Springfield, Virginia

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 Operations Research Analyst position is located in the Acquisition Program Management (APM), Enterprise Support Division, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Performing cost analysis of major systems and their associated subsystems; conducts independent cost estimates for key program decision points; defines, maintains, and performs cost analysis core competencies; conducts reviews of TSA program cost estimates and analyses; and serves as a consultant to senior TSA and DHS management on the full range of matters pertaining to the cost of programs.
  • Reporting to the Division Director, Cost Estimating Division in the Acquisition Program Management, and ensures managers achieve organizational objectives with credible, timely, and adequately-scoped acquisition documentation, resolutions to issues, effective Implementation strategies, and viable recommendations.
  • Adapting mathematical, statistical, economic, and other scientific methods for TSA cost analysis applications (ACE-IT); and uses these adaptations, to formulate procedures that support the Component Acquisition Executive's efforts to improve cost estimating/analysis for Level 1, 2, and 3 systems within TSA.

This position is also being announced through Government-Wide procedures under Announcement #HQ-ES-APM-20-794073-G Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), an applicant 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. Such Specialized Experience defined as:

  • Administering operations research concepts and practices.
  • Collecting data and applying mathematical and statistical disciplines, modeling cost analysis and programming techniques to programs/projects.
  • Utilizing cost estimating software tools.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with customers, information sources and project team members.

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. 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: For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses from an accredited college or university, which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. The information must be provided with the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.

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.

Springfield, Virginia

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Within a year, TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation’s airports and deployed a Federal workforce to meet Congressional deadlines for screening all commercial airline passengers and baggage. In March 2003, TSA transferred from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security.

TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, working closely with stakeholders in aviation, rail, transit, highway, and pipeline sectors, as well as the partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community. The agency will continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.

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