U.S. Capitol Police Technical Security Specialist (Component Detection) in Washington, District Of Columbia

U.S. Capitol Police
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Excepted Service - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (145 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 4/4/2017 (37 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency. The USCP safeguards the Congress, its legislative processes, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.

As the United States Capitol Police

We protect the legislative process, the symbol of our democracy, the people who carry out the process, and the millions of visitors who travel here to see democracy in action;

Every American who visits the Capitol, as well as those visitors from around the world, is a member of our protected community and sees first-hand how we are the best of America's spirit and diversity;

As a Department, we are a microcosm of America, representational of many races, colors, religions, national origins, political affiliations, sexual orientations, and ages. Our workforce is comprised of employees from nearly all 50 states and the U.S. territories. We embrace and celebrate a diverse workforce, and we believe inclusion makes our workplace stronger and respecting each individual as a person and as a professional is essential;

We act on the world stage every day of the year as a model in security, urban crime prevention, dignitary protection, specialty response capabilities, and homeland security. As ambassadors of the Congress, we are often the first face that visitors and employees encounter, and we leave a lasting impression that is reflective of the Legislative Branch and its role in America's democracy.

This position is located in Technical Countermeasures Division (TCD) of the Security Services Bureau (SSB), United States Capitol Police (USCP). The SSB is responsible for the supervision and delivery of security surveys of congressional offices; design, installation and maintenance of physical security systems; and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) inspections. The TCD provides TSCM services for the Legislative Branch, including the office space on the Capitol Complex and at Congressional state and district offices. The purpose of this position is to identify and neutralize technical penetrations and vulnerabilities that could potentially be used to compromise sensitive and national security information for the United States Congress.


The incumbent of this position uses a wide variety of component and tamper detection equipment and devices to perform a broad range of technical security functions and activities. Selects, designs, and maintains component detection equipment, and develops methodologies for its effective use. Provides infrastructure support and makes recommendations on action items that support the effectiveness and efficiency of the Technical Countermeasure Division (TCD), Security Services Bureau (SSB), United States Capitol Police (USCP) as a whole.

The incumbent plans and performs testing and evaluation duties for unusual and highly complex security projects, including test and evaluation of electronic equipment and systems of significant scope and difficulty. Evaluates, modifies, and improves existing test technologies including methods, concepts and procedures. Develops new inspection techniques for utilizing existing component detection equipment. Designs and develops new component detection equipment. Applies electronics engineering theories, principles, practical concepts and processes to search for technical vulnerabilities and unauthorized infrastructure modifications in an attempt to counter security threats against the members of the United States Congress and their facilities.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 to 5 days per month.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be U.S. Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.
  • Must obtain and maintain Top Secret, SCI and "Q" Clearances.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Direct deposit is required.
  • Must obtain and maintain a certification in TSCM work.

Qualifying experience for the CP-10 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CP-9/GS-11 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position being filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience that includes work which requires the applicant to identify and neutralize technical penetrations and vulnerabilities that could be used to compromise sensitive and/or national security information; and to perform advanced technical surveillance functions utilizing a wide variety of component and tamper detection equipment and devices. Specialized experience may also include work which requires the candidate to select, design and maintain component detection equipment and/or develop processes and procedures for its use.

(INFORMATION ON QUALIFICATION & EDUCATION ARE PULLED FROM OPM https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications)

There are no education requirements for this position.

All eligibility requirements must be met by the date the candidate is referred to the selecting official.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your completed online assessment questionnaire is successfully submitted on USAJOBS, you will receive an acknowledgement email. After a review of your application materials is made, you will be notified of your eligibility status. If you are referred to the hiring official, you will receive further notification. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


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Other Information

The United States Capitol Police offers:

This position is within the Legislative Branch of government. It is not a general schedule (GS) position. Civilian USCP employees are paid in accordance with an established pay schedule. They are covered by the same benefits as other branches of the Federal government including: health and life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to "401K" plans), disability, leave programs, flexible spending accounts, long term care insurance, holidays, etc. Civilian employees are covered under Congressional retirement. Upon receipt of proper certification, sick leave balances will be transferred from other branches of the Federal government. While previous credible federal service is used to determine the appropriate leave category, annual leave balances will not transfer. USCP offers a wide array of benefits:

USCP employees are eligible to join the United States Senate Federal Credit Union and/or the Congressional Federal Credit Union.

USCP employees are eligible for participation in on-site childcare center through the US Senate Child Care Center and/or the US House of Representatives Child Care Center.

USCP reimburses covered employees up to an annual limit of $150 for Professional Liability Insurance.

Salary Range: $97,358.00 to $122,677.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: CP-0080-10/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens - This vacancy announcement is opened continuous for 6 months. The 1st cut-off will be 14 days after the posting date. Cut-off dates will re-occur in 30 day increments.

Control Number: 452343400

Job Announcement Number: USCP-16-10001807-CC