Transportation Security Administration Deputy Assistant Administrator in Arlington, Virginia

Transportation Security Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Arlington, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

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


This position is located in the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If you are selected for this position, you will serve as the Deputy Assistant Administrator (Supervisory Legislative Affairs Specialist), OLA and assist the Assistant Administrator, OLA in managing and directing the overall operations of the Office. In the absence of the Assistant Administrator, the incumbent oversees all TSA legislative affairs operations and issues. The responsibilities of the position include:

  • Sharing complete management responsibility for directing all phases of OLA's legislative issues and activities. Analyzing, developing, strategizing, coordinating, and monitoring all TSA legislative affairs issues and activities.
  • Providing accurate and timely legislative advice and preparation to the Administrator and determining, planning, directing and managing the legislative affairs program for TSA.
  • Directing the management and review of legislative proposals and bills to determine their impact on TSA policies, programs and processes, and preparing written reports on such proposals and bills.
  • Coordinating with the Office of the Administrator and other DHS and TSA organizations including the Office of Chief Counsel and the Office of Finance and Administration, articulating TSA’s mission, goals, and transportation and security policies in unified and cohesive presentations to Congress. Providing authoritative legislative counsel consistent with U.S. House and Senate rules and ethics in presenting a strategic framework to promote the agency’s legislative initiatives.
  • Conducting analysis and preparing substantive comments from appropriate TSA components for inclusion in formal and informal reports and briefings, and establishing and maintaining effective business relationships with internal management officials to facilitate the transfer of information.
  • Managing the conduct of legislative and congressional research and the preparation of various reports and decision papers for use by senior management.
  • Providing broad strategic guidance and leadership in planning, instructing and directing all legislative strategies and maintaining close and continuing contact with senior members of Congress and their staff, the Administrator’s Office, Legislative Counsel within TSA, and managers throughout TSA to ensure effective communication of TSA positions on legislative matters.
  • Managing and attending, as appropriate, various hearings, committee meetings and conferences, and ensuring the development of accurate and timely reports for presentation to senior management.
  • Overseeing and managing internal organizational procedures and processes to ensure timely and accurate response to DHS, TSA and congressional mandates and directives. Supervisory Managerial Responsibilities include: strategic planning, communicating the organization’s vision and objectives; setting priorities, assigning tasks and responsibilities, monitoring and evaluating performance of organization units, managers, and employee. This includes supporting equal employment opportunity concepts in all areas of responsibility. Treating employees in a fair and equitable manner and foster an organization representative of diversity and promoting opportunities for employees to influence their work environment with a focus on continual improvements.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance/SCI.
  • You must pass Drug screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" section

For the SV-L Pay Band, you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-K Pay Band or GS-15 in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience includes providing guidance on the use and application of legislative processes, the inner workings of Congress and Congressional networking to direct broad legislative programs and activities.

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.

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

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard. We expect to make a job offer within 30 business days after the deadline for applications.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "Benefits."

Applicants currently covered by the Civil Service Retirement System who are in a primary or secondary position under 5 USC 8336(c) must transfer to this secondary law enforcement position without a break in service exceeding 3 days, in order to maintain their law enforcement retirement coverage.

Applicants currently covered by the Federal Employees' Retirement System in a rigorous position under 5 USC 8412(d) must have been in that position for at least 3 years of Law Enforcement experience required before transferring directly, without a break in service exceeding 3 days, to this secondary position.

Other Information

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. For more information, click here .

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.

You will be required to serve a supervisory probationary period of one year unless one has previously been completed.

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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Salary Range: $131,084.00 to $177,779.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: SV-0301-L/L

Promotion Potential: L

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Open to all U. S. Citizens and persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities. See also common definitions. Salary listed includes Locality Pay of 24.78%. DUTY LOCATION: Arlington, Virginia.

Control Number: 453660100

Job Announcement Number: HQ-OLA-16-190605-ERD