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    Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience 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 with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At CBP, we:

    • Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws.
    • 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.
    Who May Apply:
    Current 1896: GL-5, GL-7, GL-9, GS-11 & GS-12 Border Patrol Agents in the Bargaining Unit. (Agents who are currently serving under a detail or an official temporary promotion which removes them from the bargaining unit, and for which a SF-50 was issued, are not eligible for reassignment under this program).
    • Is not to be the subject of:
      • Any pending Performance Improvement Plan (PIP);
      • Proposed action of suspension of 7 or more days or termination;
      • Any open investigation being conducted by OIG or an investigation being conducted by OPR for an allegation which, if sustained, the employee would typically receive a proposal of an adverse action (15 days or more);
      • A Last Chance Agreement;
      • Three or more disciplinary actions or a single adverse action (15-day suspension or more) within the last two years
    • Has not received a funded relocation in the past 4 years
    • Able to perform all the required duties of the Border Patrol Agent position description
    Has a minimum of 3 years in service with the agency,Has passed their applicable probationary period, NOTE: To be eligible for reassignment under this announcement, candidates must continue to meet all of these requirements throughout the selection and reassignment process. It is your responsibility to notify us if your eligibility changes.

    We are working on correcting questionnaire #6 in this announcement. Please note that the question applies to CURRENT proposed actions.

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    As a Border Patrol Agent you will serve as a primary law enforcement officer (under 5 U.S.C. 8331 (6C) and 8412 (d) and be responsible for:

    • Preventing the entry of terrorists and their weapons of terrorism.
    • Enforcing the laws that protect America's homeland by the detection, interdiction, and apprehension of those who attempt to illegally enter or smuggle any person or contraband across our Nation's sovereign borders.
    • Selected agents will patrol the international boundary and coastal waterways and may use a variety of Government assets for the accomplishment of the USBP Mission. These assets include, but are not limited to:
      • Vehicles
      • Horses
      • Vessels
      • Watercrafts
      • Off Road Vehicles
      • ATVs
      • Snowmobiles
      • Motorcycles
    GS Salary: Visit this link to view the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the "Rest of United States" pay table. https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2017/general-schedule/

    Organizational Location: This position is located with the U.S. Border Patrol at various locations throughout the United States. Listed below are duty locations where positions may be filled under this announcement. You may only receive consideration for up to TWO (2) Stations.

    If you wish to change locations after your initial application submission you will need to choose all of your locations again, changing even one location will overwrite all previous location choices. You may not change location preferences after the closing date of this announcement.

    Blaine Sector:
    Bellingham Station | Ferndale, WA
    Blaine Station | Blaine, WA
    Sumas Station | Sumas, WA

    Buffalo Sector:
    Erie Station | Fairview, PA
    Niagara Falls Station | Niagara Falls, NY
    Oswego Station | Oswego, NY
    Rochester Station | Rochester, NY
    Wellesley Island Station | Watertown, NY

    Detroit Sector:
    Sandusky Bay Station | Port Clinton, OH
    Sault Ste. Marie Station | Sault Ste. Marie, MI

    Grand Forks Sector:
    Pembina Station | Noyes, MN
    Portal Station | Portal, ND
    Warroad Station | Warroad, MN

    Havre Sector:
    Havre Station | Havre, MT
    Malta Station | Malta, MT
    Plentywood Station | Plentywood, MT
    Scobey Station | Scobey, MT
    St. Mary Station | Babb, MT
    Sweetgrass Station | Sunburst, MT

    Houlton Sector:
    Calais Station | Baring, ME
    Fort Fairfield Station | Fort Fairfield, ME
    Houlton Station | Houlton, ME
    Jackman Station | Jackman, ME
    Rangeley Station | Rangeley, ME
    Van Buren Station | Van Buren, ME

    Miami Sector:
    Dania Beach Station | Dania, FL
    Jacksonville Station | Jacksonville, FL
    Orlando Station | Orlando, FL
    Marathon Station | Marathon, FL
    Tampa Station | Tampa, FL

    New Orleans Sector:
    New Orleans Station | New Orleans, LA

    Ramey Sector:
    Ramey Station | Aguadilla, PR

    Spokane Sector:
    Bonners Ferry Station | Bonners Ferry, ID
    Colville Station | Colville, WA
    Curlew Station | Curlew, WA
    Oroville Station | Oroville, WA
    Whitefish Station | Whitefish, MT

    Swanton Sector:
    Beecher Falls Station | Beecher Falls, VT
    Champlain Station | Champlain, NY
    Massena Station | Massena, NY
    Newport Station | Newport, VT
    Ogdensburg Station | Ogdensburg, NY
    Swanton Station | Swanton, VT

    If selected for a location listed below, in addition to the GSA Lump Sum relocation payment, you will also receive a relocation incentive payment of up to 25% of your annual basic pay not to exceed $12,800:

    *Agents must relocate to a new geographic location of at least 50 or more miles from their current worksite in order to be eligible.

    Big Bend Sector:
    Big Bend (Sub Station) | Big Bend National Park, TX
    Presidio Station | Presidio, TX
    Sanderson Station | Sanderson, TX
    Van Horn Station | Van Horn, TX

    Del Rio Sector:
    Carrizo Springs Station | Carrizo Springs, TX
    Eagle Pass North Station | Eagle Pass, TX
    Eagle Pass South Station | Eagle Pass, TX

    El Centro Sector:
    Calexico Station | Calexico, CA

    El Paso Sector:
    Alamogordo Station | Alamogordo, NM
    Lordsburg Station | Lordsburg, NM

    Laredo Sector:
    Freer Station | Freer, TX
    Hebbronville Station | Hebbronville, TX

    Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector:
    Falfurrias Station | Falfurrias, TX

    Tucson Sector:
    Ajo Station | Why, AZ
    Douglas Station | Douglas, AZ
    Three Points (Sub Station) | Tucson, AZ

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Agency Employees Only - Appearing on USAJOBS

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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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
    • You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
    • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
    • You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness standards

    In order to qualify for this position, you must meet all employee requirements for the GS-1896, Border Patrol Agent position.


    You qualify for this position if you are currently serving as a Border Patrol Agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This experience must demonstrate responsibility for applying a comprehensive range of Federal laws, rules, regulations and procedures aimed at preventing the illegal entry of aliens into the United States by land, water, or air. If you are selected for this reassignment opportunity, you will be ineligible for a funded reassignment to a new duty location under the Operational Mobility or any other relocation program for a period of four calendar years after reporting to the new duty location.

    Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements and eligibility requirements by 10/13/2017. Please note that qualification and eligibility claims will be subject to verification through a review of your application. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Falsification of your application will remove you from consideration and could subject you to disciplinary action.

    If you are promoted above the journeyman level Border Patrol Agent GS-12 grade level at any time between the open/close dates of this announcement or before the established enter on duty date, or you make any other changes to your career that cause you to no longer meet the eligibility requirements for this program, you will lose consideration for this reassignment opportunity.

    This is a bargaining unit position.

    Relocation Expenses and Lump Sum Payments: Agents relocating as a part of the Operational Mobility will receive the following lump sum amount, depending on their status. These lump sum payments are in lieu of any other relocation payments, the home buyout is not included under this relocation.
    • $8,950 for one person households who do not own a home.
    • $16,850 for multiple person households who do not own a home.
    • $27,375 for one person households who own a home.
    • $35,275 for multiple person households who own a home.
    These lump sum amounts are before taxes. CBP will treat the entire lump sum as fully taxable and accordingly will use the flat rate method for withholding appropriate Federal Income Taxes, FICA and Medicare. All lump sum payments will be received through direct deposit.

    Agents who accept a job offer with a relocation incentive are required to sign a one-year service agreement in addition to the one-year relocation payment service agreement. Additionally, agents are ineligible for reassignment to a new duty location under this or any other relocation program for a period of 4 years as outlined in the Op Mobility Agreement MOU. The service agreement for the relocation incentive, relocation service agreement, and the 4-year ineligibility period will all run concurrently; an additional year will not be added.

    No Cost Transfer: No cost transfers are transfers for which selected agents are not eligible for the GSA lump sum payment or the administrative leave outlined above. Management will make as many of these no cost transfers as determined to be consistent with operational needs. The procedures for selecting agents for no cost transfers will be the same procedures found in the evaluation section of this announcement.

    (1) Effective August 2011, cost transfers are subject to the "distance test". The "distance test" is met when the new official station is at least 50 miles further from the employee's current residence than the old official station is from the same residence. For example, if the old official station is 15 miles from the current residence, then the new official station must be at least 65 miles from that same residence in order to receive relocation expenses for residence transactions. The distance test does not take into consideration the location of a new residence.

    *Agents moving in/out of Puerto Rico will receive a PCS relocation in lieu of the GSA lump sum payment.

    Per the CBP-334c Form Employment Agreement for Relocating within the Continental United States (CONUS), Agents accepting the relocation offer are required to remain an employee of the agency at the new duty location for at least one full year from reporting date to that location or they will be required to repay the full lump sum payments to the agency with the following exceptions:
    • Employee receives a promotion within CBP,
    • Moves at the requirement of CBP,
    • Qualifies for a relocation under the Spousal or Compassionate Transfer Program,
    • Involuntary separation from CBP; or
    • Moves back to the former duty location due to significant financial hardship due to the housing market.
    Two CBP Employees: In a multiple person household where two people are CBP employees, only one lump sum amount will be paid. Note: Station address is the physical address of the station not the official mailing address.

    Change in Residence: In order to receive the lump sum payment, agents must change residence from which they normally commute to work and meet all requirements outlined in the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR): Travel Regulations.

    Official Residence: Official residence is defined as the residence address listed with the National Finance Center (NFC). It is the agents responsibility to ensure that his/her official residence is correctly annotated in the NFC and updated as necessary.

    Reporting Time: If you do not own a residence, you will have 45 calendar days from the date of formal acceptance to report to your new duty location. If you own a residence, you will have up to 90 calendar days from the date of formal acceptance to report to your new duty location.

    Relocation Information: To compare cost of living data, calculate mortgage scenarios or gather information on communities and school districts, please visit the website: Relocation Essentials.

    Administrative Leave: A cumulative total of 40 hours will be authorized for pre/post move requirements to include finding a home.

    Seniority Calculation:
    Applicants will self-certify their seniority date during the online application. Seniority dates are determined and adjusted based on qualifying service as a BPA. Any breaks in service must be utilized to recalculate your seniority date. Please use the date you Entered on Duty (EOD) with U.S. Border Patrol in the 1896 series. i.e. seniority date (this is not the date of your last promotion). This date will be used to rank you with your peers.

    For example, you were a Border Patrol Agent from 5/22/2012 to 5/2/2013. On 5/3/2013 you took a position as a Customs and Border Protection Officer. You were reinstated as a Border Patrol Agent on 5/2/2014. Your seniority date on 5/2/2014 is now 5/1/2013 (Please note that when calculating your seniority date separations are effective at midnight of the effective date. For each period of service, the day of the separation must be credited. This can be done by: adding a date to each separation date, OR adding the number of separations to the days being subtracted from the appointment date, in the above example you would have served 1 year and 1 day as a Border Patrol Agent, with the allowance of one day for the date of separation).

    Note: Employees who misrepresent their Seniority Dates will be ineligible for relocation for four years.

    Language Requirement: Must be proficient in the Spanish language (i.e. able to speak and read in Spanish).


    There is no qualifying education for this Operational Mobility Announcement.

    Additional information

    Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more here.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    A series of questions will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications. If you meet those qualifications, you will be referred to management for selection consideration. 50% of the vacancies at each location will be selected based on seniority. The remaining 50% of selections will be made from the remaining applicants.

    To preview the job questionnaire, see https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10050281

    Withdrawing from Consideration: You may withdraw from consideration for one or more locations by submitting a written request or email to the point of contact on this announcement no later than five calendar days from the closing date of the announcement.

    Responding to an Offer: You will have 72 hours after confirmed receipt of an offer to either accept or decline. The formal confirmation offer will be sent electronically unless an applicant does not have an email address. (The 72 hours will start on the date and time the read receipt message is received by Human Resource Management).

    Acceptance of an Offer: Once you accept a relocation offer, you will be removed from further consideration under this announcement.

    Declination of an Offer: If you decline at any time (regardless of any initial acceptance), or do not respond to a relocation offer within 72-hours of receipt of the offer, you will be removed from all relocation lists under this announcement.

    Removal of Relocation Lists / Rescinding an Acceptance of a Job Offer: If after accepting an offer and after the 72 hour decision time you decline the offer you will be removed from all lists and may not participate in the Operational Mobility until the next open period. Any funds received from CBP for that relocation must be repaid in full. Note: Repayment of the GSA lump sum is arranged through the CBP National Finance Center, Travel Section. Payments can be made in installments.

    Background checks and security clearance

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    Required Documents

    • Your resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. Your resume must be in English and must include your job titles and a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your hours per week for each position listed. Your resume should also contain your full name, address, phone number, email address, and salary. NOTE: Resumes stored on USAJOBS will not automatically carry over to this announcement. You must upload your resume and any other applicable supporting documentation.
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10050281
    • 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 indication of quality prior experience, no points will be assigned.

    Please upload your resume under "Resume" and any other applicable supporting documents mentioned above under "Other" documents. You are able to upload more than one document under "Other" and "Resume" document types.

    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application and you must again upload it by the closing date.


    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.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account. 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 in English.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to submit a document you do not have in electronic form, visit this link for more information regarding an Alternate Application process.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. The address below is for inquiries only. You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used. You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire and any supporting documents by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 10/13/2017.

    Agency contact information

    CBP MHC Hiring


    Customs and Border Protection
    CBP Hiring Center
    5600 American Boulevard
    Bloomington, MN 55347
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    Next steps

    The open period for this Operational Mobility announcement may be extended to allow for a sufficient applicant pool.

    Once this announcement has closed, you will be notified via email of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts with your USAJOBS account. 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.

    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.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/480967900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.