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Office of the Secretary of the Interior Personnel Security Specialist in Lakewood, Colorado


This position is part of the IBC HRD Security and Drug and Alcohol Testing Div, Office of the Secretary of Interior, The incumbent will be responsible for providing support , guidance, and assistance in support and administration of the IBC Personnel Security Program.


Reviews IBC Security Clearances and special accesses to include adjudication investigation results and respective documentation related to applicant or employee interviews and final decisions on whether to grant, deny, etc. security clearances.

Advises on procedures to follow for adverse security determinations and employee rights. Makes analytical determinations whether security clearances should be granted, suspended, etc. and advises the applicable office and/or manager.

Adjudicates all public trust positions for suitability. Prepares letters and correspondence regarding adjudication determinations, decisions and request for information from applicants and employees.

Determines and documents position sensitivity levels. Coordinates with IBC, DOI, IBC Contracting Officer Representative and OPM to ensure investigations and clearances are obtained.

Identifies and notifies individuals needing Tier 1 background investigation. Adjudicates suitability and personnel security cases. Safeguards information and is responsible for periodic reporting requirements.

Periodically represents IBC at inter and intra-agency conferences and meetings. Maintains liaison with the Department and with public and private agencies to promote and encourage cooperation and understanding of the IBC Personnel Security Program.

Maintains an operational liaison relationship with all IBC Directorates and/or organizations regarding the position sensitivity designations, proposed or recommended adverse actions related to personnel security matters.


Conditions of Employment


At the GS-09 level, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to: experience working in a Personnel Security Office or Card Credential Facility; experience determining level of and initiation of background investigations for federal and contract positions; experience reviewing background investigation and responding to any questions in resolution of issues; experience requesting and updating Homeland Security Presidential Directive - 12 (HSPD-12) Smart Cards through USAccess or other automated systems; and experience reviewing Low Risk Positions for pre-employment and suitability issues.; OR

B. A master's 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., if related in one of the following fields: Human Resources, Organizational Management, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts (Psychology).; OR

C. A combination of education and experience as listed above. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. A written test is not required. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements. FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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:

Additional Information

Telework Suitability:

The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act. Stipulations of Employment: Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period. This position is subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty, and random drug testing while you occupy the position. Work Schedule: This position allows for a flexible work schedule. Miscellaneous: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement #IBC-21-MP-11081281JM using Merit Promotion procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet the MP requirements and can apply to that announcement. NOTE: You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both. This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days. If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic for, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Applications: