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Location: Metro DC area (not headquarters)
Job Code: 534
# of Openings: 1




Attain is a professional services company comprised of innovative problem solvers who deliver tangible results to address today’s most complex public sector challenges. With approximately 200 employees and more than 135 contracts in their portfolio, Attain has an exceptional track record of proven performance and forward thinking.

Attain supports three primary markets – Federal, State & Local Government, and Higher Education/Academic Medical Centers and Nonprofits.  Attain supports their customers with a wide range of services, including:  strategic services (IT strategy, CPIC, business transformation, information security, and program management support); operational support services (grants management, BPO, IT infrastructure optimization, and cloud computing); healthcare services (grants management, bioinformatics, health information exchange, applications modernization, and health policy analysis); and application services (SAP and Oracle ERP, custom application development, and BI/analytics).

Attain’s culture is based on seven core values – commitments they make to their clients and each other every day.  These include: (1) Invent the Future; (2) Be Bold; (3) Obsess Externally; (4) Be the Best; (5) Team for Speed; (6) Execute with Discipline; and (7) Have Absolute Integrity.  Attain’s leadership fosters a work environment that is collaborative, collegial and results-oriented.  The company has all the energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit of a start-up with the solid business portfolio and executive leadership of a well-established professional services firm.



  • Work closely with the software vendor and hosting provider to ensure compliance with security policies and procedures while serving as the client-designated Information System Security Officer (ISSO)
  • Serve as the liaison between the hosting provider and the client to ensure clear, timely, and accurate communication on all IT operations and security matters; fostering a cohesive team environment
  • Lead the development and maintenance of FISMA-type artifacts/documents, submit the Certification and Accreditation (C&A) package, and achieve Authority to Operate (ATO); continuously monitor and update documentation and lead the annual review and audit processes
  • Oversee the monthly security vulnerability scanning and mitigation process
  • Work with the hosting provider to manage and resolve Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) items


  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be organized and demonstrate leadership skills
  • Must understand project management principles, be able to track tasks against deadlines, and effectively report status, risks, and issues to the project manager
  • Must have understanding of IT operations, infrastructure, hosting, maintenance, and cloud services
  • Must have an understanding of operating system and database maintenance processes
  • Must have successfully supported previous organizations with the Certification and Authorization (C&A) process, secured the Authority to Operate (ATO), and supported annual reviews and recertification process



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 8+ years demonstrated work experience in IT operations and security
  • Must be a certified FISMA Compliance Practitioner (CISSP or equivalent)
  • US Citizen
  • Local to the Washington, DC metropolitan area (no travel and no relocation)



  • Secret Clearance desired, but not required
  • PMP Certification


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