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It Specialist Application Software

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U.S. Department of Justice, Offices, Boards and Divisions

$96,970.00 to $148,967.00

Washington, DC

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$96,970 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 13 - 14

Work schedule


Appointment type



1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)




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Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!

The National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for coordinating the Department's efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for developing, enforcing, and supervising the application of all federal criminal laws related to the National Counterterrorism and Counterespionage enforcement programs, except those specifically assigned to other DOJ divisions. NSD also serves as the Department's liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC), including when the USIC appears before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In addition, NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of National Security Policy.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), National Security Division, is seeking to hire a highly qualified Information Technology Specialist (APPSW) within the Executive Office to provide multiple and varying assignments in the area of Information Technology.

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Performs advanced and complex Litigation Support systems design, development, test and implementation of substantially new applications of IT and litigation support technology to meet specialized, unique, or unprecedented litigation support needs.

Plans and designs new and improved litigation support systems to meet the needs of customer requirements.

Plans, creates and coordinates litigation support services (including trial preparation and presentation) in response to customer needs.

Maintains division-wide responsibility for testing, quality assurance, configuration, installation, implementation, maintenance and management of Litigation Support resources used for the transmission of information in data voice and/or video format.

Performs daily operations and maintenance of COTS Litigation Support Software (e.g. Relativity).

Ensures data integrity to include availability, consistency and durability.

Analyzes, defines and creates case database and litigation support specifications.

Installs, configures, and maintains litigation support equipment.

Develops standards and procedures for applications.

Plans and coordinates efforts with other agencies involved in litigation team activities.

Diagnoses and resolves problems in response to customer reported incidents.

Installs, configures, troubleshoots and maintains customer hardware and software.

Provides for customer training including orientation for new users.

Assesses and provides feedback on problematic trends and patterns in customer support requirements.

Provides recommendations to resolve cited problems.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

2210 Information Technology Management



Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing

Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable

May require completion of one year probationary period

YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire. Failure to provide support may result in an ineligible rating. Your latest resume submitted for this vacancy announcement will be used to determine qualifications and supersedes previous submissions.

YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience, as identified below.

You must have demonstrated IT-related experience in each of the four Basic Competencies listed below: Failure to address the Basic Competency Requirement may result in ineligibility.

1. Attention to Detail - Works independently to produce software development work products including Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) artifacts that are complete and accurate.

2. Customer Service - Establishes and maintains ongoing healthy working relationships with information technology management, peers, internal or external stakeholders and/or customers regarding the creation or maintenance of software system; remains courteous when discussing highly sensitive or controversial information; effectively handles situations involving a high degree of tension or discomfort.

3. Oral Communication - Communicates, explains or defends complex software architectures, designs or implementation strategies clearly and adapts to the audiences level of knowledge.

4. Problem Solving - Uses logic to identify alternatives to solve complex or sensitive software development problems; as well as leverages logic and knowledge of software development systems to anticipate and resolve potential problems before they occurs.


To qualify for the GS-13 level: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service performing the following: 1) Applying software design concepts and methods in support of new or existing application software using tools such as Microsoft application development concepts, structures, and programming syntax; (2) Assuring software and systems quality and functionality; (3) Integrating hardware and software components to include ensuring all has been set to conform with security guidelines, regulations and standard operating procedures; and (4) Experience applying project management principles and methods sufficient to lead multi department wide programs and IT disciplines.

To qualify for the GS-14 level: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service performing the following: 1) Applying software design concepts and methods in support of new or existing application software using tools such as Microsoft application development concepts, structures, programming syntax, and Service Oriented Architecture; (2) Providing technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other customers on IT software and/or critical issues; (3)Designing user interfaces; translating; and (4) Leading IT project management to include applying principles and methods sufficient to support multi department wide programs and IT disciplines.

Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:

DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: 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.

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to, and reference Federal Career Opportunities in the subject line. Additional information is found at:

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be separated from the military under honorable conditions and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Record of Military Service), in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):

Software Development

Information Systems Strategy and Planning

Project Management

Please Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 90 days after the HR office issues the selection certificate.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Required Documents

Required Documents

Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume showing relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained. 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. (cover letter optional).

Veteran documentation, (if applicable)

SF-50 (most recent career/career conditional, if applicable); or for reinstatement to Federal service purposes, the SF-50 that shows you have acquired competitive status.

CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable)

Schedule (A) Documentation (if applicable)

Your Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

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.



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.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

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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 online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 01/25/2018 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application. ~

Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (

), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the Human Resources Office. Please contact Arin Latney at or (202) 616-3818 ~ to obtain an alternative application.

Agency contact information

Arin Latney


(202) 616-3818



National Security Division

145 N Street NE

Room 9W.300

Washington, DC


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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. We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Legal and regulatory guidance

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 Justice, Offices, Boards and Divisions
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To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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