Security Specialist


Vacancy ID: 878224   Announcement Number: FRTIB-13-MP-035   USAJOBS Control Number: 342133800

Social Security Number


Vacancy Identification Number


Title of Job

Security Specialist
Biographic Data

E-Mail Address


Work Information

Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
Lowest Grade


11
12
13

Veteran Preference Claim

Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

Availability Date


Occupational Specialties


001 Security Specialist

Geographic Availability


99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

Transition Assistance Plan

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

The following section is used to determine your eligibility for appointment in the Federal Government or Status for referral consideration. Please respond yes or no to the following questions. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS MAY RESULT IN AN INELIGIBILE RATING. NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated below. Failure to provide the required documents will render you not eligible for consideration. See instructions under the "How to Apply" tab for submitting documentation.

A- Yes.

B- No.

1. Current Federal Employee - I am currently employed as a permanent career or career-conditional employee in the competitive service. This also includes current Federal employees with excepted service status on a VRA appointment. (SF-50 block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"; or "2" for employees on a VRA appointment). (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package).

2. Reinstatement - I am a former Federal service employee who attained career status on a permanent, competitive status appointment OR had obtained career-conditional status and is within three years of the date of separation. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package)

3. Disabled Veteran - I am a disabled veteran rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more or a disabled veteran who retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30% or more; AND my discharge was under conditions other than dishonorable. (NOTE: If you respond "yes" to this statement, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form 214 documenting final military discharge, release or retirement (your DD Form 214 must reflect the dates of service, character of discharge, and time lost, if any) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA), or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that you have a service-connected disability of 30% or more along with your application/resume package.)

4. Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) - I am a veteran who served 3 or more years of continuous active duty service in the military (NOTE: if released shortly before completing a 3-year tour, you are considered to meet this eligibility); OR I am a preference eligible; AND my discharge was performed under honorable conditions.
(NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form214 and proof of any preference eligibility along with your application/resume package.)

5. Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) - I am a disabled veteran; or a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or I have separated from active duty within the past 3 years; AND my discharge was under honorable conditions. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form214 and proof of any preference eligibility along with your application/resume package. Applicants eligible under the VRA appointing authority may be appointed to any grade level for which qualified up to GS-11 or equivalent.)

6. Persons with Disability - I am eligible for this hiring category. Note: eligibility for this category is: if you are an individual with mental retardation; a severe physical disability; or a psychiatric impairment which has been certified by a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any other Federal, State or District of Columbia agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Supporting documentation: a letter, record or statement issued from a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any other Federal or State agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Certification of job readiness may also be requested. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit documents supporting your claim with your application/resume package.)

7. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) - I am a current or former Federal employee displaced from a position in a Non-DoD Federal agency (e.g. IRS, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.) in the same local commuting area of this vacancy. I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent. Applicants eligible under ICTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and if they are found to be well-qualified for this vacancy. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this statement, you MUST submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a 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. Also, you must submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application/resume package.)

8. OPM Interchange Agreement Eligible - I am currently employed as a permanent career or career-conditional federal employee in the excepted service for an agency that has an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management. I have been continually employed for 1 year or more and have not had a break in service or I have been involuntarily separated from such appointment without personal cause within the preceding year and have met the 1 year service requirement. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package)

9. Postal Service/Peace Corps and Other Unique Authorities - I am eligible for one of the following authorities:
Postal Career Service/Postal Rate Commission - Eligible when servicing under an appointment without time limitation, successfully completed a probationary period, and have no break in service.
VISTA/ACTION Volunteer - Eligible within 1 year of having completed 12 months of community volunteer service under the Peace Corps act or as a VISTA volunteer under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 or the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.
Peace Corps - Eligible within 3 years after serving no less than 36 months without a break in service of 3 days or more of continuous service under the Peace Corps.
Foreign Service Officers and Employees - Present or former career officer or employee of the Foreign Service, appointed under authority of the Foreign Service Act of 1946, as amended. Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service - Eligible within 3 years after returning from overseas if at least 52 weeks of service in an appropriated fund position were completed. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Eligible within 3 years after returning from overseas if at least 52 weeks of service in an appropriated fund position were completed. Panama Canal Commission - Eligible after at least 1 year of continuous employment under non-temporary appointment in the Panama Canal Commission located in the United States. General Accounting Office - Eligible upon completion of 1 year of continuous service on a non-temporary appointment that began on or after 1 Oct 80. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts - Current/former employees are eligible with completion of at least 1 year of continuous service under non-temporary appointment. Employees appointed to high level positions under 28 U.S.C. 603 or a position of confidential or policy-making nature is not eligible under this authority. (NOTE: If you answer yes to one of these authorities you MUST submit proof of employment from the appropriate agency.)

1. It is important to note that all of your responses are subject to review and verification based on the documents and references you submit.  If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and / or experience, you will be rated ineligible or your score will be lowered.

A. I acknowledge this statement.

Thank you for your interest in the Security Specialist position with the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Occupation Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Please review your response for accuracy before your submit this questionnaire.

2. From the description below, please select the one statement that best describes the experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Security Specialist at the GS-11 grade level or equivalent pay band in the Federal Service.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 Federal grade level which involved participating in the administration of the personnel security suitability adjudication programs and functions, coordinating work activities and responsibilities with officials and staff, and assisting in the preparation of a variety of correspondence, reports, and presentations dealing with personnel security.
B. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

C. I have a combination of experience (as noted in A) and education (as noted in B).

D. I do not possess the experience or education as described above.

3. From the description below, please select the one statement that best describes the experience that you possess which demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Security Specialist at the GS-12 grade level or equivalent pay band in the Federal Service.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 Federal grade level which involved experience providing technical expertise and guidance in administering the personnel security and suitability adjudication programs and functions, coordinating security programs and functions and preparing a variety of correspondence, reports, and presentation dealing with personnel security.
B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement.

4. From the description below, please select the one statement that best describes the experience that you possess which demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Security Specialist at the GS-13 grade level or equivalent pay band in the Federal Service.

A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 Federal grade level which involved providing technical expertise, leadership, and guidance in managing and overseeing the personnel security and suitability adjudication programs and functions, managing and coordinating security programs and functions, and preparing a variety of correspondence, reports, and presentations dealing with personnel security.
B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

5. Plans and administers the Agency personnel security program (National Security and suitability adjudications, and contractor fitness determinations).

6. Develops and recommendations adoption of new and revised personnel and physical security policies, procedures, and implementing guidance.

7. Ensures compliance of security procedures and processes with applicable laws, regulations, directives, and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policies and guidelines (Title-5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 731, Suitability Determinations, Part 732, and National Security Positions).

8. Provides guidance, assistance and interpretation regarding security laws, regulations, and Agency policies and procedures to organizations throughout the Agency.

9. Keeps abreast of new developments in personnel security and suitability adjudication as a result of changes to law, regulation, and guidance.

10. Monitors and stays abreast of legal and operational changes that affect the activities and work processes of administrative programs, operations, and services.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

11. Represents the Agency at meetings, conferences, and workgroups pertaining to security programs and functions.

12. Serves as a personnel security specialist, on matters related to processing background investigations (including eQIP submissions and taking fingerprints).

13. Makes recommendations to senior management, and develops and carries out improvements to programs, operations, and services to meet changing mission requirements.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

14. Adjudicates completed OPM investigations and granting of security clearances as authorized, and utilizes the OPM Position Designation Systems.

15. Administers information technology processes associated with background checks and other personnel security, suitability, and security clearance issues.

16. Oversees the Agency's physical security operations including the issue of building access cards.

17. Manages the HSPD-12 program and issuance of Personnel Identity Verification (PIV) Cards to Agency employees and contractors. Utilizes E-Verify to electronically verify employment eligibility of newly hired employees and contractors when requested by HR staff.

18. Obtains background information as necessary, coordinates with appropriate staff officials, and prepares responses or follows up to ensure a timely response is prepared by the appropriate staff. Uses judgment and discretion in disclosing information and ensuring that information is accurate and complete. Documents inquiries and contacts in writing as appropriate.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

19. Prepares correspondence, reports, and other written materials on various issues. Researches, complies, reviews, and organizes materials in order to develop materials and reports. As necessary, reviews written materials prepared by others to ensure compliance, clarity, and completeness of reply and information included. Returns inadequate materials for revisions as necessary.

20. Updates and maintains office budget and financial records, particularly as they pertain to personnel security programs and functions. Analyzes and prepares budget estimates and projections based on historical usage and expected needs.

21. Reviews and updates security directives and guidance to ensure accuracy, currency, clarity, and compliance with applicable requirements.

22. Applies knowledge of personnel computers and various software applications to accomplish work activities, including preparing written materials and presentations, reviewing and distributing electronic messages, tracking action and suspense items, and maintaining database and automated records.

For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date).  Briefly describe the specific experience in your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

23.

As previously explained, your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. 

 

Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for your non-selection or for your dismissal.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.’ Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. 

A. Yes, I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001), my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 CFR part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated.
B. No. I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.