U.S. Department of Homeland Security, TSA – Arlington, Virginia

IT Specialist (INFOSEC)


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This Information Technology (IT) Specialist (INFOSEC) position is located in the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Division (IACSD), Focused Operations Branch, Information Technology (IT), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

As an IT Specialist (INFOSEC), SV-2210-J, your typical work assignments may include:

  • Serving as the computer network defense (CND) – incident responder; performing incident triage and analyzing and managing response activities relating to cyber incidents. Planning and directing recovery activities and incident analysis tasks. Overseeing and gathering analysis and preservation of evidence used in the prosecution of computer crimes. Conducting audits of evidence handling and chain of custody procedures.
  • Serving as an advisor on malware analysis and reverse engineering for emerging techniques and products, and recommending appropriate technical strategies in resolving complex and persistent IT security challenges.
  • Conducting analysis of log files, evidence, and other information in order to determine best methods for identifying perpetrator(s). Ensuring chain of custody is followed, and creating forensically sound duplication of the evidence (i.e., forensic image) across multiple types of media and devices. Performing timeline analysis, static media analysis, and file system forensic analysis.
  • Preparing and presenting briefings to senior leadership officials on complex and/or controversial issues.

Travel Required

Not required

Conditions of Employment

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance/SCI.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.
  • See additional “Conditions of Employment” and “Other Information” section

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE:  This position is also being announced through Government Wide procedures under Announcement #HQ-ES-IT-678194-G.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.


FOR ALL IT POSITIONS: To qualify, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. 

  1. Attention to Detail – Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
  2. Customer Service – Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  3. Oral Communication – Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  4. Problem Solving – Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and to make recommendations.

In addition to the requirements for all IT positions, to qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.  Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  For this position, specialized experience is further defined as follows:

1.) applying a variety of systems/computer forensic tools and vulnerability assessment technologies; AND 2.) experience conducting forensic analysis and investigations of security incidents and preparing incident reports; AND 3.) experience developing and implementing computer network defense (CND) policies and guidance.
NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

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.

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.