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Job Title:IT Specialist (Security), GS-2210-14, CENSUS-DHA-CH

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of the Census

Job Announcement Number:OIS-2014-0006

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, March 20, 2014 to Friday, March 28, 2014




Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full Time




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC View Map
Silver Hill, MD View Map


All U.S. citizens.




About the Agency

The U.S. Census Bureau has Direct-Hire Authority to recruit and appoint qualified Information Technology Specialists (Information Security), GS-9 and above.  The "Category Rating" Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy. All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration.
This vacancy is for one IT Specialist (Security) position in the Office of Information Security (OIS) located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.

This position is in the competitive service.

One year probationary period may be required.
Relocation expenses may be paid.
This is a non-bargaining unit position.

This position may be filled through means other than the competitive process.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If your resume is incomplete, you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Applicant must possess selective factor.


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The individual selected for this position will: 

 Major Duty 1 - Serve as the information security subject matter expert and security engineer support for the Census Enterprise Data (CedCap) program; and Act as a direct liaison between the Chief, OIS and various CedCap related system owners. Incumbent resolves technical issues and works through difficult, unique IT security scenarios that affect the enterprise architecture of the Census Bureau as it pertains to the CedCap program.

 Major Duty 2 - Ensure that security documents, assessments, testing and evaluations are coordinated with appropriate OIS staff and provides direct support as needed.

 Major Duty 3 - Review security architecture and other supplemental documents and provide recommendations to the stakeholders in order to more effectively secure the CedCap solution in accordance with Census Bureau IT Security Policy and Procedures.

 Major Duty 4 - Document the System Security Plan control implementation statements, generates projected risk reports, and briefs the appropriate stakeholders about the potential risk.

 Major Duty 5 - Work with project teams to remediate findings to obtain an acceptable level of risk, providing guidance and expertise where necessary; and develop the information security scope of IT projects to assist with cost estimation of security related activities for CedCap.

 Major Duty 6 - Serve as an integrated project team member to facilitate the adoption of security related activities into the project schedule.

 Major Duty 7 - Ensure the proper budget allocation for those activities have been set aside.

 Major Duty 8 - Maintain expertise in federal laws, regulations, and policies in the discipline of IT systems security and analyzes impact with regard to Census Bureau’s operational needs, cost, resources and consequences.  

 Major Duty 9 - Prepare presentations, reports and executive summaries and briefs senior and executive management on various IT security topics related to the CedCap program.


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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: You must have and your resume must detail how you meet the specialized experience AND information technology-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies described below. COMPETENCIES:

1. Attention to Detail - Meticulous; thoroughly reviews and proofreads various IT related data/information; dedicates focus to accomplish tasks that are complete, precise, and accurate to a given IT situation.
2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive IT services or IT 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 IT needs, provide expert technical information or assistance, resolve fairly complex or non-routine problems, or satisfy expectations; knowledge of available products and services; committed to providing quality IT products and services.
3. Communication - Expresses technical 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 presentations; listens to others, recognizes potential miscommunication, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4. Problem Solving - Identifies IT related problems using a variety of materials or sources; gathers and applies technical information to determine accuracy and relevance to moderately complex problems; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives; makes decisions or recommendations that influence IT policies or programs and applies new developments to previously unresolved problems.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience which is equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in this series. Examples of specialized experience include: applying knowledge of federal security requirements for sensitive IT systems when certifying and accrediting those systems; developing and maintaining the processes to ensure authorization for processing of sensitive systems; experience working with contractors to ensure systems meet well- defined security requirements; experience managing contracts and serving as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative; and experience ensuring compliance with IT security requirements; and experience applying concepts of systems life cycle management.

The position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, abiity or other worker characteristic basic to, and essential for, satisfactory performance of the job). The Selective Placement Factor is a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for the position.

Selective Placement Factor
Incumbent must possess the following certifications to be considered for this position:

1.  Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

You must submit proof of certification by the closing date of the announcement to be considered for this position.

EDUCATION: Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicant must possess selective factor.

This position requires a security clearance.



We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) 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 that you completed as part of the application.  However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.                                       

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

-- KSA 1  Knowledge of NIST Security Publications.800-37, 800-52, and 800-53; and of methodologies and best practices that are commonly used in the information systems security industry

-- KSA 2 Knowledge of Federal legislation, regulation, policies, and practices related to information systems security.

-- KSA 3 Knowledge of project management practices.

-- KSA 4 Ability to write technical documents, reports; communicate both orally and in writing with customers and staff to meet these needs.

-- KSA 5 Communication skills to maintain internal/external customer relationships.
To preview questions please click here.


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Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (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:  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 last 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:


*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

*Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)


The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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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 To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side 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 and place your cursor over “My Account” and then 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 immediately by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Ann B. Wells at 301-763-3705 OR


A complete application consists of the following:

*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 education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).


Catherine Hayes
Phone: 301-763-3705
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2K038D
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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 logging into your USAJOBS account at and placing your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status." 

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.

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