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Transportation Security Officer (TSO)

Transportation Security Administration Omaha, NE
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Transportation Security Officer (TSO)

##### Department of Homeland Security

Transportation Security Administration


- ##### Open & closing dates

04/19/2019 to 08/30/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade


- ##### Salary

$36,540 to $50,775 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule




Omaha, NE MANY vacancies

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible


- Duties

### Summary

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be
consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, 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

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

For more information on working at **Eppley Airfield**, please Click

**Salary Information:** The salary range listed above includes
**locality pay of 15.87% and a retention incentive of 10% of basic
pay that is unique to this duty location.** In order to recruit and
retain highly qualified employees at this location, TSA has approved
the payment of a bi-weekly retention incentive. **The current
starting hourly rate for this position is $17.51.** The
continuation of the incentive portion of this hourly rate is
contingent upon annual approval and funding.

**Hiring:** * TSA may apply a gender-specific (male or female)
hiring preference to fill TSO positions in order to meet security
mission and same gender pat-down job-related requirements. At
airport locations where it is necessary to apply the hiring
preference, candidates of the needed gender will be provided
preference in the scheduling of the computer based aptitude test,
airport assessments, processing and selection.*

DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure
borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard
cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.

***Securing Travel, Protecting People***-At the TSA, you will serve
in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.
Across the nation, you will be on the front line of the DHS's TSA
team as they secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and
public transit systems, thus protecting our transportation
infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and

**Realistic Job Preview:** The Realistic Job Preview gives you an
honest, objective and vivid portrait of what it means to work as a
Transportation Security Officer (TSO) and provides employee
testimonies about both the good and the challenging aspects of being
a TSO. To view the video, please Click Here.

Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) provide security and
protection of air travelers, airports and aircraft in a courteous
and professional manner. This includes:

- Operating various screening equipment and technology to identify
dangerous objects in baggage, cargo and on passengers, and
preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft.

- Performing searches and screening, which may include physical
interaction with passengers (e.g., pat-downs, search of
property, etc.), conducting bag searches and lifting/carrying
bags, bins, and property weighing up to 50lbs.

- Controlling terminal entry and exit points.

- Interacting with the public, giving directions and responding to

- Maintaining focus and awareness while working in a stressful
environment which includes noise from alarms, machinery and
people, crowd distractions, time pressure, and disruptive and
angry passengers, in order to preserve the professional ability
to identify and locate potentially life threatening or mass
destruction devices, and to make effective decisions in both
crisis and routine situations.

- Engaging in continuous development of critical thinking skills,
necessary to mitigate actual and potential security threats, by
identifying, evaluating, and applying appropriate situational
options and approaches. This may include application of
risk-based security screening protocols that vary based on
program requirements.

- Retaining and implementing knowledge of all applicable Standard
Operating Procedures, demonstrating responsible and dependable
behavior, and is open to change and adapts to new information or
unexpected obstacles.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - A minimum of two (2) weeks of travel in a
full-time duty status will be required to complete TSA's New Hire
training. New Hire training and travel requirements vary by duty
location and may require up to six (6) weeks of full-time duty
status travel. This training will occur away from the employee's
airport of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and
reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.
While employed with TSA, other occasional travel may be required.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

1802 Compliance Inspection And Support

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National and at least 18 years of
- Pass a drug screening, medical evaluation, and background
- Subject to post-employment random drug and/or alcohol testing
- Must be registered for Selective Service (males born after
- Must be available to work various shifts and overtime, as needed
- Mandatory travel for training and occasional travel may be

The qualification requirements listed above must be met at the time
of application submission.

**Veterans' Preference:** TSA will provide employment preference
to eligible veterans by applying veterans' preference as defined in
the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (PL 107-71) and to
those eligible under the provisions of Title 5, United States Code
(USC), Section 2108.

**Selective Service Registration Requirement:** TSA policy
requires verification of Selective Service registration for male
applicants born after 12/31/59. To find out if you initially meet
the Selective Service registration requirement for TSA employment,
please Click Here.

**Credit:** Applicants must not have delinquent Federal or State
taxes, past due child support payments, and must not have defaulted
on $7,500 or more in delinquent debt (except for some

**E-Verify:** 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

### Qualifications

Applicants must meet these qualifications in order to be further
evaluated in the TSO hiring process:

- Have a high school diploma, General Educational Development
(GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or Test Assessing
Secondary Completion (TASC) credential **OR** at least one year
of full-time work experience in the security industry, aviation
screening, or as an X-ray technician

- Be proficient in the English language (i.e., able to read,
write, speak, and comprehend)

**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.

### Education

### Additional information

**No moving, relocation or pre-employment travel expenses will be
paid for this position, or while in application for this

This position is not a law enforcement position and therefore, is
not covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay or Law Enforcement
Retirement. Per the President's 2014 Fair Employment memo, TSA
policy is to not adversely consider a candidate based on
unemployment or financial difficulty through no fault of their

TSA is an excepted service agency. Employment with TSA does not
confer the "Competitive Status" that generally results from
selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. However,
permanent employees who have at least one year of continuous service
with TSA will be eligible to apply for positions in other Federal
agencies under the OPM-DHS Interchange Agreement.

**Reasonable Accommodation:** Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process
should contact the TSA HRAccess Help Desk at 1-877-872-7990 or TTY

**Bargaining Unit Status:** This position is in the bargaining unit
for which the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is
the exclusive representative.

**Reemployed Annuitants:** Since the TSO position is permanent, it
**does not** meet the eligibility requirement for a salary offset
waiver under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for
Fiscal Year 2010. Therefore, former Federal or Postal Service
employees who are receiving a civilian retirement annuity may have
their salary reduced by the amount of their pension, which could
result in a biweekly net pay as low as zero dollars ($0.00) or a
debt owed to the Federal Government.

**TSO Dress and Appearance Responsibilities:** TSOs are required
to adhere to the Personal Appearance Standard that requires a neat,
clean and professional appearance while on duty or while wearing a
uniform. This includes adherence to policies on accessories and
grooming. For example, with the exception of 1/4 inch stud-type
earrings, body and/or tongue piercing may not be visible to the
public. In addition, tattoos of any kind on the head, face, and
exposed areas of the neck must be covered at all times and not
visible to the general public. TSA issued and approved items such as
turtlenecks or dickies may be used to cover tattoos on the lower

**Work Schedules for Full-time Positions:** Specific work shifts
and schedules will be determined by the airport.

- Full-time positions require 40 hours per week;
- Full-time work consists of shift-work on any day from Sunday
through Saturday, which may include irregular hours, nights,
holidays, overtime, extended shifts and weekend shifts, changing
shifts, and split shifts.
- A "split-shift" consists of any two work shifts, each lasting at
least two (2) hours in one 24-hour period, with at least two (2)
hours between work shifts.

**Maintaining Employment:** All TSOs must maintain the standard
level of certification and fitness for duty, to include:

- Completing classroom training, on-the-job training, and all
initial certification testing
- Recurrent and specialized training and recertification tests on
a periodic basis
- Passing background investigations, including a criminal check
and credit check, and all randomly administered drug and alcohol
screening tests

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you may be invited to take a
Computer Based Test (CBT) to confirm English language proficiency
and evaluate x-ray interpretation aptitude. Upon passing the CBT,
you will be eligible to be scheduled for additional assessments,
which include: (1) a structured interview to determine, among other
qualities, your decision making skill and your ability to work with
teams and the general public; (2) a drug screening; and, (3) a job
related medical evaluation that includes a color vision test, vision
exam, hearing exam, and adequate joint mobility exam (in part to
determine the physical potential to repeatedly lift and/or carry up
to 50 pounds, to stand for prolonged periods (e.g. 3-4 hours) of
time without a break, and to walk up to three miles during a shift).
Upon passing these assessments, you will be subject to a pre-hire
background investigation. Based upon passing the pre-hire background
investigation and a qualitative evaluation of the criteria above,
you will be placed in one of the following categories:

**Best Qualified:** Applicants demonstrating a superior level of
all evaluation criteria.
**Highly Qualified:** Applicants demonstrating a more than
satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
**Qualified:** Applicants demonstrating minimal or basic
satisfactory qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and

Open to All U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals

For further information concerning U.S. citizenship, please Click

For more information on TSO medical requirements, please Click

For more information on TSO eligibility standards and background
requirements, please Click Here.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please Click

**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Not Required

##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

- If you are claiming Veteran's Preference based upon period of
service, a compensable disability, a widow or spouse
entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, please submit a
copy of the following documents, as applicable: Form DD-214 -
Certification of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4
copy), Form SF-15 - Application for 10-Point Veterans'
Preference, and any documentation that supports your claim
(e.g., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or
later. Please refer to the SF-15 form to determine what
documentation is required. To access this form, please Click
- A copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action
(SF-50) if you are a current or former Federal employee.
Current or former U.S. Postal Service employees should submit a
copy of their Notification of Personnel Action (PS-50).

#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be
credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package,
including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care
insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan \[similar to a
401(k)\]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program;
personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may
include: uniform allowance; health and wellness programs;
transportation subsidies; and tuition reimbursement. DHS is
committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee
training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go
to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."

Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees
to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum
accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave
ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position
(e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty
location - 360 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any
leave forfeited under these circumstances.

Starting a career with TSA as a TSO may lead to promotion
possibilities within DHS.

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

Applications will be accepted online until 11:59PM Eastern
Standard/Daylight Time on the closing date of the job opportunity
announcement (JOA). **However, if a sufficient number of
applications are received, the announcement may be closed before the
published application deadline.** Therefore, applicants are
strongly encouraged to promptly apply online and in advance of the
announcement closing date.

**Application Steps:** To submit your application online:

- **Step \#1:** Click the "Apply Online" button from the USAJOBS
application page
- **Step \#2:** Enter information into the resume fields and
follow the process outlined in USAJOBS for creating and
submitting your USAJOBS resume
- **Step \#3:** Submit any required supporting documentation.
Please ensure you have included the **Required Documents listed
below, if applicable.**

If you do not have access to a computer and you are unable to apply
on-line, please contact the TSA-HRAccess Help Desk at
**1-877-872-7990 or TTY 1-877-872-7992.** The Help Desk hours are:
Eastern Standard/Daylight Time 7:00AM - 10:00PM Monday - Friday,
11:00AM - 3:00PM on Saturday, and 12:00PM - 4:00PM on Sunday. An
"Employment Packet" will be sent to you via mail which must be
completed and returned no later than 11:59PM Eastern Standard/
Daylight Time on the closing date of the JOA. An email address
unique to you is required to apply even if you are submitting a
paper application. And, if you have access to email but still
cannot apply on-line, you may contact the TSA-HRAccess Help Desk by
email at:, to request that
the "Employment Packet" be sent to you.

**Please note:** If you have previously applied to a TSO JOA, you
must utilize your existing USAJOBS account when applying to other
TSO vacancies. If you need assistance accessing your existing
USAJOBS account, please contact USAJOBS via the Contact Us link.
Upon each submission of an application for a TSO vacancy, you must
update your profile and demographic information, answer each
application question, re-submit any applicable documentation, and
select Finish at the end of the application. Otherwise, the
application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed.
Applicants must each use their own, individual email address when
applying to a TSO job opportunity announcement. Email addresses are
used as unique identifiers in the system, so if you
apply using the same email address as another TSA applicant, then
all of the applications for each candidate who shares that account
will be adversely impacted.

This JOA is being used to fill positions at this airport location
only. If you are interested in a different airport location, you
will need to apply to a JOA for that specific location when

### Agency contact information

### TSA HRAccess Help Desk

##### Phone


##### TDD


##### Fax


##### Email

##### Address

DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Shared Service Center
6363 Walker Lane
Suite 400
Alexandria, Virginia 22310
United States

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

Due to the extensive pre-employment screening process, we are
actively recruiting to fill current and future Transportation
Security Officers within TSA. If you are interested in a career
with TSA as a Transportation Security Officer, we encourage you to
apply to this announcement. TSA encourages women, minorities and
veterans to apply for an exciting career as a Transportation
Security Officer with TSA.

After applying, you will be notified of your status by e-mail. You
will also receive instruction on how to monitor your application
status on-line via the TSA Candidate Dashboard. Because some
systems may re-direct TSA emails away from your Inbox, please be
sure to also check your junk and spam email folders on a regular
basis for emails that may contain important information regarding
your application status and specific instructions about the hiring

In order to help prevent these important messages from being
automatically removed from your inbox, you may also want to consider
adding the following two e-mail addresses to your contact list: 1), and 2)

To render a final decision regarding your qualification for
selection, several assessments are required, each of which may vary
in length of time to schedule and successfully complete, and several
of which may be dependent on you for submitting information as

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

Transportation Security Administration


Omaha, NE