serves as the principle advisor to OIST management for all technical related problems;


  • Advises and recommend technology solutions to OIST management team;


  • Serves as the technical advisor for OIST projects;


  • Creates the design, supports and guides the technical staff to a successful solution;


  • Evangelizes technologies and works with business owners to help the OIST teams deliver the right technology products that support program offices needs;


  • Serves as the hands-on technical lead - able to find, implement and ship solutions to complicated business initiatives; and



  • Develops, modifies, and executes the technical roadmaps and strategies within ETA application portfolio suite (with in-house, legacy and COTS applications).



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GS-14: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience typically in or related to the position for which you are applying which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.


Examples of Specialized: The incumbent must demonstrate solid understanding and working experience in security architecture, governance, web security and privacy, and application security engineering.



Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at


*Note: One or more additional assessment tools may be applied (e.g., a structured interview, panel review, written test, work sample etc.)

There are no educational requirments for this position.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time-after-competitive-appointment requirements, as well as qualifications requirements, within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement to be eligible for consideration for selection. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants will be scored on a scale of 70 to 100 or ranked based on quality groups. They may or may not receive individual scores. Based on your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, an automated scoring system will be used to initially rate and rank your applications, you must meet the cut off score of 85. Your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed. All information that you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown in the entirety of your application, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.


Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:


1.Capital Planning and Investment Assessment - Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of information technology (IT) assessment, planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation, such as IT baseline assessment, interagency functional analysis, contingency planning, and disaster recover


2.Auditing - Knowledge of general auditing standards and procedures for system security audits.


3.Information Assurance -  Knowledge of methods and procedures to protect information systems and data by ensuring their availability, authentication, confidentiality, and integrity.


4.Systems Testing and Evaluation - Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for analyzing and developing systems test and evaluation procedures and technical characteristics of IT systems, including identifying critical operational issues. 


5.Web Security and Privacy -This specialty ensures the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of information systems through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of systems, programs, policies, procedures, and tools.


6. Technical Security Training and Education - Knowledge of teaching, training, research, making presentations, lecturing, testing, and other instructional methods.


7. Application Security Engineering - Knowledge of engineering concepts, principles, and practices, and of equipment, tools, mechanical devices, and their uses to produce motion, light, power, technology, and other applications.


To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM. For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


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







NOTE: Closing day extended due to scheduled USAJOBS maintenance on 04/07/13.


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the "Questions about this job" section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information! STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS) Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed. STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document. STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Submit your documents by following the instructions provided in the How To Submit Supplemental Documentation .

The following documents are required from all applicants:

- Most Recent SF-50 that indicates current grade, step, and competitive status - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit.

- Most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) or you may not be considered for this job.

You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing type of discharge

- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Two specific appointments are noted below:

    a) Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification of disability from a licensed medical professional or other entity.
    b) Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Korita Dugger
Phone: 202-693-3719
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Labor, Employment and Training Administration
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N4656
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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