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Job #: R-00085252
Location: Bethesda, MD
Category: Systems Integration
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Calling all experienced security experts who want to work in the area of cancer research: consider joining Leidos!

Position is contingent upon contract award and will be required to be local to the area for partial onsite work in the Bethesda/Rockville area.

We are looking for a security assessment and authorization (SA&A) leader to oversees day-to-day execution of National Cancer Institute’s (NCI), NCI's security assessment and authorization (SA&A) work for the NCI’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Support Program (NECSP).

This project provides enterprise IT cybersecurity support services on behalf of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT). Task areas include, but are not limited to: contract management, program management support, cybersecurity governance, risk and compliance management, security policy and procedure support, cybersecurity operations support, incident and vulnerability management, and outreach and awareness support.

In the SA&A Functional Area Lead role, you will:

  • Oversee day-to-day execution of NCI's SA&A task area, leading a team of experienced FISMA and NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) security consultants and assessors.
  • Work with the COR and Deputy ISSO(s), develops and oversees SA&A schedules factoring workloads, priorities, and risks to ensure NCI achieves its stated SA&A program objectives and key results.
  • Ensure the quality and consistency of all SA&A work products consistent with NCI or NIH templates and standards. \
  • As directed by the COR, and as an extension of the NCI Cyber Security Program, provide dedicated SA&A consultative, planning, and tactical support to one or more NCI Divisions, Offices, and Centers (DOCs) to help ensure compliance among these designated DOCs.
  • Monitor the performance of each task or group of tasks and manage all problems and accomplishments.
  • Serve as technical authority for specific tasks and participates in solutions of systems problems with new technology.
  • Provide on-site and technical direction, as necessary.
  • Help the NCI CISO and the Cyber Security Program innovate SA&A processes through continuous process improvement (CPI) by considering, for example, periodic boundary consolidation and re-alignment, streamlining processes, increasing automation, re-use of common controls, assessment readiness reviews, and digital transformation.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with 13 years experience and 6+ years of experience leading and delivering in FISMA-based SA&A programs for large sized federal agencies and programs.
  • Commensurate experience in the management of large, complex SA&A projects
  • Possess and maintain an ITIL Foundations Certification.
  • Possess and maintain at least one of the following industry-recognized certifications:
    • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
    • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
    • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
    • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Knowledge of and experience with NIH SA&A repository NSAT and FISMA reporting tool FISMart or comparable tool.
  • Knowledge of and experience with NIH’s NSAT GRC tool or comparable GRC tool (e.g., Archer, CSAM, Xacta CA).
  • Knowledge of and experience with NCI’s FISMA Inventory Tool (developed in ServiceNow) or comparable tool.
  • Demonstrated experience managing cybersecurity teams including personnel, workload, priorities, scheduling, and risks.
  • Proven experience bringing innovative approaches to help reduce the FISMA workload and time to authorization/reauthorization through such methods as boundary consolidation, common control identification and re-use, automation, assessment readiness reviews, and digital transformation.


  • NCI experience a plus.

Position requires US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency Status and the ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance.


Pay Range:

Pay Range $113,100.00 - $174,000.00 - $234,900.00

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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