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Polygraph Quality Assurance Officer - Full Performance Level

Company: National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
Location: Chantilly
Posted on: January 20, 2023

Job Description:

For sixty years, the NRO has developed, acquired, launched and operated the satellites that are the foundation for America's advantage and strength in space. Using a diversified architecture of spacecraft, NRO collects and delivers the best space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance content on the planet.
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Basic Eligibility For A Position With The NRO

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug testing
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph examinations
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    Where You Will Work
    This position serves as a Polygraph Quality Assurance Officer in the Chantilly, VA Polygraph Office. The incumbent conducts technical and comprehensive reviews of polygraph examinations administered by all NRO polygraph examiners. Examiners must ensure polygraph examinations strictly comply with legal, regulatory, and NRO security requirements. The primary focus of the NRO Polygraph Program (NPP) is on initial and aperiodic Counterintelligence Scope Polygraphs (CSP). Other testing requirements include Full Scope Polygraph (FSP) examinations and Specific Issue Polygraph (SIP) examinations relevant to SEAD 4 Personnel Security Standards. All examinations require case file analysis, interviewing, elicitation of information, and report writing. A pre-requisite is prior federal polygraph experience and certification, and prior completion of training at the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA).
    The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes via a continuous announcement for consideration against current and future opportunities for Full Performance (GG-13) Polygraph Quality Assurance Officer, occupational series 0080. For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) occupational series, click
    Your resume may be considered for other positions which your skills and experience may be a good match.
    This is a full-time position that is open from December 28, 2022 to January 18, 2023. Resumes must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on January 18, 2023.
    Who May Apply
    • This position is open to the public.
    • Federal government employees MUST currently be at the grade level or higher as indicated in this announcement. This is NOT a promotion opportunity for current Federal government employees. If selected for the position, Federal government employees will transition laterally at their current grade level and step.
    • Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.
    • The NRO is only accepting external applicants for this job announcement. Current NRO Cadre employees should apply internally.
      What You Will Be Doing
      • Serves as an experienced polygraph examiner and is required to execute tasks and projects within provided references and supervision. Functions as a federally certified polygraph examiner, reviewing and conducting examinations ranging from the apparently innocuous to the complex.
      • The Quality Assurance Reviewer conducts detailed reviews of polygraph examinations of potentially highly sensitive issues relating to national security methods and approaches. The incumbent ensures that polygraph examinations comply with federal and organizational directives and policies designed to meet customers' needs for adjudication. The incumbent conducts examinations of high profile examinees, specialized tests following unresolved examinations, and addition provides quality assurance support to field office supervisors of final products being submitted for adjudication.
      • The incumbent researches, interprets, analyzes and applies DoD Directive (DoDD) 5210.48; DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5210.91, Security Executive Agent Directive (SEAD) 4, NRO Directives (ND) and PSD policies relating to polygraph and personnel security. Balances workload and provides advice and guidance on a wide range of personnel security and administrative issues. Reviews available documents to assess the best course of action for polygraph testing.
      • The employee advises the Supervisor (s) of significant issues and problems related to work accomplishment, and follows-up to ensure complete and quality resolution of discrepancies. The incumbent suggests improvements to policy and practices to enhance the quality, timeliness, and the efficiency of the work performed: Protects classified materials through use of sound security practices for ensuring the safeguarding of classified information.
      • Performs other duties as assigned.
        What You Need
        • The candidate must be a current federally certified Polygraph Examiner with at least two years of experience as Polygraph Examiner. Once certified the candidate must meet the minimum standards for DoD Certification continuation as a Polygraph Examiner.
        • Knowledge of Counterintelligence, Full Scope, and Specific Issue polygraph principles and practices supporting the Office of Security and Counterintelligence.
        • Knowledge of safety and security regulations, practices, and procedures.
        • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
        • Knowledge of security practices for ensuring the safeguarding of classified information.
        • Skill in applying data-gathering, analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and resolve issues concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of program policy and operations; and to demonstrate the ability to analyze, plan, and adjust individual work to meet program requirements and objectives within available resources.
          Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform and is typically in or directly related to the duties of the position as described above. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
          Other Information
          • A Bachelor's degree from a four year college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education
          • Overtime Statement: MAY be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
          • Travel Statement: MAY be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments.
          • Financial Disclosure: MAY be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.
          • Geographic Mobility Agreement: MAY be subject to directed reassignment as required to address mission effectiveness, and/or career development.
          • Information Assurance (IA): Must achieve the appropriate IA certification within six months of assignment.
          • Emergency Essential: Certain positions MAY be deemed emergency essential and incumbents must be willing to meet all position requirements.
            Chantilly, VA
            2023 salary range for the Washington, DC area:
            GG-13: $112,364 - $145,617
            Upon successful completion of PDD training at NCCA:
            GG-13: $118,702 - $153,871
            • This position is a Full Performance level DCIPS position. The NRO is accepting applications from U.S. Citizens and current federal government employees for this position. To qualify for the position, federal government employees MUST currently be at the GG-13 grade level and may ONLY apply for a lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step. Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.
              Hiring Incentives
              The NRO may offer hiring incentives and other entitlements at management's discretion.
              Trial Period
              All new
              Veterans' Preference
              DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Vol 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 USC, you must submit documents verifying your eligibility upon request.
              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.
              Reasonable Accommodation Policy
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              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.
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