Supervisory Transportation Security Specialist

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 24, 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 Transportation Security Specialist serves as the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for the Assistant Administrator of Enrollment Services & Vetting Programs (ESVP), who is responsible for all TSA enrollment programs, vetting, credentialing and prescreening programs to include TSA's Trusted Traveler and Registered Traveler programs and the implementation of corresponding policies and programs. In this position you will be responsible for supporting the Assistant Administrator (AA) for ESVP in establishing, and managing program operations, technology, budget, and end-to-end integration of TSA frontline vetting mission priorities, as well as critical intra-agency and inter-agency executive coordination and outreach to achieve TSA mission essential strategic goals and tactical objectives in vetting, credentialing, and enrollment. In concert with the AA ESVP, you will influence and drive from concept to implementation a variety of TSA and DHS initiatives from identity verification, enrollment and registration for credentialing, biographic and biometric based vetting, passenger pre-screening, and integration with technology and multiple field operations as well as serving as an advisor to align TSA initiatives with that of the larger DHS vetting enterprise, coordinating and integrating with the rest of the Federal government, as well as state, local, tribal, and private sector stakeholders.

Major duties include:
  • Supporting the Administrator in day to day operational program planning issues relating to appropriated and fee based pre-screening and credential vetting programs in conjunction with the National Vetting Enterprise and Intelligence Enterprise.
  • Collaborating with all organizational elements within TSA that have enrollment/vetting equities, which are interconnected and interdependent, to ensure consistency and coordination of policies and programs needed to accomplish TSA's mission. Understanding the roles and responsibilities of each of TSA's organizational components and sharing key information between and among these components to assure robust communication throughout the sector.
  • Overseeing the management and integration of multiple fee-funded programs, providing enterprise oversight of fee-funded budgets that fund personnel, technology, and contracts across the entire agency.
  • Driving continuous review of enrollment programs (Pre-Check, HazMat, TWIC, Alien Flight, ...) standards and requirements and works closely with the Pre-Check Marketing & Branding team to expand enrollment applications.
  • Overseeing the coordination, development, interpretation, and dissemination of domestic and international Trusted Traveler and Registered Traveler enrollment services and vetting program's security policies including, but not limited to security programs, guidelines, agreements, and regulations incorporating industry input, as appropriate. Monitoring and reviewing all outstanding security policies affecting the industry for relevance.
  • Continually assessing the effectiveness of policy, programs, and operations and adjusting, as needed, to meet emerging priorities. Ensuring a risk-based methodology is used to establish and develop security regulations, policies and directives to reduce measurable risk.
  • Overseeing:
    • the development and interpretation of TSA security policy and regulations governing enrollment, pre-screening and credential vetting programs;
    • the development and implementation of pre-screening and credential vetting security programs;
    • the management of end-to-end pre-screening and credential vetting programs and maintains awareness and/or mastery knowledge of the most current and impacting proposed/enacted legislation in the area of air cargo, aviation, maritime, and surface security policy, prescreening, and vetting
  • Testifying and briefing Congressional staff and members regarding vetting policy and integrating security operations, identity verification, integration technology, industry pre-screening and enrollment programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 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).
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • 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, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-J Band or GS-14 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in state or local government or the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes:
  • planning, developing, executing, and managing vetting, pre-screening, and credentialing process standards, requirements, and programs with national or industry-wide implications; AND
  • providing expert knowledge of the current threats and vulnerabilities to the transportation industry while working as a liaison with senior-level Federal, state, and local officials in the transportation and intelligence community.

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.

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.

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.