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									    GS-1895-5/7 Customs and Border Protection Officer
Your career … The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed to help respond to the threat of terrorist
attacks. Within DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was established to support this important mission.
With employees stationed along our country’s borders and at the ports of entry, CBP is America’s Frontline in the war
against terrorism. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers serve America at over 300 frontline ports of entry.
The Officer’s primary responsibility is to detect and prevent terrorists and weapons of mass destruction from entering the
United States, while facilitating the orderly flow of legitimate trade and travelers. This requires enforcing laws related to
revenue and trade, seizure of contraband, interdiction of agricultural pests and diseases, and admissibility of persons.
CBP Officers perform the full range of inspection, passenger and cargo analysis, examination and law enforcement
activities relating to the arrival and departure of persons, merchandise and conveyances such as cars, trucks, aircraft,
and ships at the ports of entry.
CBP Officers must wear a uniform, work overtime and/or shift work (sometimes under arduous conditions), qualify
regularly with and carry firearms, and are subject to random drug testing.

   Benefits and Salary
       Benefits. CBP offers a generous benefits package including personal leave days for vacation, illness and
       family care, a wide choice of health insurance programs, life insurance, long-term care insurance, flexible
       spending accounts for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses, a fully portable retirement program
       that includes a Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401k), and a uniform allowance. In addition, some locations
       have access to fitness facilities, related health and wellness programs, and on-site childcare facilities.
       These are full-time permanent positions in the excepted service. Initial appointments are made at the
       GS-5 (at least $30,772 per annum) and GS-7 (at least $38,117) grade levels with promotion potential to the
       GS-11 ($56,411) grade level without having to reapply. There is also the opportunity to earn overtime pay.

       Locations. These positions are located at CBP ports of entry throughout the United States including Alaska,
       Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
       Applicants must be willing to work in any duty location covered by a geographic location code they selected.

Pre-employment Requirements consist of a video-based structured interview, a thorough background
investigation, medical examination (including stringent vision and hearing standards), fitness test and drug test (see
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS on the following page). If your background includes past or present arrests, convictions,
dismissals from previous jobs, outstanding debt and financial issues, excessive use of alcohol, violations of immigration
laws, use of illegal drugs, and/or the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, you most probably will be rated unsuitable for
these positions.
Age Requirement. In accordance with Public Law 110-161, this position is covered under special retirement
provisions for Customs and Border Protection Officers; therefore, candidates must be referred for selection for this
position before reaching their 37th birthday. This age restriction may not apply if you are serving or have served in a
federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C 8412(d).
Training. CBP Officers must attend approximately 15 weeks of paid training at the CBP Academy at Federal Law
Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Your time at the Academy will be spent attending formalized classroom training
and a rigorous participatory training program. If you are not already involved in a physical fitness program, you may
wish to begin exercising now to prepare yourself for the physical demands and requirements of training. Candidates
selected for duty locations in Puerto Rico, Miami, Florida; or along the Southwest Border may receive an additional 6
weeks of Spanish language training. Failure to successfully complete the training may be grounds for mandatory
removal from the position. For more information on training at FLETC, please visit the web site at
Qualifications. Refer to the vacancy announcement for more specific information on qualifying experience and
education. However, here are the basic qualifications:
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Must be a U.S. citizen. CBP also has a residency requirement that applies to all applicants other than current
CBP employees. If you are not a current CBP employee, CBP requires that for the three (3) years prior to filing an
application for employment, individuals must meet one or more of the following primary residence criteria:

        1. Applicant physically resided in the United States or its protectorates or territories (excluding short trips
           abroad, such as vacations); or
        2. Applicant worked for the U.S. Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or
        3. Applicant was a dependent of a U.S. 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 of state-side coverage information include: the state-side address of the
company headquarters where the applicant’s personnel file is located, the state-side address of the Professor in charge
of the applicant’s “Study Abroad” program, the church records for the applicant’s overseas church missions, and/or the
state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas. If selected for a position,
applicants must provide this information when filing their application for employment.

Must possess a valid state driver’s license at the time of appointment.
To qualify for a GS-5 grade level position, you must have at least 3 years of general experience that
demonstrates the ability to meet and deal with people and the ability to apply a body of facts. You may have obtained
this experience in work where you explained administrative requirements and procedures to others or screened forms to
ensure proper completion based on requirements. For example, you may have served as a customer service
representative, claims adjuster, or information receptionist. Typing, filing, copying, or messenger work is not creditable
as general experience. You may substitute education for experience requirements. For instance, a Bachelor's Degree
in any field from an accredited institution meets the requirements.
To qualify for a GS-7 level position, you must have one full year of specialized experience that entailed
performance of substantive duties in inspections work at borders, seaports, airports, or other entry points and/or work
involving preliminary screening of persons for entry and immigration status or compliance/regulatory work. Inspections
experience must have demonstrated the ability to apply specialized knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures
for importing and exporting merchandise to and from the United States and/or law enforcement work at the local, State
or Federal levels, which included dealing with persons suspected of entering the United States illegally.
Compliance/regulatory work experience must have demonstrated the ability to collect, develop and evaluate facts,
evidence, and pertinent data in assessing compliance with or violations of laws, rules or regulations. Specialized
experience is generally gained in the performance of the duties of the following kinds of positions: Inspector, Auditor,
Analyst, Examiner, and Investigator as well as some Technicians in the public and/or private sector.

   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 examination. If medical information is required
   beyond the pre-placement examination, it is provided at the applicant’s expense. Any medical or psychiatric
   condition resulting from an injury or disease may result in disqualification for appointment if the condition(s) would
   affect your ability to perform the essential functions of the position. The most common reasons for failing the
   examination involve vision and hearing impairments. A summary of those particular requirements follows:
       Near vision must test at least 20/40 Snellen, binocular, with or without corrective lenses.
       Binocular distant vision acuity must be at least 20/30 corrected; 20/100 uncorrected.
       Color perception – must demonstrate normal color vision. Use of an X-chrome lens or other artificial device
       is not acceptable.
       Normal depth perception and normal peripheral vision are required.
       Refractive surgery/LASIK surgery – individuals who have undergone refractive (for example LASIK) surgery
       must demonstrate normal vision through a prescribed evaluation, at a specific interval following surgery,
       usually three (3) months.
       Unaided testing with each ear must test at 25dB or less for the average of the 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz
       Unaided testing in each ear must test at 45dB or less at the 4000 and 6000 Hz.
       The difference in hearing levels between the ears may not exceed 30dB at the 4000 and 6000 Hz
       The difference in hearing levels between the ears may not exceed 15dB for the average of 500, 1000, 2000
       and 3000 Hz.
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        Use of a hearing aid is not allowed during testing.
   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 entry level CBP Officer positions. Although fitness
   tests are a separate pre-employment requirement, they are administered at the same time and location as the
   medical examination. The fitness tests include a (1) push up test, (2) sit-up test, (3) side step test, (4) a lift/lower
   test (50 pounds), and (5) a 5-minute cardiovascular endurance step test. Once on board, employees will also
   be required to complete a physically rigorous training program conducted at the FLETC. For more
   information, go to


In general as a uniformed CBP officer or agriculture specialist, you will be required to adhere to the Agency’s uniform and personal
appearance standards. The distinctive CBP uniform is so closely related to the mission and traditions of the agency that it is
virtually synonymous with both the agency's purpose and personnel. Uniformed employees are held in high esteem by the public as
guardians of the Nation's borders. Extremes and fads in personal appearance and attire are prohibited in order to maintain the
highest standards of professionalism, propriety, decorum, good taste, and to project an image that encourages and facilitates public
interaction with uniformed CBP personnel.

Certain aspects of the OFO personal appearance standard draw distinctions between standards for male and female officers. This
does not reflect any difference in the degree to which it is imperative that female or male employees are well groomed; rather it
reflects norms and expectations by the public of grooming standards by the two sexes. These expectations and norms are critical to
the recognition, cooperation and approachability by the public. The appearance standards outlined below is only an excerpt of
CBP’s national personal appearance standards.

Standard                               Male                                    Female
Hair                                   Hair will be neat trimmed and           Hair shall be neat, natural in color
                                       properly groomed. Will not touch        and conservatively styled. Hair shall
                                       the ears or the collar when in a        be arranged so that it does not
                                       standing position.                      extend below the bottom edge of the
                                                                               collar when female officers are in
                                       If dyed, hair will be dyed in a         the standing position.
                                       natural color. The use of hair
                                       colorants or dyes that are              Hair will not be worn in any
                                       unnatural in appearance is              extreme style or in any manner that
                                       prohibited.                             exceeds standards, violates safety
                                                                               requirements, or impedes the
                                                                               proper wearing of authorized CBP
                                                                               headgear. If dyed, hair will be dyed
                                                                               in a natural color. The use of hair
                                                                               colorants or dyes that are unnatural
                                                                               in appearance is prohibited.
Sideburns (male only)                  Sideburns will not extend below         n/a
                                       the lowest part of the ear. They
                                       will be even in width (not flared)
                                       and end in a cleanly shaven,
                                       horizontal line.
Facial Hair                            Beards are prohibited except for        n/a
                                       medical reasons. Mustaches shall
                                       not extend beyond the corners of
                                       the mouth or below the upper
                                       vermillion of the lip and must be
                                       conservative in style.
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Fingernails                  Fingernails shall not extend        Fingernails shall not extend more
                             beyond the fingertips and should    than one-quarter (¼) inch beyond
                             be clean. False fingernails and     the fingertips and, if colored with
                             fingernail polish are prohibited.   fingernail polish, should be a
                                                                 single color.
Cosmetics (female only)      n/a                                 Only cosmetics which are
                                                                 conservative in color and amount
                                                                 shall be permitted.
Earrings                     Prohibited.                         A plain, stud-type earrings no
                                                                 more than ¼ inch in diameter is
                                                                 authorized. Wearing of more than
                                                                 one (1) pair of earrings is
Body Piercing                May not be visible.                 May not be visible.
Tattoos/Brands               Must be concealed if obscene,       Same as males.
                             racially motivated, or gang-
Body Alterations             Intentional alterations such as:    Same as males.
                             tongue splitting, tongue forking,
                             disfiguring skin implants, tooth
                             filing, etc., are prohibited.

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