IT Specialist (INFOSEC) - Direct Hire Authority

Department Of Energy Washington, DC
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than a top 5 agency? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

FERC's role is to oversee various aspects of the energy industry, including transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. We also analyze proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines and license hydropower projects. To help support the modernization of the electric system here in the U.S., we are focusing on issues associated with a smarter grid.

Our employees gain valuable work experience that provides them with the career boost that they are seeking. We need people like you to help us move the industry forward and continue to shape the future of energy policy. Join us and help make a difference!

This position is included in the bargaining unit.

Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.

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This position is located in the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security. The Office provides leadership, expertise, and assistance to the Commission in identifying, communicating, and seeking comprehensive solutions to significant potential cyber and physical security risks to the energy infrastructure under the Commission's jurisdiction. The Office will both formulate and make recommendations for Commission action and undertake collaborative engagement with other federal and state agencies and the energy industry to work to identify and communicate risks and vulnerabilities to this nation's energy infrastructure and assist with the development of collaborative mitigation actions to minimize such risks.

As an IT Specialist in OEIS you duties will include:

* Analyze policies and practices for the development and implementation of protection mechanisms for the cyber-security of energy infrastructure necessary for a reliable interconnected national power system and facilitate processes to engage Office leadership and staff in policy development.

* Perform analyses related to cyber-security of SCADA systems affecting the national energy infrastructure.

* Assist with the implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities; e.g., intrusion detection or access authentication programs, coordinate the implementation of security programs across platforms, and establish vulnerability reporting criteria.

* Identify security requirements and issues and provide technical support on cyber-security as it affects energy infrastructure and critical assets.

* Obtain and maintain familiarity with cyber-security systems and industry standards used to protect critical energy infrastructure. Support FERC staff in development and enforcement of the cyber-security component of reliability standards.

* Assist in the development of improved software and other measures that facilitate secure and effective energy infrastructure operations.

* Perform special studies and analyses, with emphasis on cyber-security, and regulatory systems and procedures employed by the Office in the execution of its regulatory responsibilities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some Travel Required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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* Job family (Series)

2210 Information Technology Management

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be a U.S. Citizen.

* Must meet specialized experience.

* One year probationary period may be required.

* Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.

* A background investigation is required.

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund 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.


This announcement will be used to fill vacancies through OPM-authorized government-wide Direct Hire Authority. Category rating, veteran's preference, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply for this vacancy. For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit

Candidates must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 level. Required specialized experience is defined as Expertise or coursework in areas related to Communications Security Management, Standards Compliance, Computer Network Defense, Configuration Management, Data Management, Encryption, Hardware, Information Assurance, Information Systems Security Certification, and Information Systems/Network Security. Specific experience with energy infrastructure transmission and distribution systems, control systems, SCADA, or programmable logic controllers is desirable.



The following is a link to the full qualification standards as prescribed by OPM: Information Technology Specialist

Education can be substituted for experience. To be eligible for the GS-9, you must show possession of a master's degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate eduation leading to a master's degree or equivalent gradute degree.

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