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Transportation Security Inspector - Surface - Transportation Security Administration - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - EXPIRED

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Company: Transportation Security Administration

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As a Transportation Security Inspector - Surface within the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), you will be responsible for ensuring security compliance of persons, freight and surface transportation systems regulated under Title 49 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR). In addition, TSA\'s TSI-Surface employees are responsible for 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, piracy, or other acts of sabotage to surface transportation systems, facilities, and networks. As a TSI-Surface, you will utilize your training, experience, and expertise to perform the full range of functions in your specialty area. These duties include:

  • Responsible for administration of surface transportation security initiatives across the Nation\'s Transportation System.
  • Conducts comprehensive assessments, inspections, and investigations of surface transportation systems.
  • Monitors compliance with applicable transportation security regulations, policies, standards, and agreements.
  • Identifies potential problem areas or deviations from prescribed standards and ensures overall adequacy, effectiveness, and efficiency of security posture(s).
  • Provides uniform interpretation and application of standards.
  • Prepares written analysis of assessments and determines corrective actions required.
  • Coordinates preventative measures, safeguards, and rapid response initiatives to ensure the secure and free flow of surface transportation assets across the Nation and to prevent instances of terrorism or other incidents.
  • Assists surface transportation system stakeholders in solving problems and addressing concerns relative to the applicable security programs as well as current and relevant TSA Security Directives and regulatory requirements.
  • Assists in determining when enforcement action should be initiated and recommends the type of action and level of penalty.
  • Responsible for reviewing and analyzing assessment reports and testing results with special attention to identifying unusual trends or action that appear to have potential for developing a security problem.
  • Formulates recommended or alternative courses of action to be pursued.
  • Assists in the development of security mitigation measures for transportation systems.
  • Evaluates the integration of the new technology, traditional security measures, and human factors to assure operational effectiveness and efficiency of the overall security system.
  • Establishes and maintains partnerships among public and private stakeholders to accomplish objectives.
  • Coordinates with the Program Office to develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures, field guidance, initiatives, and standards to ensure consistency.
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned.


To qualify for the SV-H pay band, (equivalent to GS 11/12), all applicants must meet the qualification requirements as outlined below. For those applicants qualifying using experience, your application must clearly outline experience at/or equivalent to the SV-G Pay Band or the GS-9 grade level. 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.
To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band, you must possess:

A. Education: A Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in any field; or possess three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree;


Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lowest level (G Band or GS-9) performing duties such as conducting inspections and investigations, engaging in testing security systems, determining when enforcement action should be taken, and documenting the results to monitor compliance with policies, regulations and agreements to identify potential problem areas and deviations from prescribed standards in a surface transportation environment;


C. Combination of education and experience. Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements, and may be computed by first determining the total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the band level; then determining the education as a percentage of the education required for the band level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal 100 percent to qualify for that band level.

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.

Conditions of Employment: Working conditions include but are not limited to arduous conditions such as traversing rough terrain and uneven surfaces, prolonged standing, bending, and stooping to observe work operations, ability to climb into aircraft baggage holds, rail cars, aircraft and other transportation equipment. Other conditions include:

  • Work may require driving or traveling by motor vehicle and occasionally involves regular and recurring 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 possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must successfully complete the Basic Security Inspections Course.
  • 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 be physically able to work outdoors often under adverse weather conditions. May have to lift and carry heavy items or supplies up to 100 feet. Work requires walking, bending, and standing.
  • This position is not covered by Law Enforcement Availability or Law Enforcement Retirement.

Basic Security Inspections Course (unless previously successfully completed): The selectee will be required to attend a 4-week course in Oklahoma City, OK. The Basic Aviation Security Inspections course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to conduct Airport, Aircraft Operator, and Screening Assessments, including using legal and regulatory documents that govern civil aviation security.

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.


Department Of Homeland Security

Transportation Security Administration


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