SECURITY SPECIALIST


Vacancy ID: 828571   Announcement Number: LAG-SMU-828571-LMA-397   USAJOBS Control Number: 336116100

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Vacancy Identification Number

828571


1. Title of Job

SECURITY SPECIALIST
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

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

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11
12

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

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Security Specialist (General)

21. Geographic Availability

040080013 Chandler, AZ
110010001 Washington DC, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

In this section indicate if you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special selection priority under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). 

Note:  To receive consideration for CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation.  Refer to the vacancy announcement for additional information and instructions.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

1. Which of the following statements best describes your education and/or experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level reviewing and evaluating reports of investigations or other data to determine if individuals meet security standards; issuing personnel ID cards and building keys; collecting information, interviewing workers, observing physical conditions and performing related activities concerned with the investigation and analysis of security violations, derogatory information, etc.; determining eligibility for access to classified or sensitive information in the presence of minor derogatory information; and advising security personnel on regulations and procedures.
B. I have successfully completed two or more years of full-time graduate education or a Master's, its equivalent, or a higher degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited college or university.
C. I have a combination of successfully completed graduate education in an appropriate discipline and experience as described in A above, the total of which equals to at least one (1) year.
D. I do not possess the experience or education described above.

You must provide the position titles(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

2. Which of the following statements best describes your education and/or experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level reviewing and evaluating reports of investigations and other data to determine if individuals meet security standards; determining the adequacy and completeness of complex investigations; evaluating the sensitivity classification of positions; helping to develop security guidelines; conducting intrusion or physical security surveys; and analyzing and resolving difficult and complex security problems.
B. I have successfully completed three or more years of full-time graduate education or a doctoral or higher degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited college or university.
C. I have a combination of successfully completed graduate education in an appropriate discipline and experience as described above, the total of which equals to at least one (1) year.
D. I do not possess the experience and/or education described above.

You must provide the position titles(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

3. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level reviewing, analyzing and resolving difficult and complex security issues or concerns; requesting, receiving and evaluating numerous records and information sources; providing briefings, training, advice and guidance related to security reporting requirements; preparing communications which set forth security policies and related requirements; assigning work/task to others based on priorities and requirements; analyzing and evaluating security programs; developing security plans; and assisting with the administration of security guard programs; and developing comprehensive narrative reports on security surveys.
B. I do not possess the experience described above.

You must provide the position titles(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

For each task statement below, please select the response that best describes your skill level. The statements were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to successfully perform the work of this position.

Be sure to describe your experience that supports your answers to the questions below, in your resume or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including resume, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skill levels you claim in this questionnaire. If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

4. Have you monitored the number of security clearances for an organization?

A. Yes
B. No

5. Do you have experience monitoring companies contracted to conduct background investigations?

A. Yes
B. No

6. Have you conducted program evaluations within an organization to determine the effectiveness of the Personnel Security Program?

A. Yes
B. No

7. Have you reviewed reports of personnel background investigations to identify the presence or absence of derogatory information?

A. Yes
B. No

8. Have you determined eligibility for access to classified or sensitive information?

A. Yes
B. No

9. Have you evaluated the veracity of information pertaining to case specifics?

A. Yes
B. No

10. Have you verified, for background investigations, that information represented in reports matches the information about the investigation conducted (quality control)?

A. Yes
B. No

11. Have you ensured that all investigative criteria are met prior to taking action to obtain/grant a security clearance?

A. Yes
B. No

12. Do you have working knowledge of the structure and operations of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

A. Yes
B. No

13. Indicate the extent to which you have applied your knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, security requirements, and policies and procedures to personnel security issues/materials.

A. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have basic knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures and have addressed personnel security issues as instructed by my supervisor.
C. After analyzing personnel security issues or materials, I have applied my knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures to develop recommendations for the next course of action to be taken.
D. I have evaluated a variety of personnel security issues and materials and have implemented courses of actions or solutions based on my extensive knowledge of Federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

14. Have you used the various sources of information and investigative techniques necessary to acquire information?

A. Yes
B. No

15. Indicate the extent to which you have analyzed data and information.

A. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have reviewed data to identify and reconcile errors, duplications, discrepancies, or conflicting information.
C. I have used data to identify trends, patterns, and interrelationships among data and information.
D. I have used analyses to generate solutions to problems and recommend the best course of action.

16. Indicate the extent to which you have assisted in the development of guidelines and procedures relative to Personnel Security for your organization.

A. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have provided limited input in the development of guidelines and procedures relative to Personnel Security for my organization.
C. I have provided considerable input in the development of guidelines and procedures relative to Personnel Security for my organization.

17. Have you defined the area and scope of investigations needed to clarify, resolve, or complete investigative coverage?

A. Yes
B. No

18. Have you reviewed reports of investigation and other documents to determine suitability for employment?

A. Yes
B. No

19. Have you reviewed reports of investigation and other documents to determine eligibility for access to classified information and documented your decisions on the basis of applicable guidelines?

A. Yes
B. No

20. Do you have working knowledge of the legal framework in which a personnel security and suitability program operates?

A. Yes
B. No

21. Do you have experience bringing personnel security and suitability cases to conclusion?

A. Yes
B. No

22. Can you provide evidence to verify that you have resolved unprecedented, broad, difficult, or complex problems in background investigations?

A. Yes
B. No

23. Have you completed assignments requiring you to determine the adequacy and completeness of investigations?

A. Yes
B. No

24. Have you identified problem areas and researched various solutions to correct noted deficiencies?

A. Yes
B. No

25. Have you written detailed, objective summaries to support the analysis and determination of findings for a case?

A. Yes
B. No

26. Have you prepared written directives and standard operating procedures for use by Personnel Security Division employees, field managers, and employees?

A. Yes
B. No

27. Have you identified areas of an investigation, which are pertinent to a suitability decision or to granting a security clearance?

A. Yes
B. No

28. To what extent have you prepared written directives and standard operating procedures?

A. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had limited experience in preparing written directives and standard operating procedures.
C. I have prepared written directives and standard operating procedures with guidance and supervision.
D. I have independently prepared written directives and standard operating procedures with little or no guidance and supervision.

29. Have you initiated, directed, or coordinated investigations of applicants, employees, and contractors?

A. Yes
B. No

30. Have you implemented departmental and agency policy to manage assigned program responsibilities?

A. Yes
B. No

31. Have you assisted or trained lower level specialists, contract employees, detailees, etc., in order to provide technical assistance on programs and specific cases?

A. Yes
B. No

32. Indicate the extent to which you have provided advice, guidance, or training to management officials and employees on all aspects of a Personnel Security Program.

A. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have assisted in providing guidance and training on a Personnel Security Program to employees at all levels of the organization.
C. I have provided formal guidance and training on a Personnel Security Program to both management officials and employees at all levels of the organization.
D. I have extensive experience serving as a subject matter expert in providing advice, guidance, and training on all aspects of the Personnel Security Program to management officials and employees at all levels.

33. Indicate the extent to which you have interacted with Headquarters, other offices and agencies in order to represent your organization with respect to assigned programs and cases.

A. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had limited/infrequent interactions with Headquarters, other offices and agencies in order to represent my organization with respect to assigned programs and cases.
C. I have had frequent/detailed interactions with Headquarters, other offices and agencies in order to represent my organization with respect to assigned programs and cases.

34. Do you have experience verifying that costs charged by a contractor and the provisions of the contract are correct and in compliance?

A. Yes
B. No

35. Indicate the extent to which you have communicated both technical and non-technical information to others within and outside your organization.

A. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have provided basic information to individuals at various levels within and outside the organization.
C. I have given presentations at departmental/organizational briefings and meetings, or acted as a liaison with other departments or organizations.
D. I have provided advice and information on procedures and regulations to individuals within and outside the organization.

36. If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "pass," "satisfactory," or better?

A. Yes
B. No
C. I am a Federal employee but have not received a performance rating.
D. Not applicable. I am not a Federal employee.

If you are not a current Federal employee, please provide the names and telephone numbers of three professional references (e.g., current and former supervisors, college or university professors, managers or coordinators of volunteer activities, etc.) who know your qualifications relative to this position and who we can contact to verify your credentials. Do not list personal friends or relatives.


37. There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).During the three years prior to applying for this position, you must have: resided in the United States or its protectorates or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations); worked for the U.S. government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or been a dependent of a U.S. federal or military employee serving overseas. Do you meet this requirement?

A. YES
B. NO
C. The residency requirement does not apply to me because I am currently an ICE employee.

This announcement is open to applicants who meet the area of consideration as described in the vacancy announcement, under the heading "Who May Apply." Your response to the following question will determine whether or not you meet the defined eligibility criteria.

38.

Select the statement that best describes your Federal employment status.

A. I am a current Federal employee in the competitive service who is serving on a career or career-conditional appointment.
B. I am a current or former Federal employee who is eligible for reinstatement.
C. I am a current or former Federal employee eligible for a status appointment under an Interchange Agreement.
D. I am eligible for a VEOA appointment (i.e. a veteran who is a preference eligible or who has been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service).
E. None of the above.

39.

There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-7 grade level?

A. Yes, I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-7 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-7 grade level.
C. Not Applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-9 grade level.
D. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I am currently a non-General Schedule (GS) employee and have not held a GS position within the last 52 weeks.

40.

There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-9 grade level?

A. Yes, I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-9 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-9 grade level.
C. Not Applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-11 grade level.
D. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I am currently a non-General Schedule (GS) employee and have not held a GS position within the last 52 weeks.

41.

There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-11 grade level?

A. Yes, I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-11 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-11 grade level.
C. Not Applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-12 grade level.
D. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I am currently a non-General Schedule (GS) employee and have not held a GS position within the last 52 weeks.

Narrative: Please give the title(s), series, and grade(s) of the position(s) that support(s) your claim. Also give the beginning and ending dates (month/day/year) during which you occupied the position(s) listed.

Applicants who have held a permanent position with promotion potential equivalent to GS-12 or higher in the competitive service may be referred for selection without competition under our agency merit promotion procedures. Details and temporary promotions do not count. Your answer and narrative response to the following question will be used to determine whether or not you can be categorized as a non-competitive eligible. If you are referred non-competitively based on your responses and that information is later found to be incorrect, you may lose further consideration under this announcement. Therefore, if you are uncertain about the promotion potential of any position(s) you have held, respond "No".

42.

Have you ever held (or do you currently hold) a competitive service position on a permanent basis in the federal government with promotion potential equivalent to GS-12 or higher?

A. YES
B. NO

If you answered YES to this question, provide your position title, pay plan, series, grade level or pay band, plus the full performance level of the grade or pay band listed, and the dates (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) you occupied the position which supports your claim.
Example: Management and Program Analyst, GS-0343-9 with promotion potential to GS-12 held from 10/12/04 to 6/05/05.