Job Overview

Job Overview

Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders

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 resiliency to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact join DHS.

Discover a challenging and rewarding career in CBP, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we:

  • Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see http://www.cbp.gov.

Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your expertise to detect and prevent terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen homeland security by performing law enforcement activities related to inspection, intelligence analysis, examination, and interpretation of laws and regulations. This position starts at a base salary of $74,584.00 (GS-13, Step 1), with promotion potential to GS-13.

Who May Apply:

Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees with competitive status.

  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please see http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/gc1303762131481.shtm.

Organizational Location: This position is located within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Immigration Advisory Program (IAP), Madrid, Spain. This position will be with the Police Liaison Program within IAP.

One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above.

If going from a LEO Covered Position to a Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement Covered Position: Please be advised that when you enter on duty in this Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement covered position you will no longer be covered under the Special Retirement System for Law Enforcement Officers, but will only be covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). For further information on the Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement Coverage, please see the section on Retirement Coverage.


Promotion Eligibility Directive (Directive No. 51332-022B): Effective October 1, 2013, Journey-level GS-1895 CBP Officers who competed for and served one year in a NTE non-supervisory GS-1895-13 are now eligible to compete for a permanent non-supervisory GS-1895-13 position.

In this CBPO Program Manager (Immigration Advisory Program - Police Liaison Officer) position you will become a key member of a team of homeland security professionals detecting and preventing terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. Typical work assignments include:

  • Performing foreign country capacity building assessments while providing technical assistance and guidance to team members to ensure Immigration Advisory Program requirements are met.
  • Performing assessments and conducting analysis of operations, security, and logistics
  • Identifying program deficiencies and preparing documentation and strategies for necessary corrections.
  • Serving as a technical expert in the area of international customs, making recommendations and implementing policies as it relates to the Immigration Advisory Program.
  • Enhancing CBP's relationship with partner nations and to support its mission to disrupt the movement of terrorist, criminals, instruments of terror and contraband, by partnering with U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies abroad.
  • Facilitating the exchange of information between CBP, U.S. counterparts, and foreign counterparts abroad, in support of advance targeting work, to disrupt terrorist and criminal travel, and to facilitate the dismantling of terrorist and criminal networks.
  • Facilitating sharing data related to the broader CBP mission, to include information on human smuggling, narcotics trafficking, and illicit currency.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be required to travel frequently.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation limits and agency policy.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
  • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
  • You and your dependents must pass a State Department medical examination
  • You and your dependents must obtain a valid passport
  • You must obtain a valid driver's license and maintain firearm requirements
  • You must pass the CBP Officer Promotional Assessment (including In-Basket)
  • You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness requirements

GS-13: You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. Examples include leading, directing, supervising, or providing technical direction to others in performing inspection, intelligence analysis, examination, and law enforcement activities relating to the arrival and departure of persons, conveyances, and merchandise into the U.S. Experience supervising Customs and Border Protection related work activities is preferred.

This position will be filled on a temporary basis not-to-exceed two years with possible extensions for an additional three years (2-2-1). Before the end of the fifth year of this temporary promotion, a decision will be made by management to determine when the incumbent will return to the same or similar position and to the previous grade held prior to this temporary promotion.

Note: If you accept a Change to Lower Grade to enter this position, IAP can not guarantee that you will be returned to your previous grade. If there are no positions available at the higher grade, you will be returned to a position at an equivalent grade level of this temporary promotion.

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 must:

  • Meet all qualification requirements subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
  • Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by Friday, June 23, 2017.

Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement Requirement: The criterion is that knowledge, skill and ability in a position deemed to meet primary CBPO special retirement coverage is a mandatory prerequisite to satisfactory perform the major duties and responsibilities of this job. In order to meet the requirements of this secondary CBP Officer position you must have permanently served in a primary CBP Officer Special Enhanced Retirement covered position, i.e. Customs Inspector, GS-1890, Immigration Inspector, GS-1816, Canine Enforcement Officer, GS-1801, or CBP Officer, GS-1895.

Note: If you currently serve in a permanent Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement covered position, you are exempt from this mandatory prerequisite.

Language Requirement: Language proficiency in Spanish is required.

Security Clearance: This position requires a security clearance. If selected for this position you should be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.

Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment.

Uniform: This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.

Basic Training: You may be required to attend approximately 18 weeks of training at the CBP Academy at FLETC.

Shift Work/Overtime: You may be required to work on a shift and rotational basis and perform substantial amounts of overtime.

Physical and Environmental Conditions: The work is conducted in an office/airport setting. The position requires light to moderate physical exertion involving long periods of standing and walking.

Government Credit Card: You must possess a government credit card.

Tour of Duty: The tenure of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees in the Immigration Advisory Program (IAP) is limited to a total of 5 years. This includes a 2 year tour of duty, one 2 year extension, and an additional 1 year extension. Employees who have not served 5 years at a domestic duty station, subsequent to their initial overseas tour of duty, should not be considered for a second tour of duty in any foreign assignment.

Return Rights: Within 180 days of completing their tour, the employee will submit a list of 5 preference locations for their return. If none of the 5 locations have an equivalent vacancy, CBP will provide the employee a list of up to 5 additional locations where CBP has staffing availability to select from. If the employee declines the locations provided by CBP, the employee will be reassigned to an equivalent position in his/her Home of Record Field Office.

Annual Leave Accumulation: Employees assigned to IAP ports may carry over 360 hours of annual leave to the next leave year (as opposed to 240 hours).

Home Leave: In addition to annual leave, employees at IAP posts earn ten days home leave on each two-year assignment. This leave is only granted to those employees who have their IAP assignment extended for another tour and is to be used between tours. The Government pays the employee per diem and transportation expenses from the employee's post of duty in IAP to the employee's former official residence in the United States. In addition, it also pays for the transportation expenses of dependents who accompany the employee on home leave to the employee's residence in the United States.

Living Quarters Allowances (not payable if claiming temporary lodging allowance): Employees receive payment of an annual tax-free quarters' allowance for housing while in an IAP station. This allowance is intended to cover the cost of suitable, adequate living quarters for the employee and his/her family plus the cost of heat, light, fuel, gas, electricity, and water. However at some duty stations government subsidized housing is provided.

Foreign Transfer Allowance - The foreign transfer allowance is divided into two separate allowances. These allowances are payable as follows:

  1. Miscellaneous Expense Allowance - This allowance is intended to assist you with certain extraordinary costs in connection with establishing residence quarters at the foreign post. An amount of $650 for a single employee and $1300 for an employee with family may be granted without any receipt or itemizing required. This allowance is not paid to employees who are returning to the United States for separation.
  2. Subsistence Expenses Allowance - A subsistence expense allowance applicable to lodging, meals (including tips), laundry, cleaning and pressing expenses in temporary quarters for you and each member of your family for up to 10 days before final departure from a post in the United States to a post in a foreign area. Expenses of local transportation are not allowable.

Temporary Lodging Allowance (not payable if claiming living quarters allowance): A temporary lodging allowance is a tax-free quarters allowance that is granted to you for the reasonable cost of temporary quarters, which are incurred by you and your family for a period not to exceed (1) 60 days after first arrival at a new post in a foreign area, or a period ending with the occupation of permanent quarters, if earlier; and (2) 30 days immediately preceding final departure from the post subsequent to the necessary vacating of residence quarters.

Education Allowance: Payment for most actual costs of education for each dependent are determined by the Department of State and are subject to change.

Transportation of Household Effects and Related Expenses:

A. Maximum weight of household goods and personal effects, which may be transported or stored at Government expense shall not exceed 18,000 pounds net weight for all employees.

B. The transportation of household goods must be accomplished through the use of Government Bill of Lading. This includes transfers either to or from a foreign post of duty.

C. Allowance for Transportation and Accessories Service - The actual cost of transportation of household goods and personal effects, including the packing and crating of materials, lift vans, or other temporary containers with the weights prescribed in the previous paragraph, will be allowed at Government expense.

D. Temporary Storage of Household Goods - Temporary storage incident to transportation of household goods is allowable for a period of up to 90 days.

If you are not a current GS-1895, and you are selected, you will have to meet the following medical/physical standards:

Physical and Medical Requirements: Because the duties of the position are of a strenuous nature and require a high degree of interaction and responsibility to the public, you must undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical examination. For more information, go to https://www.cbp.gov/careers/frontline-careers/cbpo/app-proc.

Physical Fitness Screening: Due to the strenuous nature of the CBP Officer duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen candidates for CBP Officer positions. Candidates may be required to pass 2 pre-employment fitness tests. For more information on the requirements and a 6-week readiness program designed to assist you in achieving a level of physical fitness that will help you successfully pass the CBP fitness tests, please see the following links: http://www.cbp.gov/careers/join-cbp/which-cbp-career/cbp-officer and http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/CBPOPFT-1PhysicalReadinessProgram.pdf.

Security Clearance

Top Secret

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. You will be notified by email after each of these steps has been completed. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/NotificationSettings.aspx. If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the announcement. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement. If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation.


DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, vision, dental, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, 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 development opportunities. For more information, please go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "Benefits".

Retirement Coverage: You will retain your current retirement coverage while on this temporary position.

Other Information

This position meets the criteria defined in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as an exempt position. Therefore, while serving in this foreign duty location, the FLSA code will be categorized as "Exempt". Exempt employees receive an overtime rate defined under Title 5 rather than that defined under FLSA. For more information on Title 5 pay, please see the following link:http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/fact-sheets/overtime-pay-title-5/

This position is not covered under the bargaining unit.

Background Investigation: 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. Entry into this position may require that you successfully pass a polygraph examination. For more information, please see: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/join-cbp/which-career/apply/background-investigation

Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may 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/StudioRecruitment/tools/MythbusteronFederalHiringPolicies.pdf

Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder

Please view the video "Protecting America 24/7" to learn more about CBP's Office of Field Operations: http://cbpapps.cbp.dhs.gov/ofo/2011/protectingamerica/proamerica.wmv

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/471150100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $74,584.00 to $96,958.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1895-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees with competitive status.

Control Number: 471150100

Job Announcement Number: MHCMP-1968227-AF