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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)
Open Period:
12/05/2018 - 12/12/2018


GS - 2210 14/15
USD $114,590 - USD $164,200
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
2 Vacancy in

Germantown, MD, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Mary Jean Moeller


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
U.S. Citizens
This position is being announced under the Government-wide Direct Hire authority for positions in the 2210 series.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Access Authorization
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:

The Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA) is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) autonomous organization responsible for performance of assessments on behalf of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, in the areas of nuclear and industrial safety, cyber and physical security, and other critical functions as directed by the Secretary and his Leadership team.  To learn more, go to


A successful candidate in this position will plan and conduct classified and unclassified cyber security appraisals of the computer systems used at DOE facilities and report on results to line management throughout the Department.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

PCS, relocation and/or recruitment incentives may be offered contingent on availability of funds.

Travel Required:
50% or less

Travel will be required approximately 30% of the time (more than 15 weeks a year); some travel will involve periods of 2 weeks or longer.


As a Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC), you will:

  • Collaborate with senior executives, Departmental and contractor managers and staff in scheduling, planning, coordinating, and implementing the Independent Oversight Cyber Security Appraisal Program.

  • Provide direction and oversight on agency cyber security and other related Information Technology (IT) strategies, policies and programs in the context of current and emerging Federal law, guidance, priorities and initiatives.

  • Plan and conduct cyber security appraisals and network penetration testing of geographically dispersed and operationally diverse DOE facilities. Participates as the team leader, technical team leader, or subject matter expert in these appraisals.

  • Ensure timeliness and quality standards are met; provide technical advice, counsel, and instruction on complex cyber security issues and network penetration testing; and develop individually and/or as part of a team reports which assess the integrity of DOE computer networks and the effectiveness of network intrusion monitoring, support strengths and weaknesses resulting from review activities.

  • Participate in the collection and analysis of technical and management data associated with DOE cyber security programs.

  • Make authoritative determinations on issues associated with implementation of cyber security policy and requirements in general and specific situations.

  • Maintain continued technical liaison with the appropriate staff elements throughout the DOE, other Federal entities, private industry, and with key representatives at facilities of security interest to exchange information in connection with cyber security requirements.

Qualifications and Evaluations



  • This position has also been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use.  The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.  Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

  • The duties and responsibilities of this position require that the incumbent have access to classified documents and/or material concerning Nuclear Energy programs. Therefore, the position demands the highest degree of public trust and requires that the incumbent possess a Department of Energy (DOE) “Q” clearance.

  • Travel will be required approximately 30% of the time (more than 15 weeks a year); some travel will involve periods of 2 weeks or longer.

  • In accordance with U.S. Department of Energy Order DOE O 326.1, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement is required for this position.

  • This position is statutorily exempt from FLSA provisions. This position meets the Executive Exemption Criteria in 5 CFR 551.205.

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • This position is not in the bargaining unit.
  • Education Requirements:

    This position does not have a positive education requirement.  Education may not be substituted for experience.

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

    Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.


    In addition to the competencies, a qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

    Specialized experience at the GS-14 level is defined as 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant managed IT audits and/or cyber security assessment processes, the day-to-day operations of a complex IT Security program; and applying advance IT security principles and techniques and a full range of IT and cyber security principles.

    Specialized experience at the GS-15 level is defined as 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant led IT audits and/or cyber security assessments teams, the day-to-day operations of a complex IT Security program; and applying advance IT security principles and techniques and a full range of IT and cyber security principles, advised top level agency security and subject-matter managers on new developments and advances in security techniques and, recommend methods for enhancing efficiency of security systems through modifications and applications of evolving technology.

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position.

    1. Mastery of the advanced information technology principles, methods and concepts of computer network design strategies and the security implications.

    2. Expert knowledge of cyber security programs implemented by large governmental, academic or private institutions that enables to incumbent to serve as subject matter expert.

    3. Extensive knowledge and ability to interpret Federal laws, regulations and policies regarding the development and implementation of automation systems.

    4. Mastery of information technology and related cyber security issues to enable incumbent to effectively lead technical experts on assessments.

    5. Knowledge of information security principles and practices.

    6. Knowledge of statutes, federal regulations, guidelines and standards relating to cyber security to determine and measure conformance with required and accepted technical and management practices and procedures.

    7. Ability to lead, guide, direct and advise teams engaged in the conduct of assessments and inspections and in the analysis and study of cyber security programs related issues.

    8. Expert knowledge and skill to represent the agency in oversight matters in inter-agency meetings, conferences, and/or task groups.

    9. Expert knowledge and skill to develop new and innovative approaches to the of cyber security programs and to apply new developments.

    10. Skill in oral and written communications.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

    EEO Policy:
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:
    Veterans Information:  
    Selective Service Registration:

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference. 

    For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

    Steps to submit a complete application:
    1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
    2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
    3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
    4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
    7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.
    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.
    Required Documents:

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
    If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of each employer.

    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.

    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).

    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).

    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

    Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable.  It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    Next Steps:
    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

    In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.