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WHAT DOES AN INFORMATION SECURITY SPECIALIST DO? A Security Specialist complete a wide range of functions involving a number of both interrelated and unrelated work methods, procedures, and systems supporting management of the IRS Security Program. In this position, you will determine whether to grant, deny, revoke, suspend or restrict access to electronic systems or to IRS offices. Your advice, guidance, or results affect the development of major aspects of security program definition and administration throughout the agency.
As an Information Security Specialist you will:
- Review computer and communication systems to assess and evaluate compliance with administrative security procedures, internal control measures, and effectiveness of security safeguards to resolve complex information security issues.
- Prepare written reports of findings that include identification of areas requiring corrective actions and recommendations for appropriate security safeguards.
- Provide expert consultation and support taking appropriate action to resolve outstanding issues.
- Implement the Security Awareness Program, prepare training materials, and conduct security awareness presentations.
- Review output from system configuration scanning tools (ex: LEM Checker, VI-SSS), and other automated systems compliance checking tools to ensure systems are compliant.
- Provide support in the development, maintenance, and testing of Information Systems Disaster Recovery.
- Participate and monitor exercises that simulate incidents to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of Disaster Recovery Plans, identify and monitor actions to eliminate weaknesses.
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Conditions of Employment
- Refer to Other Information.
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- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- IRS Employees with Career/Career Conditional Appointments.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
GS-7 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: basic knowledge of information security program concepts, practices, policies, and procedures in order to assist in studies and reviews of the security of computer and communication systems, to assess and evaluate compliance with security procedures, internal control measures, and security safeguards; Basic knowledge of information security access controls and intrusion detection monitoring devices. Ability to coordinate and review output from automated systems compliance checking tools and assisting in monitoring exercises that simulate incidents. OR
One (1) year of graduate level education at knowledge of information security access controls an accredited college or university in a field of study such as national security studies, information technology, criminal justice. OR
Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) may be met by having a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last two years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
GS-9 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrated knowledge of information security program practices, standards, policies, and procedures; Basic knowledge of information security access controls and compliance reviews to determine the effectiveness of the Information Security program; Knowledge of emergency management procedures as they relate to information security, incident management, disaster recovery, business resumption, continuity of operations, and of Government; Ability to assist others in resolving problems related to implementing, administering, evaluating, and managing the IRS information security program; Ability to assist in ensuring compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) regulations and performing System Administration on Information Systems following FISMA/NIST regulations. OR
Master’s or equivalent graduate degree a related field of study such as national security studies, information technology, criminal justice. OR
Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a related field of study such as national security studies, information technology, criminal justice. OR
LL.B. or J.D., if related. OR
GS-11 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrated broad knowledge of information security program concepts, principles, and practices of the security program to provide safeguards for sensitive data stored, processed, and transmitted through computer and communication systems; Knowledge of security applications in order to administer and maintain them on the computer systems; Knowledge of emergency management procedures as they relate to information security involvement of incident management, disaster recovery, business resumption, continuity of operations, and continuity of Government; Ability assisting in resolving problems related to implementing, administering, evaluating, and managing the IRS information security program; Conducting compliance reviews to determine the effectiveness of the Information Security program and ensuring compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) regulations and performing System Administration on Information Systems following FISMA/NIST regulations. OR
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as national security studies, information technology, criminal justice. OR
Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree in a related field of study such as national security studies, information technology, criminal justice. OR
LL.M., if related. OR
GS-12 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: demonstrated knowledge of a wide-variety of information security program concepts, practices, policies and practices of the security program; Knowledge of emergency management procedures as they relate to information security involvement of incident management, disaster recovery, business resumption, continuity of operations, and continuity of Government in order to resolve critical problems. Experience assessing and evaluating computer and communications systems' compliance with administrative security procedures, internal control measures, and the effectiveness of security safeguards on the systems; Ensuring compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) regulations, investigating and resolving complex data security issues; providing technical assistance, advice and consultation regarding security measures and effectiveness; initiating investigations of security incidents; and maintaining security applications for assigned systems. In addition, you will evaluate security controls, make recommendations to resolve deficiencies, and resolve complex and interrelated problems and issues.
-The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
-To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:
You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
(2) Positions located in the Human Capital Office, Employment, Talent & Security, Personnel Security, remain in POD.
POSITION DESCRIPTIONS GS-07 PD 98001; GS-09 PD 98000; GS-11 PD 97999; GS12 PD 98998.
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CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
- Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday Day Shift, Starting time to be determined.
- The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
- Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements
- If you are an IRS/Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility please refer back to the CTAP Documentation link in the vacancy under How You Will Be Evaluated
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.
Rating: Your application will be evaluated on the competencies of the position to be filled per the IRS Merit Promotion Plan in the following areas: Information Management, Leadership, Oral Communication/Speaking, Problem Solving, Reading, Reasoning, Technology, Application, and Writing. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/ Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
Referral: You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Superior/Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). Candidates will be considered in quality group order. If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must receive a score of, HIGHLY QUALIFIED or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) Cover Letter Tips. To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips Resume Tips
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.
IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP) You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.
PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.
IRS employees: If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.
EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
As a current employee, you know the great benefits we offer. Should you have any questions about benefits, please contact the Employee Resource Center (ERC) at 1-866-743-5748 option #1 for ERC.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.
Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at https://jobs.irs.gov/seasonal/reasonable-accommodation.html. We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us Deborah Smith at 631-977-3768. or email at Deborah.L.Smith2@irs.gov. if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
- To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
- You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.
- To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.
- 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.
- 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.
If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.
Agency contact information
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You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on “more information.”
Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536307700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.