Job Overview Summary

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. For additional information about our agency please: .


The Assistant Administrator/Chief Information Officer (AA/CIO), Office of Information Technology (OIT), reports to the Chief of Mission Support in the Office of the Administrator and serves as the senior information technology (IT) management official in TSA. The AA/CIO functions as the Chief Information Officer for TSA on matters involving formulation, development and execution of TSA's IT management program. The responsibilities of the position have an agency-wide impact and influence.

Duties include:

  • Providing accurate and timely IT management and acquisition forecasting support and advice to the Administrator and Deputy Administrator, which includes formal and informal presentations both orally and in writing.
  • Briefing management officials in TSA and select IT and acquisition agencies and officials.
  • Determining, planning, directing, and managing the IT requirement for TSA in accordance with defined goals and objectives.
  • Conducting and overseeing the execution of long-range planning for and integration of IT and logistical support services.
  • Directing the oversight of agency IT management, acquisition, dissemination, enhancement, replacement and internal controls.
  • Developing and preparing the annual agency plan to implement the provisions and mandates of the Information Technology Management Reform Act (ITMRA) and the President's Management Agenda (PMA).
  • Ensuring compliance with current and future legislation and regulation pertaining to Federal government IT operations, such as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), the Federal Information Security Management Act, and others while taking the necessary measures to support consistent agency-wide understanding and implementation of all relevant laws, regulations, policies, and procedures to IT programs in support of TSA's mission.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Position requires occasional travel.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.
Who May Apply This job is open to... Open to all Federal Employees, SES reinstatement eligibles, and graduates of an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP).

This position is in the Transportation Security Executive Service (TSES) and is located in Arlington, Virginia.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship.
  • You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
  • You must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening, subject to random drug tests.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Clearance.
  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.

As a basic requirement, applicants must demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section of the Job Opportunity Announcement. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state and local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all executive and technical qualification factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

DRUG TESTING: You must pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, you may be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing during employment.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a TS/SCI (Top Secret/Secured Compartmentalized Information) clearance that must be completed prior to appointment. You will be subject to a 5-year periodic investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI clearance.

MOBILITY: 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. TSA employs a risk-based strategy to secure U.S. transportation systems, with nearly 50,000 Transportation Security Officers, each day at approximately 450 airports nationwide. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations.

As a member of the TSES, you may be subject to frequent changes in posts of duty and positions. Mobility is a condition of employment, so you must be prepared to accept, without objection, the judgment of your superiors concerning reassignments for operational and/or career development purposes, or for other reasons determined to be in the best interest of the Transportation Security Administration.

CURRENT OR FORMER POLITICAL APPOINTEES: 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 of this position no later than the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.


Other Information

  • The TSA, an excepted service agency, was established by Public Law 107-71, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), on November 19, 2001. ATSA provides TSA with the authority to modify and develop its own human capital program, provided such modifications are consistent with 49 USC 40122.
  • This is an excepted service position. However, there is an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and TSA that enables Career TSES members who have been approved by the Qualifications Review Board at OPM to qualify for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions without additional competition.
  • You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year unless you previously completed the probationary period in a SES/TSES position.
  • 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.
  • View of terms found in this announcement.

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.