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Job Title:  Security Specialist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Hiring Organization:  Office of Fossil Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-HQ-FE-14-00138-CR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
All U.S. Citizens
This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy # DOE-HQ-FE-14-00138-MP.
Q - Sensitive


About the Agency

This position is located in Fossil Energy's (FE) Office of Petroleum Reserves (OPR), Planning and Engineering Office.  The Office of OPR provides program direction for the establishment, management, and maintenance of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is the world's largest supply of emergency crude oil that is stored in huge underground salt caverns along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico.

A successful candidate in this position will:

  • Serve as the Office of Petroleum Reserves (OPR) program authority for the direction and implementation of security programs and initiatives for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve(SPR) and Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve (NEHHOR).
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, standards, and methods.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 7-8 per annum


  • No


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a security specialist, you will:

  • Serve as the OPR technical expert and primary point-of-contact for providing guidance to Headquarters and field site offices on security administration for petroleum storage and distribution program operations; responsible for interpreting, developing, implementing, and/or administering policy and guidance for/to management officials and other security specialists within the OPR and field sites; and ensures that organization personnel are adhering to established Federal, state, local, and DOE/FE policies and practices for field site security activities.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor policies, instructions, procedures, control systems, and coordinate activities relating to classification, declassification, and protection of classified national defense and other sensitive information originated or controlled by the OPR and the PMO.
  • Develop classification guides, classified document marking, safeguarding, personnel access controls; need to know criteria; physical storage and control; security education; and transmitting, transferring, reproducing, downgrading, and destroying information.
  • Prepare responses to Congressional and other public inquiries regarding OPR safeguards and security issues; prepares and/or directs the preparation of Congressional testimony for senior leadership related to safeguards and security activities for OPR and field sites.
  • Develop and present briefings to the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and other OPR senior management with current information on the status of safeguards and security at selected field facilities and presents and communicates the OPR position regarding Presidential Decision Directives, including PDD-39 which addresses U.S. policy on counter terrorism and appropriate means to deter and respond to terrorist acts.
  • Represent OPR at and participates in technical forums, interagency meetings, workshops, national conferences, etc., to formulate policy positions and national level strategies for security issues impacting OPR's facilities/assets, coordinate joint Federal and/or State programs covering a broad spectrum of technical activities in facility management and safeguards and security, influence and maintain awareness of other Federal agency plans and activities impacting DOE and OPR programs
  • Be involved in the Continuity of Operations Program (COOP) for the OPR Headquarters and the PMO New Orleans Offices. Serves as backup to FE's COOP program coordinator.  Involved in  the planning and implementation of FE COOP Plan in accordance with DOE guidance; serve on the PR team with FE and SPR/PMO field and determining continuity of operation's requirements and preparedness responsibilities involving PR essential systems and vital information.


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A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  1. Developing classification guides, classified document marking, safeguarding personnel access controls; need to know criteria; physical storage and control; security education; and transmitting, transferring, reproducing, downgrading, and destroying information.
  2. Developing, implementing, and monitoring policies, instructions, procedures, control systems, and coordinating activities relating to classification, declassification, and protection of classified national defense and other sensitive information.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
  1. Knowledge of general security administration programs.
  2. Ability to perform security program requirements.
  3. Knowledge of safeguards and security programs.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.



  • Eligible candidates for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.
  • This position has been designated a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use.  The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.  Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.
  • A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.
  • All supplemental documentation MUST be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Applicants MUST meet ALL eligibility and qualification requirements by the c losing date of the announcement.


Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
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You can review our benefits at:


  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the 'How you will be evaluated' section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.  
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
Steps to modify or withdraw your application:
  1. Return to USAJOBS and log in.
  2. In the "My Account" screen, click "Application Status" in the left-hand column.
  3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.
  4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says "Apply Now" will instead say "Edit Application", click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)
  5. You will be directed to the application where you can make changes or you can click "Withdraw Application" to delete your application.
  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours of 8:30-5:00
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


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