Job Title: Information Technology Specialist (Forensic Examiner)Job Announcement Number: IG14C0001
Department: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency: Headquarters, NASA
Hiring Organization: Office of the Inspector General
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Monday, November 04, 2013 to
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Full Time -
1 vacancy in the following location:
Greenbelt, MD View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Open to current Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement, or those eligible for non-competitive appointment under special authorities. NASA term employees with term conversion eligibility under P.L. 108-201 may also apply. Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply.
The NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts audits, reviews, and investigations of NASA programs and operations to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement and to assist NASA management in promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. The OIG consists of approximately 200 auditors, analysts, specialists, investigators, attorneys, and support staff at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, and NASA Centers throughout the U.S.
The Office of Investigations (OI), Computer Crimes Division (CCD) personnel conduct very complex and sensitive investigations involving a wide range of technical skills sets related to computer security and computer forensics. These investigations, by their very nature, are fast-paced, complex, and often international in scope and effect. CCD personnel provide critical computer forensics support to an increasing percentage of all the criminal and administrative investigations conducted by the NASA OIG. This support includes the planning and execution of large scale search warrants involving the seizure, proper safeguarding and accurate analysis of very large data sets involving a wide array of IT hardware, firmware, file formats, and operating systems.
- Frequent travel will be required
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance
- This is a drug-testing designated position
- A one-year probationary period may be required
DUTIES:Back to top
With assistance from senior staff, conducts digital forensic examinations related to various violations of law, to include but not limited to computer intrusions, export control violations, theft of intellectual property, child pornography, fraud, bribery, embezzlement, false statements, bid-rigging and violations of other Federal statutes covering fraudulent activities.
Uses problem solving skills to construct and maintain modern-day distributed computer networks. Assist in developing fully functional software programs and automated scripts to efficiently solve a variety of computer, network and data recovery problems.
Maintains effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, program staff, NASA IT Security and IT administrators, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.
Conducts technical network vulnerability and risk assessments. Prepares reports to accurately reflect findings and recommendations.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
GS-9: Successfully completed a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree. Such fields of study include computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.
All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.
GS-9: You must have Information Technology (IT) related experience which demonstrates proficiency in each of the following competencies:
1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
GS-9: To qualify at the GS-9 level, you must have at least one year specialized experience which demonstrates knowledge of forensic concepts; an understanding of how cloud computing and other technological advances affect the direction of computer forensics; and proven skill in conducting security studies, surveys, or reviews of IT systems in order to mitigate potential threats.
Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal Service. Time-in-grade and all qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
U.S. citizenship is required.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in this announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume. NASA will not accept separate KSA statement.
A category rating method will be used to evaluate candidates. All candidates will be assigned to either a 70, 80, or 90 pt. quality category based on the degree to which their competencies meet the position requirements. All candidates in the 90 pt group, which is the highest quality category, may be referred for consideration. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. In certain instances when a large candidate pool exists within the highest quality category, additional weighting of scores may occur to further distinguish best qualified candidates. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link.
In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature.
Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.
You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.For more information, see the Applicant Guide.
If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements
If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide
to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.
All applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement.
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative "KSA" statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide
Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. Official job offers are made by the Office of Human Resources only.
At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.