Information Technology Specialist (INFOSEC)

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 21, 2019
Jun 28, 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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This position is located in Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Information Technology (IT), Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Division (IACSD). The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Chief Systems Security Officer (CSSO) with responsibility for securing TSA's information technology environment by assessing security risks vulnerabilities, implementing DHS and TSA information system security policy. The CSSO serves as a principle technical advisor and consultant to OIT offices on the implementation of information systems security policy and interfaces with TSA and DHS officials, officials from other Federal agencies, the international trade community, and private organization as they relate to TSA information security policies, issues, and products. Serves as the TSA lead for the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program leading a cross functional internal TSA team to enable key security technologies and representing TSA to DHS and vendor communities.

Other duties include:
    • Serving as the principal technology leader in the IT organization responsible for architecting the frameworks, technology and solution capabilities required to meet the agency's growing information security and cyber requirements.
    • Assessing TSA's current state, determining which security gaps need to be addressed in support of TSA's risk profile, and then providing broad guidance to solution engineering teams to develop and provide frameworks to deliver those cyber requirements.
    • Influencing which technical security frameworks should be utilized across TSA, driving enterprise consolidation and standardization, and managing the multi-year roadmap required to support the changing security landscape.
    • Reviewing TSA exiting policies, standards, and procedures to determine compliance with the Computer Security Act, Federal Information Security Management Act, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines, and related legislation and regulations.
    • Promoting DHS Sensitive Systems Policy directives and is responsible for developing, governing, and enforcing contingent TSA security policies and standards.
    • Establishing policy for TSA classified information systems and managing those systems to ensure efficient and effective operations.
    • Assessing information security risks vulnerabilities and providing mitigation solutions. Overseeing the documentation and maintenance of security guidelines and procedures for TSA Headquarters and program offices.
    • Developing policies and procedures to ensure information systems reliability and accessibility and to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data.
    • Participating in defining IT security requirements. Providing advice and guidance in implementing IT security policies and procedures in the development and operation of network systems. Participating in identifying and writing specifications to meet IT security requirements at the applications or network server level.
    • Identifying and specifying information systems security requirements associated with migrations to new environments Providing guidance in planning and implementing migration activities.
    • Developing specifications to ensure compliance with security requirements at the systems or LAN level. Defining the scope and level of detail for security plans and policies applicable to the security program.
    • Verifying that application software/network/system security postures are implemented as stated, document deviations, and recommend required actions to correct those deviations.
    • Performing risk analysis (e.g., threat, vulnerability, and probability of occurrence) whenever an application or system undergoes a major change. Providing input to the Risk Management Framework process activities and related documentation (e.g., system life-cycle support plans, concept of operations, operational procedures, and maintenance training materials).
    • Assuring successful implementation and functionality of security requirements and appropriate information technology (IT) policies and procedures that are consistent with the organization's mission and goals.
    • Ensuring that acquired or developed system(s) and architecture(s) are consistent with organization's cybersecurity architecture guidelines. Performing security reviews, identify gaps in security architecture, and develop a security risk management plan. Providing advice on project costs, design concepts, or design changes.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required. A minimum of one (1) week of travel in a full-time duty status will be required within 90-days of entry on duty to complete TSA's in residence New Hire Training. This training will occur away from the employee's duty station of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.

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 pass Drug screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Clearance.

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


To qualify for the SV-L Pay Band, you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-K Pay Band or GS-15 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is defined as:
  • Assessing information technology risk and vulnerabilities, and implementing information systems security policy; AND
  • Influencing which technical security frameworks should be utilized department, agency, and/or organizationally wide.

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.

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

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. For more information, click here .

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.

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. 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; 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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