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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Department:Judicial Branch

Agency:Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Job Announcement Number:13-OIT-915462

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $140,321.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


This announcement is open to applicants who currently live in the Washington, DC commuting area and Federal Judiciary employees nationwide.


The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States.  The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts. 


AO positions are classified and paid under a broad-banded system with the exception of positions in the AO Executive Service.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Most AO employees are eligible for full Federal and Judiciary benefits.

The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the Third Branch of government.  We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.  



  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • Selectees may be subject to a one-year trial period.
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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This position is located within the Information Technology Security Office (ITSO) of the Office of Information Technology (OIT). As an Information Technology (IT) Specialist (Security) within the Office of Information Technology, the incumbent is a recognized as a senior information technology security expert within the Judiciary with a strong background in cyber security, network security engineering and a proven record of successfully leading “hands on” security activities, such as security assessments, forensics, and data analysis.  The incumbent will ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data across the Judiciary, and create, promote, and adhere to standardized, repeatable processes for the delivery of Security Operations Center (SOC) security services. The incumbent will perform multiple and varying assignments under the direction of the Security Operations Branch Chief, Information Technology Security Office (ITSO).

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Designing and deploying security hardware in support of intrusion detection, prevention, monitoring, and analysis;
  2. Providing “hands-on” engineering services to maintain SOC information technology systems and enclave networks that are critical to the operational support of security event monitoring, reporting, and remediation;
  3. Performing research to identify potential vulnerabilities in and threats to existing technologies, and provides timely, clear, technically accurate notification to management of the risk potential; and options for remediation;
  4. Proposing and evaluating new security technologies to determine compatibility with existing security operational services;
  5. Conducting security risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection requirements. Leverages standard reporting templates, automated security tools, and cross-functional teams to facilitate security assessments;
  6. Creating SOC methodologies, templates, guidelines, checklists, and other artifacts to establish repeatable processes across the Security Operations Branch’s range of security services;
  7. Developing technical articles for the Judiciary’s security awareness weekly newsletter;
  8. Researching web, database, and operating system vulnerabilities; and
  9. Directing day to day operations of contractor staff.


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Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position.  Specialized experience is demonstrated experience using technical tools for security analysis and security risk assessment purposes. 

Selective Factor:  In addition to the specialized experience requirement, applicants must also possess a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

Additional Requirements:

  • Recent experience performing IPS and Web Application Firewall analysis of network attacks of Internet facing web sites at a senior level.  Position requires candidate to be able to design, implement, and test security controls without assistance.  The candidate is considered a senior subject matter expert in the analysis, detection, and prevention of web application attacks.  Knowledge and familiarity with intrusion kill chain techniques is required.
  • Recent experience performing security data analysis looking for command and control connections associated with modern malware.  Position requires candidate to be able to specify, direct, and implement advanced state of the art statistical techniques for the discovery of stealthy beaconing patterns.
  • Recent experience as a senior subject matter expert for a 7x24 Security Operations Center (SOC).  Position requires candidate to be the hands on expert of last resort in the event of an attack.  Candidate should be able to identify attackers and recommend measure to thwart them using any available controls.

Desired, but NOT Required: The ideal candidate for this position will possess a degree in the Information Technology field.


1. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

2. All information is subject to verification.

3. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.

4. Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at

5. If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.

6. All new employees of the AO must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.

7.  If selected for first-time appointment to the Federal government, you may be required to serve a trial period.  Failure to complete successfully the trial period may result in termination of employment.

8. If selected for a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to serve a probationary period.  Failure to complete successfully the probationary period can result in return to a position comparable to the one held immediately before supervisory assignment, or if you were not a Federal employee before the assignment, then you may be moved to a position one level below the supervisory position.  An employee serving a trial period may be removed from employment under provisions of the AO's trial period policy.

9. If this position is temporary, management may have the discretion of converting this position to a permanent position depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

10. Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if specifically authorized by the Director of the AO.

11. The selectee of  this position may be assigned to an official duty station within or outside the Washington DC metro area.  Accordingly, pay will be set based on the locality area/official duty station assigned.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job.  If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.  If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.  Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.


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The AO offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, DC has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.  Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains.  As an AO employee, you may be eligible to participate in the following benefits programs:



The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:  

  1. Your Resume
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 


For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:  

  • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
  • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.  
  • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation. 
  • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.  

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-delivery.  Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, and phone number.  

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 915462.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 09, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  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.


Kymberli Camber
Phone: (210)301-6303
Agency Information:
Administrative Office of the US Courts
AO Personnel Division
One Columbus Circle NE
Suite G-200
Washington, DC


After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your eligibility and referral to the hiring official if determined qualified.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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