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Every day, our Information Technology Specialist (Information Security) (Government Watch Officer) provides direction and guidance pertaining to Information Security Incidents and ensures effective and continuous network monitoring is conducted at all times. This position of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (INFORMATION SECURITY) (GOVERNMENT WATCH OFFICER) starts at a salary of $96,690.00(GS-14 step 1) to $125,695.00 (GS-14 step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Information Technology, Stennis, MS within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
NOTE: Term appointment is not-to-exceed thirteen months; however, it may be extended up to a total of four years without further competition. Selectee(s) for the term position, if currently holding a career or career-conditional appointment, is NOT guaranteed return rights to their former position at the expiration date of the appointment. Please note that if you are offered a term appointment and decline, your name will be removed from further consideration under this announcement. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage.
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This announcement is issued under the Direct Hire Authority to recruit for positions for which the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer has a critical hiring need.
USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This position is considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.
Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
You must pass a drug screening
Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
You must submit resume and supporting documentation
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
As an IT Specialist (Information Security) (Government Watch Officer) , the Government Watch Officer (GWO) is essential personnel and should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. GWO can expect to be called on at any time of any day when urgent assistance is needed. Your duties will include:
Communicating with internal business owners, Incident Handlers, Subject Matter Experts, other Department of Homeland Security component Security Operations Centers (SOC) and at times external government agencies. Discern when and to whom information will be shared.
Ensuring the Security Tools Operations and Maintenance (STOAM) team maintains all security equipment the Government or Contractor analysts use to monitor enterprise activity. It is vital that all security tools be operational and functioning properly.
Receiving information and subsequently disperse this information to the proper parties. This information can be communicated by phone, by e-mail, in meetings or other ways.
Ensuring notification and escalation processes are properly routed to those principals who need to know about it.
Ensuring all SOC communications succinctly detail the activities of all analysts during the shift.
GS-14: You qualify at the GS-14 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
Coordinating the implementation of Information Technology security programs in a Security Operations Center.
Establishing Information security vulnerability reporting criteria.
Evaluating Information Technology security incident response policies.
Identifying the need for Information Technology security changes based on new technologies or threats.
Instituting measures to ensure Information Technology security awareness/compliance.
Educational Substitution: There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
You will be required to be on call 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
Some travel is required.
The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Friday, December 14, 2012).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Under the provisions of the Direct Hire Authority, veterans' preference and category rating do not apply. However, you are encouraged to submit proof of veterans' preference.
We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements regarding experience, education and training.
The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
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NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPMs Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select benefits.
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a Top Secret Security Clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
Special Hiring Authorities: Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .
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