Airport Compliance Specialist (1801)
US Department of Transportation
 Des Plaines, IL
  • Duties




Serves as the Airports Compliance Program Specialist for the Office of Airports, Airports Division, Great Lakes Region (AGL) responsible for assessing and evaluating complaints in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 13, of non-compliance with applicable laws, policies and procedures related to the terms and conditions of federal land transfers and federal grant obligations that include airport rates, charges and revenue diversion.

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Duties and Responsibilities: Incumbent applies experience and detailed technical knowledge with oversight from management and/or the Lead Compliance Program Manager by performing the following duties for the Office of Airports:

Incumbent researches, analyzes and provides information to officials in the airports division, public agencies, municipalities, airport sponsors, and general public on the intent of applicable laws, regulations, policies, and standards as they relate to the use of airport revenue as required in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Revenue Use Policy, 64 Federal Register, 7696 dated February 16, 1999.

Incumbent provides technical advice, guidance, and assistance to the airports division employees, government agencies, airport consultants, aviation industry representatives, airport sponsors, and the public on Federal regulations and FAA policy and goals related to the airport compliance program.

Incumbent provides information on Part 13 conclusions to assist Headquarters personnel on 14 CFR Part 16 complaints, and provides assistance with follow up actions on Part 16 corrective action plans.

With oversight from management and/or Lead Compliance Program Manager, conducts Land Use Compliance Inspections at Federally obligated airports, prepares land use compliance reports, tracks progress of sponsor corrective actions through completion, reviews sponsor corrective action plans for compliance with obligations and resolution of findings, provides follow up actions on Land Use Compliance Inspections, and coordinates information on land use audits with AC0-100.

Incumbent researches, compiles and provides information to field offices, government agencies, airport consultants, aviation industry representatives and public on federal regulations and FAA policy, and FAA Order 5190.6, Airport Compliance Requirements.

Incumbent coordinates with the Office of Inspector General on issues of unlawful revenue diversion and assists the Airport Certification Staff and Airport District Offices as necessary.

Incumbent researches land release issues and provides guidance to project managers. As necessary, prepares and coordinates Federal Register notices for proposed land releases.

Incumbent reviews airport audits reported under the Department of Transportation, OIG and Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 (single audit}; and works with management and/or senior staff to resolve any outstanding issues and findings.

Incumbent monitors and enforces obligations in order to protect the public interest in civil aviation and achieve compliance with federal laws. This includes the investigation and completion of Part 13 informal complaints filed against airports for alleged violations of various federal laws, regulations, and grant assurances.

Incumbent conducts preliminary analysis in accordance with current Federal Law and FAA Policy to determine if an airport sponsors' actions are consistent with its federal obligations.

Incumbent performs investigations and writes reports that substantiate findings and if necessary could be used as a basis for administrative or legal action.

Incumbent researches and provides responses to questions on which policy has been established.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A recent SF-50 is required (See Required Documents for requirements)


To qualify for this position at the H pay band, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-G, FG/GS-5-9 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience may include but not limited to: Experience in airport operations sufficient to prepare required documentation in support of aspects of airport operations, for example: airport planning, airport management, airport compliance or the management of Federal Aviation regulatory programs or related fields. Experience in participating on a team performing investigations and writing reports sufficient to allow substantiation of findings.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.



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