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Job Title:Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Department:Department Of State

Agency:Department of State - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:DS-2014-0357

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


Tuesday, August 5, 2014 to Monday, August 18, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Rosslyn, VA View Map


Open to all U.S. citizens

"You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined."

"More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur."


Top Secret/SCI




About the Agency

This position is also being announced through Merit Promotion procedures under Announcement #DS-2014-0358. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Merit Promotion procedures must apply to both announcements.

This position is located in the Special Security Operations Division, Office of Information Security, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Department of State. The Division is responsible for the coordination and implementation of plans, policies and procedures necessary to safeguard classified information, intelligence information including Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) and intelligence sources and methods, Department of State assets including personnel, information, documents, SCI Facilities (SCIFs) and other resources both within the U.S. and worldwide.

This position is responsible for planning, conducting, and coordinating security evaluations based on the security controls selected and implemented from system categorization and applicable formal and informal audits of the Departments SCI IT systems and networks in order to ensure their protection from cybersecurity threats. The incumbent plans and coordinates incident response activities as well as collects, analyzes and recommends action in response to potential and active cybersecurity threats.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Domestic travel may be required (10%)


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • Obtain/maintain eligibility to access Sensitive Compartmented Information


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Plans, develops, organizes, and coordinates the activities to build and maintain requirements for cybersecurity incident response teams that monitor the security status of global systems and networks on a constant basis.

Maintains a layered intrusion detection system program tasked to monitor and audit systems and networks to detect potential cybersecurity threats and activities. Establishes, implements, and monitors risk management procedures and ensures that appropriate risk management techniques are applied to all cybersecurity monitoring, evaluation and incident handling programs. Provides advice, assistance and information to senior management on monitoring incident response deficiencies.

Maintains and operates the Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs) security information and event manager (SIEM). Assists the Computer Technology Office to maintain and operate the Host Based Security System, which includes generating custom reports, system monitoring, configuration, and maintenance. Collects, analyzes, and shares information relevant to cybersecurity monitoring and incident response efforts and creates threat analysis reports and briefings for internal and external use.


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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Applicants applying for the GS-13 grade level must meet the following requirements:

Have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below:

1. Attention to Detail - Demonstrate a high level of attention to detail by determining specifications of secure functional design requirements, and ensuring the implementation of systems security policies. Thorough conscientious and meticulous interpreting of technical specifications and requirements. Ability to analyze and apply specialized Intelligence Community network security methods and analytical techniques involving IC network security systems.

2. Customer Service - Demonstrate a high level of ability to serve customers by advising and counseling managers or other officials to accept and implement findings and recommendations on organization improvement or program effectiveness. Assess results of network vulnerabilities to identify possible areas of compromise, and provide recommendations for information security protection. Assist with corrective action when security deficiencies or violations are suspected or detected. Provide assistance and guidance regarding available security products and services.

3. Oral Communication - Demonstrate a high level of skill in communicating orally ensuring that systems, networks, and data users are aware of, and understand and adhere to system security policies and procedures. Express information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Make clear and convincing oral presentations.

4. Problem Solving - Demonstrate ability to solve and prioritize problems by identifying vulnerabilities and risks of planned and installed information systems. Ability to assess security events to determine impact and implement corrective actions that ensure the rigorous application of information security policies, principles, and practices in the delivery of all IT services. Assess security risks and protection needs to resolve issues and problems.


Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

- Experience interpreting and working with legislation, Intelligence Community Directives, national policies and standards related to information technology.

- Experience developing methodology and procedures for establishing, operating and assessing the effectiveness of a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Security Program in accordance with applicable regulations.

- Experience working with the certification and accreditation process of Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) systems.

- Experience identifying abuses and misuses of computer systems, to recommend corrective actions that can be implemented by organizational wide policies and standards.

- Experience identifying network vulnerabilities, threats and cyber intrusion/emergency response procedures to plan and coordinate activities in this area.

- Experience effectively interacting with senior officials throughout Department and other Federal agencies including the Intelligence Community.

NOTE: In order to qualify for this position, your experience MUST be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-13 position.



Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:

Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.

Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some, but not all of the major aspects of the position.

Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

- Knowledge of U.S. government Information Technology security policies principles and standards.

- Knowledge of network vulnerabilities, threats and cyber intrusion/emergency response procedures.

- Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate information to plan and carry out a variety of analytical assignments.

- Ability to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations.

- Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to provide expert advice, guidance, training and instruction, to conduct briefings, and to justify and defend recommendations.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In addition to describing duties performed, your resume must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked per week. Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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You can review our benefits at:

The Department of State offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal benefits click here.


SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency 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 Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


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Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Departments automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET


NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Departments automated system Gateway to State.

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

4. Veterans Preference - If claiming veterans preference, you must indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume.

For 5-point veterans preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) which must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.

For 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. For further information regarding Veterans, click here.

For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit:

5. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

ICTAP Considerations
CTAP Considerations


Brinklyn Hughes
Phone: 571-345-3765
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1801 N. Lynn St
SA-20 9th fl
Rosslyn, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation.

You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.

For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

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