Washington, DC, United States
This position serves as an Information Technology Specialist providing technical expertise and assistance required to support OAS, OIG and HHS Financial Management Operations. Performs a wide range of computer specialist assignments that require specific Information Technology (IT) knowledge on advanced computer-based audit techniques.
As an Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-12, the incumbent will be expected to perform the following functions:
Conducts audits, reviews, evaluations, or special projects involving HHS information technology (IT) operations.
Participates in highly complex investigative matters that may lead to prosecution by contributing
knowledge of IT concepts, auditing and/or evaluation concepts, principles and techniques.
Prepares detailed written technical reports, presents audit findings and recommendations for review and examination by senior management; and makes oral presentations of findings, communicates with OIG staff and others involved in the audit process.
Identifies outside attackers accessing government systems from the internet or insider attackers, that is, authorized users attempting to gain and misuse non-authorized privileges.
Assists the audit lead and/or manager in the development of audit programs and audit steps to meet audit objectives.
As an Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-13, the incumbent will be expected to perform the following functions:
Serves as a team leader for IT audits covering HHS components and their contractors, Medicaid State Agencies, and other HHS business partners.
Analyzes information gathered to evaluate INFOSEC compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, and to evaluate and assess the security and governance of HHS's IT operations.
Plans and executes specific audit techniques to identify vulnerabilities in systems, IT operations, or HHS programs.
Prepares detailed written technical reports, presents audit findings and recommendations for
review and examination by senior management; and makes oral presentations of findings,
communicates with OIG staff and others involved in the audit process.
Develops special reports as projects progress when significant issues are identified that require immediate corrective action.
Presents the results of projects and addresses questions or concerns during meetings and briefings with auditors, managers, directors, OIG executives and HHS officials.
Coaches and mentors team members as needed on assigned projects, providing, advice, guidance, and counsel to staff concerning techniques and procedures.
Develops audit programs and audit steps to meet audit objectives.
Participates in the work planning process including identifying and submitting suggestions for the IT audit work plan.
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management
Computer Support Specialists
Information Technology Specialist (It Specialist)
Internet Security Specialists
Specialists, Internet Security
Conditions of Employment
U.S Citizenship is required.
Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
One-year probationary period may be required.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link: ****Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service and/or the private sector which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
Specialized Experience at the GS-12 grade level:
Federal sector or private sector experience that demonstrates accomplishment of project assignments that require a (1) knowledge of information technology security requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled; (2) providing knowledge and experience on matters pertaining to vulnerability assessments, cyber threat hunting, malware analysis and data protection; (3) Identifying outside attackers accessing government systems from the internet or insider attackers; (4) conducting audits, reviews, evaluations, or special projects involving information technology (IT) operations; and (6) working with staff members and contractors in the area of vulnerability and threat management techniques to further increase their security awareness and knowledge.
Specialized Experience at the GS-13 grade level:
Federal sector or private sector experience that demonstrates accomplishment of project assignments that require a (1) wide range of knowledge of information technology security requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled; (2) providing expert knowledge and experience on matters pertaining to vulnerability assessments, cyber threat hunting, malware analysis, and data protection; (3) planning and executing specific techniques to identify vulnerabilities in systems, IT operations, or IT programs; (4) providing technical advice and develop policy documents to provide information, to prevent abuse, and increase understanding of issues involving in computer security incidents; (5) conducting technical evaluations on the design, development, modification, testing, installation, implementation and support for existing or new systems and (6) coaching and mentoring staff members and contractors in the area of vulnerability and threat management techniques to further increase their security awareness and knowledge.
THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION AT THE GS-12 or GS-13 GRADE LEVEL.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Private sector work experience may be approved as credit for your Annual Leave accrual.
Security and Background Requirements:
A background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS E-Verify System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to: ****.
HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.
Telework is not a guaranteed right for employees. Federal law requires agencies to establish telework programs, but it does not confer upon every employee the ability to telework. Approval to telework is at management's discretion pursuant to applicable policies and procedures.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education (if applicable), and training relevant to the duties of this position. If you are found minimally qualified for the job, your application package will be further evaluated to determine your possession of the critical knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics listed below.
Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
You will be evaluated on the following:
Attention to Detail
Computer Network Defense
Information Systems/Network Security
Systems Testing and Evaluation
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)
Trust determination process
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Other Supporting Documents:
(Only submit if applicable to you)
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim.
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****APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 pm (EASTERN TIME) ON 08/20/2019 .
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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