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IT Specialist (INFOSEC) (USDVA Vacancy Announcement No. 2023-08)
March 13, 2023

Position Title : IT Specialist (INFOSEC)
Opening Period : 03/13/2023 to 03/27/2023
Series/Grade : LS-2210-11-12
Salary : P1,547,209 to P3,335,102 per annum
Appointment type : Permanent (One full time permanent position)
Location : Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Manila Regional Office & Outpatient Clinic
Work Schedule : Full time (40 hours/week) schedule; Monday – Friday
Open to      : All Interested Candidates 

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? 


This IT Specialist (INFOSEC) position is for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA), located in the Office of Information and Technology. The duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Serves as an Information Security Officer the Office of Information and Technology (OIT); Development, Security; and Operations (DevSecOps); End User Operations (EUO); Enterprise Security Services (ESO). 
  • Serves as the primary Information System Security Officer (ISSO) in support of either a VA facility or specified program area of responsibility and reports to either the supervisory Information System Security Manager (ISSM), or District Information Security Director (DISD). 
  • Actively participate in network and systems design to ensure implementation of viable systems security policies and procedures 
  • Conduct systems security evaluations, audits and reviews; and develop Automated Information Systems (AIS) security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures, as part of the local business continuity team 
  • Monitor and track controlled access programs to ensure implementation and viability of appropriate systems security policies, as well as the acquisition of IT security tools 
  • Investigate local AIS programs to identify possible breach of security and/or other violations 
  • Conduct vulnerability analysis and risk assessment studies of planned and installed information systems to assure that local AIS security plans and policies established are adequate for protection needs and comply as required by statute 
  • Acts as the PIV Registrar and Activator for the station and serves as the POC for issues concerning PIV issuance.  
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level, LS-12, without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at the LS-11 grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. The grade progression for this position is LS-11/12. 


To qualify for the IT Specialist (INFOSEC), applicants must address required qualifications listed below by the closing date of this announcement (03/27/2023): 

LS-11 level: 

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience that is directly related to this position that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience would include but are not limited to conducting systems security evaluations and reviews of policy enforcement practices to ensure secure information systems reliability and accessibility; evaluating local Automated Information System (AIS) security program(s) to protect AIS from unauthorized access. 


Education Substitution: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. 

(Transcript of records must be submitted for the education requirement.) 


Combination: A combination of appropriate specialized (ad described above) and education (as described above) to meet the qualification requirement. 

LS-12 level:

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience that is directly related to this position that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience would include but are not limited to developing procedures and conducting systems security evaluations, audits and reviews of policy enforcement practices to ensure secure information systems reliability and accessibility; developing Automated Information Systems (AIS) security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures as part of a local business continuity team.  

Education Substitution  

LS-12 Level: There is no educational substitution for the LS-12 level. 


Applicants will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.  Applicants also need to fully address their specialized experience and the following competencies needed for this position in their resume. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.   

Competency 1. INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY CERTIFICATION: Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for evaluating information systems security features against a set of specified security requirements. Includes developing security certification and accreditation plans and procedures, documenting deficiencies, reporting corrective actions, and recommending changes to improve the security of information systems. 

Competency 2. INFORMATION SYSTEMS/NETWORK SECURITY: Knowledge of methods, tools, and procedures, including development of information security plans, to prevent information systems vulnerabilities, and provide or restore security of information systems and network services. 

Competency 3. INFORMATION ASSURANCE: Knowledge of methods and procedures to protect information systems and data by ensuring their availability, authentication, confidentiality, and integrity. 

Competency 4. COMMUNICATIONS: Effectively expresses information to multiple audiences through clear, convincing oral and written communications; demonstrates logical thinking when describing facts and concepts, and shapes communications to meet the needs of a specific audience; actively listens to others and demonstrates understanding of their comments and/or questions. 


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package to include the documents detailed under the “Required Documents” section. Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified; errors, omissions, or failure to submit the documents and follow the instructions as specified will affect your rating or may result in loss of consideration for this vacancy announcement. 

Required Documents:   

  1. Cover letter describing the applicant’s eligibility, qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities the applicant possesses.
  2. DS-174 – Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff (available from the internet, download the most recent version which expires on 02-28-2023 or click on this link to https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds174.PDF  to download the form.)
  3. Resume detailing your specialized experience and competencies as they relate to this position. 
    1. For each position in your resume, you must also specify the start and end dates (month/year), a description of duties, and whether the duties were performed full-time or part-time. 
    2. If the position was with the Mission, you must indicate the Foreign Service National (FSN) grade level.

      Note: Resumes containing a general summary of all positions held, not specifying start/end dates, full time/part time, and/ or including Foreign Service National (FSN) grade levels) are insufficient to determine basic qualifications, therefore, will not be given consideration for this position.

  4. A copy of your diploma and/or transcript of records.
  5. Copies of your professional licenses and certificates, training, awards, etc. that address the qualification requirements of this position. 
  6. A copy of your most recent end of year performance appraisal JF-50D Merit Based Compensation (MBC) Employee Performance Report (EPR) (applicable to Mission employees only).
  7. For dual citizen, U.S. Citizen and Third Country National (TCN), please note that this position requires submission of necessary working permit (e.g. dual citizenship certificate/Alien Certificate of Registration/Immigrant Certificate of Residence or Re-acquisition of Filipino Citizenship).  Failure to submit the necessary documents may result to your application not being considered for the position you have applied for.


  1. Applicants must submit the “Required Documents” in MS Word/PDF format via email to vamanilahrm@va.gov to be considered. 
  2. The vacancy announcement number and position must be indicated in the subject line of their email submission.
  3. Applications must be received by the VA Human Resource Office no later than March 27, 2023, 11:59PM.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure appropriate documents are submitted prior to the closing date.  You will not be contacted for additional information. 

For more details pertaining to this announcement, please call 8396-3778/ 8550-3901. 



The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. 


After the vacancy announcement closes, basic qualifications are determined and a referral certificate is issued. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job-related information, which may include, but not limited to; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Regardless, you will be notified via e-mail (or hard-copy letter) when a selection has been made for this position. 

Management may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy:  nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.   

Current Locally Employed Staff (LES) employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.   

Current LES employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) and/or who are on Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) are not eligible to apply. 

Applicant/s selected for the position must be able to obtain a valid medical and security clearances. Instructions on how to obtain these clearances will be given by the Human Resources Office. 


The Department of Veterans Affairs is an equal opportunity employer.  Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors that are prohibited by law.  Selection will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, membership or non-membership in an employing organization, personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.