GS-855-13 Electronics Engineer

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Federal Communications Commission
Washington, DC, United States

Phone: 540-303-8108
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GS-855-13 Electronics Engineer


New Orleans, LA 


$92,143 - $132,845

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Locations: Chicago, IL AND New Orleans, Louisiana


This position is located in the Federal Communications Commission, Enforcement Bureau, Office of the Field Director, Chicago, IL and New Orleans, LA. There is one position open at each location.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.



The incumbent resolves Radio Frequency (RF) interference, educates users, and enforces regulations.  Investigates all services for violations of Title 47, U.S. Code, Section 301, unlicensed operations of radio transmitting equipment. 

Performs and directs fieldwork in matters of importance to communications involving safety of life and property.  Serves as a point of contact for FCC licensees including the U.S. Government in matters of fixed and mobile radio direction-finding and interference resolution.  Participates in unique enforcement and engineering projects that have regional or national applications.

Operates and understands all technical equipment typically used in the Field including RF spectrum analyzers, field strength meters, radio frequency radiation survey meters, and radio receivers.  Maintains contacts with and assists other Federal agencies, foreign counterparts, and local law enforcement organizations concerning interaction and utilization of the radio spectrum for both authorized and unauthorized activities.

Initiates Official Notices of Violation, Warnings, Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, and other orders to radio operators and licensees, to bring unsatisfactory or violative conditions to their attention as a result of completed monitoring, investigations and inspections.  Independently initiates correspondence or other communications with complainants and radio users concerning the enforcement functions of the office and region.  

Participates in regional emergency planning meetings, serves as the local expert in emergency communications restoration, participates in FEMA conducted training exercises and is able to serve on ESF-2 task force and deployments as necessary.  Participates and assists in planning of Bureau enforcement and compliance workshops for persons associated with the various industries and radio services the Commission regulates. 

Operates a sporty utility vehicle in conjunction with travel and routine field activities.  May be required to operate SUV under adverse weather conditions and during hours of darkness. 


Travel Required: 50% or less
Description: Regularly travels to locations throughout the U.S. and its territories for training, investigations and inspections, and may include additional emergency ad hoc travel (including local travel) to respond to public safety investigations. As requested, incumbent must be available while off duty and within reasonable call-back radius to be contacted via telephone number or electronic device to perform work,
Selected Hiring Paths:
  • Open to the public
  • Competitive service
  • Excepted service
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
  • Land & base management
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses
  • National Guard & reserves
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Family of overseas employees
    • Native Americans
    • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA
    • Special authorities
      Clarification from the Agency:

      DELEGATED EXAMINING - ALL U.S. CITIZENS (This announcement is open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees). MERIT PROMOTION - STATUS CANDIDATES (i.e. Current and former federal employees in the competitive service with reinstatement eligibility). Individuals eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities may also apply (e.g. applicants with a disability; veterans who qualify under Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA); former Peace Corps volunteers).

      This job is also open in another announcement:




      As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

      Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions.  Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.

      Key Requirements:
      1. Security Clearance Required. Drug Testing Required.
      2. Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
      3. Drivers License Required
      4. Education-Transcripts Required
      5. US Citizenship.
      6. Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.

      Applicants must meet eligibility, education and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

      In order to be deemed as qualified, applicants must meet both the educational requirements in addition to the specialized experience outlined below.

      A. Education

      Degree Professional Engineering.   To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

      If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript.  The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but MUST provide the original if selected.  Candidates who do not submit a transcript will be deemed as ineligible.

      Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to receive credit towards qualifications.  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

      All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.


      B. Specialized Experience

      GS-13 Specialized Experience:  Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:  

      Providing engineering advice on intricate and complex technical matters relating to the telecommunications field; Performing complex engineering analysis and studies concerning telecommunications issues involving compliance and enforcement matters; Interacting with individuals at all levels of authority; and Writing documents with analyses and recommendations.

      PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: 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.



      Education Requirements:

      See educational requirements outlined above.

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      How You will be Evaluated:

      All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position.  The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents using the CATEGORY RATING PROCESS. All eligible applicants under Delegated Examining (DEU) will be placed in one of the following three categories:

      1.  Highly Qualified (Score 90-100) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of major job related competencies and possession of all evaluation criteria;
      2.  Fully Qualified (Score 80-89) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of major job related competencies and possession of the evaluation criteria; and
      3.  Minimally Qualified (Score of 70-79)- the applicants possessing only the specialized experience described in the vacancy announcement.

      An automated score is administered based on the on-line application process used.  Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based on their responses to the job specific questions for this position.  

      Application of Veterans Preference:  The category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability at least 10 percent MUST be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

      A selecting official may make selection from the highest quality category ("HIGHLY QUALIFIED") provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in the same category.

      Applicants under Merit Promotion will be considered in accordance with the agency's merit promotion plan and union agreement.

      There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

      1.  the core questions
      2.  the vacancy questions
      3.  supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts), if applicable; and
      4.  your resume.

      Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions, provide supplemental documents and submit resume.  For more information, please click on Rating Process.

      You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

      1.  Knowledge of the concept, principles and practices of electronic spectrum engineering.

      2. Skill in applying investigative principles, methods and techniques.

      3. Skill in comprehensive inspections and monitoring all classes and types of installations employing Radio Frequency energy.

      4. Ability to interact with individuals at all levels of authority.

      5. Skill in communicating in writing with a wide range of individuals on many organizational levels.

      6. Ability to perform complex engineering analysis and studies.


      Required Documents:

      ***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s).  All required supporting documents MUST be received by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to upload the documents.  If you are unable to upload the required documentation, contact the HR Specialist listed on the vacancy announcement prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

      Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:
      1. When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.
      2. If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.
      3. Veterans MUST upload and submit a Member 4 DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or a "Statement of Active Service".  The type of discharge must be annotated.  Disabled veterans MUST upload and submit the VA letter and/or Schedule A letter which demonstrates the overall percentage of disability.  Any/all documentation verifying or confirming veterans preference or non-competitive eligibility as a veteran must be uploaded and submitted electronically at the time of application.
      4.  College Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.

      Required Documentation for CTAP and ICTAP eligibles:
      1. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation, which shows that you were declared displaced or surplus while serving as a career or career conditional competitive service employee, in tenure group 1 or 2, OR are a current or former Executive Branch agency employee in the excepted service serving on an appointment without time limit, at grade levels GS-15 or equivalent and below, and who has been conferred noncompetitive appointment eligibility and special selection priority by statute for positions in the competitive service.
      2. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation which shows the position you may be or are being separated from has the same or higher promotion potential as that of the vacancy.

      Additionally for CTAP eligibles:
      - A copy of your Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice;
      - A notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area;
      - A Certificate of Expected Separation; your agency's certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).

      Additionally for ICTAP eligibles:
      - A copy of your RIF separation notice, a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area;
      - An OPM notice that your disability annuity has been (or will be) terminated;
      - Certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or
      - Certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for a disability retirement and will receive the special OPM annuity.
      - A copy of a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent (not required if you are an ICTAP eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement).

      For more information on CTAP and ICTAP download a copy of The Employee's Guide to Career Transition at

      Documents for Auto-Request:
      • Veteran - Other Documentation
      • Cover Letter
      • DD 214
      • ICTAP.CTAP
      • Performance Appraisal
      • Resume
      • SF-15
      • SF-50
      • Schedule A Letter/Documentation
      • Transcripts


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      Agency Benefits:

      The FCC offers a wide range of employee benefits, including:

      Health Insurance
      Life Insurance
      Dental & Vision Insurance
      Flexible Spending Accounts
      Long-Term Care Insurance
      Holidays and Leave
      Thrift Savings Plan
      Transit Benefit
      Alternative Work Schedule

      How to Apply

      How to Apply:

      To apply to this announcement go to the website:

      Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webpage

      If applying online poses a hardship, you may contact either the HR Specialist listed on the vacancy announcement or you may contact the Monster Government Solutions help desk (prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement) via e-mail at or you may reach them directly at 866-656-6831. The Monster Help Desk is available Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm EST.

      Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question.

      The Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) are programs designed to afford selection priority to well-qualified Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

      To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, you must be a current FCC employee who has received an official notice stating that your position is no longer needed, or that you will be separated by reduction in force (RIF).

      To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, you must be one of the following:

      Be a displaced Federal employee and have a current duty station within the local commuting area of this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a RIF separation notice, a letter from OPM or your agency documenting your priority consideration status with your application package.

      The following categories of candidates are considered displaced Employees:
      •    Current or former career or career-conditional (tenure group I or II) competitive service employees who: 1. Received a specific RIF separation notice; or 2. Separated because of a compensable injury, whose compensation has been terminated, and whose former agency certifies that it is unable to place; or 3. Retired with a disability and whose disability annuity has been or is being terminated; or 4.  Upon receipt of a RIF separation notice retired on the effective date of the RIF and submits a Standard Form 50 that indicates "Retirement in lieu of RIF", or 5. Retired under the discontinued service retirement option, or 6. Was separated because he/she declined a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area.
      •    Former Military Reserve or National Guard Technicians who are receiving a special Office of Personnel Management (OPM) disability retirement annuity under section 337 (h) or 8456 of title 5 United States Code.
      •    Be applying for a position at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been separated.  The position must not have a greater promotion potential than the position from which you were separated.
      •    Have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent. This must be submitted with your application package. (This requirement does not apply to candidates who are eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement.
      •    Occupy or be displaced from a position in the same local commuting area of the position for which you are requesting priority consideration.To apply to this announcement go to the website:

      NOTE: To be considered for an announced vacancy in the area of consideration within which the employee is eligible to compete, the employee must apply online using the Commission’s automated recruitment system.  Employees must submit all necessary application materials identified in the announcement by the specified closing date.

      Next Steps:

      Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications to determine your ranking.  The best-qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.