IT Specialist

Department of Agriculture   Kansas City, MO 
$40,871 – $64,995 a year
PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at 11:59pm ET on the closing date, or at 11:59pm ET on the day we receive the 100th application, whichever comes first. 

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nations natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands. 

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the Department of Agriculture whose mission is to ensure economy, efficiency, and integrity in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and operations through the successful execution of audits, investigations, and reviews. The OIG conducts investigations, audits, and reviews to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and mismanagement of USDA programs and operations. 

This position serves as an IT Specialist (INFOSEC) for planning and conducting audits of USDA agencies’ IT systems and resources and will provide assistance in the planning, analysis, development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of information systems security programs, policies, procedures, and tools in order to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of system, networks, and data. 


Public Notice will be used to fill vacancies through OPMs Direct Hire Authority 

. The “rule of three”, veterans preference, category rating and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy. For more information on OPMs authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit 


Additional selections may be made within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement. 


The IT Specialist (INFOSEC) will perform the following duties: 

Performs a variety of technical auditing assignments associated with Information Technology systems, structured to provide the incumbent with experience in the application of IT auditing principles, procedures, and techniques 

Conducts Analyst work relating to developing and executing IT audit policies and programs; conducting IT audits; or conducting activities related to the detection of fraud, waste, and abuse 

Identifies unusual or questionable practices, procedures, or operations regarding system issues, vulnerability, applications, databases, and other efforts to improve the performance and availability of all USDA products and systems 

Participates in the formulation and drafting of an IT audit report and presents findings to supervisors, team leads, and agency officials 

Ensures adequate security considerations are built into new applications and systems in accordance with applicable Federal laws and mandates 

Provides continuous monitoring of OIG systems by performing analysis, tuning, and maintenance for various information security technologies 

Participates in developing and reporting on the economy and efficiency of agency and program operations 

Supervisory Status 


Promotion Potential 


Travel Required 

Occasional Travel 

Less than 10% travel 

Relocation Authorized 


Who May Apply 

This job is open to… 

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. 

Questions? This job is open to 1 group. 

Job Requirements 

Job Requirements 

Key Requirements 

US Citizenship is required. 

Pre-employment Screening Assessment is required. 

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. 

A one (1) year probationary period MAY be required. 

Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized. 


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. 


Specialized Experience for GS-07:
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service which includes working as a trainee IT Specialist performing basic IT audit tasks or duties, or shadowing a coworker in the examination of routine IT system documents, files, or casework. 

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience:
GS-07: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service. 

Specialized experience is defined as working as a trainee Information Technology Specialist performing basic IT audit tasks or duties, or shadowing a coworker in the examination of IT systems, related documents, files, and/or casework. 

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience:
One full year of graduate level education that demonstrates the competencies of the position. 

OR Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience:
To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12. 

OR Superior Academic Achievement:
Applicants who meet the criteria for S.A.A. as evidenced by one of the following three methods: in the upper third of their graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, based on completed courses; OR have a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two (2) years of the curriculum, or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the applicants major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two (2) years of the curriculum; OR the applicant is a member in one of the national scholastic honor societies. 


Specialized Experience for GS-09: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. 

Specialized experience is defined as experience in applying knowledge of IT security principles of an organization’s IT infrastructure to be able to identify and/or detect the efficacy of security and control systems. Performs relatively simple IT audit steps and tasks such as examining routine IT documents and procedures, preparing simple summaries and schedules, and organizing work paper files. Performs IT information security work to provide assistance with identifying 

tools ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of system, networks, and data. 

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience:
A Masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. with major study in accounting, auditing, or related discipline may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. 

To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. 

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: 


In addition to the minimum qualifications stated above, to qualify for this position you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below: 

Attention to Detail 

  • Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail;

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;

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;

Problem Solving 

  • Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work. Federal employees in the competitive service are subject to the Time in Grade Requirements (TIG) in accordance with 5 CFR 300.64. You must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the GS grade level or equivalent you are applying to. 


The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled. 

Qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the job announcement. 


. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: 

If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. 


– Your Social Security Number is required under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your record from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from your employers, schools, banks, and other who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed. 


– This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Management Division, Work/Life Programs, at 202-720-0966. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. 


– The Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, political affiliation, union, or non-union affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or any other non-merit factors. 

Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. 

If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS “E-VERIFY” system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment. 

Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry. 

Security Clearance 

Top Secret 

Additional Information 
Additional Information 

What To Expect Next 

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at 

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The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at: 

Other Information 

  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL or ICTAP eligibility see 

. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. 

  • This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
  • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: 

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