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Job Title:General Engineer (DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of Industry and Security

Job Announcement Number:BIS-ONSTTC-2013-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 26, 2013 to Friday, August 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full-time, Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20230View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified United States citizens. This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures & is open to all U.S. citizens. This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status candidates (those currently serving on a career/career-conditional appointment, reinstatement eligibles, or those eligible under special appointing authorities) under vacancy announcement# BIS-ONSTTC-2013-0004.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) advances U.S. national security, foreign policy and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. BIS's activities include regulating the export of sensitive goods and technologies; enforcing export control and public safety laws; cooperating with and assisting U.S. industry to comply with international arms control agreements; and monitoring the viability of the U.S. defense industrial base.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration (EA) regulates exports and reexports through a licensing system set forth in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). United States national security and foreign policy interests are safeguarded through EA's administration of export control laws relating to dual-use items. At the same time, EA seeks to reduce the regulatory burdens impeding international marketing which will aid in the economic growth of the United States. EA also has a leadership role in a range of high priority programs that involve international competitiveness and defense industrial base issues.

The Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC) is responsible for issues related to national security export and reexport controls. It implements multilateral export controls for national security reasons to comply with the Wassenaar Arrangement to control the spread of dual-use goods and related technologies. It is also responsible for U.S. export control policy for high performance computers, encryption and administers the "short supply" provisions of the Export Administration Regulations."

This office is responsible for policy actions, export licenses, commodity classifications, license determinations, and advisory opinions for affected commodities and is the focal point for commodity jurisdiction assessments.

This Engineering position is located in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration (EA), Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC).

The incumbent serves as a widely recognized subject matter expert providing broad engineering and specialized expertise to an organization, project or team on the design, evaluation, and analysis of various characteristics of network security, encryption, computing and communications equipment, software, systems, and subsystems used for a wide assortment of functions and capabilities. The incumbent plans and coordinates programs or projects which require innovation and originality – reviewing, evaluating and advising on effectiveness and technical adequacy of work and proposals of other engineers in resolving complicated and critical problems.  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and hold a Secret clearance.
  • Applicants must have a degree, See Qualifications Section.

DUTIES:

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  • Demonstrates a general understanding of facts and issues associated with network security, encryption, computing, and communications systems.    
  • Processes export license applications; reviews prior cases for license history, approvals, and denials.   
  • Assists in the preparation of papers for escalation to the Operating Committee (OC) and interagency.      
  • Possesses a broad understanding of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).    
  • Assists in the preparation of classifications.   
  • Assists in the preparation of analytical reports that evaluate the strategic applications of items described in Category 4 and 5 (parts 1 and 2) of the Commerce Control List (CCL).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements: You must meet either A or B below.

A. A degree in professional engineering (not engineering technology). To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include both differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics or chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: a) statistics, dynamics; b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; d) thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

B. A combination of education and experience; college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional Registration - Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico. 2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; 3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A. 4. Related Curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance, an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all- inclusive.)

In addition to the above, to qualify for the grade level(s) you are applying for you must meet the specialized experience requirement defined below.

GS-11: You must meet the basic requirements and possess one year of specialized experience. Experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience working in a position that required you to utilize knowledge of professional general engineering concepts, principles, and techniques applicable to a range of duties concerned with the design, evaluation, and analysis of various characteristics of network security, encryption, computing and communications equipment, software systems, and subsystems used for a wide assortment of functions and capabilities.  

GS-12: You must meet the basic requirements and possess one year of specialized experience. Experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience working in a position that required you to effectively and independently collect, compile, and present sound and authoritative technical and policy analyses and recommendations on highly complex and sensitive business/industry engineering issues.


Accredited Education Institutions This position requires proof of higher education, your academic institution must be fully accredited by the Department of Education. You may click on the link above to ensure your education is listed as an accredited education institution. TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED. FAILURE TO PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION.

U.S. Citizenship: You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship. Selective Service System: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. If selected, confirmation of registration status is required. Position Requirements: Applicants must meet requirements by MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement. Security Clearance: This position requires a secret security clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the Selectee can be placed in the position. Urinalysis Screening: : This position may require that you submit to a urinalysis screening for illegal drug use, prior to appointment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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:

1. Knowledge of international commercial trade issues and national security and foreign policy programs.

2.  Ability to effectively and independently collect, compile, and present sound and authoritative technical and policy analyses and recommendations on highly complex and sensitive business/industry issues.

3. Ability to prepare, present, and evaluate plans, designs, reports, data and correspondence.

4. Knowledge of professional general engineering concepts, principles, and techniques applicable to a range of duties concerned with the design, evaluation, and analysis of various characteristics of network security, encryption, computing and communications equipment, software systems, and subsystems used for a wide assortment of functions and capabilities.  

5. Processes a broad comprehension of the relationships of engineering, such network security, encryption, computing and communications equipment, software systems. 

Your answers to the questions in the online application process serves as the basis for your initial rating and will determine who is best qualified for this position; only the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. To be considered a well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP applicant, you must attain a score of at least 85. Your responses will be validated by a human resource specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment. For more information on category rating, please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/dev01_006408.pdf


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BENEFITS:

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The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc.

OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP and ICTAP 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/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp. CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - 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. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: 1. VRA - http://federaljobs.net/veterans.htm 2. VEOA - http://opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp 3. 30% or more disabled veteran - http://opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp 4. Persons with disabilities - http://www.opm.gov/DISABILITY/ 5. CTAP - http://www.opm.gov/ctap/ 6. ICTAP - http://www.opm.gov/ctap/

HOW TO APPLY:

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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 http://www.usajobs.gov. 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 http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ 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 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: Christine Covington, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-3041 or email at covington@doc.gov.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following: 1. 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 along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 2. SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action", supporting your eligibility, 3. Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service (Member 4 Copy). For more information, please go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6, 4. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see "Other Information"). 5. Education. If qualifying based on 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. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: ccovington@doc.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
20230
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." 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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Job Announcement Number:

BIS-ONSTTC-2013-0005

Control Number:

348293700