Transportation Security Specialist
Transportation Security Administration

Arlington, Virginia
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 14, 2016 ()
    Close: April 27, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: HQ-SPIE-TA60-16-105223
  • Organization Details
    Transportation Security Administration
    Department Of Homeland Security
  • Salary Information
    $75,202.00 - $116,626.00 Per Year
    8% above average

    Pay Band: SV-1801-I/I
  • Who Can Apply?
    Open to all U.S. Citizens. Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.78%. This position is located in Arlington, VA.
Position Summary

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


To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H Pay Band or GS-12 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, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience includes demonstrated knowledge of freight rail security operations to identify trends and vulnerabilities and provide security based feedback; and applying Federal acquisition and contracting requirements and practices (e.g., Statement of Work, Statement of Objectives) to perform management and oversight functions on contracts.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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.


This Transportation Security Specialist (TSS) position is located in the Freight Rail Section, Industry Engagement Branch, Surface Division, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement (OSPIE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If you are selected for this position, you will perform work in the Freight Rail Section, assisting the Freight Rail Industry Engagement Manager in fostering strategic partnerships with the industry. Typical assignments will include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing engagement activities support to the Freight Rail Industry Engagement Manager.
  • Supporting engagement activities to include: coordination of conferences, meetings and briefings between high ranking agency officials and trade associations and industry stakeholder representatives to share information, discuss concerns and issues, and receive input for policy or program proposal.
  • Using information gathered to make recommendations to leadership addressing industry/stakeholder concerns.
  • Soliciting sensitive input from industry stakeholders in the development of TSA policy and communication of industry feedback to TSA staff to ensure that industry concerns are considered.
  • Assisting the Policy Analysis Branch and Policy Execution Branch members in developing security gap analysis and best practices.
  • Collecting stakeholder engagement metrics for all modes. Providing updates to the Mission Risk Knowledge (MRK) system and to Objectively Measured Risk Reduction (OMRR) system.
  • Drafting acquisition related documents for procurement of new services such as the Statement of Work.

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, click here .

Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.
Conditions of Employment:
  • You must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.

    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.

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

    TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual?s employment experience will be used only to determine the person?s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual?s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here .

    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.

    If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.

    This position is within the Technical category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan. Positions within this category may have a career progression potential up to the level 5.

    TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .

    View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

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