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Information Security

Information security can mean protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification or destruction. This goes beyond just computers and networks. Risks and threats can come from individuals, acts of nature, and new technology.

This topic affects everyone in the federal workforce - top to bottom. Thus, it is also the responsibility of everyone in the federal workforce to protect the information from threats.

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Andrew L. Germano  
#1 Posted : Saturday, July 10, 2010 12:52:42 AM(UTC)

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Could anyone assist me with general information and basic understanding on how the CPOL selection system works?
Here is a little bit of information about me:
*30% Service Connected from the Army (Non-Combat Related).
*FERS Employee with 17 years (USPS) Electronics Technician.
*I have already purchased my 8 years of active duty service time and now have 25 years of FERS.
*I have had a lot of training through the USPS in Networking A+, Network + CCNA (ICND). These are    not official certifications, just the training and a lot of hands on labs and network installing, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
*I have purchased the Federal Resume Guidebook; however, my brother-in-law is a GS 11 @ Ft. Carson    and is assisting me with my resume build (Resumix) process. My Resume is already in the Database, and I have self-nominated for only one position so far. Equipment Specialist; (Electronics).
**My goal is to transfer into another Government agency, preferably with the Army Overseas Also, I would like to branch over into Information Technology for Electronics Technician.
***Some of my questions are:
Would this be a lateral transfer with all of my FERS time, or would I have to resign from the P.O. first?
Also, how much weight in preference does 30%  VA disability have over someone more qualified than me?
Does my years in service FERS help me or hurt me in the selection process?
Are there any more resources on how to tailor a resume, i.e. keywords specifically for CPOL (Information Technology 2210 Series) positions, and interview preparations?
Does CPOL provide additional IT training certifications or am I responsible for the cost?
Are there specific online IT Certification Resources (Schools) that are recommended by CPOL?
If anyone could help me or give me a few pointers I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your time and assistance.

Andy G.

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Andrew L. Germano  
#2 Posted : Saturday, July 10, 2010 1:27:33 AM(UTC)

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Embarrassed My apologies for my last post.

Andy G. 
#3 Posted : Tuesday, July 13, 2010 2:52:09 AM(UTC)

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I don't know much about the FERS stuff, but as I believe it should just be a straight transfer. You will continue on without a break in service.

Your 30% service connected disability will add 10 points to your final score.

When you say CPOL, I am assuming you are talking about the army resumix system? The best way to tailor a resume to army jobs is to copy the position description and the series description (search for 2210 on OPM) and then plug your experience in using those words.

Some jobs pay for certification (and training) some expect you to have certifications up front. It will definitely make you more competitive to have at least a CompTIA security+ certification or a CISSP (or associate) certification as you'll have to get these after you start just about any 2210 job.

#4 Posted : Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:30:03 PM(UTC)

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I was also an ET with the Postal Service for 25 years and transferred to Dept of Army(DOA) as of Dec 2009. It has been a good move. the 30% disablility does make a difference in your rating but as to how many points it will be worth I don't know. It will be a lateral transfer from the USPS to the DOA and all benefits will transfer like you never left but the DOA will only carry over a max of 240 hr A/L so if you have more leave than 240 with the PO, work it out with finance so they can pay you for your excess leave. Don't resign from the PO until you get a hard date to start with the DOA. Go to Lite Blue web site and download your entire Postal service jacket so you have all your documentation which the DOA will ask for. DOA will provide training depending on the position you will hold. I have gone to 3 schools so far since transferring. Anyway, I dont miss the PO and should have made this move years ago, working conditions are SO much better!
Andrew L. Germano  
#5 Posted : Friday, August 13, 2010 1:19:03 AM(UTC)

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Thank you for the reply. It sounds like a move in the right direction!

Thanks for the info.
Andy G.

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