Transportation Security Specialist (Cyber Analyst)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Springfield, Virginia
Posted
Jul 31, 2021
Closes
Aug 05, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

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

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Responsibilities

This Transportation Security Specialist (Cyber Analyst) position is located in the Cyber Security Section, Surface Division, Policy, Plans, and Engagement (PPE), Operations Support (OS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Contributes to defining the desired state of cybersecurity policy, and policy development processes through examining risks facing the various modes of surface transportation (e.g., mass transit, railroad, highway/motor carrier, and pipeline systems) and assisting in designing policies appropriate for the level of risks.
  • Contributes to ongoing efforts to engage surface transportation operators and equipment manufacturers to understand vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks, and advocates for resilient cyber architecture development and usage.
  • Participates in cybersecurity training and exercises for surface transportation stakeholders, maintains current knowledge of cybersecurity laws, regulations, guidance, and policies applicable to surface transportation systems, review reports of cybersecurity incidents or vulnerabilities to identify possible protective or corrective measures, and assists in determining potential implications for cybersecurity policies.
  • Supports collaboration between the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), transportation stakeholders, and other government agencies involved in the development of new and updated policies and capabilities to mitigate cybersecurity risks to the transportation system.
  • Assists in the collaborative assessment efforts of transportation stakeholder cyber systems and vulnerabilities by considering a variety of cyber-attack scenarios and their potential impact on those systems, and assists in coordinating significant technical matters with representatives of external organizations.

The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (G & H Bands) perform the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.

This position is also being announced through Government Wide procedures under Announcement #HQ-OS-PPE-21-003932-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
I

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must have reached the minimum age (18) at the time of application.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.


Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance
  • Direct Hire: Based on the duties, this position is eligible for DHS-TSA Direct hire (OPM Cybersecurity Direct Hire Authority).


Qualifications

Specialized Experience Statement: To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band (equivalent to GS-11), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-F or GS-9 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. Specialized experience is defined as:
  • Reviewing cybersecurity policies and/or procedure documents to make recommendations for improvement; and
  • Establishing metrics to monitor, track, and analyze program operations;

OR

Achievement of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field of study which is in or directly related to this position;

OR

LL.M., if related;

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements, and may be computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the position; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the position; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the position.

Specialized Experience Statement: To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-11/12), your application must clearly outline one year of specialized experience at the SV-G Pay Band or GS-9 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 position being filled. Such specialized experience is defined as:
  • Providing advice and guidance to stakeholders on cybersecurity policy; and
  • Using information support tools (e.g. I-Share, spreadsheets, and other software applications) to produce products for internal and external stakeholders; and
  • Ensuring cyber systems are applying Risk Management processes.

Specialized Experience Statement : 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-11/12 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. Such specialized experience is defined as:
  • Providing advice and guidance to stakeholders on cybersecurity policy; and
  • Establishing, editing, and implementing cybersecurity policy standards and requirements; and
  • Establishing industry standard risk-reduction metrics.

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. 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.


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.

Resumes must include the following:
  • Narrative description of duties with start and end dates (including the month and year) for work experience.
  • State the number of hours worked in a position (i.e. full-time or part-time). If part-time, state the total number of hours worked per week.
  • Performance level (i.e. band or grade)

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

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, guidance, and TSA policies, counterpart agencies, and domestic/international organizations that impact cybersecurity and surface transportation security operations, plans, policies, and programs.
  • Advanced knowledge of general and emerging cyber threats, trends, vulnerabilities and methods (knowledge may be non-transportation specific), sufficient to receive and analyze industry/cross-industry best practices and cybersecurity standards, assist in developing key mitigation policies that are designed to reduce risks to the nation's critical cyber infrastructure, participate in cybersecurity partnerships with and across critical infrastructure owners, operators, and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
  • Advanced technical understanding of mitigation capabilities, protocols, and evaluation of cybersecurity system vulnerabilities and the effectiveness of corresponding countermeasures sufficient to assist in promoting collaborative efforts to reduce risks and threats to critical information, enterprise, communications and control systems.
  • Advanced technical understanding of cyber hacktivists, their methods, and any known tactics impacting transportation systems in order to assist in developing countermeasures policy to report and mitigate risks and consequences to surface transportation systems.


Education

See "Qualifications" section.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts indicated above meets the requirements for this position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the one year of full-time study requirement.

Note: For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses from an accredited college or university, which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. The information must be provided with the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.


Additional information

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: http://www.opm.gov .

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 .

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are not authorized

Relocation expenses are not authorized

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.

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.

Veterans and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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.

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 and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. (This position is not considered scientific/professional.) Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service (a veteran who was honorably discharged from the armed forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active duty service), or education or a combination of education and experience:

DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service, 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.

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; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later.

Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) Letter - In order to be eligible for employment through TSA's Individuals With Disabilities Appointing Authority, documentation of the disability is required. Such documentation is used to verify that the individual being hired is indeed a person with an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. This documentation must be provided with your application before an individual can be hired. Documentation of eligibility for employment under this hiring authority can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

Transcripts - If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

If you do not submit required documentation described in this job opportunity announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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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