Thursday, February 18, 2010

Transportation Security Administration Open Position

Job Title: Federal Air Marshal
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Transportation Security Administration
Job Announcement Number: FAM-F10-F003

SALARY RANGE: 46,950.00 - 72,745.00 USD /year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, February 01, 2010 to Thursday, September 30, 2010
DUTY LOCATIONS: many vacancies - Atlanta, GA
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to All U.S. Citizens. Visit for questions on citizenship.

This is an open continuous announcement, which means that applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the closing date, or until positions are filled. Applications received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Monday, February, 15, will be considered first. Applications received after the first cutoff date will be considered as they are received within subsequent bi-weekly cutoff dates.

Relocation: No relocation expenses will be authorized for this position.

The mission of the TSA Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal
Service (OLE/FAMS) is to promote public confidence in the security of our nation's transportation domain. To achieve this mission, OLE/FAMS deploys Federal Air Marshals on U.S. aircraft worldwide; conducts law enforcement operations, protection, response, detection, and assessment activities in airports and other transportation systems; maintains TSA's state of preparedness and coordinates incident management; trains and manages all armed pilots; and coordinates all TSA canine assets.

As federal law enforcement officers, Federal Air Marshals are responsible for policing and securing the nation's transportation systems, protecting U.S. commercial aviation assets in foreign countries, making arrests (with and without arrest warrants), participating in criminal investigations, seeking and executing arrest and search warrants, testifying in court proceedings, conducting interviews and interrogations, representing the U.S. government in foreign countries, and working closely with other U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies. Federal Air Marshals are deployed worldwide on passenger flights of U.S. carriers to detect, deter, and defeat hostile acts targeting U.S. carriers, airports, crews, and passengers.

Additional Duty Location Info:
many vacancies - Atlanta, GA

The employee serves as an entry level Federal Air Marshal for the
Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service. The primary duties and responsibilities of a Federal Air Marshal involve deployments worldwide protecting U.S. air carriers on passenger flights to deter or counter the risk of terrorist activity, aircraft piracy, and other crimes in order to meet national security concerns. Other duties may include protection of the nation's transportation infrastructure. Federal Air Marshals travel frequently, carry out their missions independently and with minimal supervision, and are trained and prepared to operate in a highly stressful environment with little or no back-up available. Under the authority of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, PL 107-71, November 19, 2001, the employee functions as a federal law enforcement officer and performs the duties and responsibilities assigned to Federal Air Marshals, who:

Carry firearms; make arrests without warrants for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony cognizable under the laws of the United States if there is probable cause to believe that a felony is being or has been committed; seek and execute warrants for arrest or seizure of evidence issued under the authority of the United States upon probable cause that a violation has been committed; and identify and interview witnesses and suspects.

Work for long periods without a break; are on call 24 hours a day; participate in a mandatory physical fitness program and maintain required physical fitness and medical standards.

Administer, coordinate, or perform law enforcement, investigative, analytical, or advisory work to ensure compliance with federal laws, regulations, or other mandatory guidelines.

Present information regarding the above law enforcement activities to the appropriate U.S. Attorney, as necessary. Such enforcement activities may involve matters of extreme sensitivity with difficult planning and coordination problems because of jurisdictional concerns involving other nations, and federal, state, county, and local governments.

Participate, as needed, in multi-agency task forces and in investigative assignments involving other federal, state, and local agencies in support of an integrated federal law enforcement and intelligence approach to proactively fight terrorism at all levels.

How To Apply



Applications will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Apply online at USAJOBS.GOV.

If you are unable to access the USAJOBS application system, your account may be locked and your password will need to be re-set. Please contact the USAJOBS Help Desk at:

There are three steps to the application process. You will be required to complete all steps to be considered for this position. PLEASE NOTE: Failure to submit the information outlined below by the closing date will render your application ineligible for consideration for this position.

Step #1: You MUST complete the online assessment or the Employment Packet (paper) specifically generated for this position. To apply online, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of the screen.

If you do not have access to a computer and you are unable to apply
online, a paper application is permitted. Please contact the TSA HRAccess Help Desk at 1-877-872-7990, or TTY at 1-877-872-7992.

An Employment Packet will be sent to you, which includes the vacancy announcement, the demographic questions, the core questions and the vacancy-specific questions. The Employment Packet must be completed and submitted so that it will be received no later than the closing date (Eastern Time) of this vacancy announcement.

Step #2: You MUST also submit a resume or other form of application. You have an option of completing a resume within this automated staffing system or submitting a resume that you have in another format or maintained in personal files. Please follow the process outlined at the end of the series of occupational assessment questions regarding submitting your resume or other application form.

Step #3: You MUST submit all required documents, as outlined below. This step must be followed if you are applying based upon current or former federal government status, if you are claiming veterans' preference, if you are attempting to qualify for this position based upon education (if applicable), or if you are requesting consideration based upon a special appointing authority. You MUST submit the required documents with your application. Fax these documents to the fax number on the fax cover sheet provided for each separate document. Failure to submit the required documents by the closing date of this vacancy announcement may render your application ineligible for consideration for this position.

For additional information about TSA employment, please visit:

After completing the steps outlined above, the following documents are required supplements to the resume or application form.

The following three documents are mandatory for all applicants and must be submitted at the time of application; you must print out, complete, sign and date all three forms and submit them with your application, using the appropriate fax cover sheet:

Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, which may be found at:

TSA Form 2811, Fair Credit Reporting Act Authorization, and

TSA Form 2812, Authorization for Release of Information. These documents will be used to initiate the credit check and pre-hire background investigation if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. No further action will be taken on these forms if you do not reach this point in the hiring process. These forms can be downloaded from this web address: Please note that there are two pages of instructions and two forms.

Failure to submit all three of these forms at the time of application may render your application ineligible for consideration for this position.

If you are a current or former federal government employee, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent or current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent documentation that indicates the type of appointment, position and grade/pay band. Failure to submit this information will result in your application being treated as "External" (i.e., from an applicant who is outside the federal service). NOTE: Current or former federal employees who are currently serving or who previously served in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement, MUST submit a copy of an SF-50 which reflects this service.

If you are claiming tentative (TP) veterans' preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy), or other proof of entitlement.

If you are claiming veterans' preference based upon compensable disability, widow or spouse entitlement or purple heart receipt(CPS/CP/XP), you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required proof (i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later), and the latest copy of report of separation from active duty (DD-214), to establish proof of honorable discharge.

If you are attempting to qualify for this position based upon education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcript(s) from an accredited college or university (for each school attended) to establish qualifications based upon education.

The online process and the submission of your application materials will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HR Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7990
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 877-872-7992
Email: Or write:
DHS-Transportation Security Administration
Contact the TSA HR Help Desk at
1-877-TSA-7990; TTY 1-877-TSA-7992
Vienna, VA 22180
Fax: 571-258-4052

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