This position is located in the Office of Human Capital, Department of the Chief Operating Officer, in Washington, DC.
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  • Manages the CNCS Personnel Security Program to ensure that all CNCS employees, contractors, and volunteers meet appropriate federal security requirements. Reviews and coordinates the risk/sensitivity designation for positions requiring access to CNCS facilities, information and/or systems.
  • Manages the processing of security paperwork to ensure agency employees and contractors have or will have the required level of investigation per the designated risk and sensitivity of their position. Reviews completed forms for completeness and accuracy, requests additional information or clarification of provided information, as required.
  • Manages GSA USAccess program to submit required fingerprints and issue agency PIV cards.
  • Upon receipt of completed paperwork, fingerprint results, and final investigations, processes reports as required and takes adjudication actions, including steps when adverse information has surfaced. Recommendations in the case of adverse information may include: 1) steps to clarify information and/or suspend processing of the application until a satisfactory explanation is provided; 2) contacting subject to request additional information; 3) negative adjudication; or 4) other steps, including referral for further investigation.
  • Conducts electronic fingerprint scans on applicants, employees, and contractors through OPM Fingerprint Transmission System or through remote HSPD-12 Enrollment sites, to initiate FBI Name Check and Fingerprint Check, as required.
  • Establishes and maintains tracking systems for background investigations. Prepares special reports related to the overall security program as requested or on a proactive basis.
  • Develops and updates Standard Operating Procedures for the Personnel Security Program.
  • Drafts and/or issues written communications and reports relative to the personnel security program to internal CNCS stakeholders or external federal agencies such as Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) , General Services Administration (GSA), or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Provides guidance and assignments to other staff within the Office of Human Capital (OHC) to carry out the Personnel Security Program activities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees
  • Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
  • Must be telework ready
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation
  • This position is in the excepted service and does not confer competitive status


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the lower range of the NY-03 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes:

  • Initiating and reviewing background investigation forms, using automated personnel security programs/systems daily for input, output analysis and adjudication actions.
  • Experience with Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) Smart Card or issuance of Smart Card Credential processes and systems.
  • Independently adjudicating all designations of pre-employment, national security and suitability cases.
  • Developing and implementing personnel security policies, regulations, directives, standards, and procedures for resolving significant issues or problems in the adjudication of cases;
  • Conducting research to obtain authoritative information concerning matters affecting clearance eligibility and conducting resolution interviews to address all levels of security concern.

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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.


Education cannot be substituted for this position.

Additional information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

Ethics Requirement: Our Agency is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. 201-209) and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Additionally, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of your appointment date and on an annual basis thereafter.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  • Analytical Skill
  • Compliance
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Technical Competence

Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.

Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:

1 – Qualified Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
2 – Well Qualified Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
3 – Best Qualified Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:
1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
  • Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education):
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
  • For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable

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.

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