The Information System Security Officer (ISSO) is a position in the Office of Information Technology (OIT), IT Operations and Services (ITOPS), Enterprise Security Operations (ESO). In this position, you will support either a VA facility or specified program area of responsibility and reports to the Information System Security Manager (ISSM) .
This is an open-continuous announcement. The first cut-off date to consider applications for referral to the selecting official will be three weeks from 11/06/2018.
We will accept application packets on an on-going basis. Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official every three weeks from the initial cut-off date. Complete applications submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. EST on the established cut-off date will receive consideration for referral to the selecting official. Applications received after each cut-off date will be considered on the next cut-off date until the closing date of this announcement.
Actively participate in network and systems design to ensure implementation of viable systems security policies and procedures.
Conduct systems security evaluations, audits and reviews; and develop Automated Information Systems (AIS) security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures, as part of the local business continuity team.
Monitor and track controlled access programs to ensure implementation and viability of appropriate systems security policies, as well as the acquisition of IT security tools.
Investigate local AIS programs to identify possible breach of security and/or other violations.
Conduct vulnerability analysis and risk assessment studies of planned and installed information systems to assure that local AIS security plans and policies established are adequate for protection needs and comply as required by statute.
Facilitate and coordinate the gathering, analysis and preservation of evidence used in addressing security violations.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Telework : May be available upon supervisory approval
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Available
Position Description Title/PD#: IT Specialist (INFOSEC), PD# 06047A/06024A
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary in nature. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management
Computer Occupations, All Other
Information Technology Specialist (It Specialist)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
May serve a probationary period.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-12. At the GS-11 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-12. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: You must possess knowledge and application of information security guidance and federal laws to include the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publications, system authorization and accreditation (A&A), Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA). (Application/resume materials must reflect this experience in detail to receive credit for this selective placement factor).
You may qualify based on your education/experience, as described below:
For all grade levels for this position individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.
1) Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2) Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3) Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4) Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the federal service; experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
For the GS-11, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level that includes: conducting systems security evaluations and reviews of policy enforcement practices to ensure secure information systems reliability and accessibility; evaluating local Automated Information System (AIS) security program(s) to protect AIS from unauthorized access .
For the GS-12, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level that includes: developing procedures and conducting systems security evaluations, audits and reviews of policy enforcement practices to ensure secure information systems reliability and accessibility; developing Automated Information Systems (AIS) security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures as part of a local business continuity team.
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the specialized experience required for each grade level. (Unofficial Transcripts Required)
For the GS-11, you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
For the GS-12, there is no substitution for education for specialized experience at this grade level.
Note: Undergraduate and graduate degrees must be in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks. (Unofficial Transcripts Required)
Note : Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/ .
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Alternate Application: If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
Other Documents (Please do not select this option to upload your resume or transcripts)
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
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.
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