IT Cybersecurity Specialist (INFOSEC)

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Job Description

Summary

This position is located in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO). **Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur. Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.

Responsibilities

This position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO), also known as the Office of E-Government and Information Technology (IT), per the E-Gov Act of 2002. OFCIO is responsible for policy development and oversight functions that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of enabling IT throughout the Executive Branch of the Federal government. OFCIO supports the development, implementation, and tracking of a broad range of IT policies and related initiatives that improve the ability of Federal agencies to deliver IT services, manage IT resources, maximize IT investments, and enhance cybersecurity. The incumbent serves as an IT Specialist and performs duties related to strengthening Federal cybersecurity through oversight and policy development consistent with the Administration's cybersecurity priorities. The incumbent provides expert advice and consultation to policy officials regarding the information security programs and initiatives under their responsibility, and conducts special analyses of issues affecting the programs and initiatives, as appropriate. The results of these analyses and consultations will improve executive-level decision-making and reduce risks in agencies information security programs. The position performs duties related to information technology reform efforts, consistent with the Information Technology Oversight and Reform (ITOR) fund. Additionally, the incumbent will collaborate with agencies and policy teams in terms of the IT and cybersecurity legislation, Cyber Policy Initiatives, and relevant Executive Orders. As a IT Cybersecurity Specialist (INFOSEC), GS-2210-12/13/14, your typical work assignments may include the following: Assist in the establishment of the strategic policy for Federal cybersecurity. This includes, but is not limited to, authoring Federal cybersecurity policies through collaboration with other OMB offices, National Security Council, Department of Homeland Security, and agency personnel. Brief OMB leadership on Federal cybersecurity challenges, policy, and threats in written and oral form. Contribute to the development of priorities, management requirements, and annual FISMA metrics via interagency committees such as the Federal Chief Information Officer Council, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Council, and Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Ensure through appropriate channels and approval processes that proposed cybersecurity legislation is consistent with Administration's cybersecurity priorities Respond to media requests regarding Federal cybersecurity issues through appropriate channels and approval processes. Brief Congress and congressional staff on the state of Federal cybersecurity through appropriate channels and approval processes. Closely coordinate oversight efforts with DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other agencies as appropriate. Uses relevant analytic methods and plans to conduct and complete (independently and/or with other staff members), special analyses and studies required to support budget, legislative, and regulatory policymaking for information information security programs and issues. Reviews current policy performance, and security activities, challenges, and opportunities of federal and non-government sectors to identify important material and suggests improvements in agency activities and policies. Renders advice and assistance in the administration of OFCIO's efforts with other internal activities and in communicating policies and priorities. Coordinates development and/or evaluation of complex budget, program, and legislative proposals. Serves as the OMB expert for assigned policy areas. Review and analyze agency cybersecurity and other related IT strategies, policies, budgets, and programs in the context of current and emerging Federal law, guidance, priorities, and initiatives - raising concerns or issues using established OMB and OFCIO protocols and procedures. Coordinate with relevant Resource Management Offices (RMOs) to take necessary budgetary actions to address agencies' information security and IT concerns.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as applying knowledge and application of principles and practices of IT cybersecurity and threat analysis. Specialized experience must reflect all of the following: 1) Providing IT cyber response services to an organization; 2) Assisting in the development of defensive countermeasures or threat/vulnerability analysis OR mitigating/remediating new and emerging threats to the IT network; 3) Presenting finalized reports and action items to management for approval; 4) Providing direct cyber security customer support. You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as applying technical knowledge and application of the principles and best practices of IT cybersecurity and threat analysis. Specialized experience must reflect all of the following: 1) Providing IT cyber response services to an organization; 2) Directing the collection of data to determine security compliance of IT network or host machines; 3) Conducting threat/vulnerability analysis OR mitigating/remediating new and emerging IT threats to the network; and 4) Presenting finalized reports and action items to management for approval; 5) Develop and recommend improvements to information security programs, policies, and procedures. You may qualify at the GS-14 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as applying expert knowledge and application of advanced principles and best practices of IT cybersecurity and threat analysis. Specialized experience must reflect all of the following: 1) Application of IT principals, concepts, methods and practices to provide technical recommendations and oversight of threat analysis to minimize the impact of threats and risk on mission operations; 2) Management of strict security controls for systems, IT network infrastructures, and perimeter networks; 3) Analysis of threat and system assessments to identify trends and new innovative technologies and methodologies to detect and mitigate threats/risks; and 4) Develop and recommend improvements to information security programs, policies, and procedures. In addition to the specialized experience individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below:

  1. Attention to Detail - Meticulous; thoroughly reviews and proofreads various IT related data/information; dedicates focus to accomplish tasks that are complete, precise, and accurate to a given IT situation.

  2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive IT services or IT 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 IT needs, provide expert technical information or assistance, resolve fairly complex or non-routine problems, or satisfy expectations; knowledge of available products and services; committed to providing quality IT products and services.

  3. Communication - Expresses technical 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 presentations; listens to others, recognizes potential miscommunication, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

  4. Problem Solving - Identifies IT related problems using a variety of materials or sources; gathers and applies technical information to determine accuracy and relevance to moderately complex problems; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives; makes decisions or recommendations that influence IT policies or programs and applies new developments to previously unresolved problems. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Additional Information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx). Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/ Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements: Person with Disabilities - Schedule A Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans Special Hiring Authorities for Certain Military Spouses Other Special Appointment Authorities If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application.

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