IA Engineer

US-VA-Tysons Corner
# of Openings
Information Technology
Dept. of State
Job ID


OBXtek is an award winning Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business providing information technology and management services to the federal government. As the prime contractor on over 85% of its work, OBXtek is a leader in its field and has a robust corporate infrastructure that provides support for all of its programs. 


OBXtek is staffing for an Information Assurance Engineer. 

The IAE functions as an information system security subject matter expert (SME) on FISMA, NIST standards and guidelines, Privacy Act, HIPAA, E-Gov, OMB Circulars A-11 and A-130, and Clinger-Cohen as they apply to data and application security. The IAE is responsible for Assessment and Authorization (A&A) activities for Consular Affairs / Consular Systems and Technology (CA/CST) automated information systems (AIS) and provides A&A support for domestic and oversea deployed systems. In addition, the IAE tracks and reports status, and brings any obstacles that may impact the completion of the A&A to the attention of the IAE Team Lead and the Project Manager (PM) in a timely manner.  The IAE ensures that A&A packages are submitted to IA and follows up to ensure IA approval of each phase of the A&A process prior to systems’ Authorized to Operate (ATO) expiration date. The IAE daily function includes:


Serves as the primary IAE lead for Visa, Passport, American Citizen Overseas or CA Support for # High, # Moderate, and # Low information systems and drives the overall A&A life-cycle process in accordance with the Department CA/CST System Development Life-Cycle (SDLC). IAE monitors the systems security posture via iPost. Analyzes production system configuration change requests (CCR) of existing systems to determine security impact using the Planned Change Comparative Analysis (PCCA) process, and initiates required actions to maintain security posture and authorization status. Conducts weekly or monthly meeting with Government Task Managers (GTMs) and developers. Schedules and facilitates boundary meeting, Phase I Kick-off (P1KO) meeting, Phase IV Kick-Off (P4KO) meeting, and attends Phase II Kick-off (P4KO) meeting and finding meetings. Gathers required information to support system authorization by organizing technical working groups, conducting fact-finding interviews, attending system demo, assessing system security categorization (SCF) levels, establishing system security control baseline, acting as a security advisor to the GTM during the security controls implementation. Develops and updates the following security application documentation:

  • Security Categorization Form (SCF)
  • E-Authentication Form (eRA)
  • System Security Plan (SSP)


Supports the Contingency Plan (CP) SME and Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) SME in the development of the following security application documentation:

  • Information System Contingency Plan (ISCP)
  • Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)


Complete any data call in a timely manner which include but not limited to Quarterly POA&Ms data call. Reviews, monitors and reports POA&Ms status to all parties including PM, ISSP GTM, System GTM and System Development Team, and System Operation Teams.


Provides guidance to System GTM and System developers as it related to the A&A process using both the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800 series and Department Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) guidelines. Assists and advises System GTMs and System developers in the design and development of secure systems architecture as well as industry best practices and information systems technologies available to meet AIS security requirements. 



  • Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience
  • CAP certification or complete cert within 90 days of hiring
  • Experience with NIST 800-53, FISMA and RMF processes
  • Secret clearance


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