Personnel Security Specialist (PSS) – Grade 5 in Washington, DC at General Dynamics Information Technology

Date Posted: 8/15/2019

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GDIT is seeking a Personnel Security Specialist (PSS) in support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Security Division. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s mission is to s to protect and defend the United States, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.  The Security Division is responsible for background investigations and adjudications of FBI personnel, contractors, white house staff members, and presidential appointees.

Personnel Security Specialist (PSS) – Grade 5Job Description:

Personnel Security Specialists provide direct support to the government security program by participating in the investigation, review and analysis of the background investigations of personnel who require a security clearance or access to federal space or IT systems.  Personnel Security Specialists are familiar with legislation, policies and procedures and are able to make written adjudicative recommendations to grant, deny or revoke access or eligibility to classified materials or spaces. 

Responsibilities:Acts as a leader for a team of personnel security professionals
  • Prioritize assignments and create schedules to meet deadlines
  • Review and analyze requests for investigations concerning security clearances, reciprocity, requirements, violations, and assessments
  • Conduct exhaustive and extensive checks in accordance with the FISs, Federal guidelines, policies and procedures. Demonstrate innovative and imaginative approaches to problem solving that adds to the quality and quantity of relevant data recovered in assigned cases.
  • Prepare in-depth summaries of data obtained and determined to be pertinent or relevant to a case at hand and compose necessary correspondence to appropriate Field Offices (FOs) for initiation of an investigation. Provide detailed outlines of background of individual case and information developed from extensive initial research and of the subsequent analysis of same. Define security vulnerabilities, set forth specific recommendations for the initiation of investigations, recommend leads which are to be addressed and followed, and advise of any restricting regulations, instructions, or information which may hamper the investigation.
  • Recommend and then coordinate the execution of polygraph examinations and/or interviews to be conducted based upon acute analysis of all data developed. Compose appropriate communications to pertinent agency divisions and FOs to initiate same, providing detailed justification as to recommendations that same be carried out and setting forth any specific instructions which should be followed in regard to same (i.e., particular areas in question which need to be addressed / resolved; special qualifications desired of interviewer; sensitive areas to avoid; and the like).
  • Analyze the results of investigations to include results of interviews and polygraph examinations to ensure that all issues have been resolved, that gaps in information have been adequately covered, and that areas of concern have been completely addressed in order to efficiently and effectively support a determination of an individual's eligibility for access to national security information as defined in the SEAD 4 or access to agency spaces.
  • Coordinate and correlate investigative activity, information gathering, and matters of mutual interest between FOs, Legal Attaches, other Government agencies, and private industry. Make appropriate contacts, either written or telephonically, to provide guidance, obtain and relay information, identify specific objectives, and help resolve complex problems, and / or conflicting information which may otherwise impede the successful accomplishment of efficient, effective, and complete information gathering. Remain alert to, correlate information regarding, and identify undesirable trends; keep Government lead informed of such developed information.
  • Request, receive, scrutinizes and analyze Investigative files and related material to determine, isolate, develop and extract all possible identifying or linking information, matching records, questionable / overlapping elements, and viable avenues of investigative pursuit which could have a bearing on individual's ability to hold a security clearance. Analyze material to develop and detect misrepresentations of facts, any criminal, immoral, or suspicious conduct, any signs of mentally disabling illness, indications of any type of association with hostile intelligence individuals, organizations, or persons of known or suspected questionable character, or fragments of information which furnish reason to sustain suspicion that the subject could be a security risk and / or significant target for coercion.
  • Conduct critical analysis of incoming material / correspondence outlining possible serious and / or very sensitive security concerns relating to the most complex security assessment issues for the purpose of determining merit for granting, continuing, and / or revoking security clearances and access authorizations.
  • Correlate and assimilate all data obtained and developed, prepare a formal written analysis of the security concerns, vulnerabilities, risks, and their resolutions. Provide thorough consideration to information developed, degree of security risk involved, special staffing requirements/hiring needs of the agency at the time, individual's specialized qualifications and the 'whole-person' concept, provide recommendation for proper adjudication decision on a case-by-case basis as to the approval, denial, or revocation of security clearance and / or access authorization which will ultimately lead to the firing or retention of an individual, as well as, any necessary remedial administrative action or precautionary measures to meet the minimum standards to obtain / maintain a security clearance / access authorization.
  • Provide an in–depth risk analysis of high risk (potentially serious or high impact) investigations so that the Government lead can make a security and suitability determination
  • As required, advise of the need for follow-on actions and / or participate in and / or conduct security briefings as individual situations require.
  • Ensure that all employees and contractors are properly advised of potential security-risks / vulnerabilities in which approved level of security clearance / access authorizations may expose them to and follow through to ensure individuals are properly debriefed as necessary.
  • Ensure all correspondence going to Unit Chiefs and/or higher-level executives for informational purposes reflect soundness of judgment and are in compliance with agency policy and procedures.
  • Participate in the formulation, preparation and direction of new and revised rules, regulations, guidelines, processes and procedures in relation to the personnel security programs. Provide recommendations and suggestions affecting personnel security program missions, reviewing program material and provide feedback to the Security Officer to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of programmatic goals and operations.
  • Engage with internal and external customers on personnel security to ensure the assigned program / project is fully integrated; leverage current threat intelligence to enhance or modify procedures.
  • Review cases and routine correspondence to the FOs and / or outside agencies prepared by specialists for transmittal authorization by Government lead.
  • Coordinate with agency divisions on foreign nexus / concerns to exploit intelligence for the purpose of making adjudicative determination recommendations
  • Provide on –the-job training, instruction, guidance and advice to lower-grade specialists; assist in the resolution of issues and other problems being encountered during processing of cases. Assist Unit Chiefs, supervisors, and / or the Government Program Manager to provide continuing direction and assistance to other specialists for case(s) particularly sensitive and / or complex in nature; such cases may be reassigned to incumbent to resolve and complete
  • Independently develop various types of manuals, forms, instructions, and the like, to facilitate operation of the Security Program. Participate in special projects such as planning the implementation of new or revised programs
  • Ensure cases are handled in compliance with agency and department directives, regulations and instructions
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting Federal background investigations relating to suitability and security standards and processing clearance documentation in preparation for adjudication
  • Detailed knowledge of DOJ regulations regarding personnel security process
  • Experience with running and interpreting record checks in various Federal LE and IC IT systems
  • Distribution and maintenance of personnel security files and responsibility for security of program data and materials
  • Experience performing multiple office administrative tasks and support functions dealing with databases queries, filing, processing mail and performing audits as well as proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products
  • Thorough knowledge of the indices systems, various record check systems, and file review processes to develop and extract the most complete and accurate information relative to the subject as possible
  • Demonstrated analytical ability to extensively analyze various types of materials, including investigative reports and other sources of information to identify security vulnerabilities; to develop investigative leads; to propose a recommendation as to the approval, denial, or revocation of eligibility for access to national security information based on the application of the appropriate adjudicative standards
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills to conduct interviews and security briefings, discuss analysis and opinion in a concise, logical and objective manner, and prepare written communications setting forth analyses and recommendations
  • Demonstrated understanding of the following security guidelines
    • Federal Investigative Standards (FIS)
    • Security Executive Agent Directives (SEAD)
    • Executive Orders (EO)
  • U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (US CFR)
  • Previous experience in security leadership role
Education and experience:
  • Advanced Degree preferred
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the personnel security investigative or investigative analyst field to include developing and writing reports of investigation that form the basis for creation of investigative and/or adjudicative record
  • Ten (10) plus years of experience in the personnel security field preferred
  • Prior security management experience preferred
  • NST-compliant investigation or adjudication training required
  • Current TS security clearance and must be capable of obtaining SCI access that includes a requirement to pass a security CI polygraph exam
For more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology has served as a trusted provider of information technology, systems engineering, training, and professional services to customers across federal, state, and local governments, and in the commercial sector. Over 40,000 GDIT professionals deliver enterprise solutions, manage mission-critical IT programs, and provide mission support services worldwide. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.','industry