Transportation Assistant, GS-2102-06
Department Of Homeland Security 1,253 reviews - Alameda, CA

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for non-status applicants under announcement 13-1281-WE-KR-M. APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Base Alameda, Personal Property Shipping Office, Personnel Division, Alameda, California.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).

DUTIES: The position is located in the Personal Property Shipping Office under the direct supervision of the Transportation Officer.

Being a Coast Guard employee makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard Team. Typical work assignments include performing the following duties:

-Provide advice and assistance to employees and ensures timely, economical and procedurally correct preparation of documents to authorize shipping and transportation services

-Uses the Defense Personal Property System (DPS), as it relates to shipping, storage, booking, and routing of household goods.

-Provides complete counseling service to effect the shipment of household goods, personal effects, mobile homes, boats/trailer, POV's, personally procured moves, one time only solicitations, damage claims, and quality assurance inspections for DOD/DHS military, dependents and civilians.

-Conducts group, individual orientation and counseling sessions to inform applicants (property owners) of traffic management matters to determine the needs and develop the correct combination of entitlements applicable to conditions and restrictions at the new duty station or for discharge, or retirement or deceased personnel.

-Researches and analyzes documents and regulations to determine preshipment, shipment, and post shipment needs and services

-Serves as approving official for applications, bills of lading, to include ancilliary services such as appliance servicing, packing reweigh of shipment and crating.

-Selects carriers.

-Provides technical advice on packing, crating, loading and marking of shipments to ensure that dimensional clearance and weight limitation

-Communicates directly with the Transporation Service Provider to articulate requirements and ensure quality service is provided in accordance with SDDC regulations.

-Reviews/audits all monthly and quarterly billings from the Non-Temporary Storage Electronic Payment System (NTS ePayment) to ensure transactions are processed accurately.

-Implements Quality Assurance programs to evaluate contractor and TSP performance.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service).

Specialized experience includes governing transportation for shipment and storage of personal household goods and travel for permanent change in station, discharge, retirement; counseling military, dependents, civilian employees on entitlements for personal transportation and shipment of household goods and personal property; carrying out procurement procedures for obtaining transportation of household goods and personal propertyand processing shipping documents according to regulations; and knowledge of Defense Personal Property System (DPS).

This position does not have a positive education requirement.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

1. Knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices governing transportation, shipment and storage of personal and household goods.

2. Knowledge of the automated databases and software sufficient to input and retrieve data for various reports and produce a variety of documents.

3. Knowledge of the Defense Personal Property System (DPS).

4. Ability to communicate resourcefully and tactfully with Government agencies' personnel and representatives of the commercial transportation industry.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.

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BENEFITS: 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: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

Competitive status is not required if the person selected is an individual with a disability who is eligible for appointment under Schedule A of the excepted service. Visit Opportunities for People with Disabilities

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6299. Decisions on granting
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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