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    **This position was recently advertised under AWA-ASH-20-0012SC-65303 and is being re-announced due to an administrative error. Candidates who applied under the previous announcement must reapply.**

    Serves as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) principal expert for coordination of critical security policy, operational and programmatic issues arising from the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS).

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    The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety, ASH-2. Serves as the focal point for the integration of those UAS security related program issues beyond the scope of the individual component programs and ensures agency actions, engagement and messaging, regarding all aspects of UAS security, are aligned.

    Leads internal FAA workgroups to formulate agency positions and achieve consensus on critical security policy elements/issues that cut across programmatic lines, for which no one LOB/SO is exclusively responsible. Responsible for socializing those positions within the broader community of federal agencies and private sector participants to help drive national consensus. Provides expert-level program assessments that serve as the basis for new initiatives, major policy decisions and long-range planning. Develops and provides the strategic direction for UAS security coordination activities at all levels of government and is expected to lead interactions with senior DOT/FAA leadership, other Federal agencies, members of Congress, state and local officials and the media on high-profile UAS security issues.

    Serves as the external interface and primary representative of the agency collaborating with other Federal Agencies, security partners, and industry stakeholders on UAS security issues affecting multiple Lines of Business or Staff Offices (LOB/SOs), drawing on them for programmatic support and information to ensure that FAA communicates a coordinated policy and message. Represents the FAA on UAS security concerns in public fora, domestic and international conferences and meetings, and must be fully prepared at all times to support top agency executives in Congressional hearings/testimony on any aspect of security concerns as a result of UAS implementation/integration, when called upon to do so.

    Maintains expert knowledge of legislative/congressional, public policy security issues, and related agency positions impacting UAS program implementation, their commercial impacts/significance and public perceptions and concerns regarding use, safety and security of UAS. Develops guidance, procedures and approaches for addressing UAS security concerns, taking into consideration Congress, FAA, organizational policies, government-wide rules and regulations, and industry standards.

    Actively involved with/aware of related policies, Administration priorities and public policy emphases at Department of Transportation level and skilled to integrate policy and program priorities across multiple organizations and organizational interests. Ensure major policy and programmatic security issues addressed effectively consider/incorporate, consonant with Administration positions, and transportation initiatives.

    Informed expert on issues specifically with Departments of Defense, Energy, Justice, and Homeland Security for implementing the mandates relating to new Counter-UAS (C-UAS) authorities provided to DOD and DOE in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 and 2017, and to DHS and DOJ in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act; this implementation requires extensive coordination with the FAA.

    Establishes/maintains effective liaison with internal stakeholders having major programmatic responsibilities and impact on UAS implementation, to include the Air Traffic Organization, Airports, NextGen, Aviation Safety, Chief Counsel, Policy and International Affairs and Environment, Government and Industry Affairs, and Communications for the purpose of fully identifying, addressing, prioritizing and managing those UAS security issues requiring integration across programmatic and organizational lines.

    Responsible for formulating and coordinating the FAA position on those UAS security issues which involve multiple program/functional areas within the FAA and all levels of government, external stakeholders, and industry partners.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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