STAFF OPERATIONS SPECIALIST GS 11/12 (Voluntary Rotational Transfer - Counterterrorism) (NCTC, Mclean,VA) (JDA NTE 2 Years)

    • Lenexa, KS

Who May Apply

Open to current, permanent FBI Staff Operations Specialists currently at the GS 11 or GS 12 level only.

Opening Date: 12/16/2020

Closing Date: 09/30/2020 @ 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to:

Vikki Ludwig 304-625-2563 or
Becky Stanley 304-625-4837 or
Eleanor Hoskinson 304-625-3272 or

Job Summary:

Position: Staff Operations Specialist GS 0301 - 11/12

Division: Counterterrorism

Unit: National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

Location: McLean, VA

Working Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Salary: GS - 11: $69,581.00 - $90,461.00

GS - 12: $83,398.00 - $108,422.00

Full Performance level: 12

Number of Positions Available: multiple

Duration: Full Time/Joint Duty Assignment

Relocation expenses associated with the assignment will be borne by the FBI. However, to be eligible for transfer for this canvass, Staff Operations Specialists may not have received a cost or no-cost transfer for at least one year.

Selected candidates, if eligible, may receive a full-cost transfer and may be eligible for a $25,000 relocation incentive, which requires a separate service agreement.

**ATTENTION - Due to the recent passing of the Tax Reform Bill, Commercial Payments and Confidential Services Unit (CPCSU)-Transfer wants you to be aware of the potential impact to our transferees. Transfer expenses that were NOT previously taxed (Shipment of Household goods (HHG) within the United States, Shipment of HHG into or out of the United States, Storage of HHG, POV Shipment) will be taxed as income effective 1/1/2018. Currently this situation is fluid, regarding the information we are receiving and the implementation date, as we await the final policy from General Services Administration (GSA) and Department of Justice (DOJ).

The impact to our transferees will include:

A tax bill from the Accounts Receivable Unit (ARU) for any taxable invoice paid to a vendor that has moved or stored your HHG
A tax withholding on POV shipments
A W2 issued by the FBI at the end of the calendar year to be reported to the IRS as income

Note that this change is based on when the funds are reimbursed to the vendor/transferee and not when the transfer took place. Please see our webpage at https://go.fbinet.fbi/DO/FD/AS/CPU/Pages/TransferPayments.aspx for continued up to date information and watch for future emails regarding this issue.

This posting is for GS-11/12 Staff Operation Specialists interested in a Joint Duty Assignment (JDA) to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), located in McLean, Virginia. This is a reimbursable JDA, not-to-exceed (NTE) 2 years with the option for a one-year extension. The candidates selected for this posting will serve in a detail capacity and will be eligible to receive Joint Duty Credit. Upon completion of the assignment, the selectee will go through the reintegration program and will be reassigned to a position at FBIHQ.

There should be no expectation of receiving a transfer back to the candidate's home division regardless of whether there is a vacancy available.

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) founded in 2003, and located in McLean, Virginia (VA), is a critical element of the Intelligence Community (IC), tasked with leading and integrating counterterrorism (CT) efforts through the development of terrorism analysis and the sharing of information with partners across the CT enterprise. NCTC Staff Operations Specialists are uniquely positioned to access both domestic and foreign CT information from multi-agency datasets. Additionally, NCTC provides strategic and targeting elements to help engage United States Government (USG) action and drive national CT activities and objectives. Staff Operations Specialists working at NCTC can participate in a diverse array of skill and career building experiences through NCTC's numerous Offices and Directories. The NCTC's Core Functions are detailed below:

Threat Analysis: The primary USG organization for analyzing and integrating both strategic and tactical intelligence collected domestically and internationally.

Information Sharing: NCTC coordinates and shares analysis across the IC and a wide range of customers, while additionally providing 24/7 CT situational awareness.

Identity Management: NCTC maintains the USG's database on Known or Suspected Terrorists (KSTs), including their goals, strategies, capabilities, and networks; and supports screening activities across the USG.

Strategic Operational Planning: NCTC conducts strategic and

Operational CT activities across the USG, integrating all elements of power.

National Intelligence Management: Serves as NIM-CT to integrate the CT mission across all elements of CT intelligence to achieve unity of effort, optimize CT community performance and capabilities, and ensure the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) is postured to support national strategy and policy objectives.

Selected candidates should not expect to be returned to their previous office. Upon completion of the JDA assignment, the Staff Operations Specialist will be placed in a vacancy within CTD or within another FBIHQ Division based on skill sets and the needs of the FBI at that time. The candidate will most likely be reassigned to a vacancy at FBI Headquarters, and there should be no expectation of receiving another cost transfer at the completion of the assignment if the Staff Operations Specialist wishes to return to his/her home division if there is a vacancy available.

The selected candidate's Division will be able to post for a permanent back-fill.

Employees returning from Legat assignment must advise the Staffing and Administrative Unit, International Operations Division, of their application for this position. Employees currently under an MOU or Service Agreement, if offered the position, must be able to report immediately

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a current, permanent FBI GS 11/12 SOS
  • Must have achieved a rating of "Successful" or better in all critical elements on their most recent Performance Appraisal Report (PAR).
  • May not have received a cost or no-cost transfer for at least one year.
  • Current Staff Operations Specialists will not be promoted as part of the application process.
  • SOS candidates must be eligible for a move and must be off probation to apply by the closing date of this posting. Staff Operations Specialists at the GS 11/12 grade levels will be considered.
  • Must be able to obtain an SCI clearance.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Selectee will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 annually
  • Selectee will be required to complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
  • All applicants must verify completion on the basic education requirements by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing of the vacancy announcement.
The SOS exploits voluminous data and finds relevant information, which is provided to members of the United States Intelligence Community for decisions and action.

Major Duties
  • Evaluates and assess information, reports findings after review and validation, and contributes to the production of raw and finished intelligence products.
  • With minimal guidance, conducts tactical analysis from multiple data sources that contribute to investigations.
  • Reviews, minimizes, and analyzes technical and human source collection to identify gaps, new targets, and potential subjects for investigation.
  • Determines the appropriate audience, caveats, and format for communications and products.
  • Respond to request from external and/or internal customers; conducts relevant database checks and provides detailed written responses to the appropriate audiences; collaborates and ensures the material is appropriately caveated.
  • With minimal guidance conducts extensive research within multiple external and/or internal databases and sources.
  • Exploits voluminous data to find relevant information, identify gaps, patterns, trends, and anomalies.
  • Extracts data to produce reports and tactical products for dissemination to external and internal customers.
  • Determines the best format to present information, such as graphs, tables, summary reports and/or tactical products.
  • Prepares and presents oral briefings and written reports on the conclusion and recommendations drawn from data /information.

Please make sure your experience can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the posting requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the posting requirements.

If you meet the posting requirements, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

Job Related/Core Competencies
  • Problem Solving/Judgment
  • Organizing and Planning
  • Technology Application
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal Ability
  • Initiative
  • National Security and Criminal Intelligence Analysis
  • Intelligence Writing
  • Information Management
  • Governance and Legal Jurisprudence
  • Analytic Thinking
  • Administrative/Organizational Policies and Procedures
  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Leadership
Minimum Qualifications


Three years of related work experience.


Bachelor's Degree

All degrees must be from an accredited college or university.

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1: Click the "Start" button to begin an application. You will be prompted to either Sign In to continue the application or to register with FBIJOBS if you don't already have an account.

Step 2: Follow the Step by Step process to submit an application. You will be guided through each step in the process. You are required to complete all sections of the application to successfully submit your application.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:
  • Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates (REQUIRED)
  • A complete assessment questionnaire (REQUIRED)
  • Other supporting documents:
1. Transcripts showing a completed Bachelor's degree
2. MOU (if applicable)

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation as part of your application, please follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Follow the steps of the application process until you reach the Attachments step.
Step 2: Click "Add Attachment".
Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).
Step 4: Populate the "Attachment Purpose" field. Click "Continue".
Step 5: Choose the device on which the attachment is located.
Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.
Step 7: To add additional attachments at this point in the application process click the "+" on the Attachments step.
To attach documentation to your Global Profile please follow the instructions below:
Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click "My Submissions".
Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
Step 3: Follow steps 3 - 6 above.
You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
  • Management may select at any grade for which this position has been announced.
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
  • Limited Movement: Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to lower grade for a minimum of 12 months. Probationary employees are precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until 12-months of their two-year probationary period has concluded. Probationary employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI. HRD will waive this limited movement policy for qualified employees, who have received an official notification letter that their current position is being relocated to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama by 2021, in order for those employees to compete for a position elsewhere. This limited movement policy is also waived for qualified personnel nationally who want to apply and be considered for positions at Redstone Arsenal.
Candidates will not be considered if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); a Letter of Requirement (LOR); or have failed a PIP or LOR and are currently awaiting the final action by HRD.

a. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable."

b. A Letter of Requirement (LOR) is issued when a supervisor identifies leave abuse and/or when frequent absences negatively impact operations of an office.

Relocation expenses MAY be borne by the FBI. Candidates receiving a transfer of physical location, whether at the expense of the FBI or not, will be required to complete a one year commitment to the assignment, prior to moving to a new position at the FBI. The 12-month waiting period begins the day an employee reports for duty at the new location.

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This law may impact your transfer.

This legislation made previously non-taxed moving expense reimbursements taxable as of January 1, 2018. Please see HR Link for a list of the FBI's current understanding of the applicable tax changes. However, this may change upon receipt of official guidance from GSA and DOJ.

Current law provides the FBI with the authority to compensate employees for much of the tax burden caused by a transfer through the Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) process. At this time, it is unclear whether this authority addresses the full impact of the recent change in the tax law. GSA and DOJ are currently reviewing the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR), including the RITA process, in an effort to identify ways to minimize the additional tax burden on transferring employees.

Candidates receiving a transfer of physical location, whether at the expense of the FBI or not, will be required to complete a one year commitment to the assignment, prior to moving to a new position at the FBI. The 12-month waiting period begins the day an employee reports for duty at the new location.

Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on a SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):

a. Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
b. The month/year work began
c. Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
d. Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type "Other."


Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative's appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at, telephone at 202-324-4128, or FAX at 202-324-3976. Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests. Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations. Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit.

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