This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans, Office of Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience (CIRR).

As a Policy Analyst you will provide policy analysis and support the development and coordination of department-wide policy positions on cyber, technology, infrastructure, resilience and risk related topics and other areas of CIRR responsibility to include providing support to the Joint Cyber Coordination Group (JCCG).
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As a Policy Analyst GS 0301 13/14, you will be primarily responsible for advising senior DHS official and CIRR leadership on matters pertaining to cyber, technology, infrastructure, risk and resilience policy. Your typical work assignments may include:

  • Develop and implement national-level cyber, infrastructure, risk and resilience policy, including the analysis of potential impacts of policy options and provision of concise recommendations to leadership on complex policy issues.
  • Plan, schedule, and carry out major projects concerned with the analysis of cyber, technology, infrastructure, risk and resilience policy gaps across organizational components.
  • Conduct analysis of cyber, technology, resilience, risk and infrastructure related topics to identify policy gaps and recommended solutions at the national level and across organizational components.
  • Oversee the development of long-range strategies, priorities, planning documents, operational guidance, and program assessments of related DHS activities.
  • Review, research, and provide input on new and proposed legislation, regulation, and other relevant source materials to develop policy options and/or coordinate activities with other stakeholders to implement actions across an organization's enterprise.
  • Represent DHS policy positions in interagency and other working groups to other departments and agencies, foreign, state and local governments, the private sector, and academia through clear and concise written and oral analysis, recommendations, and evaluations.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret w SCI Security Clearance
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business days open period due to the number of applications received.


Specialized Experience:

To qualify for the GS-13 you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, OR equivalent public or private sector experience. For this position, specialized experience is defined as: 1) Supporting the development and implementation of cybersecurity, technology, infrastructure, or risk policies and/or other related legislative and policy initiatives; 2) Using qualitative/quantitative methods to assess and support work that assist in determining improvements to cybersecurity, technology, infrastructure, resilience, or risk policy programs; 3) Assisting with identifying, evaluating, and recommending implementation of policies; 4) Researching cyber, infrastructure and resilience strategic goals and key program events/milestones to evaluate program accomplishments; and 5) Communicating orally and in writing to prepare complex reports, directives, position papers, policies, and to solicit/present information.

To qualify for the GS-14 you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level, OR equivalent public or private sector experience. For this position, specialized experience is defined as 1) Developing and implementing workable cybersecurity, technology, resilience, risk or infrastructure policies and/or other related legislative and policy initiatives across an organizational enterprise; 2) Using qualitative/quantitative methods to assess and improve cyber, technology, infrastructure, risk or resilience policy programs; 3) Identifying, evaluating, and recommending implementation and/or changes to policies; 4) Determining cyber, technology, infrastructure risk or resilience strategic goals and key program events/milestones to evaluate program accomplishments or alternative approaches to achieve objectives; and 5) Communicating orally and in writing to prepare complex reports, directives, position papers, policies, and to solicit/present information.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service by the closing of this announcement.

Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


Not Applicable

Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12564 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Land Management Eligible: Applicable to Merit Promotion JOAs that are accepting applications from individuals within or outside the agency's workforce. Please include the hiring path for Land and Base Management: Current and former employees of a land management agency who were initially hired at a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10942288 based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:
Analysis of Public Policy Issues, Planning and Evaluating, and Problem Solving

If you are the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire and application, click https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10942288

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must be 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets .

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.

Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. No points will be awarded.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

  • Your resume NOTE: For what to include in the resume, click on the link:
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10942288
  • Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current grade; your highest grade held; your current promotion potential and proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement. Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within-grade increases ands accessions.

  • Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information .
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?
  • Submit the following:
    – A copy of your agency notice,
    – A copy of your most recent performance rating\, and
    – A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location

    8. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?
    Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    – Position title
    – Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
    – Agency
    – Beginning and ending dates of appointment.

    9. Are you applying under special hiring authorities as a military spouse?
    – Provide a copy of your:
    – Marriage certificate, and
    – Your spouse's PCS or A completed SF-15 with supporting documentation.

    10. Are you applying under Schedule A hiring authority for persons with severe disabilities? Provide: Evidence of your intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefit.

    11. You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

    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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