As an Information Technology Specialist for Information Security (INFOSEC) in TSA’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Division (IACSD), you will be the Chief Systems Security Officer responsible for securing TSA’s IT environment. Your responsibilities will include assessing security risks and vulnerabilities and implementing DHS and TSA information system security policy. As CSSO, you will serve as a principle technical advisor and consultant to the Office of Information Technology on the implementation of information systems security policy. You will work with TSA and DHS officials, officials from other federal agencies, the international trade community and private organizations in areas related to TSA information security policies, issues and products. You will serve as the TSA lead for the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, leading a cross-functional internal TSA team to enable key security technologies and representing TSA to DHS and vendor communities.

Your duties will include:

  • Serving as the principal technology leader in the IT organization responsible for the architecture of the frameworks, technologies and solution capabilities required to meet the agency’s growing information security and cybersecurity requirements.
  • Assessing TSA’s current state, determining which security gaps need to be addressed in support of TSA’s risk profile and then providing broad guidance to solution engineering teams to develop and provide frameworks to deliver those requirements.
  • Influencing which technical security frameworks should be used across TSA, driving enterprise consolidation and standardization and managing the multi-year roadmap required to support the changing security landscape.
  • Reviewing TSA exiting policies, standards and procedures to determine compliance with the Computer Security Act, Federal Information Security Management Act, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of Management and Budget guidelines and related legislation and regulations.
  • Promoting DHS Sensitive Systems Policy directives and being responsible for developing, governing and enforcing contingent TSA security policies and standards.
  • Establishing policy for TSA classified information systems and managing those systems to ensure efficient and effective operations.
  • Assessing information security risks and vulnerabilities and providing mitigation solutions. Overseeing the documentation and maintenance of security guidelines and procedures for TSA Headquarters and program offices.
  • Developing policies and procedures to ensure the reliability and accessibility of information systems and to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks and data.
  • Participating in defining IT security requirements, as well as providing advice and guidance in implementing IT security policies and procedures in the development and operation of network systems. You will participate in identifying and writing specifications to meet IT security requirements at the application or network server level.
  • Identifying and specifying information systems security requirements associated with migrations to new environments. You will provide guidance in planning and implementing migration activities.
  • Developing specifications to ensure compliance with security requirements at the systems or LAN level. You will define the scope and level of detail for security plans and policies applicable to the security program.
  • Verifying that application software/network/system security postures are implemented as stated. You will identify document deviations, and recommend required actions to correct those deviations.
  • Performing risk analysis (e.g., threat, vulnerability and probability of occurrence) whenever an application or system undergoes a major change. You will provide input to Risk Management Framework process activities and related documentation (e.g., system life cycle support plans, concepts of operation, operational procedures and maintenance training materials).
  • Assuring successful implementation and functionality of security requirements and appropriate information technology (IT) policies and procedures that are consistent with the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Ensuring that acquired or developed system(s) and architecture(s) are consistent with the agency’s cybersecurity architecture guidelines. You will perform security reviews, identify gaps in security architecture and develop a security risk management plan. You will provide advice on project costs, design concepts or design changes.

The series/grade for this position is SV – 2210 L. Occasional travel is required. Relocation expenses may be reimbursed.


Homeland Security career opportunities feature competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle. You will enjoy a range of comprehensive and competitive employment benefits that include:

  • Health benefits, insurance and retirement.
  • Medical
  • Dental and vision.
  • Thrift Savings Plan
  • Flexible spending accounts.
  • Life insurance.
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Retirement plan.
  • Pay (including locality pay), vacation and leave.
  • Personal leave days for vacation, illness and family care.
  • Paid federal holidays.
  • Flexible work schedules and work/life balance (Maxiflex and Gliding Schedules).
  • Free enrollment in and streamlined application process for TSA Pre✓®.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Additional benefits may include:

  • Employee recognition program.
  • Training and development.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Transportation subsidies.
  •  Health and wellness programs.
  • Fitness centers.
  • Telework


Key Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must pass drug screening and be subject to random drug tests.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Please see “Other Information” for additional Key Requirements.


Specialized experience:

To qualify for the SV-L Pay Band, you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-K Pay Band or GS-15 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. Such experience is defined as:

  • Assessing information technology risk and vulnerabilities, and implementing information systems security policy; AND
  • Influencing which technical security frameworks should be utilized department, agency, and/or organizationally wide.

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.


Other Information:

Eligibility to apply for other federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code; therefore, employment with TSA does not confer the “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: www.opm.gov.

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, at www.e-verify.gov.

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, visit: obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/31/presidential-memorandum-enhancing-safeguards-prevent-undue-denial-federa.

When you enter on duty, you will be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 278. You will need to provide this information annually.

TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information visit www.sss.gov/Registration-Info/Who-Registration.

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement at www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/common-terms-announcements.

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Securing Travel, Protecting People — At the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), we serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, we secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways and public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.