<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This Senior Level (SL) vacancy is for a Telecommunications Advisor in the Office of Audit and Evaluation (OAE), located at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Office of Inspector General (OIG), in Washington, DC. As the Telecommunications Advisor, you will serve as the senior adviser responsible for performing telecommunications oversight duties related to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The Telecommunications Advisor:<br /> <ul> <li>Provides operational direction to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) on wireless, satellite, broadband and spectrum related projects within the Department of Commerce (DOC), providing expert opinion on telecommunications engineering policy and performance issues. Reviews technical publications and attends technical committee meetings. Leads briefings to Inspector General and other personnel on data obtained from these meetings and publications.</li> <li>Serves as Senior Advisor to auditors performing audits in conformance with Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book). Provides data to support oversight planning, audit conclusions, findings, and recommendations and ensures that necessary information is contained within audit working papers. Provides leadership and training to OIG auditors on technical reviews related to telecommunications programs, including documentation reviews, technology assessments, system performance tests, network design, equipment use, and inventory management systems.</li> <li>Reviews contractor and subject matter documentation to build, operate, and maintain the NPSBN. Prepares recommendations for public audit or evaluative OIG reports and briefings concerning actions for approving or modifying basic system plans.</li> <li>Reviews National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and related programs, among other things. The objectives of the reviews are to (1) assess how effectively NTIA and FirstNet are implementing their programs, including management controls, contractor oversight, and program office staffing and (2) assess FirstNet's efforts to ensure the design, construction, operation, and future upgrades of the NPSBN.</li> <li>Reviews system cost studies, which include estimates of engineering costs and construction costs of proposed systems or system upgrades. Reviews reports with details on proposed grade of service, building plans, subscriber equipment, wireless telecommunications equipment, and outside plant facilities. Assesses pricing information used for evaluating bids. Makes recommendation for OIG reports regarding the award and modification of contracts and approval of force account methods of construction and installation.</li> <li>Analyzes specifications for conformance to contract terms, basic system plans, correct engineering applications, appropriate best practices, adequacy of proposed facilities, and compliance with environmental requirements. Makes recommendations for OIG reports on budget control of construction and engineering funds of grantees and contractors, for engineering analysis of requisitions for advances, for reviewing final inventories of completed construction, and for reviewing final statements of engineering fees.</li> <li>Reviews correspondence and other communications regarding approval or modification of plans and specifications, the work performed by field personnel pertaining to OIG audits of the NPSBN such as system design, preparation of plans and specifications, delivery and inspection of contract artifacts, and technical operation and maintenance matters.</li> <li>Leads in providing technical support for all complaints, including but not limited to complaints to the OIG Hotline received by OIG related to Commerce telecommunications programs.</li> <li>As required, takes a lead role in drafting responses to inquiries from Congress. This could include the briefing of and testifying before members and staff on issues relating to program status, findings, responses to member concerns, and potential legislation. Responsible for contributing to the preparation of written testimony and responding to questions.</li> <li>Provides advice and assistance to OIG auditors, evaluators and consulting engineers concerning the engineering construction and technical operation and maintenance of NPSBN communications systems and facilities. Reviews and recommends changes to policy directives and staff instruction, as necessary.</li> <li>As required, makes site visits to provide engineering expertise to field auditors to verify that the technologies and equipment selected is adequate and is meeting the intended objectives of the projects.</li> <li>Provides OIG leadership in the following additional areas related to telecommunications: discussions with federal /nonfederal stakeholders and other organizations such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO); and, development of departmental guidelines for technical reviews, risk assessments, fraud indicators in equipment purchases and product substitutions.</li> <li>As needed, provides similar leadership for audits and reviews of other Departmental programs (e.g., NIST's Communications Technology Laboratory, NOAA satellite programs), including technical support for system reviews, network design and technology selections, system performance testing of equipment, and assessments of inventory management systems and other Commerce programs.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional domestic travel may be required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> Yes <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 00 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen.</li> <li>You must be registered with Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).</li> <li>Selectee must be able to obtain a Secret security clearance.</li> <li>Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).</li> <li>If your resume is incomplete, you will not be considered for this vacancy.</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>All applicants must be U.S. citizens by the closing date.</strong><br /><br />To be found minimally qualified, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities under the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs).<br /><br />As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service.<br /><br />Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience </strong>includes, for example, responsibility for serving as a senior advisor to auditors performing audits in conformance with Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book); providing data to support oversight planning, audit conclusions, findings, and recommendations and ensures that necessary information is contained within audit working papers; providing operational direction on wireless, satellite, broadband and spectrum related projects; providing expert opinion on telecommunications engineering policy and performance issues; providing leadership and training to auditors on technical reviews related to telecommunications programs, including documentation reviews, technology assessments, system performance tests, network design, equipment use, and inventory management systems; reviewing technical publications and attending technical committee meetings.<br /><br /><strong>PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs) </strong><br /><br /><strong>All applicants must address the following in writing with their application:</strong> <br /><br /><strong>PLEASE LIMIT YOUR RESPONSES TO NO MORE THAN 2 PAGES PER PTQ.</strong><br /><br /><strong>PTQ1</strong> – <strong>Demonstrated expert knowledge of key technical issues regarding telecommunications engineering policy and related performance issues.</strong><br /><br /><strong>PTQ2 – Demonstrated ability to meet and reach consensus on complex issues with individuals, groups, and high-level officials within and outside the agency, and the ability to appropriately support the position of the organization when disagreements occur.</strong><br /><br />Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet these basic qualification requirements and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.<strong><br /></strong><br />You must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive. To be considered for this position, all applicants must address each of the Professional Technical Qualifications listed above. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.<br /><br /><strong>Time-in-grade requirements do not apply to SL positions, so applicants do not need to have spent a certain period of time at the GS-15 or equivalent level.</strong><br /><br />Veterans' preference applies to Senior Level positions and will be applied accordingly.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>The selectee will be subject to random drug testing and will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement upon entrance and on an annual basis thereafter</strong><strong>. </strong><br /><br />Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.<br /><br />Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp . CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:<br /><br />1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;<br /><br />2. A copy of your latest SF-50 – noting current position, grade level, and duty location;<br /><br />3. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.<br /><br />The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: * Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) * Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) <br /><br />The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.<br /><br />If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses to the PTQs that you completed as part of the application and place you in one of three pre defined categories.<br /><br />These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume must support your responses to the PTQs, or your category will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.<br /><br />How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) for all positions except for Professional and Scientific positions at the grade 9/ band II and above.<br /><br /><strong>We will evaluate you on the following competencies: </strong><br /><br />- In-depth knowledge of telecommunications and major systems acquisition, engineering design, modification or maintenance of communication equipment, state-of-the-art telecommunications technology.<br /><br />- Senior level capability and experience to take complicated technical issues and brief them to non-technical people at all levels, including OIG, the Department and Congress.<br /><br />- Senior level capability and experience in providing leadership and technical guidance.<br /><br />- Senior level capability to perform cost estimation and review management controls and contractor oversight.<br /><br />- Ability to maintain good working relationships with other federal government departments or external organizations.<br /><br />- Ability to plan, manage, and conduct evaluations of telecommunications projects and to work in multi-disciplinary teams.<br /><br />- Ability to perform detailed analyses and write coherent, understandable reports that accurately and convincingly convey problems and provide recommendations and solutions.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />A complete application consists of the following: <br /><br /><strong>A narrative statement separately addressing each of the mandatory Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs).</strong><br /><br /><strong>*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. </strong>A resume which thoroughly and accurately reflects relevant experience, training, education, awards, etc. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. <br /><br /><strong>*Veterans' Preference documentation. </strong>If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 OR Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, VA letter, SF-15 (revised October 2013), etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . <strong>*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, </strong>if applicable. See the "Other Information" section. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.