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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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As a Transportation Security Inspector (TSI) with TSA, you will be responsible for ensuring security compliance of persons and transportation systems/entities regulated under the Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1500 series. You will perform selected assignments and progressively responsible inspection work such as:

  • Conducting regulatory inspections/investigations and supports criminal investigations related to alleged or suspected security violations.
  • Identifying, collecting, and preserving evidence used to support enforcement actions. Assisting in determining when enforcement action should be initiated, preparing enforcement investigation reports, and recommending to TSA counsel the type of action and level of penalty commensurate with the nature and severity of the violation.
  • Providing testimony and participating in enforcement proceedings. Entering data pertinent to investigations, inspections, and incidents into the national database Performance and Results Information System (PARIS).
  • Responding to threats, violations or potential violations and security incidents as defined by the National Incident Management Systems or as directed by the Federal Security Director (FSD) or appropriate authority.
  • Providing overt and covert presence, including at high visibility activities, to detect and reduce identified security threats/vulnerabilities.
  • Reviewing and analyzing assessment reports and testing results with specific attention to identifying unusual trends and actions that appear to have the potential for developing a security/safety problem.
  • Assisting in formulating recommended or alternative courses of action to pursue by regulated parties in order to satisfy security requirements.
  • Participating in activities designed to identify security threats through appropriately deployed technology or techniques as directed by Headquarters (HQ), FSD or Assistant Federal Security Director (AFSD).
If selected for a Transportation Security Inspector - Cargo position, in addition to the duties assigned to all TSIs outlined above, you will also be responsible for: Administering transportation security initiatives across the Nation's Transportation System. Coordinating preventive measures, safeguards, and rapid response initiatives to ensure the secure and free flow of transportation assets across the Nation and to prevent instances of terrorism or other incidents. Assisting transportation system stakeholders in solving problems and addressing concerns relative to the applicable security programs as well as current and relevant TSA Security Directives and regulatory requirements. Also responsible for conducting, reviewing, and analyzing assessments reports and testing results with special attention to identifying unusual trends or actions that appear to have potential for developing a security problem. Assisting in the development of security mitigation measures for transportation systems. Establishing goals and tracking progress for required inspection/assessment activities within assigned area of responsibility. Providing technical input to the AFSD, FSD and HQ staff, as applicable. If selected for a Transportation Security Inspector - Cargo position, in addition to the duties assigned to all TSIs outlined above, you will also be responsible for conducting inspections of all parties, passenger air carriers that transport cargo, all-cargo air carriers, Certified Cargo Screening Facilities and Indirect Air Carriers (IAC), subject to Federal regulations involving transportation security.
Note: The duties of this position are performed under close guidance and supervision using basic technical inspection knowledge acquired in formal core training and OJT. Assignments typically include inspection work in which established policies and procedures cover virtually all of the work, with little or no room for discretion.