As the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Acquisition Program Management (APM), you will report to the Assistant Administrator for Acquisition Program Management and serve as a principal advisor on matters regarding acquisition programs by DHS or TSA that are responsible for the procurement, testing and deployment of new capabilities across 440 airports nationwide. In this role, you will also advise on certification requirements of program management staff and ensure that security technologies and processes delivered to end users meet the overall mission, vision, goals and objectives of TSA and DHS.
The DAA has acquisition responsibility and management accountability for all TSA acquisition programs, major and otherwise, and has the authority to designate programs "special interest" in accordance with DHS and TSA policy.
In this role, you will exercise centralized program authority, ensuring that individual acquisition programs are being managed in consonance with current policies, procedures and approved baselines. You wll strategically guide subordinate acquisition programs and develop effective acquisition strategies that include determining and applying flexibilities that ensure TSA interests are fully represented. You will integrate the expertise of employees and contractors in developing new acquisition programs and initiatives.
High-level duties include:
- Managing acquisition programs through a Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution process. You are responsible for budget formulation for programs within your area of responsibility, including ensuring the effective execution of annual budgets approved by Congress and allocated through appropriated programs.
- Providing a strategic look across the Program Management Offices (PMOs) to ensure priorities are aligned with executive/Agency goals. You will act with the authority of the APM and review acquisition activity across the PMOs, providing a high level of strategic service to the APM and PMOs.
- Leading executives to develop and implement effective acquisition strategies to meet mission needs with stakeholder input. You will lead other executives and program representatives to identify the best acquisition options, create industry engagement and address/resolve various and complex issues that arise in relation to product quality, operability, maintenance, scheduling impacts, return on investment, etc.
- Providing leadership and strategic direction in addressing and resolving complex acquisition issues within DHS and TSA. You will assess the impact of the issue, taking into account legal requirements, impact on operations, political implications and options available, working with executive stakeholders to arrive at the best solution. When needed, you will exercise authority to direct a resolution.
- Serving as the Executive Agent for Acquisition Career Manager.
The Series/Grade for this position is: SW - 0340 02
Benefits and Other Information
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.
- 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
- (e.g. Maxiflex and Gliding Schedules).
- 720 hour annual leave ceiling.
- 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.
- Uniform allowance.
- Health and wellness programs.
- Fitness centers.
- 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 Transportation Security Executive Service (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.