Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC) Job at US Department of Agriculture – 4.1 in Fort Collins, CO

Job Description



There is one (1) vacancy available in one of the following potential duty locations: Fort Collins, CO, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, MO, or St. Louis, MO. This vacancy is located in the in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Client Experience Center (CEC), Governance Services Division (GSD), Security Compliance Services Branch (SCSB).


The major duties of this position include:
Assist a team of IT senior information technology specialists to provide security compliance implementation and guidance for assigned tasks to the CEC organization and its customers to assure established best practice tenets of information security are adequately and effectively integrated into all facets the organization to include: Identification; Authentication; Access Control; Confidentiality; Integrity; Availability; Non-repudiation; and Auditing.

Provide IT security compliance expertise and support to CEC and its customers.

Ensure the protection and management of CEC systems and data in relations to confidentiality, integrity, and availability when responding to internal and external customer needs and requirements.

Assume responsibility for assisting in the development of the IT security compliance processes and procedures, as assigned.

Participate in the research, development and maintenance of security policies. Provide timely and accurate delivery and reporting of assigned policy-related tasks.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

2210 Information Technology Management



Conditions 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

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.


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

Specialized Experience for GS-12: To qualify at GS-12, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. For this position specialized experience is defined as:

Performing administrative Information Technology (IT) services which involves developing, implementing, and maintaining information systems security, security policies and procedures including disaster recovery and contingency plans according to the USDA Risk Management Framework, NIST 800-53, NIST 800-37, the Cyber Security Framework and other applicable federal laws, regulations and guidelines.

Examples of such experience may include:

  • Evaluating and updating technical information in IT security disaster recovery plans and contingency plans and/or other IT security compliance documentation;
  • Experience developing and/or evaluating information technology security remediation action plans for information systems and disaster recovery after action reports;
  • Experience developing and/or evaluating business impact analysis;
  • Participating as a member of a team ensuring information technology security compliance concerns, disaster recovery and contingency planning are given due consideration;
  • Supporting a team with a variety of information technology security analysis, disaster recovery and contingency planning analysis.

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.


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.

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 résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé 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:



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 clearance

Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required


Required Documents

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 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 résumé 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 résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé 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.



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.


This job is open to

The public

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

Clarification from the agency

Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens or U.S. Nationals. No prior federal service is required.

About Company

Company: US Department of Agriculture – 4.1

Company Location:  Fort Collins, CO

About US Department of Agriculture - 4.1