Personnel Security Specialist


Vacancy ID: 766122   Announcement Number: FS-766122-IK13   USAJOBS Control Number: 329502800

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

766122
1. Title of Job

Personnel Security Specialist
2. Biographic Data

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3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

(Required) Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade you are willing to accept.
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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

Enter your veterans' preference claim. (Note: If you are claiming veterans' preference YOU MUST submit supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement to receive eligibility consideration.)
15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

1 Transfer-I am a current Federal employee serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service. Attached is a copy of my SF-50 verifying my eligibility.
2 Reinstatement-I am a former Federal Employee with reinstatement eligibility. Attached is a copy of my latest SF-50 verifying my eligibility.
3 VRA-I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment to positions at GS-11 and below based on eligibility under the Veterans Recruitment Authority. Attached is a copy of my DD-214 verifying my eligibility.
4 30% Vet-I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment based on being a 30% compensable veteran. Attached is a copy of my VA letter verifying my eligibility.
5 Peace Corp/Vista-I am eligible for a noncompetitive appointment to the Federal government under an authority for recently returned Peace Corps employees or Vista volunteers.
6 Repromotion-I am currently employed as a Federal civilian on a permanent competitive appointment at the full performance level (or higher) of this position; or a former Federal civilian employee who has held the full performance level (or higher) of this position on a permanent competitive appointment.
7 Other-I am currently on a permanent position which is equivalent to at least the grade of this position (or higher) in the Federal service; however, I am an employee for a Federal agency which has an interchange agreement with the US Office of Personnel Management, or with a Federal agency covered under other special appointing authorities or agreements. (e.g. TSA, US Postal Service, FAA, etc.)
8 VEOA-I have never been a permanent Federal civilian employee in the competitive service; however, I am a veteran who served substantially 3 or more years of continuous active duty in the military -OR- I am a preference eligible; AND my or the veteran's most recent discharge or release from active duty was under honorable conditions.
9 Military Spouse-I am seeking eligibility for a noncompetitive appointment as the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who is performing active duty pursuant to orders authorizing a PCS move, OR spouse of a totally (100%) disabled retired or separated member of the Armed Forces, OR unmarried widow/widower of a member of the Armed Forces killed while performing active duty.
10 Persons with Disabilities-I have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
11 None of the above applies to me.

20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 766122.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 ALL U.S. CITIZENS
002 COMPETITIVE MERIT PROMOTION
003 NON-COMPETITIVE AND SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
063290075 San Francisco, CA
110010001 Washington DC, DC
294120095 Kansas City, MO
482800113 Grand Prairie, TX

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. From the descriptions below, select the one statement below that best describes your experience to meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-09 level.

A. I qualify for the grade GS-09 as I have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal government performing all of the following: 1) prepare and track background reports and statistics; 2) use independent judgment to disqualify or mitigate a number of variables regarding a person's life or conduct; 3) review and analyze suitability forms and applications; and 4) preparing correspondence in response to inquiries regarding suitability procedures and decisions.
B. I qualify for the grade GS-09 as I have successfully completed a Master's degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include personnel security, security operations, or law enforcement.
C. A combination of experience described in "A" above and education described in "B" above. When combining education and experience, convert quarter hours to semester hours by multiplying by the fraction 2/3. Divide graduate semester hours in excess of 18 by 18 (or whatever number of units your school uses to denote one graduate academic year.) Divide your total number of months of specialized experience by 12; finally, add the two percentages. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only the graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be combined with experience to qualify for this grade level.
D. My experience/education is not reflected in the above descriptions.

KNOWLEDGE OF COMMONLY APPLIED PERSONNEL SECURITY AND SUITABILITY PRINCIPLES, CONCEPTS, AND METHODOLOGIES TO CARRY OUT ASSIGNMENTS AND ADJUDICATE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task; or I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Plan background investigations to determine suitability of individuals seeking employment.

3. Review law enforcement agency checks to ensure correctness.

4. Review and analyze suitability forms to resolve conflicting information.

5. Determine national security or agency information access requirements.

SKILL IN WEIGHING THE IMPACT OF VARIABLES SUCH AS PERSONAL AND CRIMINAL CONDUCT, CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE CONDUCT, FREQUENCY AND RECENCY OF THE CONDUCT, AND OTHER ISSUES THAT INFLUENCE THE COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN IN RESOLVING SUITABILITY ISSUES.

6. Use independent judgment to disqualify or mitigate variables regarding a person's life or conduct.

7. Determine the nature, extent, and seriousness of the individual's conduct for suitability determination.

8. Review factors of frequency and recency of conduct to determine eligibility for security clearance.

9. Validate outstanding warrants and coordinate findings when necessary.

10. Research information to verify or resolve derogatory or conflicting information.

KNOWLEDGE OF STANDARD APPLICATIONS OR ESTABLISHED VARIATIONS IN SECURITY CRITERIA INVOLVING CLEARANCE LEVEL REQUIRED AND ADJUDICATION OF SECURITY CLEARANCES

11. Review personnel files and other records to determine what action to take on an application for security clearances.

12. Interview applicants to resolve questions concerning derogatory information developed during the investigation.

13. Advise on procedures for adverse security determinations and employee rights.

14. Administer security awareness programs to ensure agency compliance with written guidelines.

15. Review and analyze suitability forms and applications to determine adjudication decision.

ABILITY TO CONSOLIDATE DISPARATE FACTS, EVENTS, AND OTHER TYPES OF INFORMATION OR MATERIALS

16. Research information to verify or resolve derogatory or conflicting information.

17. Perform individual checks to include Social Security number verifications and criminal history checks to ensure suitability requirements are met.

18. Conduct residence and employment checks to verify security eligibility.

19. Resolve conflicting information contained in law enforcement agency checks to ensure correctness by obtaining the necessary data.

ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IN WRITING AND ORALLY

20. Provide applicants with a comprehensive, written statement of determination of security clearance denials.

21. Prepare and deliver briefings to managers on adjudication findings and provide recommendation(s).

22. Provide guidance to managers on security adjudication program and or administrative related issues and concerns.

23. Maintain contacts with high ranking officials within and outside the organization to coordinate and exchange information.

24. Develop and prepare briefing materials that meet standards for clarity and conciseness for distribution.

25. Draft program reports, briefings, and/or other analytical findings.

26. Prepare comprehensive written reports based on analysis and research of data.