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Supervisory Transportation Security Inspector

$134,766 – $176,006 Per Year
Closing on Aug 14, 2023

About Transportation Security Administration

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

California, Los Angeles
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Job summary

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.

Major duties

This Supervisory Transportation Security Inspector position is located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to: Planning, developing, implementing, administering and evaluating critical transportation inspections programs for the compliance of persons and transportation under Title 49 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 1500 series. Serving as a technical expert to the Federal Security Director (FSD), FSD staff, and industry stakeholders on the administration of critical and complex compliance and enforcement programs designed to ensure secure transportation and to protect the nation's public from terrorism, piracy, or other acts of sabotage to transportation systems, facilities, and networks. Administering critical and complex compliance enforcement programs designed to protect the nation's public from air transportation piracy, and other acts of sabotage to air transportation. Supervising and mentoring a team of Transportation Security Inspectors (TSIs) in more than one speciality (Aviation, Canine, Cargo and/or Surface). Conducting and supervising subordinate TSIs in conducting inspections of all transportation regulated parties, including, but not limited to, airports, aircraft operators and indirect air carriers, mass transit, trucking, freight/passenger rail, and other transportation personnel subject to Federal regulations involving transportation security. Conducting and supervising subordinate TSIs in performing complex and technical inspections of all regulated parties to determine overall security posture and compliance. Monitoring TSI compliance with applicable laws, security policies, regulations, and agreements to identify potential problem areas or deviations from prescribed standards. Performing technical reviews, analyzing and making appropriate recommendations concerning security measures promulgated through TSA approved security programs. Identifying and responding to security violations or potential violations. Responding to transportation security incidents and other incidents as defined by the National Incident Management Systems or as directed by the Federal Security Director. Determining when an enforcement action should be initiated, preparing enforcement investigation reports and recommending to TSA counsel the type of action and level of penalty commensurate with the nature and severity of the violation. Providing testimony and participating in enforcement proceedings. Entering data pertinent to investigations, inspections and incidents into the national database Performance and Results Information Systems (PARIS). Reviewing and approving data pertinent to investigations, inspections and incidents entered into the national database PARIS by subordinate TSIs. Reviewing, analyzing, and approving assessment reports and testing results with specific attention to identifying unusual trends or actions that appear to have the potential for developing a security/safety problem. Reviewing and formulating recommended or alternative courses of action to be pursued by regulated parties in order to satisfy security requirements. Coordinating, performing, or reviewing evaluations of the integration of new technology, traditional measures, and human factors to assure operational effectiveness and efficiency of the overall security system. Coordinating and performing tests and audits, validating and inspecting security processes, procedures, systems and equipment in connection with compliance inspections and vulnerability assessments. Preparing and reviewing written analyses of inspections, assessments, and determining the adequacy of corrective measures required to improve security posture or to restore compliance.


You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National. You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level security clearance. Selective Service registration is required. Must pass pre-employment drug screening AND random drug/alcohol testing. Must have and maintain 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. Must successfully complete the Basic Transportation Security Inspections and/or Surface course. If you fail to meet the conditions of employment or any other pre-employment requirements, such as missing any of the scheduled appointments, the hiring agency may rescind their tentative offer of employment. Supervisory/Managerial Trial Period Requirements: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory trial period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for TSA 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.


To qualify for the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-I or GS-13 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: Serving as a senior specialist or team lead in conducting security transportation system inspections and investigations, Determining when enforcement action should be taken, Testing security equipment and systems, Monitoring compliance with policies, regulations, agreements to identify potential problems and deviations from TSA and/or other Federal regulatory operations. 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. 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.


You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories: Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume: Human Capital Management Program Management Transportation Security Proficiency You may preview the questions for this vacancy here: