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Job Title:Transportation Security Specialist - SV-1801-J

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:HQ-SPIE-TA60-12-562298

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$88,648.00 to $137,402.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 14, 2013 to Monday, February 4, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




4 vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map


Open to all U.S. Citizens.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.22%.

This position is located in Arlington, VA.


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:
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  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • You must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • You may be required to travel overnight occasionally.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" section


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This position is located within the Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement (SPIE), Aviation Division-Airlines Branch-Risk Reduction Section, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  If selected for this position, you will be serving as the Principal Security Specialist and primary point of contact for airline operators regarding interpretations of complex transportation risk reduction security policies, programs, regulatory requirements, and a wide range of other issues applicable to aviation security.

Typical assignments include:  

  • Analyzing, interpreting, and communicating the TSA mission.  Developing and revising technical airline operator security risk reduction programs and policies and recommending amendments to standard security operations, procedures and programs.
  • Identifying high risk security vulnerabilities and risk operations, advising on the vulnerabilities identified and directing aircraft operators to those areas. Developing metrics to measure operator improvement plans and plans to close gaps. Identifying and sharing best practices for airline operators.
  • Conducting in-depth analyses and research in complex policy regulations pertaining to airline operator standard security programs to ensure compliance with regulations covering aviation security.
  • Evaluating and responding to requests for policy guidance regarding aviation security programs and requirements. Providing accurate technical transportation security-related information to aircraft operators. Disseminating and communicating aviation threat information to affected airline operators.
  • Providing policy guidance and interpretations and developing proposals, options, and recommendations for senior leadership in modifying existing aviation security and risk reduction policies and programs. Collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data regarding aviation security operations and assesses issues raised by Office of Security Operations (OSO) staff regarding changes in program policies. Coordinating as necessary with the OSO to ensure findings are addressed and resolved that impact aviation security program issues. Providing senior OSPIE and TSA leadership of system-wide trends for noncompliance to ensure appropriate emphasis during airline operator regulatory assessments.
  • Serving as primary point of contact for stakeholders and external groups on policy guidance and interpretation of aviation security laws, rules, and regulations. Coordinating with airline operators to ensure adherence to TSA aviation security program requirements. Assessing and providing feedback to aircraft operators in implementing best security practices and vulnerability mitigation.
  • Analyzing and initiating regulatory violation cases to identify potential aircraft operator system wide areas of non-compliance. Managing and analyzing special emphasis assessments and inspections that measure compliance of high interest aviation security regulations and programs.
  • Serving as TSA's primary point of contact for reporting violations under the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (VDRP). Publishing Sensitive Security Information for aircraft operators and industry stakeholders on web sites. Recommending and overseeing the implementation of fix plans for areas of non-compliance and coordinates with aircraft operators to re-establish compliance with aviation security regulations and programs.
  • Evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of aircraft operators training programs to achieve agency mission objectives. Conducting ongoing reviews of security program context to ensure relevance, accuracy, and overall compliance with TSA aviation security program requirements.


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To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I Pay Band or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.  Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  Such experience includes: 

  • applying and implementing Federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures governing transportation security and aviation regulatory requirements (i.e. 49 CFR Parts 1540, 1542, 1544, 1546 and 1548);
  • applying technical knowledge in transportation security programs applicable to aviation security to solve problems and develop improved processes or systems; and 
  • applying qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, techniques and processes to conduct studies and analyses of aviation security programs and operations, security assessments, and testing results.

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.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee.  At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.
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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."


Conditions of Employment:  This position is an Emergency Essential Position which requires the incumbent to work in the event of a catastrophic incident or emergency to support the mission of TSA.  As an Emergency Essential Personnel you may have to work extended hours; work on weekends and holidays which may include shift work; and work at locations other than the official duty station. 


This position requires frequent travel throughout the United States and may require international travel at the direction of the Branch Chief to ensure proper program oversight.  Estimate that the incumbent will travel approximately 25% of the time. 


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.

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.


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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.


In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status (if you are not a current TSA employee), Veterans' Preference, or education or a combination of education and experience:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for internal/status consideration.

If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent personnel action SF-50
(or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.  If you elect Status for the consideration of your application without submitting an SF-50 demonstrating your current or previous permanent Federal employment status, and you are not a current TSA employee, your application may not receive Status consideration.

DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 5-point preference.

SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference.


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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