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Job Title:Assistant Federal Security Director - Inspection - SV-1801-K

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:LIT-13-606867

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$97,391.00 to $150,962.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 22, 2013 to Wednesday, May 01, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Little Rock, AR, USView Map


Open to all U.S. Citizens.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 14.16%.

This position is located at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) in Little Rock, AR.


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 pass Drug and Alcohol Screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • You must successfully complete a training course.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" section


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If you are selected for this position, you will serve as an Assistant Federal Security Director - Inspection (AFSD - Inspection) for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As an AFSD - Inspection, you will serve as the principal advisor to the Federal Security Director (FSD) on all matters concerning enforcement and compliance with aviation security directives pertaining to transportation security. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing, planning, coordinating and managing an inspection program for compliance by regulated parties, tenants and business interests with transportation security policies and requirements.
  • Identifying and responding to security incidents, threats, violations or potential violations. Responding to transportation security incidents and other incidents as defined by the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) or as directed by the FSD. Responding expeditiously on foot, or in a designated vehicle, for incident response to provide command and control presence and technical expertise.
  • Overseeing and conducting assessments and investigations of transportation modes to determine security posture; monitoring compliance with applicable transportation security policies, regulations and agreements. Providing technical guidance to transportation stakeholders on the development and modification of security plans to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Determining when enforcement action should be initiated and recommending the type of action and level of penalty. Reviewing and analyzing assessment reports and testing results with special attention given to identifying trends which appear to have potential for developing a security problem.
  • Gathering, receiving and disseminating transportation security intelligence. Cooperating/participating in the Joint Terrorism Task Force and other Federal, state or local government/law enforcement or industry consortia addressing transportation security as required by agency policy or at the FSD's direction.
  • Conferring with the FSD, Headquarters and project staff personnel to outline work plans, providing technical advice, resolving problems, reviewing status reports and modifying schedules to accomplish duties. Directing the work of supervisors, program managers and other subordinate employees. Hiring, disciplining and mentoring subordinates. Advising FSD on managerial or personnel disciplinary issues as they arise.
  • Exercising discretion and sound judgment in dealing with human resources matters or issues.
  • Maintaining the minimum standards required of Transportation Security Inspectors under your supervision, including experience in at least one primary and secondary mode of specialty as required by TSA Headquarters policy and training plans.


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To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band, (equivalent to GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-J Pay Band or GS-14 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 will include conducting transportation compliance assessments, inspections and investigations to ensure compliance and enforcement and management direction/oversight and administration of programs for security, aviation security, force protection, or corporate security at a medium to large airport facility.

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."


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.


Conditions of Employment include but are not limited to:
  • Arduous conditions such as traversing rough terrain and uneven surfaces; prolonged standing, bending, and stooping to observe work operations; climbing into aircraft baggage holds, rail cars, aircraft, and other transportation equipment.
  • Work may require driving or traveling by motor vehicle and occasionally involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risk of discomforts that require special safety precautions.
  • Must be available for "on call" work and be available for duty within the United States and possibly worldwide to protect United States transportation interests. 
  • Must be available to work various shifts, including frequently changing and uncommon tours of duty.

Basic Security Inspections Course: Unless previously completed, you must complete a training course in Oklahoma City, OK. The Basic Security Inspections Course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to conduct inspections and assessments, including using legal and regulatory documents that govern transportation security.

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, the person selected for this position must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.

This position is within the Technical category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan.


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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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