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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 Transportation Security Specialist (TSS) position is located in the Strategic Analysis Section of the Policy Analysis Branch, within the Aviation Division, in the Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement (SPIE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  If selected for this position, you will be serving as the senior team lead on major projects which define the desired state of security policy and policy development processes, through the examination of risks facing the various modes of aviation transporation and which design the absolute set of policies that are operationally sustainable and appropriate for the risk.  Typical duties include but are not limited to:

  • Defining the desired state of security policy (e.g. allowing greater freedom of movement for people and goods, cost-effective measures, respectful of privacy rights of operators, passengers, and shipments), examining risks facing the various modes of surface transportation, and designing the absolute set of policies appropriate for the risk.
  • Evaluating the larger body of existing security policy with the objective of developing policy to the desired state through more effective and operationally sustainable, risk-based policies that are also cost-effective.
  • Receiving and analyzing industry and cross-industry best practive standards; evaluating the entire body of policy to identify duplicative polices; identifing policy gaps.
  • Focusing on achieving security excellence vs. regurlatory compliance, setting standards for measurable outcome-based vs. process-based security policies, and establishing industry standard risk reduction metrics.
  • Engaging national transportation providers, as the alternate to the Section Chief, at the CEO, COO and Security Director levels.
The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (I Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.