Personnel Security Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 27, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Full Time


Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee's report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate.

** One vacancy will be filled at one of the duty locations listed on this vacancy. **

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This position is located in the Security and Hazardous Materials Safety (ASH) organization and may be assigned to a geographical location under the purview of the Office of Personnel Security.

The mission of ASH is to ensure aviation safety, support national security, and promote an efficient airspace system through the development and administration of policies and programs. This position supports ASH in accomplishing mission critical responsibilities and key agency goals and objectives by implementing the requirements of the Personnel Security Program.

As a developmental specialist, the incumbent performs a combination of routine, multiple, and varying assignments under the general direction of a manager or more experienced specialist. He/she applies experience and detailed knowledge of the Personnel Security Program to plan and accomplish assignments. As a developmental, the incumbent supports a more experienced specialist in the conduct of various program-related duties. Typical assignments include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assists in establishing the position sensitivity/risk level designation and the investigative requirements for agency positions. Ensure the timely initiation of the appropriate investigations for all applicants, employees, and/or contractors to include the review of required documents and forms for accuracy, completeness, and clarity.

Initiates and conducts additional inquiries/interviews of applicants, employees, and/or contractors as may be necessary. Assists in establishing more complete data prior to do submission of forms to the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) for investigation. Assists in establishing administrative procedures to monitor the investigative process. Maintains liaison with DCSA and with security offices of other government agencies and departments; Federal, state, and local law enforcement; and industrial security agencies to ensure expeditious accomplishments of investigations.

Upon receipt from DCSA, reviews and analyzes investigations to determine whether the report contains derogatory or unfavorable information that must be resolved and/or whether there is sufficient information to make a determination as to the individual's suitability for employment and/or for issuance of a security clearance. In consultation with a more experienced specialist, evaluates the significance of any derogatory information and conducts any needed investigations, including interview of the applicant, employee, or contractor, to obtain facts to clarify or mitigate the unfavorable information.

Enters and updates investigation and security clearance information for agency personnel in the Investigations Tracking System (ITS). Performs a variety of administrative and technical functions such as preparing reports relating to the program's status, exercising custodial responsibility for personnel security case files, and conducting security briefings and debriefings.

Established policies/procedures provide guidance for most assignments but allow some discretion for the employee to select the most appropriate approach. Refers problems and work issues to a manager or senior specialist when guidelines are not available or applicable. Work typically is reviewed frequently during assignments and at completion to ensure timeliness, policy compliance, and alignment with the requirements of projects and/or other work activities.

Performs other duties as assigned.

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


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.


OPM Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions

Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-F and/or FG/GS-5-9) that is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized experience may include but is not limited to: Experience implementing the processes and procedures of a personnel security program; reviewing and adjudicating security investigations; entering and maintaining information in a personnel security database; and providing technical guidance and advice on matters pertaining to personnel security.


Substitution of education or equivalent combinations of education and experience may be qualifying for this position. Education Substitution: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.


Special Note Concerning Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA); Leadership and Management Dimensions; and Other Factors in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) or other factors listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.


EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: Successful completion of a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree OR Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (OR)LL.M., if related.

NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Preview Job Questionnaire
Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

Interviews: Some, All or None of the applicants may be interviewed.

Security Requirements: This Level 3 (Critical-Sensitive) position requires favorable adjudication of a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

Core Compensation Position: This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

Promotion Potential: Full performance level of this position is FV-I. Future promotion(s) may occur without further competition; if the higher-level work is available and necessary, if the employee selected for promotion is qualified and capable of performing at the higher level, and if the organization has the funds available to pay for the increase. Identification of promotion in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date.

Salary Ranges with locality pay rate:

College Park, GA: $56,586-$87,715 (22.16% locality)

Kansas City, MO: $54,256-$84,103 (17.13% locality)

Oklahoma City, OK: $53,709-$83,256 (15.95% locality)

Washington, DC: $60,440-$93,689 (30.48% locality)

Atlantic City, NJ: $58,383-$90,501 (26.04% locality)

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS: Applicants must ensure they answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact rating or may result in not being considered for the job.

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to the online resume, all FAA employees MUST submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), (see below on required information needed on SF-50).

Applicants using education to qualify for the FV-G level MUST submit a COPY of their college or university transcripts(s) by the closing date of this announcement. If your education will be used as a basis (some or all) to qualify you in lieu of the specialized experience. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.

Supporting documentation may be uploaded to your application within the USAJOBS website. You may also mail or fax supporting documentation to the servicing Human Resources Office at 817-222-5852. However, we cannot guarantee timely receipt or assume responsibility for the quality or legibility of the form. Illegible forms will result in loss of consideration. Regardless of the method of delivery, all supporting documentation MUST be received in the servicing Human Resources Office prior to the closing date of the announcement. Mailed or faxed forms should be addressed to the agency point of contact listed in this vacancy announcement.

If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system .

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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