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Job Title:  Transportation Security Specialist - SV-1801-I
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Transportation Security Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HQ-OSO-13-611394

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$71,253.00 to $110,502.00 / Per Year
Thursday, May 02, 2013 to Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Seattle, WA, USView Map

All U.S. Citizens.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 21.81%.

This position is located in Seattle, WA.



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.


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This Transportation Security Specialist position is located in the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Threat Assessment Division, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  If selected for this position, you will serve as the Field Canine Coordinator (FCC) for the Transportation Security Administration's National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program (NEDCTP), reporting to the Regional Canine Coordinator (RCC).  Typical assignments include:

  • Assisting management with, and providing program oversight to multiple airports, mass transit, maritime, and multimodal systems.
  • Providing leadership, technical expertise, guidance, and direction to ensure the overall effectiveness and utilization of canine teams.
  • Ensuring that program policy, standards, and guidelines are communicated in a clear and effective manner to a variety of internal and external stakeholders, while also ensuring adherence to such measures.
  • Serving as a liaison to civilian and law enforcement officials on the Federal, state, and local government levels (i.e., airport management, Chiefs of Police, TSA Federal Security Directors, Assistant FSDs for Inspection, Assistant Federal Security Directors for Law Enforcement, and Federal Air Marshals/Special Agents in Charge).
  • Overseeing the utilization and training of Explosives Detection Canine Team (EDCT) assets.  
  • Managing an average of 15-30 canine teams and performing day-to-day assignments with independence, using decision-making skills and critical thinking. 
  • Serving as a troubleshooter in a variety of areas, including canine training practices, explosives handling, and program oversight/management.
  • Conducting comprehensive annual canine assessments within prescribed periods and performing supplemental assessments as needed or when deficiencies have been identified.
  • Coordinating training, certification missions, and data entry into the secured canine website.  Providing assistance to the participants in administrative matters, cargo requirements, and coordinating additional resources and materials needed to accomplish training and operations.
  • Performing an inventory of explosives every 30 days at each site.  Supervising the handling, storage, security, and accounting of TSA provided explosives to ensure compliance with explosive safety policies.
  • Assisting the Canine Explosives Section with the delivery of explosive materials to assigned participant locations.
  • Reviewing stakeholder requirements to ensure compliance with the Statement of Joint Objectives/Other Transaction Agreements.  Reviewing training and cargo requirements, funding requests, canine records, and response requirements.
  • Reviewing participant fiscal documents and verifying monthly claims submitted by the participant for reimbursements of operating costs.
  • Monitoring training and utilizing EDCTs to ensure the overall effectiveness of each TSA canine asset.
  • Coordinating and conducting Short Notice Assessments (blind tests) to ensure canine effectiveness in the operational environment.
  • Estimating the required hours per week with each canine unit to include unannounced visits to unit training activities during all hours, and working conditions.
  • Attending the in-brief, evaluation period, and out-brief of annual evaluations and training mission.  Providing assistance to the evaluation team, as requested.
  • Conducting a periodic review of the Standard Operating Practices and Procedures to ensure that such procedures are effectively being carried out.  Reviewing participant inspections of explosive storage magazines, bunkers, and training sites.


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To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H Pay Band or GS-12 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 experience training and evaluating explosives detector dogs from initial through advanced levels of explosives detection training; experience administering, handling, and training explosives detection canine teams; and applying Federal regulations governing the security, transport, and safe handling of live explosive substances used as canine training aids. 

In addition to the qualification requirements listed above, a Quality Ranking Factor will be used to determine the best qualified applicants.  Quality Ranking Factors are knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrate a higher level of performance quality sought for the position to be filled. 


Quality Ranking Factor:  

  • Experience handling or training explosives detection canines within the TSA National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program (NEDCTP).

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:

  • The FCC works with live (not simulated) explosives in the training and support of canine detection teams.  You will perform explosive training aid inventories and inspections.  In all cases when the FCC is in close proximity to live or otherwise dangerous explosives, you must exercise caution and follow prescribed techniques/policies to ensure the utmost safety and protection while handling explosives.  This position requires frequent travel throughout the assigned area or responsibility. 

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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