IT Cybersecurity Specialist

US Department of Agriculture – Washington, DC


The incumbent serves as an IT Cybersecurity Specialist in the National Capital Region Branch, Technical Support Division (TSD), Client Experience Center (CEC). The mission of the TSD is to provide end user support. The organization is based on support regions consisting of States, or groups of States, or U.S. Territories


The major duties of this position include:

  • Leading projects and working closely with other support staff to provide security and project management expertise to the development, implementation, and integration projects with a focus on security and bringing projects to completion on time and within budget.
  • Coordinating activities with other offices, including the evaluation, procurement, and deployment of security-related products and develops and coordinates information security awareness and education programs.
  • Creating information security strategies, both short-term and long-range, in support of the Secretarys goals.
  • Serving as a technical subject matter expert for the USDA Secretary of Agriculture and his sub-cabinet members providing technical solution deployment, systems analysis, business process analysis, and daily technical support.
  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 6-10 days per month (approximately)

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    2210 Information Technology Management

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  • End-User Support Specialists
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  • Requirements

    RequirementsConditions of Employment
  • 1. Click Print Preview to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • 2. Please refer to Conditions of Employment.
  • 3. CEC offers alternative/flexible/telework schedules for eligible position
  • You MUST be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Natural
  • Specialized Experience: To qualify at GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. For this position specialized experience is defined as:

  • Supporting incident resolution include using service desk ticketing tools. AND
  • Leading computer project assignments with other staff to provide security and project management expertise that are directly related to IT support, deployment and customer service requirements. AND
  • Providing technical oversight and leadership direction with timely completion.
  • Examples of experience may include:

  • Imaging, managing, deploying and tracking the equipment through the entire life cycle of customer workstations, smartphones, VoIP telephone equipment and peripherals. AND
  • Installing, troubleshooting and updating certified Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) and customized software on workstations. Independently resolves critical workstation security issues.

  • In addition to meeting specialized experience, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.
  • Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.

    QualificationsYou must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.Education

    Additional information

    We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.


  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Pass a pre-employment security investigation.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Must successfully complete a public-trust background investigation.
  • How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application includes your rsum, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your rsum includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a not qualified determination. We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements.

    Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Customer Service
  • Technical
  • This announcement is issued under direct-hire authority. Consistent with 5 U.S.C. 3304(a)(3) and OPM regulations (5 CFR 337 Subpart B) on direct-hire: All candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements may be referred for consideration. Competitive examining rules providing for rating and ranking and veterans preference do not apply. We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine eligibility.

    Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this vacancy.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP )) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A rsum, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a rsum either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your rsum. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your rsum to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view rsum tips .

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .

    CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

    RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTS: In addition, we recommend that you submit copies of the following:

  • Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable) : If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . ( Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this vacancy.)
  • Performance Appraisal A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the 18 months, that includes the final rating.
  • 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. Learn more about federal benefits .

    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.

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