IT CYBERSECURITY SPECIALIST (INFOSEC
Company: US Department of Commerce
Posted on: April 9, 2021
An official website of the United States government Permanent -
Career/Career-Conditional appointment in the Competitive Service.
Full-time - This is a Full-Time, Permanent Applicants will be
accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals. USPTO is
modernizing its information technology to register intellectual
property better, faster and cheaper through ML and AI. USPTO is
migrating to a multi-hybrid cloud environment and is taking a zero
trust architecture approach to enhance security. RPA is at the
forefront of improving efficiencies across lines of business. We
are looking for Cybersecurity professionals to join our agency and
bring innovative approaches to Cybersecurity through emerging
technology and automation.-- This Vacancy is using the Direct-Hire
authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical
hiring need. Using the Office of Personnel Management's approved
government-wide direct hire authorities, agencies may appoint
candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provision of
Title 5 U.S.C 3309 through 3318, for which OPM determines that
there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to the
Under Secretary and Director on the application of information
technology (IT) to support and improve the Agency's business
processes. The Cybersecurity Division (CD) is responsible for all
aspects of USPTO Information Technology security including the
oversight for adherence to security-related laws and policies. The
Privacy and Continuous Monitoring Branch (PCMB) provides services,
which support implementation and continuous monitoring for
compliance with IT privacy/privacy policies, Federal Information
Processing Standards, and privacy requirements for all information
technology used in support of the USPTO.
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for
- Participating in reviewing and recommending new and--revised
IT-related systems of records notices and--Privacy Act
- Providing suggestion for resolving problems and--performs
- Reviewing and updating Privacy Threshold Analysis--and Privacy
Impact Assessment and select privacy--controls for selected
- Maintaining cybersecurity acquisition requirements,--providing
input to cybersecurity acquisition manuals--for use by contract
specialists, and contracting officers.
- Reviewing and providing input to draft USPTO--Requests for
Proposals (RFP), Requests for--Information (RFI), and acquisition
- Reviewing proposed new systems, networks, and--software changes
for potential security risks.
- Providing input for mitigation or countermeasures,--identifying
potential areas of concern, and providing--information regarding
problematic security issues.
- You must meet the definition of specialized experience and IT
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
(www.sss.gov) 1 Qualifications You must meet the United States
Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements
(including specialized experience and/or educational requirements)
for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and
qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job
announcement. Additional information on the qualification
requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards
Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your
review on the--OPM Website .
Specialized Experience:--is experience that has
equipped--applicants with the particular knowledge, skills and
abilities to--successfully perform the duties of the position, and
that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be
creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at
least the next lower grade level in the federal service. Candidate
must have 52 weeks at the next lower grade level. For this
position, the next lower grade level is a GS-07.
Specialized experience for this position includes all the following
listed below : 1) Participating in the reviewing of--existing
2) Participating in the reviewing and--recommendations of new
and--revised IT-related systems of--records notices and Privacy
Act--statements. In addition to meeting specialized experience
requirements, you must have the following IT-related experience
demonstrating these competencies: Attention to Detail-Works
alongside supervisor to receive clarification of instructions when
performing work. Customer Service-Assists in responding to business
partner or customer needs (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) under
supervisors guidance. Communication -Provides verbal or written
information to in person interactions and phone conversations.
Problem Solving -Receives guidance from supervisor on problem
solving and work methods covered by the original instructions. For
the GS-09 level, you may qualify using one of the following
- Possess a master's or equivalent graduate degree, LL.B. or
J.D., or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate
education leading to such a degree.
- Possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the
GS-07 grade in the Federal service.
- Possess a combination of education and specialized experience
to equal 100% of the qualification requirement. Graduate Education:
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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (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 Education, SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION--
-- If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are
substituting education for experience, you must submit an
unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the
following information: name of accredited institution, grades
earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used
to meet the requirements. Please refer to
for more information.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time;
copies are sufficient. Special Instructions for Foreign Education:
Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign
countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that
acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in
whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient
evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private
organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and
degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on
the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education
. Another listing of services that can perform this evaluation is
available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation
Services (NACES) website. You must provide a copy of the letter
containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course
by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide
such documentation when requested will result in lost
NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing
deadline will be considered. Report only attendance and/or degrees
from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by
the U.S. Department of Education.
-- Additional information Applicants applying for this position
must be a United States Citizen.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must
certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System.
If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law,
you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit
the--Selective Service System --website for more information.
This is a non bargaining unit position.
This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of
Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may
be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment
(OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to
determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize
a background investigation.
The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on
E-Verify, please visit the--Department of Homeland Security Website
Probationary Period- If selected, you may be required to complete
an initial one-year probationary period.
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments
made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their
Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid. A
recruitment incentive may be authorized.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency
Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if
they are assigned to the "well qualified" quality category under
the category rating procedures. Information about CTAP/ICTAP may be
found here: OPM CTAP/ICTAP .--CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements
are listed in the 'Required Documents' section of this
More than one selection may be made from this announcement--if
additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade,
and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was
All application materials become the property of the United States
Patent and Trademark Office.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal
opportunity employer and does not discriminate 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 factors. If you
believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to
file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of
the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination
must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO's Office of Equal
Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or
phone (571-272-8292). You will be evaluated for this job based on
how well you meet the qualifications above. Your resume, optional
cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to
determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for
the position. Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority
(DHA), rating, ranking and veterans' preference does not apply;
therefore, your responses to the questionnaire will not be used to
determine a scored rating. All applicants who meet the minimum
qualification requirements, as defined in the job opportunity
announcement, will be referred for selection consideration. While
veterans' preference does not apply in DHA, preference eligibles
are encouraged to submit their supporting documentation (DD-214
stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA
letter, SF-15, etc.).
Applicants applying as CTAP or ICTAP candidates, and are determined
CTAP or ICTAP eligible, must exceed the minimum qualification
requirements to be referred under this selection priority placement
program by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. For those
deemed eligible and who meet the minimum qualifications, we will
compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting
documentation to your responses on the scored occupational
questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your
resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to
the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be
lowered. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles who are not determined well-qualified
by scoring at least 85 will not be referred under the CTAP/ICTAP
selection priority placement program; however, will be referred for
selection consideration with other minimally qualified applicants.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the
following competencies, please do not provide a separate written
KSA 1: Knowledge of, and skill in--applying IT security
environment--sufficient to participate in defining IT--security
requirements; and implement--and support IT security
KSA 2: Skill in integrating--information from multiple sources
in--order to provide relevant information--for review.
KSA 3: Skill in identifying issues--and problems encountered
and--suggesting potential corrections.
-- Background checks and security clearance A complete application
1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your
job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume
should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational
and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates,
duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the
specialized experience--in the job announcement. Please Note:
Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the
information in your resume may result in adjustments to your
rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be
substantiated by information contained in your resume.
2. Transcripts: (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or
Substitution of Education for specialized experience): You--must
submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the
education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however,
if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts.
It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet
the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible
information could result in non-qualification and loss of
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and
qualification requirements for this position may be contacted
within 7 business days of the closing date of this announcement to
submit follow-up supporting documentation if applicable. Applicants
CTAP/ICTAP eligibility who fail to submit supplemental
documentation within 5 business days of receiving the request will
not lose consideration for this position, however they will not be
entitled to special or priority consideration.
Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the
closing date of this announcement are:
1. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency
Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) documentation:
Applicants will be asked to submit:
(1) A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your
expected separation or other documentation of priority
consideration status; and/or Agency certification of inability to
place you through RPL etc.;
(2) A copy of your latest SF-50 noting current position, grade
level, and duty location;
(3) A copy of your last performance appraisal and rating; and
(4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current
You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting
1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your
information on the Department of Commerce application site which
you access through the USAJobs site.
2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4254 using the system
generated fax cover sheet.
Your application and all required documentation must be received by
11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this job
NOTE: The preceding documentation requirements are based on job
requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Not all
documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which
documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this
Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses to job
questions that are not fully supported by the information in your
application package may result in adjustments to your rating. A
Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of
those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official. If
you are relying on your education to meet qualification
requirements: 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. A career with the U.S.
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part, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance,
health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees
Retirement System. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) and Telework
Program are available to eligible employees. Reasonable
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Office (USPTO), must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. USPTO Job Applicants requiring
reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring
process should request accommodation(s) from the USPTO at
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reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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