Physical Security Specialist Job

Vacancy No. USSS-35-21-RA Department U.S. Secret Service
Salary $66,829.00 to $103,309.00 Grade 12 to 13
Perm/Temp Temporary FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 2/19/2021 Close Date 9/30/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
FRESNO, CALOS ANGELES, CARIVERSIDE, CASACRAMENTO, CA
SAN DIEGO, CASAN FRANCISCO, CASAN JOSE, CASANTA ANA, CA
VENTURA, CANEW HAVEN, CTWASHINGTON, DCWILMINGTON, DE
JACKSONVILLE, FLMIAMI, FLWEST PALM BEACH, FLATLANTA, GA
HONOLULU, HICHICAGO, ILBOSTON, MABALTIMORE, MD
PORTLAND, MEDETROIT, MIKANSAS CITY, MOCHARLOTTE, NC
NEWARK, NJMELVILLE, NYNEW YORK, NYARMONK, NY
TULSA, OKPHILADELPHIA, PAPITTSBURGH, PAPROVIDENCE, RI
AUSTIN, TXDALLAS, TXHOUSTON, TXMCALLEN, TX
WACO, TXRICHMOND, VA


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 02/19/2021 to 09/30/2021

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12 - 13

  • Salary

    $66,829 to $103,309 per year

  • Appointment type

    Temporary - Term Appointments

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules - Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent

Locations
  • Fresno, CA Few vacancies
  • Los Angeles, CA Few vacancies
  • Riverside, CA Few vacancies
  • Sacramento, CA Few vacancies
  • San Diego, CA Few vacancies
  • San Francisco, CA Few vacancies
  • San Jose, CA Few vacancies
  • Santa Ana, CA Few vacancies
  • Ventura, CA Few vacancies
  • New Haven, CT Few vacancies
  • Washington, DC Few vacancies
  • Wilmington, DE Few vacancies
  • Jacksonville, FL Few vacancies
  • Miami, FL Few vacancies
  • West Palm Beach, FL Few vacancies
  • Atlanta, GA Few vacancies
  • Honolulu, HI Few vacancies
  • Chicago, IL Few vacancies
  • Boston, MA Few vacancies
  • Baltimore, MD Few vacancies
  • Portland, ME Few vacancies
  • Detroit, MI Few vacancies
  • Kansas City, MO Few vacancies
  • Charlotte, NC Few vacancies
  • Newark, NJ Few vacancies
  • Melville, NY Few vacancies
  • New York, NY Few vacancies
  • White Plains, NY Few vacancies
  • Tulsa, OK Few vacancies
  • Philadelphia, PA Few vacancies
  • Pittsburgh, PA Few vacancies
  • Providence, RI Few vacancies
  • Austin, TX Few vacancies
  • Dallas, TX Few vacancies
  • Houston, TX Few vacancies
  • McAllen, TX Few vacancies
  • Waco, TX Few vacancies
  • Richmond, VA Few vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Applicants who are eligible for re-employment as a Federal annuitant; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles in the commuting area.

Announcement number

USSS-35-21-RA

Control number

592855600

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The USSS is a premier law enforcement organization with two (2) critical national security missions: protect our nation’s leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence – whether investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage. For more information on the Secret Service click here.

    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities

    The U.S. Secret Service is seeking retired (CSRS/FERS) individuals to support our integrated mission and immediately impart their knowledge and experience to the current workforce. If re-employed under one of 3 special hiring authorities granted to the Secret Service, annuitants are able to earn their full salary and their full annuity without penalty. 

    The USSS employs retirees with three (3) different dual comp waiver authorities:

    1. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (Nationwide):
    • Limited Number of Work Hours
      • No more than 520 hours during the first 6 months of retirement;
      • No more than 1040 hours during any 12-month period; or
      • No more than 3120 hours total during re-employment (lifetime limit).
    • Earn Full Annuity and Full Salary.
    • Earn Annual Leave and Sick Leave on a pro-rated basis (not applicable for intermittent work schedules).
    • This authority is for part-time or intermittent work schedules and has a yearly and lifetime maximum work hour limitation as stated above. 
    • Individuals appointed before December 31, 2024 may continue their employment until they reach the maximum lifetime hours limitation when certain conditions are met.
    1. Dual Compensation Waiver - COVID-19, GS-13 (Nationwide):
    • Earn Full Annuity and Full Salary
    • Earn Annual Leave and Sick Leave
    • Work Full-time, Part-Time, or an Intermittent work schedule (determined by supervisor)
    • Receive Overtime (if on a full-time schedule)
    • All appointments under this authority will terminate on July 31, 2022.

         Dual Compensation Waiver for APT Support Positions, GS-12 (Washington, DC Only):

    • Earn Full Annuity and Full Salary
    • Earn Annual Leave and Sick Leave
    • Work Full-time, Part-Time, or an Intermittent work schedule (determined by supervisor)
    • Receive Overtime (if on a full-time schedule)
    • All appointments under this authority will terminate on June 30, 2022.

    The selectee will serve as a Physical Security Specialist in the Office of Technical Development and Mission Support, Technical Security Division and typical work assignments include:

    • Identifying, installing and monitoring unique or specifically tailored technical equipment, protection systems and devices utilized to gather evidence and document criminal activity necessary to acquire criminal targets and locations.
    • Performing protective advances and conducting surveys and analyses to identify how critical and vulnerable facilities or sites are and if there are any threats against them; adjusting plans and schedules; and developing acceptable alternative strategies in response to delays, sudden and/or major changes in itineraries or the introduction of critical intelligence.
    • Planning, organizing, documenting and implementing technical surveillance and mobile munitions countermeasures to ensure a safe environment for the protectee; and identifying specific requirements and correlating them with the planned movements of the protectee to ensure that necessary support and countermeasures are provided at the proper time and place.
    • Installing and maintaining intrusion detection and prevention systems, video assessment, and electronic access control systems.
    • Conducting fire and life safety surveys, evaluating fire protection systems, and implementing personnel evacuation plans.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and foreign travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    0080 Security Administration

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • U.S. citizenship is required.

    • Conditions of Employment If selected, you may be required to:

      • Obtain and maintain a Top Secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
      • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
      • Submit to a polygraph examination prior to your appointment.
      • Possess a valid U.S. state motor vehicle operator's license and maintain a valid license while you occupy the position.
      • Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.
      • Complete a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) by an authorized Government physician and be determined physically fit to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties. You will be required to undergo regular physical examinations and to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of this agency.
      • Successfully complete a 10 week Mixed Basic training course or submission of a waiver request to waive the training requirement.
      • Required to work in environments that involve risks of unknown hazards when performing protective searches of remote unsecured areas that may harbor unauthorized persons or environmental hazards, as well as the discomforts associated with working in hard to reach, dirty and hazardous areas of buildings, facilities and outside areas.  
      • Required to be flexible to ensure mission completion which includes long hours with minimal breaks; subject to no control of the environmental conditions or schedule of operations.
      • Be subject to explosives handling and/or radio frequency (RF) exposure.
      • Requires regular and reoccurring physical exertion, such as long periods of walking, standing, bending, climbing, lifting and crawling and carrying heavy objects. Requires physical strength to carry heavy equipment and mental alertness for activities. 
      • Submit a Financial disclosure report.

    Qualifications

    You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

    GS-12: You qualify for the GS-12 level (starting base salary $66,829) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level performing duties such as participating in the physical security of personnel and facilities through the development, installation, operation and maintenance of enterprise wide access control, video assessments, intrusion detection and other physical security systems; conducting technical surveillance countermeasure operations of protected facilities, monitoring electronic surveillance equipment, protective systems, and devices; and serving as a team member on an operational local, state or federal fire department, hazardous materials team, or military unit charged with responding to emergencies in the capacity of a Hazardous Materials Technician or Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) or Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Specialist. (e.g. – Fire Department Special Operations Team Member, DOD Chemical Corps Personnel). 

    GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting base salary $79,468) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level performing duties such as troubleshooting, maintenance and program management of electronic components and systems requiring advanced electronic theory and systematic problem solving; maintaining project management of systems and computer networks; and developing and implementing countermeasures programs for explosive and CBRN threats against personnel and facilities.

    AND

    IOR Series 0080 - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0000/security-administration-series-0080/

    Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.  To be considered well qualified, you must meet the specialized experience and OPM's Individual Occupational Requirements as listed in the Qualifications Section.

    This announcement is being advertised for multiple locations; therefore, the locality adjustment will be added to the basic salary based on selected locations.

    Education

    Please reference OPM Qualification Standards and Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) in the Qualifications section.

    Additional information

    Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage.

    In the Secret Service, we:

    • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
    • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
    • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    Mandatory Suitability Statement:

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    Positions may be eligible to receive Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) added to base pay at a rate between 10-25%, based on management approval.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Secret Service, Office of Human Resources, Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division, APT Support Branch at HRSupport@usss.dhs.gov.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to reflect one year of specialized experience, in order to be considered. If one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered qualified, you must meet the specialized experience and OPM's Individual Occupational Requirements as listed in the Qualifications section.

    Interviews may be required for this position.  Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.


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    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness, National security

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Required Documents:

    In addition to addressing the vacancy questions, you must also submit the following documentation:

    • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
    • Are you a retired Federal employee? Submit a copy of your retirement SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied, retirement code and highest grade and step. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade.  Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.
    • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The USSS offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:

    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid leave for personal, recreational, and health needs
    • Flexible work schedules
    • Telework
    • Transit and child care subsidies
    • Tuition reimbursement and student loan repayment
    • Training and development
    • Relocation bonus or Recruitment bonus may be paid

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    This position is being advertised via SecretServiceHire which is an automated staffing system. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at http://www.secretservice.gov/join/apply/. If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division, Administrative, Professional and Technical Staffing Branch at hrsupport@usss.dhs.gov OR by calling (202) 406-6420 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Instructions for obtaining your SF-50

    If you need assistance with obtaining your SF-50 showing your retirement, please contact the National Records Center website at https://www.archives.gov/personnel-records-center/civilian-non-archival.  NOTE:  You must submit the SF-50 associated with your retirement for consideration. 

    Note:  The average re-employment process is typically 2-6 months depending on your unique history. Re-employed annuitants are at-will employees and therefore, can be separated at any time for any legitimate reason.  There are no notice requirements and the annuitants have no Reduction in Force (RIF) protections.  Annuitants receiving a dual comp waiver are not eligible to contribute to TSP or make contributions to retirement.

    Agency contact information TAD TAD
    Phone

    202-406-6420

    Fax

    999-999-9999

    Email

    hrsupport@usss.dhs.gov

    Address

    United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
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    Washington, District of Columbia 20223
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    Do you have a passion for public service? The United States Secret Service (USSS) is looking for you! The USSS is a premier law enforcement organization with two (2) critical national security missions: protect our nation’s leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence – whether investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.

    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. You will only be contacted if your resume /documents are deemed to meet the OPM Qualifications Standard and if you are selected for an interview. Otherwise, you will be notified at the conclusion of the open period.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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