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Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
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GS-5 and GS-7 (or equivalent): Use this qualification standard for any position at the GS-5 or GS-7 (or equivalent) level, if the position does not require IT-related education or IT-related experience upon entry. Use the Information Technology Management Series, 2210 (Alternative A) qualification standard if the GS-5 or GS-7 (or equivalent) level position requires IT-related education and/or IT-related experience upon entry.
This standard does not cover Information Technology Management positions at GS-9 and above (or equivalent). You must use the Information Technology Management Series, 2210 (Alternative A) qualification standard.
All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.
Education must demonstrate the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, certification), as appropriate.
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For all positions, individuals must demonstrate they have experience in each of the four competencies listed below; the experience does not have to be IT-related. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.
Positions at GS-7 (or equivalent) require one year of specialized experience at the next lower GS-grade (or equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. The employing agency is responsible for defining the specialized experience based on the requirements of the position being filled.
There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.