Physical Security Specialist
Department Of Justice - Arlington, VA

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U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.

  • DUTIES: This position is located at the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Inspection Division, Office of Security Programs, Physical Security Section, Technical Security Unit. The requirements for this type of security have increased due to threats to personnel, information, equipment, facilities, activities, and operations worldwide. The threats involve a multitude of new considerations and activities based on technological advances in command, control, communication and intelligence capabilities of the DEA's traditional and non-traditional targets, both foreign and domestic. The incumbent serves as a technical authority in assignments requiring the application of new theories and developments to physical security problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted security methods, technology, or procedures. Recommends methods for enhancing efficiencies of security systems through modification and application of evolving technology. Interprets risk assessments and positive detection responses and notifies the appropriate authorities of a possible threat. Implements a security/law enforcement program throughout a major agency organizational component such as a regional office, Center, or major field installation.


    Grade GS-14: Qualifying experience for the GS-14 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is experience serving as the source of authoritative information for the most sensitive and complex classified cases and counterintelligence issues, procedures, relevant case law, and practices.

    This position includes a Selective Placement Factor. A Selective Placement Factor is a prerequisite to an appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet the Selective Placement Factor criteria are ineligible for further consideration.

    Selective Placement Factor:

    "Applicant must be a graduate of the Basic Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) course and perform active TSCM surveys in the last three years."

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)/Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

    1. Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of security administration.

    2. Ability to conduct security investigations, analyze facts, and prepare reports.

    3. Knowledge of Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) and technical security applications.

    4. Ability to plan and execute work.

    Conditions of Employment:

    PCS: Not Authorized
    Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
    Overtime Work: Occasionally
    TDY Travel: Frequently
    Tour of Duty: Other
    Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
    Drug Testing Designated Position: Yes
    Security Requirements: Top Secret Clearance

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at .

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ’s Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be assessed and your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified , Highly Qualified , or Qualified . Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.

    Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

    Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions

    BENEFITS: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System,

    The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

    Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

    Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

    Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

    Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

    Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

    Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

    This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

    OTHER INFORMATION: Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

    Drug testing is required for this position.

    All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire when applying for this position. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

    It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click the following link to access the Drug Questionnaire.

    To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading or faxing documents in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

    ICTAP: Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component 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. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

    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


    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.


    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.

    EEO Policy Statement:

    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

    Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be accepted.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify - ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

    Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:

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    For additional applicant resources please visit DEA's website: .

    If you experience technical issues with completing your online application please email the Application Manager Help Desk at . - 19 months ago - save job - block
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