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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Agricultural Statistics Service

Job Announcement Number:DEU-14-1122786-AN

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 09, 2014 to Friday, June 13, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


United States Citizens


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Who May Be Considered: Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens. This announcement is issued under the direct-hire authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and may be required to serve a one year probationary period.


The employee serves as computer security officer for NASS. As such, the employee's main responsibilities include supporting the NASS computer security program covering computer hardware, software, communications, and operating systems.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Svc., or exempt
  • Subject to favorable adjudication of a background investigation
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period


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  • Assists the Security Chief in recommending, initiating, developing, and monitoring Agency policies, procedures, guidelines, and decisions relating to the NASS Computer Security Program
  • Manage day-to-day operations of critical network security devices, tools, and systems used to protect the NASS network from both internal and external threats
  • Assists in the analysis, review, documentation, and compliance to all Federal computer security policies
  • Continuously assesses and provides valuable input on the enhancement of the NASS Computer Security Program
  • Assists in the development of risk assessment plans for all critical systems
  • Assists in the development and implementation of computer security training programs for the Agency
  • Conducts computer security studies, analysis, or reviews to assure the appropriate level of safeguards exist
  • Perform monthly network vulnerability testing and intrusion detection reviews
  • Serves on departmental and government computer security committees, as requested. Serves as a member of the Agency technical review team providing LAN security expertise


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Experience Requirements:

You must have IT-related experience in each of the following four competencies listed below which must be supported by the information contained in your resume and other application materials.

  1. ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Reviews moderately complex data from multiple sources and determine relevant information to a given situation. Drafts, edits, and disseminates written reports and status updates that are factual, timely and relatively error free.
  2. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Maintains relationships with customers with diverse needs. Provides moderately technical or complex information about products and services. Assesses customers' needs and identifies products and/or services to meet their needs. Resolves fairly complex or non-routine problems, questions, or complaints; directs the most complex problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person.
  3. ORAL COMMUNICATION: Communicates, explains or defends complex information technology ideas and information clearly and adapts to the audiences level of knowledge. Thoughts are well organized. Listens to others, and recognizes potential miscommunications.
  4. PROBLEM SOLVING: Uses logic to identify alternatives to solve complex or sensitive technological problems; anticipates problems and identifies and evaluates potential sources of information and generates alternatives to solve problems where precedents do not exist.


You must have one year (12-months) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates that you have experience in:

  • Assisting in the development of information technology security policies and programs;
  • Analyzing networks and computer systems for security vulnerabilities and threats;
  • Providing recommendations to management on ways to make networks and information systems more secure;
  • Investigating security breaches or incidents to identify damages and resolve problems; and
  • Working with staff to ensure that computer security policies and procedures are properly implemented.
  • (This experience must be reflected on your resume to meet the requirements of the position)


There is no education substitution at the GS-13 grade level.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements described above, may be referred for selection consideration. Applicants who are displaced Federal employees within the local commuting area who are requesting priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will also be evaluated against the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):

  • Knowledge of various cyber security, issues, threats, and mitigation strategies
  • Ability to develop and modify computer security policies to comply with changing laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of general networking technologies, and the role they play in the realm of cyber security
  • Ability to identify security problems and evaluate possible solutions
  • Ability to communicate orally
  • Ability to communicate in writing

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.


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  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, surplus or displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based rating method, applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form 1-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
  • This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
  • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.


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You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this job announcement. We are available to assist you during normal business hours. Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hard copy application packages must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on an as-needed basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

To begin, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register, answer the required questions, create a resume, and submit all necessary documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select “Apply Online. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


  • Resume clearly describing your experience related to this position as described in the “Major Duties,” “Qualifications,” and “How you will be evaluated” sections of this announcement.
  • Responses to the on-line Occupational Questionnaire
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application.


Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Agency Information:
Recruitment Effort for NASS
1400 Independence Ave SW
Room 5041A South Building
Washington, DC


What To Expect Next:

You may track progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interview and selection. We will notify you, via your USAJOBS account, of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. Log in to your USAJOBS account at to check your application status.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.



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