Program Analyst-FITARA

Washington, DC

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Our staff provides Policy and Governance Support Services as well as incidental advisory and assistance services to the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  These services include ensuring compliance for various government programs, developing and reviewing IT and Cyber Security policy that affects the OCIO or the agency, providing Cyber Security and IT Governance and Analysis, data consolidation, Program and Project Management Support and Oversight, Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) oversight, and Financial Execution Analysis for all OCIO investments.  Additionally, our services extend to managing the communications for the OCIO and proactively engaging with stakeholders and customers, both internal and external. 

Our ideal candidate will develop, implement, and support the FITARA program initiatives for the customer agency.  Working closely with the customer, the Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) program, and in conjunction with Budget Execution, and Procurement processes, the candidate will work to imbed FITARA compliance objectives into the culture and business processes of the customer agency.  The candidate, working with the Policy and Governance program will apply their FITARA experience and knowledge to accomplishing the mission by providing the following services:
·         Play a key role in planning, strategizing, communicating coordinating, and implementing the FITARA requirements in IT resource planning, budgeting, acquisition, and execution across the Agency
·         Strong Knowledge of FITARA and FITARA implementation in federal agencies is required
·         Updating Agency policy and IT management processes to ensure compliance with FITARA
·         Developing and executing communication strategies to institutionalize FITARA across the agency, including the development and delivery of executive briefings
·         Closing the oversight findings related to FITARA from GAO, and managing future oversight audits related to FITARA
·         Coordinating with field offices of the Office of the CIO in the implementation of FITARA including IT strategic planning, budgeting, acquisition, and execution
·         Document policies, standards, processes, practices and templates to govern systems engineering and IT project governance framework in accordance with the FITARA program
·         Conducting periodic audits of non-CIO projects to ensure compliance with CIO guidance, and ensuring FITARA compliance and reporting
·         Facilitating and reviewing IT acquisition requests and conducting preliminary IT acquisition reviews and triaging requests
·         Experience working with Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) for both the Waterfall and Agile methodologies
·         Support, as required, architectural and engineering review of proposed IT acquisitions to determine the strategic alignment and technical soundness
·         Prepare acquisition recommendations based on FITARA program guidelines for the customer

Experience and skills

  • ·         Strong knowledge of FITARA and experience of FITARA program implementation is required
  • ·         Excellent analytical skills and thought leadership
  • ·         Strong written and verbal communication skills and great attention to customer service
  • ·         Broad knowledge of IT management in Federal government including strategic planning, budgeting, acquisition, and IT project execution
  • ·         General knowledge and understanding of Federal IT policy and governance, to include IT security mandates, processes, and frameworks, including FISMA and FedRAMP
  • ·         Experience in Software Engineering and/or IT networking and infrastructure engineering with both Waterfall and Agile.  Agile/SAFe certification(s) a plus
  • ·         Experience working with Federal Enterprise Architectures Framework (FEAF 2. 0) and associated BRM and TRM is also a plus.
  • ·         Broad technical knowledge of software engineering and architecture


  • Program and project management
  • Strategic planning
  • Business process analysis
  • Risk management
  • Business case development
  • Problem solving and analysis techniques
  • Collaboration
  • Organizational awareness
  • Partnership development
  • Influence and negotiation
  • Policy compliance
  • Customer experience and service
  • Communications planning and management

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree and 3 years of additional experience or 5 years experience in lieu of a degree
  • Ability to travel Required (10 or less days per month)
  • Must be able to obtain a DoE "Q" level clearance
  • Active US Citizenship

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Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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