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Job Title:  Computer Scientist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  U.S. Secret Service
Job Announcement Number:  INV-SM106-14-SH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$75,621.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 09, 2014 to Monday, May 19, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Washington DC, DC   View Map
All United States citizens
Top Secret/SCI


About the Agency

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 $75,621 (GS-12, step 1), with potential to $116,901 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.


  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required


  • No


  • 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. To be considered eligible, please submit a copy of your UNDERGRADUATE TRANSCRIPT.  All foreign degrees must be evaluated by a nationally recognized Accrediting Agency, proof of such evaluation and/or conversion should be submitted.  

GS-12:  You qualify for the GS-12 level (starting salary $75,621) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level performing duties such as supporting and maintaining network equipment (managed switches, firewalls); supporting and maintaining the installation, configuration and maintenance of 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 $89,924) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level performing duties such as supporting and maintaining operating system; supporting and maintaining the installation, configuration and maintenance of associated manufacturer firmware or utilities; installing, configuring and maintaining servers and any associated manufacturer firmware or utilities; and installing, configuring and maintaining large storage systems and any associated manufacturer firmware or utilities.
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.


"This announcement is being filled using the Schedule A Hiring Authority under Excepted Service procedures.  Applicants who meet the basic requirement and specialized experience 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 and specialized experience as described above for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

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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 no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions 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 showing you meet the requirements outlined under the Qualifications Tab must be submitted (unofficial transcript is acceptable). 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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