Supervisory Inspections Specialist

Arlington, Virginia
May 23, 2019
May 31, 2019
Full Time


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 .

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The Supervisory Inspections Specialist serves as the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Inspection (INS) and is the senior oversight official in TSA responsible for continually identifying, reviewing and monitoring areas of weakness and vulnerability in TSA's programs and operations with respect to fraud, waste, abuse, gross mismanagement and ineffectiveness. In this position you will lead an enterprise level mission to independently evaluate the TSA's $7.5 billion dollar (annual) security expenditure to determine whether the system is operating in an effective and efficient manner. The responsibilities of the position have both international and national system-wide impact and influence and the products produced by this office lead to programmatic changes in TSA's security operations.

The DAA for INS has shared responsibility for providing executive leadership and serving as the Agency's senior oversight official throughout TSA and supports the Assistant Administrator (AA) in the management of the office and oversees day to day operations. In conjunction with the AA, major duties include:
  • Managing day to day operations for approximately 120 Headquarters and Field testing personnel and is responsible for the management of a reserve testing force of over 300 part-time reservists from across TSA.
  • Providing accurate and timely reviews and analysis of TSA's $7.5 billion security expenditures yearly to the TSA Administrator, Deputy Administrator, Congress and oversight entities, assessing whether TSA 's systems operate as promised. Transmitting this information to TSA and DHS leadership in both classified and unclassified settings.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with Congressional oversight and appropriations committees and will regularly brief on testing and evaluations of TSA's security effectiveness and programs.
  • Providing leadership and oversight for TSA's global outreach and training program for covert testing and evaluations with foreign governments. This includes establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with leadership from foreign governments in developing joint training programs, reciprocal covert testing agreements and information sharing.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with TSA 's oversight entities including GSA and the DHS-OIG. Serving as the Agency representative to these entities in the areas of testing and evaluation.
  • Maintaining relationships with TSA 's private industry partners in the area of covert testing and evaluations in order to assist those security partners in strengthening their security infrastructure. Ensuring TSA meets its statutory mandates regarding the testing and evaluation of industry security measures.
  • Exercising broad strategic discretion in directing and managing TSA's covert Red Team's projects to ensure that testing is properly aligned with the TSA Administrator's strategic plan, Congressional mandates and statutory requirements. Ensuring that INS maintains autonomy and objectivity in testing and evaluations to ensure that test and evaluation results are unbiased, reliable and candid regarding the efficacy of TSA's technology, personnel, policies and programs.
  • Providing executive level leadership of TSA 's Headquarters and Field Evaluation Teams (HET/FET), including its 38 staff. These programs measure the nationwide effectiveness and performance of TSA security screening checkpoints nationwide. Working directly with the Executive Assistant Administrator for Security Operations and TSA's Federal Security Directors nationwide in developing and testing security effectiveness measures. These measures are used to drive system-wide improvements and the results are reported to Congress, OMB, and DHS/TSA leadership.
  • Providing management oversight and direction of audit and inspections of domestic and international airlines' collection of 9/11 Security Fees to ensure that the TSA U.S. Government are properly reimbursed for the collection of this security fee and applicable tickets sold in the United States.
  • Developing and implementing plans and procedures to share inspection and other threat information with TSA field elements and the transportation security community. Developing, implementing, amending and revising TSA inspection policies and procedures, as applicable.
  • Providing day-to-day operational and managerial oversight and direction to subordinate managers in the execution of their respective and combined professional and technical functions, which includes covert testing, evaluations and auditing management within the Office, as well as throughout the various organizational within TSA.
  • Providing management oversight and direction concerning personnel policies and programs and ensuring the efficient and effective acquisition, use, distribution and disposal of offices resources in compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, and directives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Clearance.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
  • This is an Emergency Essential position.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" section

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band (equivalent to GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-J Pay Band or GS-14 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 specialized experience is defined as:
  • Experience applying administrative and operational policies and procedures to assess security screening systems and to oversee covert testing programs; AND
  • Experience using analytical and evaluative methods to assess screening operation vulnerabilities.

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.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


Additional information

SUPERVISORY/MANAGERIAL PROBATIONARY PERIOD REQUIREMENT: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory probationary period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code; therefore, employment with TSA does not confer the "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.
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When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.

You will be required to serve a supervisory probationary period of one year unless one has previously been completed.

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

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee. At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and;

Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to a resume and the assessment questionnaire, you must submit copies of the following documents as applicable if you are applying based on current or former Federal government status and/or veterans' preference.

1. SF-50: If applying for Internal or Status consideration, all except current TSA employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, (or an equivalent document). If you elect Internal or Status consideration of your application without submitting an SF-50 demonstrating a tenure code of "1" or "2" in block 24, your application may not receive this type of consideration. TSA employees must also have tenure codes of "1" or "2" but may omit attaching an SF-50.

2. DD-214: If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 ) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. Failure to provide this documentation verifying qualifying service will result in your application not receiving 5-point preference.

3. SF-15 and VA Letter: If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; a SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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