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[liberationtech] U.S. Department of State Technical Security Specialist

Nathan Andrew Fain nathan at
Thu Feb 28 03:27:26 PST 2019

Clarifications beyond cyber-defense would be necessary. Job posts for
government agencies require at least as much transparency as we would be
provided in a job post for a human rights organization.

It is the assumption that there are "good guys" that builds apathy. This
apathy creates such cases as those detailed in the recent reuters report
about former-NSA agent Lori Stroud who after spending years of shelving
their own moral compass while working at the NSA was primed for being
pushed into spying on human rights activists for the UAE Government:

On 2/27/19 5:44 PM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> That's an excellent question. The job is a cyber-defense job, not a
> cyber-offense one. It also doesn't seem to require a
> security clearance. So the job seems to fit the definition of technology
> for social good in that it's theoretically speaking advancing global
> diplomacy.
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 6:46 AM Nathan Andrew Fain <nathan at
> <mailto:nathan at>> wrote:
>     As an international reader of this list I find this job advertisement
>     could use clarification. There are plenty of jobs in the US State
>     Department that could be adversarial to liberation tech. One does not
>     know if this position falls on the evil-side or not-evil-side of the US
>     State Department.
>     On 2/27/19 7:30 AM, Yosem Companys wrote:
>     > The *U.S. Department of State* is currently accepting applications for
>     > a Technical Security Specialist
>     >
>     <>,
>     > located in Springfield, VA.
>     >
>     > The incumbent serves as Technical Security Specialist in the Facility
>     > Security and Engineering division, Office of Security Technology,
>     under
>     > the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countermeasures,
>     Bureau
>     > of Diplomatic Security (DS/ST/FSE). The incumbent serves as a
>     > contracting officer’s representative and team member responsible for
>     > reviewing and providing oversight to a multibillion dollar government
>     > contract for supply chain management. 
>     >
>     > Key requirements for this position: Must have FAC-COR experience and
>     > knowledge of technical security systems. 
>     >
>     > This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Service Contract
>     position.
>     > You do not acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this
>     > position.
>     >
>     > Read the vacancy announcement
>     >
>     <> for
>     > more information, and to start the application process. *Please note
>     > that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 8, 2019.*
>     >
>     > All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy
>     > announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this
>     > position before applying.
>     >

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