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Supervisory CBP Officer (Second Line)

Company: Department Of Homeland Security
Location: Nogales
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.

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Salary: Salary listed reflects the rest of U.S. scale and, if applicable, will be adjusted to meet the locality pay or cost of living expenses of the duty location upon selection.

COLA is authorized for certain locations and is calculated separately using the base salary table. Please see the following link for specific COLA Rates here.

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, in Multiple Locations.

This announcement is for a Supervisory CBP Officer (Second Line), GS 13. We are no longer issuing certificates from the previous announcement OFO-IMP-10882079-RLL; that announcement has been discontinued. You must re-apply to this current vacancy OFO-IMP-11086968-RLL announcement to continue to receive consideration.

WHERE WILL POSITIONS BE FILLED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT? Positions filled under this announcement are in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations. Positions are available throughout the United States. You will be asked to identify your duty location preferences in the on-line application process. In some cases, the duty stations may not have a vacancy during the life of this announcement. In addition, there may be occasions where applicants are referred for selection based upon working within a particular commuting area. The local commuting area is defined as the area surrounding the duty station by which people reasonably travel back and forth from home to work. If you are selected for and accept this position, once you enter on duty, you will no longer be referred for other locations under this announcement.

Geographic Location: You may select up to five (5) locations where you would be willing to work.

WHEN IS THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN AND WHAT IS THE LAST DATE TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION? We are currently accepting applications from 06/07/2021 to 06/25/2021. You must apply on-line by 11:59 p.m. ET, 06/25/2021 to receive consideration under this announcement. Please refer to the "How to Apply" section for further guidance. You must meet the qualifications and eligibility by 6/6/2022 to be considered eligible under this announcement. You may be referred and selected at any time after the closing date. However, if selected, you will be promoted/reassigned only after you have met all job requirements such as qualifications and time-in-grade requirements. Employees who meet the qualifications and other job requirements (as explained in this announcement) by 6/6/2022, are encouraged to apply during the open period. If you do not apply by 06/25/2021, you WILL NOT have an opportunity to apply for this position and will not receive consideration for selection until the next open period.

Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your expertise to manage one or more national programs in order to help to detect and prevent terrorists and instruments of terror from entering/exiting the U.S. Apply for this exciting opportunity to direct programs that strengthen the Department's ability to perform homeland security.

This position starts at a salary of $92,143.00 (GS-13, Step 1) to $119,787.00 (GS-13, Step 10) with promotion potential to $119,787 (GS-13 Step 10).

In this second-line supervisory 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:

  • Responding to and resolving technical and operational questions regarding functions or programs supervised.
  • Providing guidance and training, communicating intelligence and enforcement information, and disseminating new procedures and policy changes.
  • Planning and accomplishing assignments, projects, studies or investigations intended to explore and resolve major operations and law enforcement problems, or to develop, improve, or install new procedures.
  • Directly supervising a team of subordinate supervisors and performing a full range of supervisory functions.

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 Qualifications section.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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1895 Customs And Border Protection

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below)
  • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
  • CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures
  • You must pass the CBP Officer Promotional Assessment (including in-basket)
  • You must possess a valid driver's license
  • You must meet firearms requirements
  • You will be required to carry a firearm and maintain firearm proficiency


Qualifications: You must meet all qualification requirements by 6/6/2022. Qualification claims will be subject to verification through a review of your work experience and/or education as provided in your resume, transcripts (as applicable), and responses to assessment questions. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process.

Experience: You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level by 6/6/2022, performing duties such as:

  • Conducting primary inspections of cargo, conveyances, and travelers to determine admissibility, alienage, citizenship and the need for referral to secondary inspection for further intensified inspection at Ports of Entry (POE) utilizing behavioral and cultural analysis.
  • Conducting secondary inspections of referrals from primary inspections through interviews, additional database queries, communication with other law enforcement agencies, and use of technology at the POE.
  • Identifying, targeting, controlling and examining passengers and cargo leaving the United States to ensure the mission objectives of interdicting terrorists and instruments of terror, and compliance with export requirements.
  • Developing, planning and participating in tactical operations and preparing detailed accurate reports regarding inspections, gathered intelligence, and incidents.
  • Communicate and interact with internal components, other law enforcement agencies, foreign entities, and carriers.
  • Serving as a coach and mentor of lower level CBP Officers and providing (evaluation or feedback) to supervisor and/or CBP Officer making recommendations of performance improvement and training needs.

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.

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 satisfactorily perform the major duties and responsibilities of the 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.

You must:

  • Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, 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 6/6/2022.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

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 (e.g., 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. For more information visit this link.

Polygraph Examination: The Supervisory CBP Officer (Second Line) position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination.

Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.

Polygraph Waiver: Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

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 Requirement: You will be required to successfully pass the Pre-employment Fitness Test-1. Please see the Pre-employment Fitness Test-1 Readiness Program for additional information. This is a 6 week program designed to assist you in achieving a level of physical fitness that will help you successfully pass the CBP fitness tests.

Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm and maintain firearm proficiency. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. You will be required to certify whether you have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment.

Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency waiver by meeting one or more of the following conditions:

  • Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military
  • A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government
  • Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university
  • Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government


Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Keywords: Department Of Homeland Security, Tucson , Supervisory CBP Officer (Second Line), Other , Nogales, Arizona

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