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Job Title:  Chief Information Security Officer/Senior Privacy Official
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-CMS-ES-2014-1177806

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 31, 2014 to Sunday, August 31, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Woodlawn, MD View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) works in partnership with the entire health care community to improve quality and efficiency in an evolving health care system and provides leadership in the broader health care marketplace. Our effectiveness depends on the capabilities of a dedicated, professional staff that is committed to supporting these objectives. A career with CMS offers the opportunity to get involved on important national health care issues and be part of a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly visible organization.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations.  This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession.  As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.  This position is located in the CMS Office of the Administrator reporting to the Chief Information Officer, in Baltimore (Woodlawn), MD.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must complete 1 year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Application package must be received by closing date of the announcement.


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As the CMS Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Privacy Official, you will provide executive leadership in information technology (IT) security and privacy policy and guidance.   You will provide expert advice and collaboration among CMS' organizational units in developing, promoting and maintaining IT security and privacy measures to adequately and cost effectively protect sensitive information to meet CMS' current and future business needs.   This position ensures that IT security and privacy policies, principals, standards and guidelines are implemented appropriately throughout CMS, overseeing their use, and coordinating implementation of IT security and privacy requirements into the CMS IT enterprise architecture.  These include the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA); the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars A-130, Management of Federal Information Resources; A-123,, Management Accountability and Control; the Privacy Act of 1974; The E-Government Act of 2002; and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).


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Specialized Experience Requirement

To be qualified for this position, you must provide evidence of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level.  This experience must be evidenced by sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.  Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Senior Executive Service Requirements

Current or former career SES employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but must address the Technical Qualifications (TQs).  Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQs and TQs in order to receive consideration for the position.Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in applying for this position to serve in the SES must resign their commission if selected.  If you are applying under this option, you must address both the TQs and ECQs in this announcement.  Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of the position within the Commissioned Corps must address the TQs but are not required to address the ECQs.

Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQs is available by going to the Office of Personnel Management's web site at  Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

When responding to the TQs and ECQs, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the TQs and ECQs.

Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.  In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide.  You should limit your narrative to two pages per each ECQ and TQ.

In order to satisfy all of the specified requirements, you must submit narrative responses addressing the TQs and the five ECQs outlined below.

Technical Qualifications

In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualifications that represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position:

1.   Experience in managing or leading an information security and privacy program of broad scope and complexity involving security monitoring, incident response, policy and procedure development, and risk management for an organization of internal IT users.

2.   Experience in use of tools, techniques, and best practices for an effective information security and privacy program including risk and vulnerability analysis.

3.   Demonstrated experience in managing broad and complex IT security and privacy projects. Experience in developing and overseeing IT service contracts.

4.  Comprehensive knowledge of IT infrastructure and information systems.

Executive Core Qualifications

Fundamental Competencies:  The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs.  Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation.  These Fundamental Competencies are cross-cutting and should be addressed over the course of your ECQ narratives.

1.  Leading Change:  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies:  creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

2.  Leading People:  This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies:  conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

3.  Results Driven:  This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  (Competencies:  accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

4.  Business Acumen:  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  (Competencies:  financial management, human capital management, technology management)

5.  Building Coalitions:  This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  (Competencies:  partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)

Other Requirements

The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.  Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

In accordance with Federal and Agency Travel regulations, the payment of travel and relocation expenses may be reimbursed for travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.  If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


Your resume and narrative responses to the technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position.  Responses that are not supported by your resume will eliminate you from consideration.  Your application will be evaluated in the following manner:

1.  Application packages will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration).

2.  Basic qualifications review.  Your resume and questionnaire will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement.  (If you do not meet this requirement, you will not receive further consideration).

3.  Review of your supplemental qualifications document to determine your rating.


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Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the documents listed in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. Any documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

Application packages for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

1. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. You may preview the assessment questionnaire by clicking here: View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. If you are unable to upload any of the required supporting documents you may fax it to 1-478-757-3144.

If applying online poses a hardship to you, please contact the CMS HR HelpDesk at 1(888)423-2737 or (410)786-3936, TTY/TDD: (410)786-0270; or by email You must contact the CMS HR HelpDesk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The decision on granting reasonable accomodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM EST.

PLEASE NOTE: Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of the assessment questionnaire and submission of supplemental documents, as described under the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or documents will result in you not being considered for employment.


  • Resume - Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, and phone number.  When uploading your resume, choose the supporting document type called "Resume;"
  • Completion of online Questionnaire;
  • TQs - This document should not exceed 2 pages per qualification.  When uploading your TQs, choose the supporting document type called "Other."  This document is required for all applicants.
  • ECQs - This document must not be longer than 10 pages (2 pages per qualification).  When uploading your ECQs, choose the supporting document type called "ECQ."  This document is required for all applicants who are not currently serving under a career SES appointment, eligible for reinstatement into the SES, graduates of an OPM-certified Candidate Development Program, or Commissioned Corps Officers who wish to apply for this vacancy and remain in the Commissioned Corps;
  • SF-50, showing your current or former civil service status, if applicable; and
  • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.


If you do not submit the documents above by the closing date of the announcement, the system will consider your application incomplete, and you will receive no further consideration.  Any documents submitted that are not listed above will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.


CMS HR Center Helpdesk
Phone: (888)423-2737
TDD: 410-786-0270
Agency Information:
HHS CMS Center Executive Resources
Mail Stop C4-14-15


We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome by e-mail using the e-mail address on file in the Application Manager system.

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