Job Overview


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.

This position is also being announced through Government-Wide procedure under Announcement #HQ-OIA-TA54-16-237461-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.


This Transportation Security Specialist position serves as a Secure Flight Vetting Operations Analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will analyze transportation vetting results in an effort to identify possible threats to national security. As a team member of one of OIA's Vetting Operations Watch Teams, you will man OIA's 24 hour/7 day a week National Transportation Vetting Center in one of two separate geographic locations. These centers conduct terrorist related Security Threat Assessments (STAs) for passengers traveling on domestic and international flights into, out of, within, and over the United States. Typical assignments will include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing vetting system-produced results for possible matches of passengers to individuals on terrorism watch lists.
  • Researching and interpreting data, querying additional databases, both classified and unclassified, and resolving that information with vetting results data to determine the potential for a valid match.
  • Taking steps to negate invalid matches and referring valid matches to TSA Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA) vetting Operations management and the Terrorist Screening Center for further action.
  • Apprising on-duty Secure Flight (SF) Vetting Operations, SF Senior Watch Officers and Supervisors of any significant threat activity or noticed trends.
  • Identifying gaps in needed information and taking action to obtain the proper intelligence and law enforcement information to support accurate security threat assessments.
  • Using a computer user interface to produce analytically sound oral and written referral reports that describe the nature and significance of valid matches to terrorism watch lists.
  • Working closely with the SF Customer Support Agents to resolve individual cases of mismatches of passengers to terrorism watch-listed individuals.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No