Computer Scientist (DIRECT HIRE)
Company: Department Of The Treasury
Posted on: January 26, 2023
WHAT IS THE INFOMRATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)DIVISION?
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Six (6) vacancies will be filled in the following specialty
The following are the duties of this position at the full working
level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are
selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to
learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow
in this position.
Coordinates with computer engineers, systems and applications
developers, project managers and business representatives to ensure
software systems are aligned with IRS goals and complies with the
enterprise architecture, applicable standards, and will transition
to operations and maintenance. Develops detailed integration plans
and strategies to ensure the integration of new software and
technology into the IRS systems.
Provides advice and counsel to executive level managers on major
software engineering issues. Consults and collaborates with other
international experts from industry and other governments to
develop software engineering policies and directions; represents
IRS and the U.S. in national and international technical committees
and consortia as a speaker and participant; and provides counsel on
software engineering to technical experts of other national
Recognized expert in the field of software engineering and is often
sought after by outside authorities for consultations, advice and
guidance in the field of software engineering processes. Maintains
a thorough knowledge of computing technology, relevant research,
industrial trends, project management techniques, Government
requirements, and assesses new and enhanced technologies for
applicability to agency mission needs.
Initiates, directs or conducts pioneering software engineering or
information systems studies which solve major, unexplored issues in
achieving new or previously unattainable capabilities or
Conditions of Employment
* If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed
to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19.
Employees must be within a 200-mile radius of their official
assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal
operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to
perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not
guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework
eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate
in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected
for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your
designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as
directed by management.
* Must be a U.S. Citizen or National and provide proof of U.S.
Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired
U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or
Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240))
* Undergo a review of prior performance/conduct and an income tax
verification. Refer to "Get Your Tax Record" at
to check the status of your account, balance owed, payment history,
make a payment, or review answers to tax questions. If you are not
in compliance, you will be determined unsuitable for employment
* Must successfully complete a background investigation, including
a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
* Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your
suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the
* Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that
requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law
requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of
all new hires in the U.S. These documents must be unexpired
original or certified copies.
Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been
gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service.
One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is
considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work
experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and
indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of
this announcement OR time of referral:
You must have a Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's
degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics,
statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester
hours must have included any combination of statistics and
mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All
academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or
Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the
fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses
designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques
and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other
specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in
teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not
In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for
this position you must also meet the qualification requirements
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-15: Applicants must have one year of
specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility
equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal Service. Examples of
specialized experience includes Experience that demonstrates
professional competence in applying the theoretical foundations of
computer science, including computer system architecture and system
software organization, the representation and transformation of
information structures, and the theoretical models for such
representation and transformations; Specialized knowledge of the
design characteristics, limitations, and potential applications of
systems having the ability to transform information, and of broad
areas of applications of computing which have common structures,
processes, and techniques; and Knowledge of relevant mathematical
and statistical sciences. You must have experience in
Infrastructure Engineering and Design, Engineering solution and
implementation and system capacity analysis. To be qualifying, your
experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the ability to work
complex assignments in security research, acquisition, design,
development and maintenance of information systems, and providing
professional/technical leadership and direction in the conceptual
design, formulation and development of major prototype and
developmental systems or in making extensive modifications and
upgrades to existing systems, taking into account changing
requirements and interfaces, advances in technology, and evolving
For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's
For positions with an education requirement, or if you are
qualifying for this position by substituting education or training
for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An
official transcript will be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited
(or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these
criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or
universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show
proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least
equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.
It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.
* A 1-year probationary period is required.
* Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice
by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
* If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify
that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are
exempt from having to do so.
* We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill
one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
* The salary range indicated in this announcement reflects the
minimum locality pay up to maximum locality pay for all duty
locations listed. The range will be adjusted for selected duty
location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under
Salaries & Wages.
* This is a non-bargaining unit position.
* Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
* Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may
* Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for
This is an open continuous announcement which allows applicants to
apply up to the closing date of the announcement, 01/09/2024. This
announcement will establish an inventory of applicants. Contingent
upon funding and space requirements, one or more vacancies may be
filled at the locations listed in this announcement as they come
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