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Job Title:  IT Specialist (Policy & Planning), GS-2210-14 DE
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  DIS-2013-0016

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
Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Friday, September 06, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, US  View Map
Any US Citizen.

This opportunity is also open to status candidates and veterans eligible under VEOA under announcement DIS-2013-0015.


What do camcorders, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Doppler radar, and the Internet have in common? Beyond the fact that they have enriched people's lives, these innovations are the result of public investments in science and engineering made by the National Science Foundation. More about NSF.

This position is located in the Office of Information and Resource Management/Division of Information Systems/Security, Architecture, Policy, and Plans Branch. If you are interested in working in a dynamic, fast-paced, and innovative IT work environment (conveniently located in the heart of Ballston) for a top-ranked federal agency, look no further. The National Science Foundation (NSF), a major source of federally-funded basic research, is committed to the advancement of science, innovation, and discovery, helping to move the nation's science and engineering research efforts into new frontiers. NSF's Office of Information and Resource Management/Division of Information Systems (DIS), as a leader in e-business and cutting-edge technology, delivers a comprehensive suite of customer-enabling technologies and tools to more than 250,000 scientists, educators, technology experts, and administrators conducting business with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to facilitate research, grant, and financial management business processes.


  • Background investigation
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking an Information Technology Specialist to serve as the Senior Project Manager responsible for IT Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) functions. Specific roles will include:

    Strategic planning, portfolio performance management, capital planning and project planning to ensure alignment of resources to support IT investments, including qualitative capital planning and investment control, project planning, budget analysis and execution, contract support, and policy and standards development. Developing and refining the NSF's process for CPIC for IT investments; coordinating new initiatives and operational requirements; analyzing impact of budgetary guidance from NSF management; recommending allocation of resources based on proposed costs and expenses; and reviewing impact of project budget variances to facilitate efficient prioritization/allocation funds. To inform IT investment control and evaluation, preparing monthly investment reports addressing analysis of variances, forecasts, and recommendations for action; and reporting evaluation, findings, and recommendations to NSF management. Advising on planning, development, and implementation of capital planning processes; and developing IT portfolio management policies and procedures, including guidelines and process for budget development, analysis, preparation, and reporting. Assessing impact of proposed/enacted IT investment-related laws, regulations, and guidance, with recommendations on government-wide capital planning issues impacting NSF. Representing NSF on interagency committees or working groups concerned with IT investment and IT portfolio management policies, standards, or projects, and developing technology related to the CPIC process.


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To qualify at GS-14, you need to have the following: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include:  leading and managing Capital Planning and Investment Control activities that involved IT strategy, governance, budgeting, policy, and contract management.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, candidates must also meet the following selective factor: I have led Capital Planning and Investment Control activities in support of an Information Technology organization including: developing IT strategies; administering IT investment review boards; interpreting and implementing IT-related Administration and agency policy and guidance including OMB circulars and memoranda, preparing IT budget justifications and submissions; and performing contract management activities for IT services and support.

Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.


Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles.  Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score.  Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed:  Excellent, Very Good, or Good.  Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.  

The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least “Very Good.”
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A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking
    Public transportation subsidy
    Child Development Center on site
    Child care subsidy
    Flexible working hours
    Physical Fitness Facility on site
    NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    Health Services Unit on site
    Employee Assistance Program


Relocation expenses may be paid, contingent upon availability of funds. Interagency CareerTransition Assistance Program (ICTAP):ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least “Very Good” on the questionnaire.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.


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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.



If you are eligible under a special appointing authority (e.g., veterans appointment
; persons with mental retardation, severe physical disability or psychiatric disabilities); or ICTAP/CTAP, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:
1. Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please note:  An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)

2. Documentation of Schedule A Certification – from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

3. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

You must submit proof of meeting the basic education requirement described in the QUALIFICATIONS paragraph.  Therefore, you should submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met.  [Include for jobs with positive education requirement only]

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).


Eric Keene
Phone: 703-292-4367
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


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