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Job Title:Master Transportation Security Officer - Behavior Detection Officer - SV-1802-F

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:SMF-12-543253

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$41,092.00 to $61,704.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 16, 2012 to Thursday, November 01, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Sacramento, CA, USView Map


All TSA employees (includes permanent employees and 5 year temporary employees), TSA-Wide.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 22.20%.

This position is located at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in Sacramento, CA.

JOA extended to 11/1/12.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here


  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must have reached the minimum age (18) at the time of application.
  • You must be able to obtain a Secret Clearance.
  • You must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • See Conditions of Employment in the "Other Information" section.


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As a Master Transportation Security Officer - Behavior Detection Officer (MTSO-BDO) for TSA you will:

  • Perform passive observation and engage in voluntary encounters with the public to determine whether individuals may be involved in harmful activities against transportation systems.
  • Use seasoned experience and knowledge of the work and governing law, regulations, policy, and procedures, to independently complete the majority of work without the need to refer issues to a superior for a decision.
Specific duties include:
  • Develop an understanding of the anticipated composition of travelers associated with flights or other modes of transportation, and the behaviors to be expected and assess deviations from those behaviors.
  • Assess multiple individuals simultaneously and use defined methods to detect unusual behavior.
  • Use established factors to determine whether elevated suspicion exists that might indicate an individual is involved in harmful activities against transportation systems.
  • Refer individuals for additional screening through casual conversation, selectee screening and/or Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) intervention.
  • Work closely with team members to assess individuals and gain more independence as experience in the work is gained.
  • Document identified behaviors as the basis for referrals.
  • Prepare incident reports when law enforcement is involved.
  • Ensure that superiors are aware of all ongoing activities.
  • Perform pre-board security screening of persons, carry-on and checked baggage.


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To qualify for the Master Transportation Security Officer - Behavior Detection Officer (MTSO-BDO), SV-F Pay Band (GS-9), you must have one year of work experience equivalent to the D Pay Band (GS-5/6), or above, performing multi-faceted security or related work (e.g., Transportation Security Officer, private industry security officer, law enforcement officer, etc.) which included the following:

  • Performing security-related duties which involved multi-tasking of processes to ensure situational awareness and security of persons or places;
  • Functioning under general supervision, referring issues, only when needed, that may represent changes in policy, approach, or unusual situations to the supervisor for review and decision;
  • Providing immediate response to breaches of security and/or emergency situations; taking appropriate steps to prevent entry to secure areas;
  • Conducting or assisting staff and law enforcement officers with conducting investigations of incidents (e.g., providing accurate information regarding incident, preparing clear and concise incident reports);
  • Making suggestions to improve security processes and procedures

Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

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


You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits."


Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at:

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

This position is within a Specialized category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan.

Exposure to potentially lethal devices and dangerous chemicals is inherent in this position.

This position is not covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay or Law Enforcement Retirement.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate unranked list.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.


Conditions of Employment: Selectee must successfully complete all BDO training and OJT requirements to be promoted/re-assigned into the BDO program. Those unable to successfully complete the program requirements will remain in their current position. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative drug test result. Any individual tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Must meet and maintain medical requirements for screening work (including a medical examination and physical abilities assessment) including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Must be able to efficiently and thoroughly manipulate and lift baggage, containers, and other objects subject to security processing;
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift and carry items weighing up to 70 pounds;
  • Must be able to maintain physical agility that would allow you to squat, bend, and lean to inspect individuals and baggage/cargo;
  • Must be able to maintain the ability to walk up to two miles during a shift and stand for prolonged periods of time;
  • Must be able to maintain a measured threshold for sight:
  • Distance vision correctable to 20/30 or better in the best eye and 20/100 or better in worst eye. Near vision correctable to 20/40 or better binocular;
  • Must maintain a measured threshold for hearing: Average hearing loss of 25 decibels (ANSI) at 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz in each ear. Single reading of 45 decibels at 4000 and 6000 Hz in each ear;
  • Must be able to distinguish between different colors that will be a part of images displayed on automated screens: Color perception (e.g., red, green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, brown, black, white, gray). Note: Color filters for enhancing color discrimination are prohibited;
  • Must be able to maintain eligibility for a security clearance;
  • Must be able to maintain proficiency in all facets of assigned work sufficient to ensure recertification;
  • Must be available to work various shifts and overtime, as needed;
  • Must be proficient in English (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, listening); and,
  • Must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
Minimum Entry Age Requirement: To be determined eligible applicants must have reached the minimum entry age of 18 years at the time their application is submitted and, if selected for the position, will be required to provide such proof prior to appointment.


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Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. This includes both online and mailed application materials. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

Your application must include:

1. Resume

2. Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position

3. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

Click the "Apply Online" button below 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 HR Access Help Desk at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 8:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 11:00AM - 4:00PM ET Sunday.

If you are unable to apply online, please call the Help Desk at the number listed above for a printed Employment Packet which will be sent to you for completion and return to this office.


Current TSA employees are not required to submit a SF-50 to support eligibility for consideration.


HR Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7990
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 877-872-7992
Agency Information:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Shared Service Center
2650 Park Tower Drive
Suite 201
Merrifield, VA
Fax: 571-258-4052


The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.

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