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Job Title:  Supervisory Transportation Security Inspector - Canine - SV-1801-J
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Transportation Security Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HNL-14-806289

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$94,265.00 to $146,108.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to Friday, September 5, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HI View Map
All TSA employees (includes permanent employees and 5 year temporary employees), TSA-Wide.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 16.51% and Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) of 12.25%.

This position is located at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, HI.


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:
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  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Must pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
  • You must successfully complete the Inspections training course.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" section.


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As a Supervisory Transportation Security Inspector - Canine for TSA, your duties will include:

  • Planning, developing, implementing, administering and evaluating critical transportation inspections programs for the compliance of persons and transportation under Title 49 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 1500 series.
  • Serving as a technical expert to the Federal Security Director (FSD), FSD staff, and industry stakeholders on the administration of critical and complex compliance and enforcement programs designed to ensure secure transportation and to protect the nation's public from terrorism, piracy, or other acts of sabotage to transportation systems, facilities, and networks.
  • Supervising and mentoring a team of Transportation Security Inspectors (TSIs) in more than one specialty (Aviation, Canine, Cargo and/or Surface).
  • Conducting and supervising subordinate TSIs in conducting inspections of all transportation regulated parties, including, but not limited to, airports, aircraft operators and indirect air carriers, mass transit, trucking, freight/passenger rail, and other transportation personnel subject to Federal regulations involving transportation security.
  • Conducting and supervising subordinate TSIs in performing complex and technical inspections of all regulated parties to determine overall security posture and compliance.
  • Monitoring compliance with applicable laws, security policies, regulations, and agreements to identify potential problem areas or deviations from prescribed standards.
  • Performing technical reviews, analyzing and making appropriate recommendations concerning security measures promulgated through TSA approved security programs.
  • Identifying and responding to security violations or potential violations. Responding to transportation security incidents and other incidents as defined by the National Incident Management Systems or as directed by the FSD.
  • Determining when an 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 Systems (PARIS).
  • Reviewing and approving data pertinent to investigations, inspections and incidents entered into the national database PARIS by subordinate TSIs.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and approving assessment reports and testing results with specific attention to identifying unusual trends or actions that appear to have the potential for developing a security/safety problem.
  • Reviewing and formulating recommended or alternative courses of action to be pursued by regulated parties in order to satisfy security requirements.
  • Coordinating, performing, or reviewing evaluations of the integration of new technology, traditional measures, and human factors to assure operational effectiveness and efficiency of the overall security system.
  • Coordinating and performing tests and audits, validating and inspecting security processes, procedures, systems and equipment in connection with compliance inspections and vulnerability assessments.
  • Preparing and reviewing written analyses of inspections, assessments, and determining the adequacy of corrective measures required to improve security posture or to restore compliance.
Supervisory/Managerial duties include serving as a first line supervisor for the organization. This includes but is not limited to: assigning work, setting priorities, and reviewing and evaluating work and performance of subordinates; approving leave; coaching and developing employees; recommending corrective or disciplinary actions; assisting in budget planning and projecting short-term needs; managing projects within assigned resources; resolving routine problems that typically impact the objectives of the organizational unit; and when required, coordinating with customers outside the immediate organization.


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To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-I Pay Band or the GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized Experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes:

  • experience as a senior specialist or team lead in conducting security transportation system inspections and investigations
  • conducting inspections with a canine partner;
  • determining when enforcement actions should be taken; and
  • monitoring compliance with policies, regulations, and agreements to identify potential problems and deviations from TSA and other Federal regulatory operation
Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. 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.
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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.

This position is within the Technical category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan.

Conditions of Employment include but are not limited to:
  • Traversing rough terrain and uneven surfaces, prolonged standing, bending, and stooping to observe work operations, ability to climb into aircraft baggage holds, rail cars, aircraft and other transportation equipment.
  • Driving or traveling by motor vehicle and occasionally involves regular and reoccurring exposure to moderate risk or discomforts that require special safety precautions.
  • Passing a Background Investigation (BI) and maintaining eligibility for a clearance at the Secret level.
  • Successfully completing the Basic Transportation Security Inspections Course.
  • Undertaking extensive travel, at times overnight, as required.
  • Must hold a valid driver's license.
  • Must be available for "on call" work and be available for duty within the U.S. and possibly worldwide to protect U.S. transportation interests.
  • Must be available to work various shifts, including frequently changing and uncommon tours of duty.
  • You must pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing.
Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, the person selected for this position must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.


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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.


Current TSA employees are not required to submit a SF-50 to support eligibility for consideration.


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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