Personnel Security Specialist, GS-0080-12
Department Of Homeland Security - Winchester, VA

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

All U.S. Citizens

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This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of the Chief Security Officer, Support Operations Division, Personnel Security Branch. The incumbent serves as a Personnel Security Specialist. This position is ideal for a security professional looking for an opportunity to play an integral role in ensuring the suitability, integrity, and loyalty of FEMA employee applicants for employment, contractors, and other designated personnel. This position starts at a salary of $74,872 (GS-12). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of the Chief Security Officer.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.

You must be able to obtain a (TS) security clearance.

You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.

This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.

Direct Deposit is mandatory.

Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

In this position, you will become a key member of a team of personnel security professionals tasked with properly safeguarding information entrusted to Agency personnel, other Federal Government organizations' personnel, personnel of U.S. private sector firms, research organizations, and other institutions outside the federal government. Typical work assignments include:

  • Provides assistance for the conduct, control and direction of investigations into the suitability of personnel for employment and/or position of trust.
  • Prepares reviews and evaluates Reports of Investigation (ROI) and other data to determine if persons employed, or to be employed meet security standards for employment.
  • Assists the Chief in the processing and maintenance of Fingerprints submissions to the Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Conducts pre-employment records checks, and other investigative functions required to determine the suitability of individuals applying for a National Security position.
  • Serves as Case Control Officer in determining Fingerprint adjudication requirements, investigative criteria, and the basis for approval or denial of access
You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level if you possess the following :

One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service in personnel security clearances to determine the eligibility of personnel for access to classified information or material for suitability for employment.

Selective Placement Factor: None

The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

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 (Top Secret clearance level) as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

1. Knowledge of a wide range of security concepts, principles, and practices to analyze and resolve complex security issues.

2. Knowledge of specific security laws and regulations.

3. Demonstrates experience with analyzing requirements for sensitive positions and investigations.

Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified : Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified : Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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 Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: 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 OPM’s 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.

Veterans : Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position [is not] considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here .

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 and select “benefits.”

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

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