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Job Title:Computer Scientist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Secret Service

Job Announcement Number:INV-SM104-13-SH

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 $115,742.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 01, 2013 to Wednesday, October 09, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




FEW vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US


All United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy will close at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the stated closing date of the vacancy OR on the day that 250 applications are received, whichever occurs first.  Only complete applications that include all supporting documents received prior to midnight EST on the closing date or the day the application limit is reached will be accepted.  Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application.  Supporting documents WILL NOT be accepted once the job opportunity announcement closes.

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
Joining the Secret Service, Criminal Investigative Division, will allow you to draw on your technological expertise to maintain and modernize the U.S. Secret Service’s investigative information technology and communications infrastructure, as well as to enhance interoperability, information sharing, and collaboration capabilities. Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact mission critical support for investigative operations and the associated research and administrative functions of the Secret Service. This Computer Scientist position starts at a salary of $74,872 (GS-12, step 1), with potential to $115,742 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.


  • U.S. citizenship is required.


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The selectee will serve as a Computer Scientist in the Office of Investigations, Criminal Investigative Division. Typical work assignments include:

  • Serving as technical advisor to various investigative programs providing expertise on computer science projects associated with the hardware and software development lifecycle; and assisting and assessing project plans for investigative digital systems. 
  • Modifying and adapting cyber investigative tools and technologies to recover, restore, and retrieve data files or other pertinent information from computer hardware and peripheral devices to support criminal investigators. 
  • Assisting, monitoring and conducting forensic analysis in support of criminal investigations; testing, implementing, deploying, maintaining, and administering hardware and software for mission related systems; monitoring network and actively remediating unauthorized activities.
  • Collecting digital evidence from computers, flash drives and cellular devices; and processing, analyzing, preserving and presenting the digital evidence. 


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Basic Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in computer science or 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 included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.



GS-12:  You qualify for the GS-12 level (starting salary $74,872) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level performing duties such as supporting and maintaining multiple versions of network equipment (managed switches, firewalls); supporting and maintaining the installation, configuration and maintenance of blade servers, standard servers and associated manufacturer firmware or utilities; and installing, configuring and maintaining storage (NAS-SAN) and any associated manufacturer firmware or utilities.


GS-13:  You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $89,033) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level performing duties such as supporting and maintaining multiple versions of the Junos (Juniper) operating system; supporting and maintaining the installation, configuration and maintenance of IBM H Series Chassis and associated manufacturer firmware or utilities; installing configuring and maintaining Dell PowerEdge Servers and any associated manufacturer firmware or utilities; and installing, configuring and maintaining NetApp Storage and any associated manufacturer firmware or utilities.
Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for this position:


  • Knowledge of IT concepts, security principles, methods, and practices in order to provide advice and guidance to management on system capabilities. Certification is evidenced by specific Information Technology and Project Management Certifications in the following areas: Application Development and Databases; Software and Hardware; and Network and Security.
  • Knowledge of computer operating systems (i.e., Linux), network operations, servers, and protocols to ensure information is transmitted securely through various systems, and to protect and restore systems in case of down-time.  

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment.
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
  • Submit to a polygraph examination prior to your appointment.
  • Lift 25 - 45 lbs.
  • Climb and conduct work on a ladder.
  • Frequent travel may be required.


"This announcement is being filled using the Schedule A Hiring Authority under Excepted Service procedures.  Applicants who meet the basic requirement, specialized experience and selective placement factors for the position will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.”  The answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and supporting documents need to support your answer choices, in order to be considered and deemed eligible. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Knowledge of computer operating systems (i.e., Linux) network operations, servers, and protocols to ensure information is transmitted securely through various systems, and to protect and restore systems in case of down-time.
  • Skill in applying theoretical foundations of computer science, including computer system architecture, digital storage manipulation, and system software organization.
  • Ability to conduct analyses and recommend solutions to complex security issues.
  • Skill relating to the diagnosing and implementing solutions of highly complex problems that impact multiple communications technologies and systems.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must meet the basic requirement, specialized experience and selective placement factors as described above for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.  Veterans: Veterans with 5 or 10 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles.
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits."


Relocation expenses will not be authorized.


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This position is being advertised via CareerConnector which is an automated staffing system. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement OR on the day that 250 applications are received, whichever occurs firstInstructions outlining the application process can be found at If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Human Capital Division, Classification, and Administrative, Professional, Technical Staffing Branch at OR by calling (202) 406-6420 between the hours of 9:00 am  and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.


You must also submit the following documentation:
  • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • The position has a positive education requirement - A copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) must be submitted. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Those with Foreign education, click here
  • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. 
  • Are you a Veteran? Submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates  of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information. 


Human Capital Division
Phone: 202-406-6420
Fax: 999-999-9999
TDD: 202-406-5390
Agency Information:
United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
Please read entire announcement
Please apply online
Washington, DC
Fax: 999-999-9999


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. Qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You may check the status of your application for this position by going to Click on the "My USAJOBS" tab, enter your user id and password, and click on "My Applications". You will also receive an email notification regarding your application status. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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