National Telecommunications and Information Administration Electronics Engineer (DEU) in Washington, District Of Columbia

National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Competitive Service: Career or Career-conditional - Full-time, Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

This position is also being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion (MAP) vacancy number: NTIA-OSM-2017-0002. Applicants who wish to be considered under MAP and DE must apply to both vacancies separately.

This position is located in National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), Strategic Planning Division (SPD). Overall responsibility of the division is to provide for the planning, organizing and executing strategic planning activities for spectrum management. SPD provides various analyses, long-term and comprehensive planning, coordination, process improvement and long-term policy formulation to develop the broad-range of recommendations associated with the subject of achieving the efficient and effective management and use of the radio spectrum.

The incumbent serves as a widely recognized technical subject matter expert in broad telecommunications and spectrum management matters especially in regards to advanced wireless services (AWS) and transition planning strategies regarding repurposing Federal Government usage of the radio spectrum, reallocation strategies, technology research & development (R&D;), and spectrum data transparency and information capabilities. The incumbent serves as the technical lead for the increased responsibilities of the Technical Panel recently augmented by the 2015 Spectrum Pipeline Act i.e., to assess the likelihood that advanced planning and R&D; proposals seeking spectrum relocation fund (SRF) funding will facilitate greater commercial spectrum access. The Technical Panel membership is represented by NTIA, OMB, and the FCC with the NTIA representative serving as chairmanship.

In addition, the incumbent will serve as a senior technical analyst for continuous process improvement supporting a long-term federal spectrum management strategy and the AWS transition planning. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief, Strategic Planning Division.

NTIA is responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth.

This vacancy may be used to fill other Electronics Engineer positions in the Office of Spectrum Management.

  • Performing preliminary assessments of advanced spectrum-related technologies including spectrum-sharing techniques and concepts to support policy decisions and development of procedures for efficient spectrum utilization.
  • Evaluating and analyzing current programs and policies, assessing proposals to resolve problems related to spectrum management issues that have been identified and analyzed by the staff or others, developing and recommending required policy and/or procedural changes.
  • Conducting analysis activities regarding long-term and comprehensive planning, coordination, process improvement and long-term policy formulation to develop the broad-range of recommendations associated with the subject of achieving the efficient and effective management and use of the radio spectrum.
  • Providing advice and guidance in planning, resolution and analysis of technical and policy related matters. This will involve developing new strategies and approaches, at the same time, maintaining a rapport with the various stakeholders to include gaining consensus with required agreements.
  • Serving as a project lead for various long-term planning initiatives in spectrum management.
  • Preparing documents for concept development, research, costing, and acquisition of systems.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (, if applicable.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • A one-year probationary/trial period may be required.

In addition to meeting the positive education requirements listed above, applicants must also meet the specialized experience requirement below.

Grade 15:Applicants MUST possess at least one year or 52 weeks of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (GS-14 or equivalent pay band) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in:

  • To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, one year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level is required. Specialized experience in: 1) developing and implementing long-term plans and strategies for recommended policies and process improvements in effective management and use of the radio spectrum; 2) advanced spectrum-related technologies; and 3) Federal Government’s strategic processes related to budgeting, planning, programming and execution. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employments. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management website located at

This position has a positive educational requirement.

Applicants must possess the following: Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics. OR Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good theoretical and practical understanding of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration - Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration.

Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements.

Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.govand clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected.

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Other Information

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL.
  3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

Salary Range: $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0855-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All qualified U.S. citizens.

Control Number: 453663600

Job Announcement Number: NTIA-OSM-2017-0001