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Job Title:Program Specialist - SV-0301-H

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:HQ-OSC-TA62-14-744947

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$60,231.00 to $93,331.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 11, 2014 to Monday, April 21, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map


Open to all U.S. Citizens.

Salary includes 24.22% Locality Pay.

This position is located in Arlington, VA.


Top Secret




About the Agency

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: Click Here


  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug testing.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section


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If you are selected for this Program Specialist position, you will serve as the Data Manager for the Checkpoint Technology Division (CTD) within the Office of Security Capabilities (OSC), in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  You will be the designated program official for oversight audits, including responding to and providing information/data to fulfill Government Accountability Office and Office of the Inspector General requests and audits. You will act as CTD's subject matter expert on security cleared information, Sensitive Security Information  (SSI), and related classification policies and standards, relying on your expertise on all SSI policy issues and performing documentation redactions and proper initial classifications across all projects under TSA’s Passenger Screening Program (PSP).

Duties include:

  • Developing and maintaining CTD's internal data management system. Organizing, categorizing and classifying all program documentation in PSP's data management system. Utilizing office automation systems and various software packages to accomplish work.
  • With limited supervision, preparing/developing a variety of correspondence, reports, Congressional inquiry responses, records, briefing materials, and statistical and narrative materials required to support the organization's mission.  Producing a wide-range of documents into final form. Assuring that the content of all outgoing correspondence is consistent with the organization's mission, goals, and objectives. Ensuring clarity, completeness of reply, grammatical and procedural correctness, and conformance to regulation and organizational standards.
  • Organizing and facilitating workshops, seminars, and conferences with internal and external TSA participation.
  • Attending conferences and meetings with various internal and external government and industry organizations, key stakeholders, and senior level management regarding program status and reports. Discussing matters in assigned areas of responsibility and furnishing information based on studies made and familiarity with administrative policies and procedures of the Division.


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To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-G Pay Band or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes applying knowledge of data management systems and records management including knowledge of classification guidelines for Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and Classified Materials; and employing comprehensive knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage and format to write and proofread official letters, memoranda, briefings and presentation materials, and narrative reports for a wide variety of audiences.

NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour work week. 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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Conditions of Employment:
  • You must pass pre-employment drug screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug testing.
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. 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.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the TSA HRAccess Help Desk before the closing of this announcement for alternative options on how to apply.  The Help Desk is available by phone 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 outside these hours, please email your question or concern to or fax 1-877-872-7993.  

When contacting the Help Desk please provide your contact information, the Job Announcement Number of the position you are interested in, and your questions or concerns.  


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 a tenure code of "1" or "2" in block 24 of your SF-50, 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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