Small Business Administration Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) in Herndon, Virginia

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Are you excited by the idea of helping to support $39 billion in small business financing and setting proper conditions to stimulate America's economic growth? SBA has been a leader in small business development for more than 60 years. In an increasingly globalized economy, we tackle challenges confronted by the small business community across geographic boundaries. Although times have changed since the SBA was founded in 1953, the Agency's mission - to promote the growth of small business - has not. Today, SBA is more vital than ever. We work in collaboration with partner organizations and use cutting-edge technologies and well-tested best practices to multiply our impact on small businesses. America's 28 million small businesses are the engine of job creation and economic growth in this country, creating nearly two out of every three new jobs in the United States and employing over half the nation's workforce. SBA ensures that these businesses have the tools and resources required to start and expand their operations, and create jobs that support a growing economy and strengthen America's middle class.

By applying for this position with SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance, you can enjoy challenging but satisfying work and join a highly motivated and diverse team that helps families and businesses rebuild their lives after a disaster.

You will serve as an Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) for the Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA), Disaster Credit Management System - DCMS in Herndon, Virginia. This position provides oversight of the maintenance and execution of a security program for ODA. You will plan and develop security rules and procedures, and maintain continuous awareness of cyber threats and keep abreast of new developments in cyber security systems.

ODP is located in the business area of Herndon, VA. It is conveniently located near various eateries and shops and is accessible via public transportation.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 180 days from the closing date.

This position is also being announced under Delegated Examining Procedures, announcement # DE-18-018-DCMS-10155279

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As an Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) at the GS-2210-13/14, some of your typical work assignments may include:

  • Provide oversight for the maintenance and execution of a security program for the Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA), with a focus on ODA's Disaster Credit Management System (DCMS).
  • Ensure approved IT security policies and procedures are implemented and followed.
  • Provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations on IT security to ODA management.
  • Review and evaluate DCMS security incident response plans and instructions, and identify need for changes based on new security technologies or threats.
  • Coordinate the implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities, such as programs for intrusion detection and access authorization.

IMPORTANT NOTES: * This is a Cadreposition, which is a competitive service status position with a full-time seasonal work schedule. Although highly unlikely, depending on the level of disaster activity, you may be placed in a non-duty status if there is insufficient work. This would be extremely unusual and has not occurred in numerous years.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - On occasion, especially during times of substantial disaster activity, you may be required to work overtime and/or travel with little or no advance notice

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government travel credit card.
  • Favorable background investigation and credit check are required.
  • Credit Score must be at least 500.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date.

Selective Placement Factor:GS-13 applicants must have or obtain their Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) Certification within nine (9) months of being hired for this position. The attainment of such certification will demonstrate comprehensive training and expertise in the field of information technology and cybersecurity, which is required for this leadership position. If this required certification is not attained within nine (9) months, incumbent may be terminated/removed from Federal government or placed in another position.

Selective Placement Factor:GS-14 applicants must possess a current Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) Certification. The attainment of such a certification will demonstrate comprehensive training and expertise in the field of information technology and cybersecurity which is required for this leadership position.

Generally, time in Non-Pay status is not creditable towards the specialized experience requirement listed below. **Federal status applicants must meet both Time-In-Grade AND experience requirements by the closing date of this announcement. However, if you have separated from the Federal Government for at least 52 weeks, you are not subject to the Time-in-Grade requirement.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: GS-13: Must have held grade GS-12 for 52 weeks GS-14: Must have held grade GS-13 for 52 weeks**

Experience: To receive credit, you must indicate the month and year as well as the average hours worked per week for each employer. Average work hoursmust be stated on the resume to quantify each period of work experience or that experience will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. You must address the specific specialized experience required for each grade level of this position on your resume or application or you will be rated* "Ineligible"*for that grade level.

For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below: 1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. 2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services. 3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. 4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

GS-13: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. In addition, this Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:

*Creating and/or implementing an effective program office security plan based on applicable laws, regulations, standards and best practices; *Analyzing and presenting complex technical and security issues in oral and written form; and *Conducting vulnerability assessments and planning and installing IT systems to identify protection needs.

GS-14: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. In addition, this Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:

*Creating and/or implementing an effective program office security plan based on applicable laws, regulations, standards and best practices; *Analyzing and presenting complex technical and security issues in oral and written form; *Conducting vulnerability assessments and planning and installing IT systems to identify protection needs; and *Managing IT security certification and accreditation processes for IT systems and overseeing activities such as policy development, compliance review, architecture, training, plan of action, and communications.



Education: GS-13: There is no educational substitution at this grade level GS-14**: There is no educational substitution at this grade level

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Small Business Administration is committed to building a high-performing, 21st century workforce that possesses the following core attributes: cultural astuteness, technological proficiency, articulate, strong writing capabilities, superior conflict resolution skills, and exceptional presentation skills. Candidates should be prepared as they may be further evaluated on these attributes throughout the application and selection process.

Your application and resume will be compared to the answer you give to the minimum qualification question (s) on the assessment questionnaire. Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet all the Specialized Experience required at each grade level. If you do not, you will be rated "Ineligible". If you are minimally qualified you will receive a numeric rating which is based on your responses to the questionnaire, including any narrative responses. The numeric 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 may be adjusted downward to reflect the submitted application material.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): Compliance, Enterprise Architecture, Information Systems/Network Security, and Partnering

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Required Documents

Required Documents To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 1. Your Resume showing hours worked per week, dates of employment, and duties performed. 2. Completed Questionnaire

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  • Veterans' documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)


**Your latest resume submitted for this position will be used to determine qualification determinations and supersedes previous submissions.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: 1. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (which must show at least a "fully successful" rating or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. In addition to meeting all qualification requirements and selective placement factors (if applicable), CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the Well-Qualified criteria for the position in order to be given priority consideration. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is also on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP. 2. If you are a veteran applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Appointing Authority or for any other Appointment based on your military service, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of creditable service. 3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.**

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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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/26/2018 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
  • You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
  • You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
  • To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

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Agency contact information
Caroline Lynn-Turner

(703) 487-8100



Disaster Credit Management System - DCMS 13221 Woodland Park Road, 5th Floor Herndon, VA US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 03/26/2018

Salary: $96,970 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13 - 14

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Multiple Appointment Types - Cadre--See definition under Important Notes