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Job Title:  Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Transportation Security Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HQ-ACQ-13-657183-ESO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Friday, September 13, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VAView Map

Open to all U.S. Citizens.

This position is in the Transportation Security Executive Service (TSES) and is located in the Office of Acquisition (ACQ) 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, we serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, we secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems, thus protecting our 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.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.
  • You must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening, subject to random drug tests.


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As the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition (DAA/ACQ), you will provide executive leadership and directs the Office of Acquisition's execution of acquisition services throughout TSA.  You will oversee, manage, direct and evaluate programs involving the acquisition of supplies, services, real estate, construction and research and development by utilizing various acquisition strategies including negotiation procedures.  You will provide oversight and approvals of acquisition plans, business strategies, solicitations and business clearances.  You will ensure compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) including those pertaining to small business, contract awards, cost/price based negotiation, source selection, claims review, disputes resolution, simplified acquisition, contract administration and, if necessary, termination of contracts.  You will provide leadership and oversight in the management of post-award contract administration, contract reporting, contract closeout, contract files maintenance, electronic acquisition systems, claims adjudication, disposition of defective pricing actions and participation in litigation activities.  You will oversee process standardization for the entire acquisition lifecycle, to include processes related to program management, logistics, cost estimating, and testing and evaluation.  You will serve as the Executive sponsor for the Solicitation Review Board and Acquisition Policy Board.  As a member of the TSA Senior Leadership Team, you will participate on Executive Steering Committees focused on various cross-cutting agency initiatives.   You will provide day-to-day operational and management oversight and direction to subordinate managers in the execution of their professional and technical functions, which includes acquisition and procurement management within the Office as well as throughout the various organizational units within TSA.  You will promote an equal opportunity environment by fostering fairness in personnel selections, encouraging and recognizing achievements, ensuring fair treatment of minority group employees and demonstrating sensitivity to the developmental needs of all employees including minority groups, women and the handicapped.  You will also provide management oversight and direction concerning personnel, policies and programs (e.g., human resources, budget, information technology, facilities, equipment, procurement) and ensure the efficient and effective acquisition, use, distribution and disposal of resources in compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws and directives.


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To qualify for this position, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the level of the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful performance. You would typically gain this experience by working within this field or a field of work that is closely related. Such experience includes demonstrating senior executive managerial capabilities providing oversight of several units or a major subdivision with contractual responsibilities and should demonstrate application of a comprehensive knowledge of contracting methods and contract types sufficient to independently perform pre-award requirements, post award requirements, contract price/cost analysis and other highly specialized or complex acquisition management functions.  

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level or SV-K Pay Band in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

You must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution and completion of 24 semester hours (or 36 quarter hours) in any of the following business-related subjects:  accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and/or organization and management.  (Credit for education completed outside the United States must be certified by a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials as equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.)

You must have completed all mandatory training required for Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III OR the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III for Contracting.  You will be expected to achieve full certification within 12 months.  These certifications require a minimum of four (4) years experience in contracting or related positions.  Details are available at: and

To be considered for this position, you must include a separate narrative (Under Additional Documents) describing how you meet all elements of the qualification requirements listed above in your application package along with your PTQ and ECQ responses.  Candidates who are invited to interview for this position must be prepared to provide documentation (i.e., training records and transcripts) to support claims made in this qualifications narrative.  Waivers of minor deviations from the training requirements for certification may be considered by the agency senior acquisitions executive at that time, however, such waivers are the exception rather than the rule.

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

DRUG TESTING: You must pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, you may be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing during employment.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Secured Compartmentalized Information) clearance that must be completed prior to appointment. You will be subject to a 5-year periodic investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, with nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers and approximately 2,800 Behavior Detection Officers, each day at more than 450 airports nationwide. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.

As a member of the TSES, you may be subject to frequent changes in posts of duty and positions. Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, the judgment of your superiors concerning reassignments for operational and/or career development purposes, or for other reasons determined to be in the best interest of the Transportation Security Administration.



You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the mandatory factors listed below. When describing your qualifications, be sure to furnish examples and describe the context in which you applied your knowledge, discuss how you used skills relevant to the position, indicate the complexity and scope of your work, discuss the impact of your work products and services, note the level of people with whom you interacted, and explain the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed.

Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs):

The Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) listed below must be addressed; failure to address all PTQs precisely as worded in a separate narrative statement will eliminate you from consideration. Number each of your responses with the PTQ number you are addressing and provide specific examples of your experience, education and accomplishments that are applicable. Please limit your responses to no more than two pages for each PTQ. Please DO NOT incorporate your PTQ responses into your resume; instead submit your answers separately from your resume. Please DO NOT put any part of your Social Security Number (SSN) on your PTQ responses.

  1. Experience in applying knowledge of Federal Acquisition laws and regulations to specific acquisitions to achieve the desired outcome of supporting the mission at the best value for the government.
  2. Experience in communicating and resolving complex and controversial acquisition issues, including the development of acquisition plans/schedules and contracting strategies, with both internal customers and external stakeholders such as members of Congress.
  3. Experience in leading a workforce to accomplish acquisition priorities and ensuring the workforce obtains necessary training and experience to develop into a well-rounded acquisition professionals.
  4. Knowledge of principles underlying multiple acquisition career fields such as contracting, program management, logistics, cost estimating, and test & evaluation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

You will also be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Please DO NOT incorporate your ECQ responses into your resume; instead submit your answers separately from your resume. Please DO NOT put any part of your SSN on your ECQ responses. Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management's website,, for additional information about ECQs.

Certain current or former SES/TSES members with service in Federal agencies which are not excluded from the Senior Executive Service by statute (5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)), as well as graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program which resulted in certification by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QEB), are EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses.  The referenced career SES/TSES members are individuals who have been certified by the OPM QRB and who currently occupy an SES/TSES position or who have left such a position after successful completion of the SES/TSES probationary period.  Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this Job Opportunity Announcement for specific details. 

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

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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; 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."


The TSA, an excepted service agency, was established by Public Law 107-71, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), on November 19, 2001. ATSA provides TSA with the authority to modify and develop its own human capital program, provided such modifications are consistent with 49 USC 40122.

This is an excepted service position. However, there is an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and TSA that enables Career TSES members who have been approved by the Qualifications Review Board at OPM to qualify for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions without additional competition.

You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.

TSA may pay a Relocation Incentive to an individual who must relocate to accept the position.  Permanent Change of Station relocation expenses will/will not be paid to relocating Federal employees.

When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.


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Your application MUST include:

1. Resume.  Uploaded resumes will not be accepted for this position. You must create and submit your resume using USAJOBS Resume Builder. This resume may be reused for future applications. Click Here: USAJOBS Resume Builder

2. 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 HRAccess Executive Services Office (ESO) Help Desk at 877-872-7991 (TDD 877-872-7992) between the hours of: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday.

If you are unable to apply online, please call the ESO Help Desk at the number listed above for assistance.


In addition to a resume built in the USAJOBS Resume Builder and the associated questionnaire, you must submit the following applicable supporting documents:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.  Applicants who are not currently TSA employees must submit an SF-50 which supports inclusion in the area of consideration described under "Who May Apply" at the beginning of this Job Opportunity Announcement.


EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) if applicable.  Certain current or former career SES/TSES members with service in Federal agencies which are not excluded from the Senior Executive Service (statutory exclusions are specified in 5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)) as well as graduates of an SES Candidate Development Program which resulted in certification by OPM's QRB may be EXEMPT from providing ECQ responses.  Career SES/TSES members are individuals who have been certified by the OPM QRB and who currently occupy an SES/TSES position in an agency not excluded from the Senior Executive Service by statute (5 U.S.C. 3132(a)(1)) or who have left such a position after having successfully completed the SES/TSES probationary period.  To exercise this exemption without being disqualified for failure to provide ECQ responses:

  • Current SES/TSES members:  Must provide a copy of the specific SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to their current SES/TSES position; OR
  • Former SES/TSES members:  Must provide a copy of the specific SF-50 which documents conversion or appointment, without time limitation, to their former SES/TSES position as well as any Federal agency document which confirms their successful completion of an SES/TSES probationary period.  (Note: a second SF-50 dated more than a year after SES/TSES conversion or appointment, which documents continued unlimited assignment to the same SES/TSES position, will suffice to document completion of the SES/TSES probationary period.)  To avoid overwriting your first SF-50 when submitting a second document to prove SES probationary completion, you may enter the second document as "ECQ"; OR
  • Graduates of an OPM approved Candidate Development Program (CDP): must provide a copy of an OPM QRB endorsed CDP graduation certificate.

These documentation requirements apply to TSA employees as well as others who claim exemption from ECQ submission.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION:  A separate narrative describing the degree, college courses and mandatory FAC-C or DAWIA Level III Certification you have completed.


HRAccess ESO Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7991
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 877-872-7992
Agency Information:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Merrifield, VA
Fax: 571-258-4052


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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