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Job Title:  Information Technology (INFORMATION SECURITY)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Inspector General
Job Announcement Number:  OIG-930219-13-27-CA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$87,815.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 22, 2013 to Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Lakewood, CO United StatesView Map
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
Current U.S. Department of the Interior employees on Career/Career Conditional appointments in the competitive service.


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the Department of Interior (DOI) whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout DOI. The OIG conducts investigations, evaluations, and audits in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DOI programs and operations.

This position is located in the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Assistant Inspector General for Audits, Inspections, and Evaluations (AIE). The AIE manages, supervises, coordinates, and conducts audits, inspections and evaluations relating to DOI programs and operations, including, but not limited to, waste, abuse and mis-management in such programs and operations of the DOI employees, contractors, grantees, lessees, or any other persons or entities doing business with the DOI. The incumbent of this position serves as an Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) responsible for directing the operation of the OIG’s information technology audit program, coordinating and reporting on computer network policies with the DOI and the subordinate Bureaus, providing technical lead in system network intrusion incidents, coordinating data mining initiatives, and implementing a variety of Information Technology (IT) related programs in support of the OIG mission.

This position may be filled in either Lakewood, CO United States or in the Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for the selective service
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Must complete a one year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized


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The incumbent provides support in audits, inspections, and evaluations. Gathers and analyzes electronic records, creates databases and enters pertinent data to formulate progressive and logical analysis. Develops general audits, inspections, and evaluations strategies and tactics, and assists field offices in coordinating multi-discipline teams supported by Department of the Interior (DOI) and OIG staff and DOI program officials in order to resolve complex IT issues in an automated environment. Makes recommendations to management concerning appropriate changes in Departmental procedures, practices and/or regulations that may be susceptible to IT control weaknesses. Maintains liaison with OIG staff, forensic technicians, security officials, and IT or telecommunications organizations in the private sector. Serves on working and users groups or organizations oriented toward the development or improvement of IT evidence gathering methods or the techniques of computer fraud audits, inspections, and evaluations.

The incumbent is responsible for a wide variety of information security activities that provide a high degree of integrity and availability of a variety of information management systems including software and network analysis, development, maintenance and enhancement of information systems security programs, polices, procedures, and tools. Participates in the certification of information security systems and accreditation process. Plans, implements, and evaluates the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report and information technology security related functions and activities. Consults with the Financial and Information Technology Audit Unit, other internal and external contacts and authorities, including other Federal government offices, industry vendors, and experts from the private sector. Ensures the OIG adopts complete and best practices in performing FISMA functions. Participates in developing the annual work plan for testing information technology security controls, and assists with procurement of tools and services.

The incumbent keeps up to date on new or changing information security hardware, software, and telecommunication resources. Provides technical expertise, guidance, advice, and recommendations for information security requirements. Responsible for conducting security risk and vulnerability assessments, protection requirements, contingency planning, and disaster recovery processes. Oversees systems evaluations, audits, and reviews to ensure security measures are adequate or recommends enhancements, upgrades or changes. Researches and analyzes a wide variety of complex information security problems and provides responses to resolve.


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You will qualify for the GS-14 level if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level that demonstrates the ability to lead the implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities; coordinate the implementation of IT security programs across platforms; establish IT vulnerability reporting criteria; evaluate IT security incident response policies; identify the need for IT security changes based on new technologies or threats; institute measures to ensure IT security awareness/compliance; review proposed new systems/networks/software for potential IT security risks; resolve IT integration security issues and experience in UNIX, Windows, or other standalone/and or client server operating systems in a TCP/IP network environment.


You will qualify for the GS-13 level if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level that demonstrates the ability to evaluate, recommend the acquisition of, implement, and disseminate IT security tools, procedures, and practices to protect information assets; plan and conduct security accreditation reviews for installed systems or networks; resolve IT integration security issues and experience in UNIX, Windows, or other standalone/and or client server operating systems in a TCP/IP network environment.


ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: You online resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs/Competencies) (NOTE: Applicants do not need to prepare a written responses to these KSAs/competencies):

  1. Mastery of and skill in applying technical expertise in a total infrastructure protection environment, including network and operating systems security. The incumbent performs information security risk analysis to identify vulnerabilities and other complex IT security problems.
  2. Knowledge and demonstrated skill in evaluating / auditing information technology security programs. The incumbent must have an expert knowledge of information technology security system standards, concepts, and methods and be review, analyze a wide variety of complex security programs and make recommendations on its performance abilities.
  3. Knowledge of Federal regulations, standards, policies, procedures, and best practices for information security systems.
  4. Knowledge of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidance for Information Security.
  5. Knowledge of FISMA including, Certification and Accreditation, security documentation including system security planning, risk assessment, contingency planning, Plan of Actions & Milestones (POA&M).
  6. Skill in presenting well-considered, sound recommendations and proposals.


Have IT related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies listed below:

  • Attention to Detail - Works closely with project team, customers and management to identify requirements, address issues and concerns with bureau applications, paying close attention to business owner needs and ensuring requirements are captured correctly the first time, allowing products to be delivered on time and within budget, thus resulting in a satisfied customer.
  • Customer Service - Works with business owners to advise on technical, operational, and administrative matters related to the organization's software and its development, enhancement, security, and maintenance. Maintain working relationships with supervisor and other CTO managers, and other entities on matters related to software projects.
  • Oral Communication - Must communicate on a regular basis with project team, management, business owners and stakeholders providing project statuses, addressing issues and concerns, gathering and analyzing requirements and conducting oral presentations to demonstrate applications to anyone necessary. Represents organization in a professional manner at meetings and conferences with department heads, addressing IT related matters.
  • Problem Solving - Works consistently with stake holders, customers and project team to identify and resolve problems found in the custom applications, processes, etc. Must work to address problems as swiftly as possible, eliminating major application downtime and customer dissatisfaction. Advises management of any technical or operational concerns and provides suggestions for resolution.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Scripting (PowerShell, BASH, PERL, etc.)
  • Python and/or PHP
  • Knowledge of network infrastructure below layer 3 (TCP/IP), such as wireless, ethernet, ATM, frame, radio, etc.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the qualifications for this position, specifically the specialized experience requirement. All applications that are verified to meet the required qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.


To receive proper credit, your resume must include: (1) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to the position; (2) examples of the specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work for each job listed; (3) actual time spent in such activities (percentage of time worked in each position); (4) beginning and ending dates of employment (dates must be listed with both month and year for qualifying purposes); (5) frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.); and (6) number of hours worked. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. For tips on writing your resume, please visit


If your resume is incomplete, or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be adjusted. 


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The Department of the Interior offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance; health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement system. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.



  • Selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for a Top Secret clearance. Failure to maintain a clearance is grounds for removal.
  • You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates. Failure to maintain a favorable suitability determination is grounds for removal.
  • Selected applicants are subject to initial and random drug testing. Failure to pass a drug test is grounds for removal. Occasional travel is expected (2-3 times per year).
  • Selectees must complete a one year probationary or trial period unless already completed or exempted by special authority.


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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 Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. 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.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): To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is  930219. 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 Wednesday, July 31, 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 Assessment Questions.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax all six pages of 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.


  1. Resume – your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements, including the selective placement factor, as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.
  2. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action -- documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level, and step.
  3. Performance Appraisal -- All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of the most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year and includes the final rating.
  4. CTAP – such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.
  5. Veterans' Preference Documentation – DD-214 (member copy#4), VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5 point preference. Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, etc.)
  6. If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. 30% compensable disabled veterans, severely handicapped individuals, former Peace Corp and VISTA volunteers, etc), you MUST indicate on your application the special program and submit proof of eligibility with your application. Individuals who are eligible for consideration will be considered non-competitively for this vacancy.


Catherine A. Stephens
Phone: (703)487-5382
Fax: (703)487-5208
Agency Information:
Interior Office of Insp General
Department of the Interior
Office of Inspector General
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 350
Reston, VA
Fax: (703)487-5208


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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