IT Specialist (APPSW) Job at US Department of Labor – 4.0 in Washington, DC

Job Description



This position is located in the Office of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Directorate of Technology, Innovation & Engineering; Division of Application & Platform Governance & Standards, Data/Analytics Center of Excellence Branch. More information on the OCIO is available at https://www.dol.gov/oasam/ocio/

  • Position is inside the bargaining unit.
  • Recruitment incentives may be considered.


Major duties for this position at the GS-13 grade level include, but are not limited to the following:

Participates in business process redesign teams to develop requirements for native mobile applications that take maximum advantage of the common mobile platforms.

Develops detailed design specifications for all projects; organizes data; designs computer files and security controls; develops and establishes processing procedures, data flow, and software requirements; and designs program modules.

Implements native mobile applications operating documentation and manuals as necessary for implementation; participates in post implementation reviews; and makes necessary adjustments to programs and systems.

Maintains assigned native mobile applications and serves as a source of technical expertise on the assigned applications and programs.

Formulates plan specifications for developing database and/or Application Program Interface (API)-driven native mobile applications using the system development methodology.

Develops technical and coding standards for native mobile application development throughout the enterprise to ensure long-term maintainability, security, high-performance, and power-efficient code.

Develops and implements new releases of systems and applications and monitors the installation of the developed systems.

Major duties performed at the GS-14 grade level will be the same as those performed at the GS-13 grade level, only with less supervision at GS-14.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

14 – There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

Job family (Series)

2210 Information Technology Management



Conditions of Employment

Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the “Required Documents” section for additional requirements.


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.

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service to qualify for GS-13.

Specialized Experience to qualify for GS-13 is defined as:
Experience in native mobile development iOS.

Experience in Computer Software application development.

Experience with various iOS libraries and frameworks.

Demonstrating iOS proficiency with Swift.

Experience with Xcode IDE, Interface Builder and performance tool.

Demonstrating understanding on good UI/UX practices on mobile platforms.

Demonstrating understanding of iOS frameworks such as Core Data, Core Animation, etc.

Experience with threading and performance tuning.

Familiarity with RESTful APIs to connect iOS applications to back-end services.

Demonstrated understanding of Human-centered Design and its application.

Experience in benchmarking and optimization

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service to qualify for GS-14.

In addition to the specialized experience to qualify for GS-13, specialized Experience to qualify for GS-14 is defined as:

Experience in native mobile development Android SDK.

Experience with various Android libraries and frameworks.

Experience with iOS frameworks such as Core Data, Core Animation, etc.

Experience with offline storage, threading, and performance tuning.


There is no education substitution for this position.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Evaluation Factors (Competencies)

For this position, individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the competencies listed below:

Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Attention to Detail: Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

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.

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 service.

Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance on information; uses sound judgement to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered “well-qualified” if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors – please see “Other Information” section

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Drug test required


Position sensitivity and risk

Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action” which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility. *WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

  • Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.
  • Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here.

The following documents are required if applicable:

  • Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.
  • DD-214 – verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran’s preference)
  • Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents – Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

(a) Former Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) OR Current or Former Peace Corps Employees (PCE)

(b) Military Spouses (MISP)

  • Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.



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.

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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

Federal employees – Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

Land & base management

Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

Military spouses

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista


Clarification from the agency

Current/former Federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility in the local commuting area; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles; Veterans’ Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligible; Eligible military spouses; Certain current or former or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency; Certain Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista eligibles.

About Company

Company: US Department of Labor – 4.0

Company Location:  Washington, DC

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