Customs and Border Protection
Department of Homeland Security
$72,168 to $111,560
GS 12 - 13
06/20/2017 to 06/12/2018
- Coordinating and completing highly complex, difficult and sensitive criminal, civil, and administrative investigations involving alleged misconduct, criminal activity, and/or corruption by CBP employees and related entities;
- Employing all of the agency's authorities and capabilities in support of criminal, corruption, misconduct, counter-terrorism, and counter-intelligence investigations/programs directly affecting national security and agency integrity;
- Conducting investigations of major interregional dimensions, having national or international implications.; and
- Investigating individuals, businesses, employees, and criminal organizations that represent a significant threat to United States national security through the corruption, or attempted corruption, of CBP personnel and programs, to include foreign intelligence organizations and terrorist groups seeking to compromise CBP personnel.
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
- You must successfully pass a background investigation
- Selective Service registration
- Residency requirement
- Successfully pass a polygraph examination
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You qualify for the GS-12 if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent performing duties such as:
Serving as the case agent for interagency investigations; conducting criminal investigations involving employees and/or associated individuals outside of the agency who are suspected of extortion, collusion, conspiracy, forgery, bribery, accepting gratuities or unauthorized fees, embezzlement, theft, fraud, perjury, giving false, fictitious or fraudulent information, or other violations affecting the administration of laws by employees; and
Developing facts and evidence, gathering information and intelligence, conducting interviews and interrogations, making arrests and conducting searches and seizures.
You qualify for the GS-13 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent performing duties such as:
Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service.
Quality Ranking Factor: You will be asked the question below as part of the online self-assessment questionnaire. Candidates will receive a higher score based upon their responses to the following:
Have you attended the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) basic training program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or other equivalent (i.e. FBI, DEA, or Postal Service Academies)?
Federal Law Enforcement Retirement Coverage 12(d): Criminal Investigators are covered under the provisions of both the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) 6 (c) or the Federal Employees Retirement System and 5 U.S.C. § 8412(d). Employees covered by either retirement system that reach age 50 or over with at least 20 years of service as a law enforcement officer are eligible for law enforcement retirement. In addition, employees covered by FERS (all new hires to the Federal government) are eligible for law enforcement retirement at any age with at least 25 years of service as a law enforcement officer. Finally, employees who reach age 57 with at least 20 years of service as law enforcement officers are subject to mandatory retirement under both retirement systems. If you are a preference eligible veteran additional opportunities may be available to you; you may find additional information at the following website: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp
Criminal Investigator Training Program: Criminal Investigators must complete an initial course of basic training, specifically the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia, or an Internal Affairs approved equivalent course of instruction and the Internal Affairs Special Agent Training Program at the Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Center, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, as well as additional training throughout their careers. Both basic and advanced training programs are designed to prepare law enforcement personnel with the skills, aptitudes, and competencies required to serve as a Criminal Investigator.
The qualifications listed above must be met by Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.
Firearms: Criminal investigators are required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is mandatory.
Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment.
Age: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. The day immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday will be the last day to be referred for selection consideration. However, the age restriction may not apply if you are a preference-eligible veteran or if you are currently serving or have previously served in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by 5 U.S.C. § 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. § 8412(d).
Medical Examination: Individuals must meet the established medical standards and/or physical requirement for the position, proving they are medically and physically capable of performing the essential job functions and duties of the position safely and efficiently.
A medical examination will be conducted. Any disease or condition that may potentially interfere with the safe and efficient performance of the job's duties or training may constitute grounds for medical disqualification. Medical qualification determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. If additional medical information is recommended beyond that provided at the pre-employment examination, it is provided at the expense of the tentative selectee.
Drug Testing: This job has been identified as "testing designated" under our Drug-Free Workplace Program. Therefore, you must satisfactorily complete a drug test prior to being hired. The agency will schedule, provide and pay for the drug test. Once on board, you will be subject to random drug testing.
Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): As a law enforcement officer you will be required to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour work week. These positions require substantial overtime to include holidays, weekends and nights. You must be readily accessible to perform this unscheduled work. To ensure your availability, you will receive extra compensation in the form of Law Enforcement Availability Pay, which is calculated at a flat rate of 25 percent of base salary.
How to Apply
To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information. All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
You are not required to submit official documentation as part of your application package. However, if selected, you must provide the required official documentation prior to appointment.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of and document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire using OPM Form 1203-FX http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
If any part of your application is not received, it will be evaluated solely on the information available.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Human Resources will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be rated between 70 and 100 based on your responses to the online assessment. If you are eligible for placement under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must earn a score of 85 or above to be considered well qualified.
The KSAs for this position are:
- Skill in preparing clear concise, and accurate written reports of investigation and staff papers.;
- Ability to orally present clear and convincing court testimony in complex cases while subject to vigorous cross-examination under adversarial conditions; and
- Skill in conducting criminal investigations and preparing accurate, concise, and objective reports.
Open Continuous Announcement: Announcement will be open for a period of 1 year (with a cut-off date after the first 30 days or the first 300 applications are received) Thereafter, a quarterly or next 300 applications received cut-off process.
Background Investigation:U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency?s core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (i.e., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy) and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances.
Polygraph Examination:You must successfully pass a polygraph examination.
Upon selection, candidates will be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a Top Secret background investigation for placement into this position. For more information, please see http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/apply/mandatory_back_invest.xml. You will be required to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Top Secret clearance.
Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.
Probationary Period: All employees new to the Federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent Federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former Federal employees may also be required to serve or complete a probationary period.
CBP uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify here, http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the Federal recruitment and hiring process. To learn more, click on the link https://hru.gov/Studio_Recruitment/tools/Mythbuster_on_Federal_Hiring_Policies.pdf
Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:
1. Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or
3. Have been a dependent of a United States Federal or military employee serving overseas.
Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete stateside coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples include: the stateside addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas; the company headquarters where the applicant's personnel file is located; professor(s) in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program; or church records for the applicant's overseas church missions. Applicants must provide this information with their application for employment.
- Your resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English. It should contain each position title, grade (if Federal), your duties, accomplishments, the dates you held each position, and your work schedule and salary so we may best assess your qualifications.
- Your responses to the View Occupational Questionnaire
- Are you a current or former Federal employee? Please submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. Your SF-50 should show your competitive status: Tenure 1 or 2 in Block 24 and Position Occupied 1 in Block 34. The SF-50 should also reflect the highest grade held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Current CBP employees are not required to submit an SF-50.
- Are you a veteran? If you are applying under a special veteran appointing authority, you must submit a DD 214 (Member Copy 4--reflecting qualifying medal(s) or service period) and a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later (if applicable). Current federal employees applying under the VEOA authority must submit a qualifying SF-50B to show they meet time-in-grade requirements. If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service and your rank. If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD 214 (Member Copy 4) upon separation from the military. Veterans preference points are not applicable to Merit Promotion announcements; veterans documentation is required only to verify eligibility. To learn more click on the link http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
? You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards. Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.
- Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50B (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
- Do you wish to be considered under a Special Appointing Authority? Veterans, Military Spouses, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the CBP mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that is required with your application, click on the links above and/or contact the Indianapolis Hiring Center.
It is your responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (e.g., resume, veterans documentation, completed assessment, and/or SF-50's) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not in a legible format, you will not be able to view it in Application Manager and you must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.
Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or e-mail. The address below is for inquiries only. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Hiring Center listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date for further instructions. You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
AddressCBP Indianapolis Hiring Center 6650 Telecom Drive Suite 100 Indianapolis IN
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