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Intelligence Operations Specialist

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security

$96,970.00 to $126,062.00

Washington, DC

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$96,970 to $126,062 per year

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Washington DC, DC

Washington DC, DC

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Relocation expenses reimbursed


Relocation may be authorized for I&A employees only.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), Counterintelligence Division. The Primary purpose of this position is responsible for conducting counterintelligence activities to identify, deceive, exploit, disrupt, or protect against espionage against other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations, or persons, or their agents or international terrorist organizations or their activities.

Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level.

This is a permanent appointment in the Excepted Service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment may be required to serve a two (2) year trial period.

This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service. Veteran's preference requirements do not apply to Title 50 appointment authority.

All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received.

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.

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As a Intelligence Operations Specialist GS 0132 13, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:

Provides support and management of operations of the DHS Counterintelligence program. Responsible for providing threat and vulnerability analysis and related products. Serves as a subject matter expert on foreign organizations, perceived activities, and capabilities of Foreign Intelligence Entities (FIE) that pose a threat to DHS equities. Conducts counterintelligence research and analysis using automated systems, national level databases, hard copy studies, and open source information. Coordinates development, drafting, writing, production, revision, and completeness of counterintelligence plans, annexes, and associated appendices, as requested. Prepares and maintains all CI-related official plans and documents.

Develops and maintains collaborative information and knowledge sharing networks and builds alliance with colleagues and counterparts within area of responsibility. Initiates and implements change when necessary in partnership with other organizations and balances the need to share sensitive or classified information against the need to protect information. Builds interagency cooperation and facilitates the coordination of resources. Coordinates with Federal, state, and municipal civilian law enforcement counterparts for intelligence fusion and situational awareness of FIE activities for both general awareness and for potential DHS jurisdiction.

Gathers information and conducts activities to protect against espionage and other intelligence activities conducted for or on behalf of FIE. Identifies and advances opportunities to provide CI support to homeland security operations and other sensitive activities.

Employs counterintelligence functional services used to detect, deter, neutralize and exploit FIE activities directed against the DHS. Facilitates requested specialized functional services and applies the capabilities of those services to protect and defend homeland security operations from FIE activities.

Conducts defensive counterintelligence training and awareness for DHS personnel, partners and stakeholders. Independently develops, plans, coordinates, and evaluates counterintelligence training events specific to addressing customer's needs and requirements. Provides comprehensive guidance and direction as it applies to supported elements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overnight Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.

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Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0132 Intelligence



Conditions of Employment

U. S. Citizenship Required.

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/SCI Security Clearance.

You must submit to a pre-employment and random drug test.

Overtime may be required.

Subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph Examination in order to gain and maintain access to sensitive information.


Specialized Experience:

To qualify for a GS-13 position, the candidate must possess at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

The experience must include activities such as 1) The conduct of counterintelligence investigations, collections, operations, and counterintelligence functional services in accordance with the applicable laws, policies and departmental guidance; 2)The analysis of potential threats and vulnerabilities, determination of the level of risk, and development and recommendation of appropriate mitigation countermeasures in support of homeland security operations; 3) The interpretation of specialized datasets or other intelligence regarding a target's technological capabilities and production of intelligence assessments that explain their impact on homeland security operations; and 4) The coordination with internal and external stakeholders to develop new sources of intelligence information.

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

Note: Current Federal employees on a developmental career ladder position under the same series as this announcement: If selected and you advance to the next higher grade level prior to establishment of an entry on duty date, you may be hired at the higher grade level and continue the career ladder progression identified in this announcement.

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

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 or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

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 Employee Benefits.

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

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses may be paid to I&A employees only.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for TOP SECRET/SCI SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this SPECIAL SENSITIVE SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 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.

This position is designated as Emergency Essential. Emergency Essential personnel must be able to serve during a continuity of operation event without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, and acts of terrorism or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the initial issue date of the referral list. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

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

You may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DHS.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire to assign numerical scores on a scale of 100. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements for the position are assigned a rating of 70 or more and are eligible for appointment. The competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:

1. Demonstrated ability to conduct counterintelligence investigations, counterintelligence operations, counterintelligence collection, counterintelligence functional services; coordination and interaction across a broad range of joint and interagency activities and agencies.

2. Professional knowledge of counterintelligence procedures, methodology, techniques, and strategies including but not limited to: counterintelligence investigations, counterintelligence collection, counterintelligence operations, counterintelligence functional services, and technical support and countermeasures.

3. Knowledge of foreign organizations, perceived activities, and capabilities of FIE that pose a threat to DHS equities.

4. Knowledge of DHS Headquarters and Component structure, missions, programs, organizational relationships, and I&A's role within the IC.

5. Skill in developing, designing and conducting solutions to especially broad, important, departmental level operational and program areas.

7. Ability to plan and organize projects where proposals involve substantial resources and require extensive changes in established concepts and procedures.

8. Ability to communicate moderately complex ideas both written and verbally in order to formulate and present findings, briefings, project papers, status reports, and correspondence to foster understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Required Documents

Required Documents

Your résumé.

Your responses to the job questionnaire.

Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.

Are you a current or former Federal employee? You must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows competitive or excepted service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please submit the SF-50 showing the highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. NOTE: An award, general adjustment or detail SF-50 will not be accepted as proof of status.

Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Please provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/19/2018.

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,

, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT be accepted.

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on Application Status, and then click More Information link under the application status for this position.

We expect to make a job offer within several weeks after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear - keeping America safe.

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