Transportation Security Administration Transportation Security Inspector - Surface in Arlington, Virginia

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (3 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


As a Transportation Security Inspector - Surface (TSI-Surface) for the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you will:

  • Work to ensure the secure and free flow of surface transportation assets across the Nation.
  • Assist in the administration of critical and complex compliance and enforcement programs designed to ensure secure surface transportation and to protect the nation's public from terrorism, or other incidents.
  • Will be cross-trained to perform support functions in Aviation and/or Cargo Inspection.
  • Respond to transportation security incidents and other incidents as defined by the National Incident Management Systems or as directed by the Federal Security Director (FSD).
  • Perform tests and audits, while validating and inspecting security processes, procedures, systems, and equipment in connection with compliance inspections and vulnerability assessments.
  • Assist in the development of security mitigation measures for transportation systems.
  • Establish goals and track progress of required inspection/assessment activities within assigned area of responsibility.
  • Provide technical input to the AFSD, FSD or HQs staff as applicable.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • You must successfully complete a training course.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" sections.

To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H or Pay Band GS-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 experience includes conducting inspections and investigations; engaging in testing transportation security systems; determining when enforcement action should be taken; documenting the results to monitor compliance with policies, regulations, and agreements to standards; and identifying potential problem areas and deviation from prescribed standards in a Rail or Mass Transit surface transportation environment.

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.

Transportation Security Inspector (Surface) Training Course:If you are selected for a TSI (Surface) position and have not completed the training, you will be required to attend a five week course in Oklahoma City and a one week course in Pueblo, CO.

Conditions of Employment include:

  • You must maintain ability to traverse rough terrain and uneven surfaces, prolonged standing, bending, and stooping to observe work operations.
  • You must maintain ability to climb into aircraft baggage holds, rail cars, aircraft and other transportation equipment.
  • You must maintain ability to drive or travel by motor vehicle and exposure to moderate risk or discomforts that require special safety precautions.
  • You must pass a Background Investigation (BI) and maintain eligibility for a clearance at the Secret level.
  • You must complete of the Basic Transportation Security Inspections and/or Surface Course.
  • You must be willing to undertake extensive travel, at times overnight, as required.
  • You must hold a valid driver's license.
  • You must be available for "on call" work and be available for duty within the U.S. and possibly worldwide to protect U.S. transportation interests.
  • You must be available to work various shifts, including frequently changing and uncommon tours of duty.
  • You must pass pre-employment drug screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing.
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.


Review our benefits

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 Technical 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.

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.

Salary Range: $75,202.00 to $116,626.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: SV-1801-I/I

Promotion Potential: I

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to all U.S. Citizens. Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.78%. This position is located at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, VA.

Control Number: 453166700

Job Announcement Number: DCA-16-191041