IT Specialist (INFOSEC)
Department Of Energy - Washington, DC

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means. To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.ferc.gov .

This position is located in the Division of Information Security and Systems Assurance, within the Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO develops, coordinates, and maintains Commission-wide strategic and business information technology (IT) plans, develops the IT enterprise architecture, and ensures that all IT initiatives support all aspects of the Commission business plan and are compliant with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.

Position is included in the Bargaining Unit

Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.

This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens. All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen

Must meet specialized experience

One year probationary period may be required

Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service

A background investigation is required

Some travel is required

DUTIES:
As an IT Specialist (INFOSEC) in the Information Security and Systems Assurance Division, your duties will include the following:

Provides support to team members in carrying out the Commission's information security program.

Plan, develop, implement, maintain, and enhance programs, policy, and procedures to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems, networks and information.

Maintain a process for planning, implementing, evaluating and documenting an Agency-wide wide security architecture that ensures the rigorous application of information security/information assurance/privacy policies, principles, and practices in the delivery of all IT services.

Works with other IT specialists and experts throughout the Commission and its Offices on a variety of situations and issues that involve applying or adapting new security technology theories, concepts, applications, standards, and/or practices.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent at least to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience is defined as: e xperience performing technical assessments, involvement in engineering and integration initiatives, and providing knowledge to assess security policies, standards and guidelines. In addition, the experience reflected in your resume must indicate knowledge of FISMA.

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy.

Education can be substituted for experience. To be eligible for the GS-9, you must show possession of a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree. The degree must be in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

**You must meet these educational requirements by June 30, 2013, of this vacancy closing.

**If you are using a combination of education and experience to qualify for this position, you must meet the educational requirements above by June 30, 2013, of this vacancy closing.

CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR COURSEWORK TO BE VERIFIED; FAILURE TO INCLUDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN CANDIDATES NOT BEING CONSIDERED; TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.

All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as:

Ability to work with other IT specialists and experts throughout the Commission and its Offices on a variety of situations and issues that involve applying or adapting new security technology theories, concepts, applications, standards, and/or practices

Knowledge of systems security laws, regulations, and policies to include: (a) Reviews established policies/write new policies; (b) Evaluate policies of other government organizations; (c) Test and implement new policies; (d) Institute measures to ensure awareness and compliance

Ability to grasp configuration management and systems assurance disciplines in various information technologies and applications environments in order to develop, operate and maintain the Systems Development Life Cycle methodology; quality assurance program; configuration management/change control program; testing, evaluation and integration program

Ability to write and communicate effectively and to present complex and substantive issues in a clear, convincing and effectively organized manner

To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS:
We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes: Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards; Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year; Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire; A wide choice of health insurance plans, and coverage for pre-existing conditions. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums; Flexible spending accounts for health care and for dependent care, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, and health and fitness programs. Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here .

OTHER INFORMATION:
When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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