Supervisory Federal Air Marshal SV-1801-J

Springfield, Virginia
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time


This announcement serves as the entry point to begin the assessment process to fill Supervisory Federal Air Marshal (SFAM) positions within LE/FAMS. Applicants will be required to pass multiple assessments phases in order to be eligible to apply to subsequent announcements posted for specific locations with an SFAM vacancy.

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This position serves as Supervisory Federal Air Marshal (SFAM) within the Law Enforcement/ Federal Air Marshal Service (LE/FAMS) within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). SFAMs are responsible for directing the work of subordinate Federal Air Marshals who are deployed worldwide on passenger flights of U.S. air carriers and serve to counter the risk of criminal/terrorist violence and aircraft piracy, in order to meet national security concerns. As Federal Law Enforcement Officers, SFAMs perform the following duties:
  • Serving as a first line supervisor within an assigned area of responsibility. As such, SFAMs are required to: assign tasks; set priorities; monitor and evaluate performance; coach and develop employee capabilities; approve leave; and take or recommend corrective or disciplinary action, as appropriate.
  • Administering, coordinating, and performing inspectional, investigative, analytical, or advisory work to ensure compliance with Federal laws, regulations, or other mandatory guidelines.
  • Making arrests without warrants for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if there is probable cause to believe that a felony is being or has been committed; seeking and executing warrants for arrest or seizure of evidence issued under the authority of the United States upon probable cause that a violation has been committed; and identifying and interviewing witnesses and suspects.
  • Presenting information regarding the above enforcement activities to the appropriate U.S. Attorney, as necessary. Such enforcement activities may involve matters of extreme sensitivity with difficult planning and coordination problems because of jurisdictional concerns involving other nations, and Federal, state, county, and local governments.
  • Participating in multi-agency task forces and land-based investigative assignments involving other Federal, state and local agencies in support of an integrated Federal law enforcement and intelligence approach to proactively fight terrorism at all levels, as needed.

Key Requirements and Conditions of Employment:
  • SUPERVISORY/MANAGERIAL PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Unless previously completed, individuals selected for this position must satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period to continue in this supervisory position.
  • MOBILITY AGREEMENT: Individuals selected for this position must sign a mobility agreement as a condition of employment.
  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a Top Secret Security Clearance. Selectees must undergo and successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation and credit check as a condition of placement/retention in the position. The background investigation will include a check of credit history and criminal record, interviews with prior employers, and contacts with references, co-workers, and personal associates, family members and friends. A candidate may be disqualified from selection or removed from employment as a Federal Air Marshal based on information obtained during this background investigation. The employee will also be subject to a 5-year periodic reinvestigation.
  • DRUG AND ALCOHOL SCREENING: Selectees will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing during employment.
  • PHYSICAL ABILITY: This position requires employees to engage in moderate to arduous physical exertion. Employees must meet and maintain medical requirements for law enforcement officers (including medical examinations and physical abilities assessments). Employees may be required to engage in physically strenuous and stressful activities during potentially dangerous duties that include but are not limited to, the use of defensive tactics.
  • TRAINING: This position requires employees to successfully complete all relevant training programs.
  • FIREARMS: Federal Air Marshals are required to carry a firearm and maintain firearms proficiency as part of conducting law enforcement activities. Federal Air Marshals may be required to use deadly force, if necessary.
  • LAUTENBERG NOTICE: Title 18 USC, Section 922 (g) (9), automatically disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from being appointed to this position.
  • TRAVEL: Selectees will be required to travel constantly while on duty. Federal Air Marshals are required to travel at various times during the day and night, and this travel routinely requires overnight stays both domestically and internationally. Federal Air Marshals are often required to travel to areas or locations that may be dangerous or present health hazards.

NOTE: SFAMs must maintain the required level of knowledge, skill, and ability to accept immediate reassignment to other law enforcement positions within the agency.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • See Duties tab for a description of Key Requirements.

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements of this position on or before the closing date of this announcement.

Failure to apply to this announcement may result in your application not receiving consideration for SFAM positions. Applicant assessment results and scores will remain active until the next annual J Band assessment process is completed. Applicants who applied under previous J Band announcements must re-apply under this vacancy to be considered for upcoming SFAM announcements.

PLEASE NOTE: No previously used scores will be accepted. All applicants must re-assess and receive a new score to be considered eligible to apply to a subsequent announcement.

Note: Applicants who are eligible for non-competitive position changes, such as a reassignment, may apply to subsequent announcements without having applied to this announcement.

Relocation: Relocation expenses may be authorized and will be specifically addressed in the subsequent announcements.


To qualify for the Supervisory Federal Air Marshal SV-1801-J position, applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined below. To qualify, you must:
  • Be serving as a current, credentialed TSA LE/FAMS Federal Air Marshal and
  • Applicants must possess a minimum of one year of federal primary/rigorous law enforcement experience at the SV-1801- I Pay Band (GS-13) or equivalent experience.

  • Special Note: Due to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit decision, an employee cannot use U.S. Capitol Police experience as qualifying primary/rigorous federal law enforcement experience.


    Additional information

    SFAM positions receive secondary coverage under 5 USC 8336(c) for applicants covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and 5 USC 8412 (d) for applicants covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Applicants covered by CSRS in a primary position under 5 USC 8336(c) must meet eligibility requirements for mandatory separation under 5 USC 8335(b), including coverage in a primary position, before transferring directly, without a break in service exceeding 3 days, to a secondary position. Applicants covered by FERS in a rigorous position under 5 USC 8412(d) must meet the eligibility requirements for mandatory separation under 5 USC 8425(b), including coverage in a rigorous position for at least 3 years, before transferring directly, without a break in service exceeding 3 days, to a secondary position.

    DUTY LOCATION/TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENTS: Federal Air Marshals must be available for permanent or long-term temporary (e.g. 30-day, 90-day, 120-day, etc.) assignments in any U.S. or international location in which the Federal Air Marshal Service operates.

    HOURS OF DUTY: Federal Air Marshals are subject to 24-hour on call duty. The work day of a Federal Air Marshal is often longer than 8 hours and will include working overtime, extended hours, and/or irregular schedule as assigned. Federal Air Marshals are subject to changing shifts and assignments based on the needs of the Federal Air Marshal Service. Flexible schedules are not available and candidate must agree to perform the duties and duty tours as assigned.

    Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be evaluated through multiple assessments. First, applicants will apply using an online application process. Applications will be reviewed to determine the applicant's eligibility to apply for the Supervisory Federal Air Marshal SV-1801-J position. Applicants that are found eligible will be required to take two Computer Based Tests, consisting of a Logic Based Reasoning Test and a Writing Skills Assessment, as well as a Leadership Job Simulation assessment. Additionally, applicants will participate in a Duty Office Assessment, consisting of a panel interview. The interview will be held at the applicant's Duty Office and conducted by the SAC, a DSAC/ASAC, and the applicant's direct supervisor or designated management official. Each assessment will be used to rate applicants according to relative merit for this position. At the conclusion of all assessments, applicants will be provided with their scores.

    You are encouraged to review the J Band Supervisory Federal Air Marshal Promotion Process Preparation Manual before taking any of the required assessments. The Preparation Manual can be found at:

    NOTE: Computer Based Testing Centers are accessible within 50 miles of each FAMS Duty Office. Travel to and from Testing Centers will be at the expense of the applicant.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Current LE/FAMS employees are not required to submit any documentation.

    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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