Program Specialist

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 08

Position description

Are you interested in a job protecting our Nation against cyber threats? Then consider joining the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).

NPPD leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the Nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. Within NPPD, CS&C is responsible for helping the civilian government and the private sector better manage their cybersecurity and communications risk.

At CS&C, we help our government and private sector customers by responding to incidents, sharing information, developing and promulgating best practices, and increasing our Nation's cybersecurity capacity. Every day, CS&C employees make a difference as they enhance the security, resilience, and reliability of our Nation's critical networks and address threats to our public health and safety, economy, and national security.

From incident response to international affairs, penetration testing to policy development, systems engineering to stakeholder engagement, the careers and opportunities to make a difference at CS&C are endless.

It takes a great team to protect a great Nation, and at DHS, we foster a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. Interested in joining our team? Find out more at .

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized. Other recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Who May Be Considered:

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Merit promotion and/or non-competitive referral lists may be issued based on the needs of the agency.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.


In this position, you will serve as the CS&C Audit Liaison, responsible for coordinating the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) Audit Liaison Programs' policies, processes, and procedures within CS&C to ensure appropriate and efficient program management. Being a program specialist makes you a valuable member of the federal Cybersecurity and Communications profession as you help evaluate, analyze, and/or investigate the effectiveness and efficiency of mission-oriented programs. Typical assignments include:

  • Establishing and maintaining direct liaison with internal and external representatives to ensure audits are properly coordinated between DHS and OIG and/or GAO.
  • Managing and maintaining a formal file management system for audit-related correspondence and policy documents that promotes and facilitates information-sharing efforts across the organization.
  • Ensuring the capture, analysis, and reporting (for both internal and external requestors) of statistical data relating to the organization's audit liaison activities.
  • Serving as the subject matter expert and consultant for all GAO and OIG questions and requests throughout the organization.
  • Serving as an advisor to senior leadership on all GAO and OIG matters.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 to 5 nights per month

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Application instructions

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