This opportunity is also open to Status eligibles under Announcement 20-HUD-1822. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

This position is located in the Office of Administration.

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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As a Physical Security Specialist, you will:

  • Provide close personal protection to a Presidential Cabinet member [SOHUD] or designated official.
  • Establish and maintain effective liaison with local, state, federal, and foreign law enforcement representatives, working closely to acquire or exchange protective intelligence information, updates security and movement plans, secures cooperation, assistance and/or additional security resources, vehicle assets, weapon and foreign country clearances, local security, coordinates joint activities, assignments and operations, and identify and resolve related problems. Coordinate dignitary and VIP visits to HUD.
  • Has face-to-face or telephone contact with Presidential Cabinet Members, Members of Congress, State Governors, Mayors, Internationally recognized representatives of the news media and other high level officials, and/or dignitaries.
  • Advise and consult the Director, PSD concerning the results of administrative inquiries and investigations and assesses the impact thereof upon the security operations and responsibilities of the PSD.

Travel Required

50% or less – Travel may be required up to 40% of the time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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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 resume.

This position is located in the Office of Administration, Protective Services Division, under the Office of Disaster Management and National Security, where you can ignite your career in public policy and information management with the only federal agency dedicated to ending homelessness and building strong, inclusive communities across America. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives the most vulnerable Americans the opportunity to thrive and succeed. HUD's Office of Administration (OA) propels that mission by giving HUD programs what they need to work faster, smarter, and better.

Imagine a government agency where fully digital work flows replace outdated forms and paper-based processes; or where critical information is accessible to those who need it, available for public scrutiny when appropriate, and fully protected from unauthorized access, in real-time. Envision what the government of the future should be: agile, responsive, efficient, accountable. HUD's Office of Administration is making that vision a reality every day, because the vulnerable and homeless deserve no less. Join us in inventing the future of government today.

Successful candidates to this one-of-a-kind team will be versatile leaders who:

    • Enjoy the challenge of a diverse portfolio
    • Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic team environment
    • Are ready to learn and grow through innovation and risk-taking
    • Have a passion for getting it done
    • Welcome opportunities to hone and broaden their subject matter expertise and to advance and diversify their careers at every level

If you are passionate about good government, excited about innovating, craving technology solutions, and want to have fun while having an impact–HUD's Office of Administration is the place for you!

The official duty station for this position will be in Washington, DC. Failure to report to duty at this location may be grounds for a disciplinary action, including removal.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Age Restriction: Minimum Age Limit: An applicant must be at least 21 years of age to enter a position covered by a law enforcement retirement plan. The date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday is the maximum entry age for original appointment to a law enforcement officer position.

This requirement does not apply to a) Preference-eligible veterans; OR b) Individuals who are 37 years of age or older and have previously served in law enforcement officer positions that were covered by a special law enforcement retirement plan.

Medical Requirements:?

The duties of positions in this series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking, prolonged periods of standing, use of firearms, impact weapons, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good distance vision in each eye, correction permitted, to 20/20 is mandatory. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicant must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to him/herself, or others is disqualifying.?

This position requires that you have prior law enforcement certification. Based on this requirement, at the time of appointment you will be required to have completed a certified basic police academy, Federal law enforcement training program, or have been previously deputized as a U.S. Marshall, through the U.S. Marshall Service.

Specialized Experience: For the GS-12, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

– Experience investigating security problems and developing alternative solutions; AND
– Applying risk assessment methods, threat assessment principles and physical security practices in order to make recommendations, plan, evaluate and develop physical security program components for the protection of resources and high-value assets.

For the GS-11, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

-Applying risk assessment methods, threat assessment principles and physical security practices in order to make recommendations, plan, evaluate and develop physical security program components for the protection of resources and high-value assets.
You can qualify based on education which includes Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or an LL.M.; in order to be qualifying, education must be in a related field.
A combination of the following: more than 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree, if related, and experience, may be used to meet total qualification requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.

For the GS-09, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

-Assisting with applying physical security practices in order to make recommendations for physical security program components for the protection of resources and high-value assets;
Education: Master's or equivalent degree in a field related to this position or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to Master's Degree, LL.B. or J.D., if related;

You may qualify by a combination of experience and education.
Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the grade levels specified, and may be computed by first determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent or more to qualify an applicant for that grade level. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants.


Additional information

– We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
– This is a non-bargaining unit position.
– This position is Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
– Recruitment incentive may be offered.
HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

-Incumbents will receive 25% administratively uncontrolled overtime pay (AUO) as compensation for hours of duty that cannot be controlled administratively and which requires substantial amounts of irregular, unscheduled overtime work.

– A one year probationary period may be required.
– 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.
– Possess a valid state motor vehicle operator's license or Commercial Driver's License (CDL) upon appointment and maintain a valid license while you occupy the position.

-If selected for the position, you are required to undergo and pass a physical examination administered by the federal government to receive a final offer of employment.

-Additional requirements: Must qualify with and carry a firearm.

HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on outside employment. To review applicable ethics rules, please visit https: portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/general_counsel/ethics

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 resume 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.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical skills, Analytical skills, and Communication skills. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories: Best Qualified, Better Qualified, and Qualified (Good) depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.

Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 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 resume 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 .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide .

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.

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.

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