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"NOC Merit-2019-0073" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
NOC Merit-2019-0073
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
IT Specialist (INFOSEC)
Open Period:
08/27/2019 - 09/11/2019


GS - 2210 14
USD $104,821 - USD $136,271
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Location Negotiable After Selection, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Flo Claiborne


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Internal to an agency (not searchable on USAJOBS)
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Land & base management
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP  eligibles within the local commuting area; Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles; Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibles;
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as an Senior IT Specialist for Information Security.

The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

Salary shown is on the rest of US pay scale. Salary will be determined upon selection.

Must be within commuting distance to a BLM office.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

5 Days of occasional travel may be required.


The incumbent develops strategies and/or workable solutions for major security issues that include National operational and strategic planning changes/opportunities, policy changes, resource allocation, and funding alternatives.

Establish, manage and maintain an IT security risk management and strategic management program based on enterprise business goals and objectives.

Develops policies and procedures relative to information systems reliability and accessibility to prevent and defend unauthorized access to systems, networks and Bureau corporate data.

Define the enterprise continuity of operations structure and staffing, scope of the enterprise continuity of operations program, and identify and prioritize critical business functions.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Conditions of Employment:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities  required to do the work of this position:

    Skill in applying total infrastructure protection environment; system security certification and accreditation requirements and processes.

    Skill in applying, Federal, Departmental and industry information security standards, principles and policies and IT assurance/security discipline.

    Knowledge and skill in developing standards, policies, procedures, and strategies governing IT Security.

    Ability to resolve complex information assurance/security problems, analyzing alternatives, recommending solutions, reviewing and establishing new or revising current security policies.

    Skill in communicating effectively to prepare and present briefings to management officials on complex and controversial IT issues and to explain complicated technical requirements.


    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the one year of specialized experience requirement at the next lower grade (GS-13) - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  Examples of experience includes functioning as an Information Assurance technical authority in assignments requiring the application of cybersecurity best practices, as well as, new concepts and developments to complex IT Security issues. The position is hands-on and operational, leading internal and external network security in all aspects of network systems, firewall, DMZ, and infrastructure security development and implementation; application must show experience supporting cybersecurity in the describe environment at the performance level. Experience providing cybersecurity operational support ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of network, information, and information systems. Must have demonstrated experience identifying, investigating, and reporting potential cybersecurity intrusions or incidents utilizing various security tools (Splunk, BigFix, Nessus, SIEM tools) in an effective and efficient manner, and writing clear and concise incident reports for both technical and management audiences. - AND -

    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.

    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; religious; 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.

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604.  If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP.

    CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. your resume; and 3. applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 

    Click on the "Apply" button and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, select the “Create a new account” link. You will be required to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the Forgot your username or password? link.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact Cara Dover at 303-236-6104 or

    If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

    Required Documents:

    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).  

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Current and former Federal employees with competitive eligibility: Submit a copy of your most recent (non-award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies current position information (title, grade, etc), tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1). Also, submit any SF-50s that document your highest grade held permanently or temporarily.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)  eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA): Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service and (b) service  under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years.  Your performance must have been evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). “Required documentation” includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each ​appointment​ verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    READ THIS: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility requirements are met. This includes ensuring your resume / application documents specific information on each employment listed. Specifically, you must document Agency/Company Name, supervisor's name and contact information, position title, grade/series/salary, and employment dates to include month, day and year. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement prior to the closing date of the announcement.

    Next Steps:

    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBS account.