Computer Scientist (DIRECT HIRE)
Company: Internal Revenue Service
Posted on: January 18, 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))
- Must successfully complete a background investigation,
including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint
Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been
gained in the public sector, private sector or 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 .
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 .
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 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.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to
fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
- 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
A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
The following documents are required and must be provided with your
application. All application materials, including transcripts, must
be in English.
- Online Application - Questionnaire
- Education - See Education Section above
- Registration/License (If Applicable) - active, current
- Military Spouses (If Applicable) - You MUST submit verification
of the marriage to the service member(i.e., a marriage license or
other legal documentation verifying marriage) AND (1) a copy of
your spouse's active military orders; OR (2) verification of your
spouse's 100% service-connected disability (e.g., VA Letter and/or
DD-214); OR (3) verification of the service member's death while on
active duty (DD-1300/Death Certificate). You are not eligible if
you were not married to the veteran at the time of death or have
- Current and Former Federal Employees Documentation (If
Applicable) - You MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50
(Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent personnel action
form which shows your current grade and competitive service status.
(The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 reflects "1" and your
"tenure" block reflects "1" or "2".) If you are applying for a
higher grade, it is recommended to provide an SF-50(s) (or
equivalent) which clearly demonstrates you meet the 52-week
time-in-grade requirement (e.g., Promotion with an effective date
more than one (1) year old, Within-Grade-Increase at the highest
- High School Diploma (or equivalent) - If you are 16 or 17 years
of age, you MUST submit documentation of graduation from high
school (or equivalent); OR completion of a formal vocational
training program; OR statement from school authorities agreeing
with your decision to pursue employment rather than continuing your
Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as
specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this
position (or may not receive the special consideration for which
you may be eligible).
How to Apply
This Direct Hire Public Notice is to gather applications that may
or may not result in a referral or selection. Your application will
remain active through the open period of this Public Notice.
Applicants will be referred on a first in, first out basis. Those
applicants who are applying earlier in the process will stand a
much better chance of being referred for consideration in the
The following instructions outline our application process. You
must complete this application process and submit any required
documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 01/09/2024 in this
announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours
(normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying
online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on
To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the
- To begin the application process, click the "Apply Online"
- You will be re-directed to USA STAFFING to complete your
application process; answer the online questions and submit all
required documents. (To submit supporting documents, import
documents from USAJOBS to the appropriate document types. If the
document you need was not imported from USAJOBS, you may upload it
directly into this application. To protect your privacy, we suggest
you first remove your SSN).
- To complete, you must click the "Submit Application" button
prior to 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/09/2024.
To update your application, including supporting documentation, at
any time during the announcement open period, return to your
USAJOBS account (). There you will find a record of your
application, the application status, and an option to Update
Application. This option will no longer be available once the
announcement has closed.
To verify the status of your application both during and after the
announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: . All of
your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application
record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application
Information page that provides information regarding the
documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent
related to this application. The Application Status will appear
along with the date your application was last updated. For
information on what each Application Status means, visit: .
Agency contact information
IRS Brookhaven External
IT - Information Technology
1111 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20224
Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion;
please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at
. We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities on a case-by-case basis; please contact us if you
require this for any part of the application and hiring
Once your application package and online questionnaire is received
you will receive an acknowledgement email. You are responsible for
checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy
notifications will not be sent to you. You may check the status of
your application for this position at any time by logging onto the
USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." For
a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on
"more information." Please notify us if your contact information
changes after the closing date of the announcement. If your email
mailbox is full or blocked (SPAM) you may not receive important
communication that could affect your consideration for this
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.
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