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Job Title:  Security Specialist
Agency:  Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Job Announcement Number:  FRTIB-13-MP-035

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 22, 2013 to Friday, May 03, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans.  We are seeking a champion for its continual improvement.

The FRTIB is an Independent Federal Agency responsible for administering the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  We help Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services retire with dignity by providing benefits similar to private sector 401(k) plans.  The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans. 


Mission - Our Core Purpose

Administer the TSP solely in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries


Core Values - What We Stand For



The FRTIB is looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as an senior security specialist, with responsibility for planning, developing, and administering personnel security and suitability adjudication programs and functions, facility security, and other administrative and program management functions. 

Alternate work schedule options are available.
Telework may be available after you have come on board.
If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.  Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.




  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing


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The major duties of the position are:


Plans and administers the Agency personnel security program.

Develops and recommends adoption of new and revised personnel and physical security policies, procedures, and implementing guidance.

Ensures compliance of security procedures and processes with applicable laws, regulations, directives, and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policies and guidelines.

Adjudicates completed OPM suitability investigations and granting of security clearances, and utilizes the OPM Position Designation System. 

Serves as a personnel security specialist, and as liaison with the OPM Federal Investigative Services Division (OPM-FISD), on all matters related to processing background investigations (including eQIP submissions and taking fingerprints). 






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Applicants may qualify by specialized experience or education as described below:

Qualifications for GS-11

Specialized Experience:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 Federal grade level which involved participating in the administration of the personnel security suitability adjudication programs and functions, coordinating work activities and responsibilities with officials and staff, and assisting in the preparation of a variety of correspondence, reports, and presentations dealing with personnel security.


A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of graduate level education.

Combination of Experience and Education:

A combination of experience and education as listed above.


Qualification for GS-12

Specialized Experience:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 Federal grade level which involved experience providing technical expertise and guidance in administering the personnel security and suitability adjudication programs and functions, coordinating security programs and functions and preparing a variety of correspondence, reports, and presentation dealing with personnel security.


Qualification for GS-13

Specialized Experience:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 Federal grade level which involved providing technical expertise, leadership, and guidance in managing and overseeing the personnel security and suitability adjudication programs and functions, managing and coordinating security programs and functions, and preparing a variety of correspondence, reports, and presentations dealing with personnel security.


You must provide your transcripts to support your educational claims.  Transcripts may be unofficial copies, but they must come from an accredited college or university, and they also must include the courses' names and number of credit hours.  To search the database of accredited institutions visit:


Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information visit:

Time-in-Grade: Applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration.





We will review your resume and transcripts to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will further be evaluated on information provided in the Questionnaire.  The questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the following Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) statements:

1. Knowledge of Security Programs

2. Skill in oral communications

3. Experience in managing facility security

4. Skill in writing policies

If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link TAG:Link to Questions Only.

If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review. 



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Working for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Retirement System.  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board also has agency specific benefits which include student loan repayment and flexible work schedules.

The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more click here



Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified means, you must meet all the minimum qualification standards listed above and be assessed and assigned the rating of at least Well-Qualified to receive special selection priority.

You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming  veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in the "Required Documents" section.  For more information regarding veteran's preference please go to



SECURITY REQUIREMENTS : Critical Sensitive (Top Secret)

This position requires a SSBI background investigation - This position is designed critical sensitive and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility.





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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 occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit my Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 878224.


If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print 1203FX form to provide your response to the 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 complete application package must be submitted by Friday, May 03, 2013.

NOTE: If all required documents are not received by the closing date, you will be rated ineligible, and your application will not move forward to the selection official.



Please be advised, the following documents are required even if you are already a current FRTIB employee:
1. Resume (For qualifications determinations, your resume must contain the dates of employment, hours worked, and GS grade or equivalent / salary). Resumes that do not contain this information may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.  Your latest resume submitted will be used to determine your qualifications.
2. OF-306, please visit for a fillable OF-306 form.
3. Responses to questionnaire.
4. You must submit documents verifying your eligibility along with your application package.  These documents may include, but are not limited to: a non-award SF-50 - for current Federal employment verification; Veteran’s Preference documentation e.g. DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate; ICTAP documentation, e.g. RIF separation notice along with last performance rating or appraisal; and/or College Transcripts – this will be necessary if the position has an education requirement, or if you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience, or solely on education. 




FRTIB Personnel
Phone: (202)942-1600
Agency Information:
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
77 K Street NE
Suite 1000
Washington, DC


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 the office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

Background Suitability Investigation: Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance.


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