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Job Title:  Information Technology Specialist (Security), ZP-2210-04 (Direct Hire)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NSDIS-OSPO-2013-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 03, 2013 to Monday, May 13, 2013
Competitive: Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent/Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Suitland, MD, USView Map

All qualified United States citizens.


National Environmental Satellite,Data@Information Service(NESDIS)is looking for good people to manage our world-class satellite programs.  Our Satellites monitor US and global weather conditions and we also have three world-class data centers.  The data from NESDIS satellites help save lives and resources. Come be a part of NESDIS.

PUBLIC NOTICE:  The Office of Satellite and Product Operations(OSPO) manages and directs National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s 24/7 environmental satellite operations, acquisition,product development and the distribution of environmental data and derived products to domestic and foreign users, and associated services.  The environmental data,products and services are used to support analyses for environmental watches, warnings, forecasts and long-term climate analyses. The Office works with the NESDIS Offices and Centers in planning and developing new satellites, ground systems, supporting the transition of research products to operations, and major modifications of existing systems. The Office provides planning,management, and coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy and other users for exchange of environmental satellite data. The Office assesses, recommends and plans for acquisition and initiation of environmental satellite products and services with the United States and international community. The Office manages NOAA's Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT)system, and coordinates participation in the International Cospas-Sarsat Program. The Office manages the strategic and tactical environmental and oceanographic ice service at the NOAA Ice Center for the operational requirements of U.S. national interests. For more information click

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. The Rule of Three, Veteran's Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process. This position is subject to the provisions of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). For more information of Office of Personnel Management Direct-Hire Authority, please click here Direct-Hire Authorities.


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-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14. This position may require a one year probationary period. Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized. This is not a bargaining unit position. Must be a Certfied Information Systems Securaity Professional(CISSP);(Validated using 


  • U.S. Citizen. Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • All qualifications must be met by closing of announcement.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • 24-hour on-call via cell phone.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.


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In this role the incumbent will:

  • Serve as a OSPO Information System Security Officer (ISSO)
  • Serve as a focal point for OSPO IT Security
  • Be responsible for ensuring OSPO IT Security regulatory and reporting compliance
  • Act as the focal point for OSPO IT Security incident or violation response
  • Be responsible for establishing and implementing OSPO IT Security vulnerability scanning,monitoring,testing and disaster/recovery planning and testing.   


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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 qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at:

There are no minimum education requirements for this position. 

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower Band (ZP-03) or grade level (GS-11/12) in the Federal service.  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. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

For the ZP-04 level, specialized experience is defined as: experience with office policies,processes, and procedures to protect the security, confidentiality,integrity,reliability and availability of information systems and assets.  Experience in certification and accreditation activities to include developing system security plans, risk assessments,contingency plans and other related documentation using guidance such as that utilized by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).  Experience with security tools, workstation and server hardening, intrusion detection and vulnerability scans. Experience analyzing, coordinating, testing, implementing, and maintaining the application of IT standards, controls, patches, and software updates to systems.  Experience in performing work accurately and timely in a 24/7 operational environment.

For more information about the qualifications 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. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The assessment tool will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response: 

*Knowledge of Information Processing Standards Publications related to IT Security.

*Ability to analyze results and logs from vulnerability scans, intrusion detection systems, system event reports, and system audits.

*Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

*Knowledge of supporting and IT Security program of a 24/7/365 Mission Critical IT Security system.

*Ability to foster cooperation and assistance between contractors, employees and management.

To preview questions please click here.


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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.


Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP.
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating;and
4. any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level,and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating;and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: • VEOAPersons with DisabilitiesCTAP and ICTAP


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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 Apply Online 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 HR contact listed on the 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).
• Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
• 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.


Marci Troyer
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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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