Transportation Security Administration Security Specialist in Arlington, Virginia

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

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (5 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 also being announced through Government - Wide procedures under Announcement #HQ-OIA-TA54-16-152880-G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.


This Security Specialist position is located in the Program Management Division, Aviation Branch, within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will be responsible for reviewing, approving, or recommending denial of Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) applicants; meeting AFSP standards for accuracy and productivity, as specified in AFSP's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Typical assignments include but are not limited to:

  • Use computer-based risk assessment systems and external vetting sources to achieve positive identification of each applicant based on the information provided.
  • Conduct internet-based criminal or immigration research to obtain criminal court records or immigration/U.S. Citizenship documentation in support of a risk assessment decision based on case-by-case information needs and in accordance with SOPs; submit cases for correction or re-vetting as needed.
  • Complete case management and case documentation requirements on an hourly/daily basis (e.g., case number, decision or recommendation, decision basis).
  • Conduct on-the-job training (OJT) of assigned Junior Security Specialist. Review assigned Junior Security Specialist denial recommendations for accuracy and provide corrective feedback as required; participate in Junior Security Specialist proficiency testing when requested by the Team Lead; review case management documentation for accuracy and completeness.
  • Review case denial recommendations from originating Risk Assessment Analyst and reassessing each case, providing feedback to the originating Risk Assessment Analyst as appropriate; create and submit denial letters in accordance with AFSP's SOPs and regulatory guidance with provided letter templates. The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (G Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.
Travel Required
  • Not 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 Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section.

To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band,you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, OR C) outlined below.

A. Experience: If you are qualifying based on experience, your application must clearly outline one year of specialized experience at the SV-F Pay Band 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 work of the position to be filled. Such specialized experience is defined as applying general personnel security procedures (i.e., security threat assessment processes and procedures, criminal justice processes and procedures, immigration statues and procedures); and experience using various databases and spreadsheets to record, prepare, and submit security or risk assessment determinations; OR

Education: Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field related to this position. OR Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; ORLL.M., if related;* OR*

Combining Education and Experience: A combination of successfully completed higher level graduate courses leading to a doctoral degree and specialized experience that would equal at least 100 percent of the total requirement.

Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts listed 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 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band(equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-G Pay Band or GS-11 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, and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such specialized experience is defined as applying personnel security procedures (i.e., security threat assessment processes and procedures, criminal justice processes and procedures, immigration statutes and procedures); and experience using computer based risk assessment systems to analyze and interpret case management metrics to support risk assessment decisions for vetting purposes.

Applicants who meet the qualifications listed above based on education or a combination of education and experience must provide proof of education such as a list of completed college courses or the date and school of degree including the number of semester or quarter hours or a transcript from an accredited college or university. The information must be provided as an attachment to the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the candidate must supply a transcript or certification of degree.

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.

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.

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

Security Clearance


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; uniform allowance; 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, click here.

Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.

Other 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.

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) is not authorized.

Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list.

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.

This position is within the Professional category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan. Positions within this category may have a career progression potential up to the level 5.

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.

Salary Range: $50,601.00 to $95,636.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: SV-0080-G/H

Promotion Potential: H

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens. Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.78%. These positions are located in Arlington, VA.

Control Number: 452866500

Job Announcement Number: HQ-OIA-TA54-16-152880-P