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Job Title:  IT Specialist (Applications Software)
Department:  General Services Administration
Agency:  Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
Job Announcement Number:  1300139AFDE

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
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 to Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
FEW vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US
All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island).


You may have heard GSA called 'the government's landlord', but GSA is about more than just buildings...We're a vehicle management and acquisition service...a real estate IT solutions provider...a global supply chain manager...and more! GSA provides innovative solutions for Federal agencies that include products, services, workspace, and expertise to build a more high-performing, efficient, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people. And, since our jobs are as diverse as the services we provide, GSA is a great place to start, build, and expand your career.

NOTE:  This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date from 6/11/2013 to 06/18/2013.

There is one vacancy to be filled at this time, however, this announcement may be used for filling similar vacancies in this or other GSA organizations.


This vacancy is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement Number 1300124AFMP under Merit Promotion regulations. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion Procedures. Note: You must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.


GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the 'Best Places to Work in the Federal Government'.  As an IT Specialist (Applications Software) you will serve as a respected authority and Agency spokesperson on information technology and web enterprise architecture with responsibility for application and infrastructure design, strategic management, effective use and evaluation of Federal information technology, and development of applications and strategies to improve the delivery of electronic services to citizens. This position is located in the Office of Citizens Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT), Office of Innovative Technologies (OIT) which focuses on initiatives that enable agencies to deliver the most effective and efficient services to citizens including IT, e-Government initiatives, and those that advance the President's technology agenda, 1275 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20417.  GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:


Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)

  • Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
  • Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Training and development


  • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
  • U.S. Citizens or Nationals.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.


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The major duties and tasks of the associate are:  

  • Serves as a software engineer/developer in the field of open data and large-scale open source systems.  
  • Provides the application and infrastructure design, strategic management, and the effective use and evaluation of Federal information technology. 
  • Collaborates with open source developers to foster the creation and maintenance of vibrant open source communities around Office of Innovative Technologies (OIT) projects such as 
  • Serves as a web architect with responsibility for portal design, solution enhancements, content management systems, configuration management, web metrics, application testing, performance monitoring and infrastructure maintenance. 


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The GS-14 salary range starts at $105,211.00 per year, if you meet the following qualifications. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. To qualify, you must demonstrate at 1 year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized experience is experience applying professional Information Technology (IT) expertise in the field of open data, with experience in developing/writing code for web applications, content management, and data catalogs; and at least 4 of the following specialized experience criteria: (1) expertise in web development technologies (such as Python); (2) expertise in front-end web development (such as HTML, HTML5, CSS, PHP); (3) expertise in open source methodologies and software such as GitHub and CKAN; (4) expertise in open data technologies (such as data.json, api.json, Linux, Apache); (5) expertise in content management systems (Drupal); (6) expertise in APIs and API Key Management; (7) expertise in development tools such as Git; (8) expertise in search technologies such as Solr or Lucene; (9) expertise in open data standards (such as W3C, DCAT,; and (10) expertise in semantic technologies and methods (such as RDFa, SPARQL, N-triples, linked data). 

In addition to the specialized experience described above, you must have IT-related experience in each of the following four competencies listed below which must be supported by the information contained in your resume and other application materials.



  1. Attention to Detail - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant reviews reports, documents, records, data, or other materials to verify completeness, correctness, consistency, compliance, or authenticity.
  2. Customer Service - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant promotes or develops and maintains good working relationships with key individuals or groups.
  3. Oral Communication - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant discusses results, problems, plans, suggestions, terms, or conditions with others.
  4. Problem Solving - This skill is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant designs or conducts analytical studies, cost-benefit analyses, or other research.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
  • Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
  • Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
  • Undergo a background security investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
  • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, and obtain approval that no conflict or an appearance of conflict exists between your financial interest and this position.
  • This position requires occasional travel. 


The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates. If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, Best Qualified. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference. You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities: 


  • Skill in applying key web development technologies, development tools, programming languages, open source methodologies, and open data standards including HTML, HTML5, CSS, PHP, Python, Linux, Apache, Drupal, Git, GitHub, CKAN, Data.json, API.json, application programming interfaces (APIs) and API Key Management.
  • Skill in identifying technologies that support interoperability, sharing of data among different information systems and networks with the goal of developing applications and strategies to improve the delivery of electronic services to citizens.
  • Ability to provide technical leadership and act independently in coordinating the efforts of project teams.
  • Ability to lead other IT professionals, performing systems design/development and review work.
  • Ability to present recommendations and conclusions regarding highly technical and/or complex program areas to top agency management.
  • Knowledge of open source products in the field of open government data to collaborate with open source developers and foster the development of vibrant open source communities around OIT projects such as
  • Knowledge of the practices, techniques and methodology applicable to planning, development, installation and evaluation of IT systems (Both COTS and custom built).
  • Ability to interpret, comprehend and follow program specifications applicable to complex problems.
  • Ability to determine technical specifications based on the business need and business perspective.

    A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing. If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score or 85) to receive priority. ICTAP/CTAP

    To preview questions please click here.


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    GSA offers a comprehensive benefits package. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits.

    For information on temporary and term appointments including benefits, go to Temporary & Term Appointments.


    -Bargaining Unit status: None

    -GSA does not accept applications or application materials submitted with Government-paid postage.

    -Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.

    -Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.



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    You must submit a complete application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement. Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy. For information on applying for a GSA vacancy, please visit Applying for a GSA Job We will only consider applications submitted through the online process listed below unless an exception has been approved by a representative of the HR Office listed on this announcement. A description of the online process is provided below:

    1. Select the "Apply Online" button. Log on to OPM's USAJOBS to access your existing resume or to create a new one.
    2. From your account, select which resume you wish to submit. You also have the option of attaching any required documents saved in your USAJOBS account. Click "Apply for this Position Now!"
    3. You will be redirected to GSA's automated system, GSAjobs. First time users will be asked to respond to "Account Creation" questions. If you are a return GSAjobs user, click the links on the left to review and update any necessary profile information before continuing on with the application process.
    4. You will be prompted to respond to "Eligibility Questions" which will be used to determine your eligibility to apply for various types of vacancies. If you are a return user, these fields will pre-populate with your previous responses. Please review and make any necessary changes before proceeding.
    5. Next, you will be asked to respond to vacancy specific questions regarding your qualifications and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or other competencies required to successfully perform this position.
    6. Submit any required documents (see below). A "Vacancy Documents" page is automatically displayed by the GSAjobs system. Most documents become part of your permanent electronic file and you need to submit them only once unless you wish to update. You can view the Description column next to each form to determine if a previously submitted document is on file. For each document you must submit, select one of the following options in the "Action" column:
      • "Upload" - Using the Document Manager, upload document (.gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc format only) directly from your computer;
      • "USAJOBS" - Using the Document Manager, download a document you previously attached from your USAJOBS account for this vacancy.
      • "FAX" - Print the Fax Cover Sheet, then fax cover sheet and document(s) to the listed phone number. We strongly recommend you read the "Fax Instructions" provided on the Document Manager page prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information.
    7. At this point, if you are determined to be qualified for the position based upon your previous responses, additional assessment questions may be presented.
    8. Finally, you'll receive an Application Review Page which allows you to review the information that will be submitted. You can save a copy of your application by selecting the 'Save PDF' button. Then, YOU MUST CLICK THE 'FINISH' BUTTON to submit your application.

    Note: If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application will be considered.


    Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application.

    ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles: Submit proof of eligibility including agency notice; SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (or similar agency form); and most recent performance rating.

    Veterans:  In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty (member 4 copy). If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement to this preference. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form. 

    Active Duty Military Personnel - In lieu of the DD-214, active duty service members may submit a written document from the armed forces certifying that they expect to be discharged or released under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.


    Ann Fraley
    Phone: 816-823-4900
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    GSA, Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Tech
    Talent Management Center
    1500 E. Bannister Road Room 1118B
    Kansas City, MO
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    If your application is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies required of the position. Candidates in the highest quality category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

    Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

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