Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide Personnel Security Specialist (PIV) in Cleveland, Ohio

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1971314

Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply!

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

This position is currently open to permanent employees of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (CBOC's included), permanent employees of the Veteran Canteen Service assigned to this facility, Office of Information & Technology employees assigned to this facility, CPAC bargaining unit employees located at the Cleveland VAMC, and Virtual CBOPC bargaining unit employees under station 741 located at the Cleveland VAMC.


The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Personnel Security Specialist (PIV). The Personnel Security Specialist (PIV) will function in Police Service. The Personnel Security Specialist (PIV) duties include:

  • Managing and overseeing all aspects of the Cleveland VAMC's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and Fingerprinting Programs.
  • Generating and analyzing statistical and live data to determine problem areas and viable solutions.
  • Keeping inventory of mission critical supplies.
  • Maintaining records of certification, statistics, and details of PIV production.
  • Providing access control services to employees, contractors, students, volunteers, residents, and visitors.
  • Coordinating with all services and emergency management personnel in support of the Cleveland VAMC emergency plan.
  • Providing video support for investigative services for VA Police, Inspector General, and other authorized agenecies.
  • Developing internal controls via local evalutions completed on a continual basis.
  • Ensuring complaince with required national inspections and taking corrective action.
  • Maintaining database management functions and statistical aspects of the PIV and Fingerprinting programs.
  • Serving as primary timekeeper for the service.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm

Position Description (PD) number: 42804-0

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current, Permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC Employees Only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements within 15 calendar days of the closing date listed on the announcement:

  • Time in grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a General Schedule (GS) grade at any point in the last 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 level.
  • Applicants must be eligible under the VA Interchange Agreement, having served continuously for at least one year in the other merit system under this interchange agreement. For more information regarding the VA Interchange Agreement please visit:
  • All Title 38 Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) employees must have served in their Excepted Service position for at least 90 days in order to be eligible for a position within the Competitive Service.
  • Applicants who were previously selected under a Competitive Delegating Examining Unit (DEU) announcement must have served in their position for at least 90 days prior to being eligible for other positions within the Competitive Service.

In addition to the qualifications above you must also have:

Specialized Experience:

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service to qualify at the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Personnel Security Specialist. Examples of appropriate experience include: searching files, documents, or other sources for information, providing guidance or assistance on established polices or procedures, using a computer to process and analyze data, and preparing correspondence and basic reports.


Possess one full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (SAA) from an accredited college or university. One year of graduate level education is 18 semester hours or the number determined by the school attended to represent one year full-time study. SAA is based on class standing (upper third), GPA (3.0 or above) or honor society membership.


Possess a combination of experience and education as described above to qualify for the Personnel Security Specialist at the GS-7 level. To determine if you meet the combination requirement, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required; then determine your education as a percentage of the education required; finally add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. For example, the position to be filled is a Personnel Security Specialist. You have 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5 and 6 months of graduate level education. You meet 50 percent of the required experience but none of the required education, since you do not have any graduate study beyond that which is required for GS-7 (1 year). Therefore, you meet only 50 percent of the total requirement and are not qualified for the position.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other 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 employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: The work includes sitting; walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, office supplies, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: .

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) - provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veteran preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligible is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website (

The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-12 to 2017-08-02

Salary: $42,328 to $55,031 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 07

Series: 0080 Security Administration

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: FZ-17-MS-1971314-BU

Control number: 472179100