Job Overview


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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This Program Analyst position is located in the Office of Security Capability (OSC), Mission Analysis Division, Risk Analysis Branch, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as a senior advisor concerning mission-wide risk assessment such as Transportation Sector Security Risk Assessment (TSSRA), providing advice to high-level TSA management covering all transportation sectors under TSA including aviation, mass transit, highway motor carrier, busses and pipelines. 

Typical assignments include:

  • Developing methods, approaches, and techniques of risk assessment, taking the lead in briefing high-level management, such as developing a method of assessing risk of first population for a Risk Based Security (RBS) pilot project, assessment of the potential threat of general aviation pilots, and new “secure flight” rules.   
  • Participating in GAO audits, taking the lead in conferences with the office and offering expertise. 
  • Participating in various Integrated Product Team (IPT) work groups performing risk analysis and in broad conferences focused on vulnerability analysis that includes such transportation sector groups as railroad corporations, the American Association of Railroads, representatives of mass transit systems, TSA and other Federal government agencies. 
  • Providing subject matter expertise and advice to other TSA offices such as OSPIE, OSO, OGS, and OLE/FAMS. 
  • Serving as an integrationist, consulting with experts in various fields, in order to develop an overall risk analysis of situations and proposed actions.  Consulting with technical experts and transportation security specialists to assess how a current or proposed technology or procedure impacts the situation's security risk and ultimately using this information to produce risk analysis.   
  • Taking the lead for Risk-Based Security (RBS) projects, which primarily concern screening at airport checkpoints but has implications affecting other transportation sectors.  Participating in a variety of IPTs cutting across DHS that are involved in developing risk-based products.  Representing TSA on DHS's Risk Steering Committee (RSC).  Representing the section on multiple TSA cross-office project teams.   
  • Leading project teams to develop risk-based analyses and making reports for high-level TSA management and Congress.  Participating in developing the TSSRA. 

The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (Pay Band I) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and projects or work assignments may be less complex.