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Agency:Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Job Announcement Number:PMD-2013-0004

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

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 12, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens and Nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)


This position is located in the Office of Information Technology (OIT),  IT & Business Modernization Department (IT&BMD), Project Management Division (PMD) at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).


More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized for this position, if applicable.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has a distinguished and important mission in protecting America’s pensions.  At PBGC, you will use your skills in accounting, auditing, business, finance, law, actuarial science, or information technology and more, to protect the retirement income of nearly 44 million hardworking Americans. Our work is challenging, compelling, and important.  Whatever your background or expertise, you will find your future at PBGC exceptionally rewarding because the work you perform will have a daily impact on the lives of relatives, friends and neighbors.  It will be like no other career choice you have explored.

We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals.  You will be both challenged and supported, so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider PBGC and start making a difference today!

If you are interested in a challenging career with great benefits, training, and strong growth potential, we strongly encourage you to apply for the IT Specialist (PLCYPLN) today!


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation if selected.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • 1 year probationary period required unless met during prior Federal service
  • Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete an OF-306.
  • Travel: None


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As a IT Specialist (PLCYPLN) in the Office of Information Technology, IT & Business Modernization Department, Project Management Division, you will:

Serve as an IT Specialist in project planning and management, and IT life cycle tools, techniques, and methods. 

Perform work that involves the analysis, planning, design, implementation, documentation, assessment, and management of the Enterprise IT Systems Life Cycle Management framework, policy, procedures and guidelines, as well as the integration of IT projects at the corporate level.

Apply knowledge and skills of sound IT project management to evaluate IT Project effectiveness as it relates to the agency mission and strategic plans/goals, goals, plans (Corporate Strategic Plans, IT Strategic Plans/Goals, Enterprise Architecture Plans, Capital Plan, etc.), programs, priorities, and business processes to assess progress of IT projects and releases for scope, cost, and schedule performance.

Draft and execute approved change management techniques (technical and organizational) to implement and ensure currency of policies, procedures, standards and guidelines. 

Apply knowledge of metrics, methods, and techniques to measure and assess project performance, and address effectiveness of the agency’s IT project planning and management practices.

Participate in the coordination and development of an organizational communications and marketing program that communicates departmental and project activities.


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In order to qualify for this position, you must possess the following by the closing date of the announcement.

You may start at $89,033.00 if you possess the following by the closing date of the announcement.

One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service utilizing industry best practices (e.g. Project Management Institute, Software Engineering Institute’s Capability and Maturity Model Integration) to design, develop and implement an IT Systems Development Life Cycle methodology.  Examples of IT Systems Life Cycle methodology design, development and implementation activities include designing and building the methodology; integrating internal and external processes; developing associated artifacts; and implementation.  Examples of implementation include organization change management, socialization, and training.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:  In addition to meeting the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) requirements for specialized experience, applicants must also possess the knowledge, skills and/or abilities as outlined in the selective placement factor(s) below.  Failure to provide evidence of this experience will automatically disqualify you for this position.

Applicants must possess skill in managing an IT project following industry best practices, developing and managing project schedules, and following a Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodology to deliver an IT solution.


Category Rating is being used for this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your resume and cover letter to determine the quality and extent to which your background (experience, education, training, etc.) relates to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

(1) Skill in developing and implementing an Enterprise IT Systems Life Cycle Management Framework that aligns with federal IT mandates and guidance, that incorporates industry best practices and addresses the integration of IT governance program requirements (e.g., Enterprise Architecture, Capital Planning and Investment Control, IT Security, Systems Development Life Cycle).

(2) Skill in project planning and management, and solution delivery methods, concepts, processes and tools (e.g.  Project schedule analysis tools, project risk assessment tools, requirements management tools) to support and evaluate IT project effectiveness, as either a stand-alone project or a project that is part of an IT program.

(3) Skill in implementing organizational change management related to promoting the use of and acceptance of the IT Systems Development Life Cycle methodology and associated artifacts to include classroom training and socialization through oral presentations,  meetings, etc. and through utilization of “soft skills” (i.e. influencing, persuasion, etc.).

(4) Skill in written communications, presentations, training development, and other technical documentation.

Based on that evaluation, we will place you in one of the following categories- 1) Gold; 2) Silver; 3) Bronze.

If, after your application has been rated by the Subject Matter Expert, you are found to meet none of the KSAS listed above, you will be placed in the Bronze category.

The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Gold) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.


In addition to the above, your experience must demonstrate the following competencies:

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 judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

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Visit Federal Employee Benefits for information on the major benefits offered. Visit PBGC Employee Benefits to learn more about PBGC specific benefits.


To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities;  the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities.

PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC’s Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4000 ext. 3637 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637.


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In order to be considered, submit all of the required information (including your supplemental documentation) before midnight EST on the closing date.  

If you are not able to apply online or require reasonable accommodations, contact Cynthia Jacobs on (202) 326-4110 ext. 3040 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.   

For TTY/TDD users, call the Federal Relay Service toll free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4111.

Please complete all the steps in the online application process at
USAJOBS (  You may make updates to your information
at any time prior to midnight EST on the closing date of this

*  Register with USAJOBS, which will store your information and resume. You will only need to complete this step once.
*  Locate and review the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. Click the Apply Online link and then select a resume to submit with your application.
*  Click on Apply for this Position Now. You will be redirected to our online system.
*  Complete or review the online core questions, which determine the types of positions you are eligible for.
*  Specify which series and grade(s) you wish to be considered for.  
*  Complete the online vacancy questions, then click "Finish". You will continue to the Vacancy Documents page.
*  Submit each of the documents that apply to you by upload, USAJOBS, or fax according to the instructions provided.   
*  Click "Next," and you will see an overview of your responses. To finish, click "Finish."


RESUME : You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience qualification requirement and competencies so that we can determine your qualifications for this position.  Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.  

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.  

VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives. For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15  Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded.  If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. If you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit, which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.  Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at:Veterans Guide.

ICTAP AND/OR CTAP CANDIDATES: To receive selection priority, surplus and displaced employees must apply to and be found well-qualified for the position. A well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP employee is one who satisfies all medical, physical, education, and/or experience factors for the vacant position; is rated at Silver or better against the Rating Schedule for the position; has a current performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or its equivalent; and can satisfactorily perform all of the duties of the position within a reasonable orientation period, e.g., 30 days. CTAP and ICTAP candidates must submit documents showing eligibility for selection priority (e.g., RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or other proof of eligibility for priority selection); an SF-50 showing the current (or former) position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location; and the most current performance appraisal including the performance rating.

For additional information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit OPM's Career Transition Resources page.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION (OPTIONAL): Please complete and submit the form "Demographic Information on Applicants" located at  This form is used to determine if our recruitment efforts are reaching all segments of the population, consistent with Federal equal employment opportunity laws. Your voluntary responses are treated confidentially and are not released to anyone who can affect your application, or to the public.


Cynthia Jacobs
Phone: 202-326-4110 ext. 3040
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Agency Information:
1200 K Street NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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You may check the status of your applications by clicking on the My USAJOBS tab at the USAJOBS website.

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