Supervisory Federal Air Marshal (SAC)

Springfield, Virginia
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 09, 2021
Full Time

This Supervisory Federal Air Marshal position is located in the Director's Office, Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (LE/FAMS) within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Typical assignments will include but are not limited to:
  • Serving as an advisor to the LE/FAMS senior leadership on law enforcement and security programs, concept of operations/deployment strategies and tactical response and training requirements/curriculum development.
  • Overseeing the preparation of senior leader correspondence, Congressional correspondence, audit liaison correspondence and briefing materials in support of LE/FAMS mission operations.
  • Providing oversight of workforce engagement matters about law enforcement operational requirements, develops recommendations to enhance mission operations, implement efficiencies and improve workforce quality of life matters for Federal Air Marshals.
  • Administering and coordinating functions for LE/FAMS external audit matters with TSA Audit Liaison, TSA administration senior staff and high level audit managers from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on a variety of complex LE/FAMS audits.
  • Exercising a full range of supervisory and personnel management authorities and responsibilities in directing work of subordinate staff.

Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory probationary period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.

Supervisory/managerial duties include serving as a first line supervisor; assigning work, setting priorities, and reviewing and evaluating work and performance of subordinates; approving leave; coaching and developing employees; recommending corrective or disciplinary actions; assisting in budget planning and projecting short-term needs; managing projects within assigned resources; resolving problems that impact objectives; and coordinating with external customers.
    • Employees may be subject to 24-hour on call duty in the event of an emergency. This service may require irregular working hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the position description. Selectee must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress.
    • FIREARMS CERTIFICATION: This position requires the incumbent to carry a firearm. You must pass a certification at an interval required by the hiring/employing law enforcement component within TSA. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of firearm authorization and any other appropriate administrative action, up to and including removal.
    • FITNESS PROGRAM: Positions filled from this announcement are subject to the Federal Air Marshal Fitness Program to include regular participation in a physical fitness program.
    • MEDICAL STANDARDS: Selectees are required to meet the entry and recurrent medical standards of the Federal Air Marshal Medical Examination Program.
    • Incumbent is expected to successfully complete all agency-required training.
    • This position is a secondary law enforcement position, and as such, provides for the continuation of law enforcement retirement coverage for those currently encumbering a covered position. Provisions for continued law enforcement retirement coverage include the following:
    • All candidates currently covered by Federal law enforcement retirement coverage as cited in this notice are subject to mandatory separation age requirements in accordance with applicable statutes.
    • Under the authority of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (PL 107-71, November 19, 2001), you will function as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer and performs the duties and responsibilities assigned to Federal Air Marshals. Selectee is entitled to Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) of up to 25% of base pay for availability to work substantial amounts of "unscheduled duty."

  • This position requires employees to successfully complete all relevant training programs. Federal Air Marshals are required to carry a firearm and maintain firearms proficiency as part of conducting law enforcement activities.
  • This position is subject to Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) for availability to work substantial amounts of "unscheduled duty.".
  • This is an Emergency Essential Position.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • You must complete a favorable Tier 5 Background Investigation (T5).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.
  • You must pass Drug screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • You must have prior experience in a primary law enforcement position.
  • Must sign mobility agreement upon selection.
  • This position requires Financial Disclosure.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section
  • You may be required to complete a one year Supervisory Trial Period.

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.

LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT: This position requires the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(g)(9)). A 'misdemeanor crime of domestic violence' is generally defined under the statue as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set aside, or pardoned, or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibited the possession of firearms or ammunition.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate:

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.


To qualify for the SV-K Pay Band (equivalent to GS-15), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-J or GS-14 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:
  • Advising, managing and administering guidance to the Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (LE/FAMS) senior leadership team to support mission critical operations, law enforcement duties and security programs.

***This position requires employees to engage in moderate to arduous physical exertion.

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:
  • Knowledge of TSA LE/FAMS law enforcement concept of operations, standard operating procedures, tactical response protocols, associated policies and procedures, training curriculum and delivery methods.
  • Knowledge of law enforcement functions, laws, policies, and procedures to include familiarization with the judicial process, criminal statues, rules of evidence, precedent court decisions, legal aspects of investigations, investigative techniques, etc.
  • Knowledge of auditing concepts, practices, processes, and procedures sufficient to provide oversight of liaison and coordination duties for all FAMS external audit matters with TSA audit liaison, TSA administration senior staff, and high level audit managers from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on a variety of complex LE/FAMS audits
  • Skill in oral communications sufficient to make clear and convincing presentations, listen effectively, and clarify program information as needed.
  • Skill in written communication sufficient to compile a variety of materials required for responses and to prepare various reporting documents, information papers, written responses, and briefings.
  • Ability to develop and lead a staff by providing relevant learning experiences, creating and maintaining a productive and people oriented work environment, displaying emotional intelligence, and leading by example.



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: .

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.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

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 .

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) may be authorized.

A Fixed Relocation payment is authorized up to $25,000.00.

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 .

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