Polygraph Quality Assurance Officer - Full Performance Level
Company: National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
Posted on: January 20, 2023
WE ARE THE NRO
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
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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
- You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug
- You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph
Federal Employee Vaccination Requirement
To ensure compliance with nationwide COVID-19 vaccine protocols,
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
The NRO may offer hiring incentives and other entitlements at
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.
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applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants
requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application
process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity
announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process,
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Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be
made on a case-by-case basis.
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environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
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or receive equal access to job benefits.
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application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
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