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Job Title:Computer Engineer/Electronics Engineer/Computer Scientist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Information Systems Agency

Job Announcement Number:EHA-960445-13CA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 13, 2013 to Monday, September 23, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Meade, MD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


This position is located in the Component Acquisition Executive, Cross Functional Solutions Center. DOD ENT Cloud Broker Project Branch (CAE-ATB4). 

If you want to do interesting and challenging work and to make a contribution to national defense, DISA is a great place for you.


DISA provides secure and reliable communications and computing support that enable the President and our military forces to communicate globally through voice, video, and data transmission. DISA is a leader within the Federal Government in implementing "people programs" and offers a broad range of quality-of-life and training programs. Go to for more information.




  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Background investigation required.
  • This is a drug testing position
  • OGE-450 Financial Disclosure Statement Required


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·        Plan, coordinate, and manage the implementation of an enterprise cloud architecture supporting service models for Software as a Service (SAAS), Platform as a Service (PAAS), and, Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS).


·        Develop advanced concepts of information and information processing that require significant departure from established procedures.


·        Perform as a top-level planner and expert in computer science, systems engineering, software engineering, network engineering, and cyber security supporting cloud management missions.


·        Direct and perform complex system engineering trade-off analyses among alternative technical strategies.


·        Actively participate in developing the operational models, processes, procedures, and organizational structures that will be utilized in implementing and delivering public and private clouds.


·        Represent the agency as the authority on architectural/engineering infrastructure initiatives across the Department.





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Basic Requirements:


You must show successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, physical science, life science, or mathematics.


The Engineering series - GS-854 Computer Engineer, and GS-855 Electronics Engineer- require a degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must 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. (See link to OPM Qualification Standards for more details). 


A.  Degree: professional engineering. 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 differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, 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); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. 




B.  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: 


·         Professional registration--Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 

·         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.  Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

·         Specified academic courses--Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences. This course work included differential and integral calculus, as well as courses in at least five of the seven areas listed in the second bullet above. In addition, I have professional engineering experience when combined with my education totals at least four years. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts along with your application for verification) and a verification of employment from a supervisor stating you have performed professional engineering duties.

 ·         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. Ordinarily there should be either 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.) and a verification of employment from a supervisor stating you have performed professional engineering duties.


The Computer Scientist series - GS-1550, requires a bachelor's in computer science or a bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have been in any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. (See link to OPM Qualification Standards for complete standards). 


Specialized Experience:


For the GS-15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-14 if outside the Federal service, is required.


Specialized experience is defined as experience applying architectural/engineering practices and principles in the design and implementation of cloud solutions.  Experience applying project management skills to develop detailed practices, standards, and plans. Experience planning, designing, operating, and sustaining automated information systems.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements, qualified applicants must also possess the quality of experience as it relates to how closely or to what extent an applicant's background, recency of experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position.  Candidates must clearly demonstrate the possession of knowledge, skills and abilities, or competencies necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level to be qualified for the position.  Applicants must describe how their experience meets the competencies within the body of the resume.  No separate statements addressing KSA's or competencies are required.


Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. 


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at this grade level.

Background or Security Investigation:


The individual selected will be subject to an investigation in conjunction with granting of a security clearance prior to appointment. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.  For more information about receiving and maintaining a security clearance, please click here.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.



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These benefits generally apply if you are selected for a permanent or term appointment:


·         The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program has many plans to choose from, all at very reasonable rates, which can be paid from pre-tax income.  

·         The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is one of the premier retirement programs in the Nation.   The program features three components: a retirement pension; the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP, an employee controlled investment program); and social security.

·         Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) offers numerous life insurance policy options covering federal employees and dependents.

·         For more benefits information please visit:



·         You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.

·         TDY Travel: OCCASIONAL

·         A one year probationary or trial period may be required.

·         Individuals tentatively selected for drug testing designated positions at the Defense Information Systems Agency will be required to submit to urinalysis for illegal drugs prior to appointment or placement.

·         We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.

·         Moving costs MAY be paid--however--moving costs must be paid if a DISA employee is selected for the position.

·         Recruitment, relocation, or retention incentives MAY be authorized.

·         This notice is issued under the expedited-hire authority. Using Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved government-wide direct hire authorities, agencies may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provisions of Title 5 U.S.C. 3309 through 3318, for which OPM determines that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.·         This is a critical acquisition position in the DAWIA career field of SPRDE.  Selectee must meet Acquisition Corps requirements or have an approved waiver prior for placement in this position.  All candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be considered--candidates will not be screened out if they do not meet Acquisition Corps requirements. In accordance with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act and DoD 5000.66, selectee must be Level 3 certified (or be eligible for certification within 24 months of appointment) in the SPRDE career field.  Mandatory training, experience and education DAWIA requirements will be used during the rating process.

·         Veterans Preference: Veterans preference does not apply under this Expedited-Hiring Authority.

·         This is a covered position and the person selected for this position must complete an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment pursuant to 5 CFR 2634.903(b) (DoD 5500.7).

·       Selectees for this position must sign a written agreement to remain in the Federal Service in this critical acquisition position for a minimum of three years unless waived.

·         DAWIA certification is a condition of employment.  Failure to fulfill the certification requirement may lead to a non-disciplinary adverse action, which can include dismissal.

·         For more information on veterans' preference click     here   

·         Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (to verify your registration status click        here).   

·         Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):   For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click       here.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

·         The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants issued March 18, 2004 will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. It is applicable to former Federal civilian employees receiving a retirement annuity from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund that are hired within the DoD on or after November 24, 2003. The policy also applies to annuitants (appointed in DoD on/or after November 24, 2003) who move from one position to another within DoD through voluntary reassignment, promotion, change to lower grade or transfer between military departments. The view this policy, please copy and paste the following web address into your web browser:

·         This position is subject to the limitations imposed by the DOD Priority Placement Program.

·         For more information regarding qualifications requirements please click     here.

·         You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume.  Your cover letter will not be used to verify your qualifications or eligibility.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.   See required documents below.


1. Your Resume NOTE: Your resume must include the following information for each job listed:

Job title; duties (be as detailed as possible); month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); and full- time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire



Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3.  Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 960445. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


You are highly encouraged to establish a USAJOBS account and submit your application package online so that you can receive status updates. If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

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.



  • In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section.   The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.   This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  • When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question.  Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.




1. Transcripts (REQUIRED) - This position has a positive education requirement; you must submit all of your transcripts.   Also, if applying under related curriculum you will need to include a verification of employment letter from a supervisor stating you have performed these professional engineering duties.  The absence of this information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. SF-50 (not applicable) - Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees-  with the exception of current permanent DISA employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.

3. Veterans Preference Documentation (not applicable):

·         For Five Point Veterans Preference:  DD-214 (Member Copy 4), or, if you are CURRENTLY serving on active duty, a statement of service from your unit which states the date you entered on active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.  For those supplying the statement of service, preference will be verified by a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) upon separation from the military.

·         For Ten Point Veterans Preference:  DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with documentary proof as required on the SF-15.  Click here for a copy of the SF-15.   Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA letter dated 1991 or later.

4. ICTAP Eligible (if applicable) - A copy of the RIF separation notice and SF50 if available.

5. Military Spouse Preference (not applicable) Copy of spousal travel orders providing eligibility.


Your complete Application Package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, September 23, 2013.

WARNING:  Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST,  or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.  To verify that your application is complete, log into your USJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information.  The Details page will display the status of your application.  It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.   HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant. 



Chad Albright
Phone: (317)212-5734
Agency Information:
Apply Online or by Fax Only
Indianapolis, IN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

For any further questions please contact:

Chad Albright 
Phone: (317)212-5734

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