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    Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), we serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, we secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.
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    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    A minimum of one (1) week of travel in a full-time duty status may be required to complete TSA's in residence National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) at Harvard University. This training will occur away from the employee's duty station of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.

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    The Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA), Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), serves as a senior acquisition management official and the Deputy Head of the Contracting Activity in TSA. The DAA provides executive leadership and senior technical expertise for TSA, on matters involving procurements and other transaction agreements. The responsibilities of the position have an agency-wide impact and influence, which includes providing innovative and expert leadership in the establishment and implementation of comprehensive procurement strategies and implementation schedules in accordance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, and directives.

    Duties include:

    • Directing the Office's execution of contracts, procurements, and Other Transactional Agreements (OTAs) services throughout TSA.
    • Managing, directing, and evaluating programs involving acquisition of supplies, services, construction, or research and development by utilizing formal advertising or negotiation procedures.
    • Providing leadership and oversight in the management of post-award contract administration, contract reporting, contract closeout, contract files maintenance, electronic acquisition systems, claims adjudication, disposition of defective pricing actions, and participation in litigation activities.
    • Overseeing the overall direction of process standardization for the entire acquisition lifecycle, to include processes related to Program Management, Logistics, and Test & Evaluation.
    • Serving as the Executive sponsor for the Procurement Strategy Board, Solicitation Review board and Acquisition Policy Board. As a member of the TSA Senior Leadership Team, participates on Executive Steering Committees.
    • Providing day-to-day operational and management oversight and direction to subordinate managers in the execution of their respective and combined professional and technical functions, which includes acquisition and procurement management within the Office, as well as throughout the various organizational units within TSA.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Position requires occasional travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Open to All U.S. Citizens

    This position is in the Transportation Security Executive Service (TSES) and is located in Arlington, VA.

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    1102 Contracting

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must possess U.S. Citizenship.
    • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
    • You must pass Drug Screening, subject to random drug tests.
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
    • Disclosure of your financial information is required.

    You must meet the qualification requirements of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.


    As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

    You must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution and completion of 24 semester hours (or 36 quarter hours) in any of the following business-related subjects: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and/or organization and management. (Credit for education completed outside the United States must be certified by a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials as equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.)

    You must have completed all mandatory training required for Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C_ Level III OR the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III for Contracting. You will be expected to achieve full certification within 12 months. These certifications require a minimum of four (4) years' experience in contracting or related positions. Details are available at https://www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c and https://dap.dau.mil/career/cont/Pages/Certification3.aspx.

    To be considered for this position, you must include a separate narrative (Under Additional Documents) describing how you meet all elements of the qualification requirements listed above in your application package along with your PTQ and ECQ responses. Candidates who are invited to interview for this position must be prepared to provide documentation (i.e., training records and transcripts) to support claims made in this qualifications narrative. Waivers of minor deviations from the training requirements for certification may be considered by the agency senior acquisitions executive at that time, however, such waivers are the exception rather than the rule.

    DRUG TESTING: You must pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, you may be subject to random drug testing during employment.

    SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Secured Compartmentalized Information) clearance that must be completed prior to appointment. You will be subject to a 5-year periodic investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, with nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers, each day at more than 450 airports nationwide. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.

    As a member of the TSES, you may be subject to frequent changes in posts of duty and positions. Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, the judgment of your superiors concerning reassignments for operational and/or career development purposes, or for other reasons determined to be in the best interest of the Transportation Security Administration.

    CURRENT OR FORMER POLITICAL APPOINTEES: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


    Additional information

    • The TSA, an excepted service agency, was established by Public Law 107-71, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), on November 19, 2001. ATSA provides TSA with the authority to modify and develop its own human capital program, provided such modifications are consistent with 49 USC 40122.
    • This is an excepted service position. However, there is an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and TSA that enables Career TSES members who have been approved by the Qualifications Review Board at OPM to qualify for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions without additional competition.
    • You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.
    • When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.
    • View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and the extent to which your application shows that you possess the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. When describing your qualifications, be sure to furnish examples and describe the context in which you applied your knowledge, discuss how you used skills relevant to the position, indicate the complexity, scope and impact of your work, note the level of people with whom you interacted, and explain the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed. How you format your narrative responses can impact consideration. Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this Job Opportunity Announcement for specific instructions for presenting the PTQs and ECQs listed below and the circumstances under which some applicants may be exempt from providing ECQs.

    Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

    1. Approving large procurement and developing standards/processes for the entire acquisitions lifecycle.

    2. Applying Federal acquisition laws and regulations to specific acquisitions to achieve the desired outcome of supporting the mission at the best value for the government.

    3. Communicating and resolving complex and controversial issues, including the development of acquisition plans/schedules and contracting strategies, with both internal customers and external stakeholders such as members of Congress.

    4. Leading a workforce to accomplish procurement priorities and ensuring the workforce obtains necessary training and experience to develop into well-rounded acquisition professionals.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
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    Security clearance

    Top Secret/SCI

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    Required Documents

    In addition to a RESUME BUILT IN THE USAJOBS RESUME BUILDER and the ASSOCIATED QUESTIONNAIRE, you must submit the following applicable supporting documents:

    PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (PTQs): Each of the PTQ's listed in the HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED section of the Job Opportunity Announcement MUST be addressed: failure to address all PTQ's precisely as worded in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration. Number each of your responses with the PTQ number you are addressing and provide specific examples of your experience, education and accomplishments that are applicable. Please limit your responses to No more than two pages for each PTQ. Please DO NOT incorporate your PTQ responses into your resume; instead submit your answers separately from your resume. Please DO NOT put any part of your Social Security Number (SSN) on your PTQ responses.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) if applicable. Unless you are exempt from submitting ECQs as explained below, you must address each of the ECQs listed in the HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED section of this announcement; failure to do so will eliminate you from consideration. Please DO NOT incorporate your ECQ responses into your resume; instead submit your answers separately from your resume. Please DO NOT put any part of your Social Security Number (SSN) on your ECQ responses. Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management's website, http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf for additional information about ECQs.

    Certain current or former career SES/TSES members with service in Federal agencies which are not excluded from the Senior Executive Service (statutory exclusions are specified in 5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)) as well as graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program which resulted in certification by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) may be EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses. Career SES/TSES members are individuals who have been certified by the OPM QRB and who currently occupy an SES/TSES position in an agency not excluded from the Senior Executive Service by statute (5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)) or who have left such a position after having successfully completed the SES/TSES probationary period. To exercise this exemption without being disqualified for failure to provide ECQ responses:

    • Current SES/TSES members: Must provide a copy of the specific SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to their current SES/TSES position; OR
    • Former SES/TSES members: Must provide a copy of the specific SF-50 which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to their formal SES/TSES position as well as any Federal agency document which confirms their successful completion of an SES/TSES probationary period. (Note: a second SF-50 dated more than a year after SES/TSES conversion or appointment, which documents continued unlimited assignment to the same SES/TSES position, will suffice to document completion of the SES/TSES probationary period.) To avoid overriding your first SF-50 when submitting a second document to prove SES probationary completion, you may enter the second document as "ECQ"; OR
    • Graduates of an OPM approved Candidate Development Program (CDP) which resulted in certification by the OPM QRB: Must provide a copy of a QRB endorsed program graduation certificate.
    These documentation requirements apply to TSA employees as well as others who claim exemption from ECQ submission.
    • Non-SES/TSES members: Current and former non-SES/TSES federal employees (except current TSA employees) must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 (or an equivalent document).
    ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION: A separate narrative describing the degree, college courses and mandatory FAC-C or DAWIA Level II Certification you have completed.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply


    1. Resume. Uploaded resumes will not be accepted for this position. You must create and submit your resume using USAJOBS Resume Builder. This resume may be reused for future applications. Click Here: USAJOBS Resume Builder

    2. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section).

    Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to apply. If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password. Please call the TSA HRAccess Executive Services Office (ESO) Help Desk at 877-872-7991 (TDD 877-872-7992) between the hours of: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday.

    If you are unable to apply online, please call the ESO Help Desk at the number listed above for assistance.

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    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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