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Transportation Security Administration Physical Security Specialist in Los Angeles, California


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 Physical Security Specialist positionis located in theSecurityand Administrative ServicesDivision (SAS) withinTransportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to: Functions as Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Alternate COR or Technical Monitor for Physical Security Contracts.

Serves as principal technical specialist and/or project lead for physical security related to security measures and programs designed to safeguard personnel, information, and property.

Conducts physical security systems assessments including technical evaluation of criticality and vulnerability and effectiveness of physical deterrent systems. Prepares and reviews detailed Statements of Work (SOW) for projects assigned to the Field Support Unit. Reviews Facility Security Plans to ensure all necessary information is captured and entered into the required Physical Security Data Bases.

Monitors and performs on-site inspections, makes adjustments where previous techniques and methods require changes, and recommends appropriate corrective actions on the operation and integrity of the physical security systems, i.e., closed circuit television, identification passes, security key/lock electronic security alarm systems, boundary fencing, etc.

Prepares and/or reviews reports recommending improvements to systems and processes to improve operational efficiency. Keeps current on the latest developments in physical and technical security policy requirements. Evaluates the adequacy of systems and develops proposals for improvement and alteration.

Serves as a technical specialist in the nationwide deployment of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) as it relates to Physical Access Control Systems (PACS). This position is also being announced through Government-Wide procedures under Announcement #HQ-ES-SAS-20-707165-GA. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

* It is anticipated that all TSA Headquarters personnel within the Washington, DC metropolitan area will begin relocating to Springfield, Virginia beginning Summer 2020. If you are selected for a Headquarters position currently located in this region, your duty location will change due to the TSA Headquarters Consolidation Plan. **


Conditions of Employment

You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.

You must have reached the minimum age (18) at the time of application.

You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).

Selective Service registration is required.

See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section

Must be able to obtain and maintain a government credit card.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS 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-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-H or 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 knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as: Experience conducting Access Control forfacilities in compliance withHomeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12) guidelines; and

Experienceperforming inspections ofphysical security systems (i.e., closed circuit television, identification passes, security key/lock electronic security alarm systems etc.) in order to identify vulnerabilities.

Experience with installation and/or troubleshooting or maintainingphysical security systems (i.e., locking hardware, system circuitry, alarm and video installation or maintenance). 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.

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.

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


Additional Information

Conditions of Employment: Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security clearance.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a COR Level II certification.

Position requires frequent travel to TSA locations nationwide.

Must be able to obtain and maintain agovernment credit card. Salary listed includes locality pay of 32.41%.

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.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

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 .

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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.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.