Public Notice For Direct Hire It Specialist Infosec Job

Vacancy No. ALL OFC-2021-0064 Department Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Salary $53,433.00 to $166,502.00 Grade 09 to 15
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 9/21/2021 Close Date 3/21/2022
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

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

    Opening and closing dates 09/21/2021 to 03/21/2022

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GG 09 - 15

  • Salary

    $53,433 to $166,502 per year

  • Appointment type

    Multiple Appointment Types - Appointment type vary depending on position (Term, Temp, Permanent, etc.).

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules - Work Schedules vary depending on position (Full-time, Part-time, Intermittent, etc.).

  • Atlanta, GA FEW vacancies
  • Lisle, IL FEW vacancies
  • Rockville, MD FEW vacancies
  • King of Prussia, PA FEW vacancies
  • Chattanooga, TN FEW vacancies
  • Arlington, TX FEW vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes Relocation expenses may be paid.

Telework eligible


This job is open to
  • The public

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

Clarification from the agency

Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration. You are applying to a resume database. Your resume and any documents submitted will be retained and may be used at any time during the open period of this Public Notice. U.S. Citizenship is REQUIRED. Promotion potential is contingent on the position to which appointed.

Announcement number

ALL OFC-2021-0064

Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The NRC will use Direct Hire Authority to fill Information Technology (IT) Specialist Information Security (INFOSEC) positions. This vacancy is a REPOSITORY of applications. Applicants MAY BE periodically referred to Selecting Officials both during the open period and for up to 90 days after the closing date of the vacancy. Because of the large number of applications anticipated, applicants status will not be updated UNLESS referred.
    These positions may be Bargaining or Non-Bargaining.

    Learn more about this agency

    IT Specialist (INFOSEC) work involves ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools.

    Major duties commonly performed by employees in this specialty may include, but are not limited to:

    • developing policies and procedures to ensure information systems reliability and accessibility and to prevent and defend
      against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data;
    • conducting risk and vulnerability assessments of planned and installed information systems to identify vulnerabilities, risks, and protection needs;
    • promoting awareness of security issues among management and ensuring sound security principles are reflected in organizations visions and goals;
    • conducting systems security evaluations, audits, and reviews;
    • developing systems security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures;
    • developing and implementing programs to ensure that systems, network, and data users are aware of, understand, and adhere to systems security policies and procedures;
    • participating in network and systems design to ensure implementation of appropriate systems security policies;
    • facilitating the gathering, analysis, and preservation of evidence used in the prosecution of computer crimes;
    • assessing security events to determine impact and implementing corrective actions; and/or
    • ensuring the rigorous application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and practices in the delivery of all IT services.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel varies by position and location.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    Contingent - Promotion potential will be based on the position to which appointed.

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires
    • These are Drug Testing positions

    This position is being filled using the agency's Direct Hire Authority.

    Applicants will be rated in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for Information Technology (IT) Management Series, 2210.  Position requirements vary depending upon the specific grade.  You must meet any minimum experience or education requirements per OPM qualifications standards and demonstrate through experience and/or education that you possess the quality level of knowledge, skill, and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position at the grade level for which applying. 

    For additional information, refer to the following link: 

    A DETAILED description of your work experience in your personal resume must clearly demonstrate that you have gained and currently possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position and grade being filled. 


    Minimum Qualifications

    Candidates may qualify for the 2210, IT Management Series by meeting either the Experience requirements specified in the Qualifications section of this announcement or the Education requirements specified in the section titled Education.

    Experience Requirements (All Grades)

    For GS-9:  Experience that demonstrated knowledge of computer requirements and techniques in carrying out project assignments consisting of several related tasks, such as typically is the case in development of minor modifications to parts of a system on the basis of detailed specifications provided. The assignments must have shown completion of the following, or the equivalent:

    • Analysis of the interrelationships of pertinent components of the system;
    • Planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment; and
    • Personal responsibility for at least a segment of the overall project.

    For GS-11:  Experience that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques. For example, assignments would show, on the basis of general design criteria provided, experience in developing modifications to parts of a system that required significant revisions in the logic or techniques used in the original development. Accomplishments, in addition to those noted for the GS-9 level, normally involve the following, or the equivalent:

    • Knowledge of the customary approaches, techniques, and requirements appropriate to an assigned computer applications area or computer specialty area in an organization;
    • Planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others outside the organizational unit and development of project controls; and
    • Adaptation of guidelines or precedents to the needs of the assignment.

    For GS-12 and above:  Experience that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant analyzed a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of ADP system design, such as what system interrelationships must be considered, or what operating mode, system software, and/or equipment configuration is most appropriate for a given project.

    For all positions, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. 

    1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
    2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or 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 their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
    3. Oral Communication - Expresses 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 oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
    4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

    For all grades, one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (or equivalent) is required. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience is typically gained in the IT field or through the performance of work where the primary concern is IT. 


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience that involved ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools.


    Education Requirements (Grades 9 and 11)

    You may meet the basic requirements for these positions through the substitution of education for experience.

    All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

    Degree requirements:  A degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.

    GG-9 grade level

    Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree

    GG-11 grade level

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

    For additional information on substituting education for experience, please click the following link:

    When qualifying based on education, transcripts and/or certifications must be submitted at the time of application.  Note: It is your responsibility to furnish documentation that verifies you meet the basic education requirements; in the absence of such documentation, you will not be considered.

    Additional information

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via  Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

    Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

    Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires.  To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver.  To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks.  If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment.  If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use.  Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a highly competitive vacancy with a limited number of openings available. When a need exists, applications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements.  Applications will be rated based on the information provided in the resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements.  If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

    Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position.  Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.

    If selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly by a hiring manager via the contact information you provided in your application. Applicants should not expect to receive additional status updates.


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    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    L Access Authorization

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

    1.  If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

    2.  If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.  

    3.  If qualifying under the Education Requirements, you must provide a copy of your UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT with your application by the closing date of the announcement.  If you fail to submit transcripts with your application by the closing date you will be considered ineligible and will no longer be considered for this vacancy. 

    All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

    1.  Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
    2.  use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer.  The following types of documents can be uploaded:  .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
    3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

    If all applicable, required supplemental information is not included with your application you will be disqualified and will not receive further consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • 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.

    As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k)  (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 11 paid holidays per year; transit benefits.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

    General Schedule Salary Table for "Rest of US" (RUS) was used, salaries may vary dependent upon location selected. Please refer to the Salary Tables link for more information:

    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

    We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

    Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJOBS application system BEFORE 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online application, you will not be considered for this position.

    The NRC requires that applicants submit resumes built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool. The Resume Builder tool is activated upon selecting "Build New Resume" under the "Resumes" section of your USAJOBS account.

    Resumes uploaded to your USAJOBS jobseeker account that have not been built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool WILL NOT be accepted and you WILL NOT be allowed to further advance through the NRC application process.

    To ensure you are using the correct resume type when applying to our vacancies, please make sure that the resume you are using during the application process is listed with a format type of "USAJOBS Resume" and a source type of "Built with USAJOBS Resume Builder. Verifying this information on your USAJOBS resume before applying will ensure the successful submission of your application to the NRC job vacancy.

    Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated. Requests for extensions WILL NOT be granted. If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist during business hours BEFORE the closing date of the announcement and speak to someone who can provide assistance for your online submission.

    You must answer any job specific vacancy questions. You will be rated based on your responses to any vacancy questions and especially the information provided in your resume. Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position. Abbreviated responses to the vacancy questions, such as “significant experience” or “see resume” do not provide enough information and should not be used. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the vacancy questions unanswered.

    To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

    Agency contact information Tammy S. Johnson Tammy S. Johnson








    US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer
    Attn: Tammy Johnson
    Washington, District of Columbia 20555
    United States
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    Next steps

    Applications will be reviewed only as needed and eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers for further consideration.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a highly competitive vacancy with a limited number of positions available. Applicants can expect to receive an email notification that their application was received and a second notification when all the positions have been filled.

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