Personnel Security Specialist
Department of Defense - Fort Meade, MD

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Eligibility: Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cutoff/closing date of the announcement.

This Position is in the Excepted Service under Title 10, Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel

System (DCIPS). This is a F u ll Time permanent position.

Excepted Service includes all positions in the executive branch o f the Federal Government which are specifically excepted from the compe t itive service by or pursuant to sta t ute, by the President, or by the Office of Personnel Management, and which are not in the Senior Executive Service.


Must be a U.S. Citizen.

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Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are not authorized.

This is an Excepted Service position.

Position is drug tested and requires a Special Sensitive/TS(SCI) clearance.

As a Personnel Security Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:

•Performing in-depth analysis and evaluation of personnel security investigations, security information files, or other data containing serious derogatory or extremely sensitive information impacting on initial or continuing clearance and access eligibility
•Prepare comprehensive written reports of all issues, recommends and provides supporting rationale for granting, denying, or revoking security clearance /SCI access eligibility.
•Serve as a subject matter advisor to subordinate and upper echelon official or other officials having a direct interest in the adjudicative process.
•Compose letter of intent with accompanying statement of reasons, and final revocation/denial for signature of higher authority.
•Record all final clearance and SCI access eligibility determinations in the Adjudication Management System.
•Evaluate and analyze all available information, determines its authenticity and pertinence to the issue.
•Ensure proper safeguarding of classified information in the work areas.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: and other competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Monday, February 04, 2013 .

You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Specialized experience required for this position is:
GG-07 - One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS/GG-05 grade. Specialized experience include: Reviewing and evaluating personnel security cases of limited complexity, in addition to granting final security clearance on cases containing no disqualifying information and applying security regulations and policies.

GG-09 - One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS/GG-07 grade. Specialized experience include: granting final security clearance eligibilities; in addition to reviewing questionnaires for personnel security eligibilities through the use of automated systems, and granting final security clearance eligibilities.

GG-11 - One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS/GG-09 grade. Specialized experience include: granting final security clearance eligibilities, in addition to research, re-certifying and upgrade requests, conducts second level review of lower graded adjudicators when making final eligibility determinations. Training lower graded adjudicators; providing personnel security advice and guidance when necessary.

GG-12 - One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS/GG-11 grade. Specialized experience includes: granting final security clearance eligibilities, in addition to researching, re-certifying and upgrading requests, and conducting second level review of lower graded adjudicators when making final eligibility determinations.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Knowledge of governing laws, regulations, precedents and directives governing Department of Defense security program.
2. Knowledge of Personnel Security.
3. Ability analyzes and evaluates reports
4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for the GG 12 grade level.

If substituting education for experience:
For the GG-07 level: 1 full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A)

For the GG-09 level: you must possess a master’s or equivalent degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

For the GG-11 level: a Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related.

Combining Education and Experience : Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. It will be computed by first determining the applicant’s total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant’s education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. The weight of semester and quarter hours have been defined above.

If substituting education for experience, transcripts MUST be provided. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant’s name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered.

TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)

CERIFICATION: Selectee must attain the DoD personnel Security Adjudicator Professional Certification within 24 months of entrance on duty. Professional certification must be maintained by completing 30 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) during each 2-year period following initial certification.

Other Notes:
Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.

If moving from a Career/Career-Conditional Federal position you will be required to sign an Excepted
Service memorandum. Return to Competitive Service is based on your reinstatement eligibility.

This position is designated special sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process. The incumbent must complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and favorable adjudication by a determining authority and be eligible for a Top Secret clearance and access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).
If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.
This position is subject to the DoD Drug Free Workplace Program. The selectee must test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed in this position or other testing designated positions in OSD or WHS, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result. All tentative selectees for this position will be required to undergo a urinalysis test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies with various security clearances during the next 90 days. This could result in a few or many vacancies being from this announcement.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.

All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4). Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outlined on the SF-15.

How You Will Be Evaluated for Merit Promotion:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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ICTAP: Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on (Tag Closing Date). Information on veterans’ preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: or or . SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.
REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy. In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.
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