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Job Title:Realty Specialist

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Customs and Border Protection

Job Announcement Number:IHC-608596-MAB-DE

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$60,274.00 to $93,175.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 21, 2012 to Monday, February 27, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Euless, TXView Map
1 vacancy - Indianapolis, INView Map
1 vacancy - Laguna Niguel, CAView Map
1 vacancy - Washington Metro Area, DC


United States Citizens


CBP: Securing America's Borders

Do you desire to protect America's 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 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 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders.  At CBP, 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 visit our website at:

Who May Apply:

  • Open to all U.S. Citizens

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please see


Organizational Location:  This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Administration. 

The salary shown above is the base pay for the GS-12 through GS-13. Salaries vary by grade level and are adjusted for the locality. The following link displays the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed select the last table titled, "Rest of the United States


Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Note: One or more selections may be made using this vacancy announcement


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective service registration


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You will serve as Realty Specialist responsible for acquiring, managing, and/or disposing of real property for use in achieving the agency mission(s).  Typical work assignments include:    

  • Planning and managing projects to negotiate terms and conditions on leases or agreements involving unusual or extensive special needs
  • Analyzing and evaluating technical reports, and preparing recommendations on offered land/buildings
  • Planning and carrying out assignments, resolving conflicts that arise, coordinating work with others, interpreting policy on your own initiative in terms of established objectives
  • Performing short and long range planning that involves analysis and evaluation of complicated and conflicting combinations of characteristics, issues and alternatives
  • Managing and overseeing the review of lease contract and leasing actions, preparing special agreements affecting leased space and restoration settlement claims







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You qualify for the GS-12 level if you possess one year of specialized experience that demonstrates the ability to:

  • Apply the laws, principles and practices to real estate program management, administration and project management;
  • Perform, advise, plan, or direct acquisition of real estate;
  • Manage real estate assets;
  • Prepare and manage real property disposal;
  • Administer federal or tribal owned or leased space or real estate.


You qualify for the GS-13 level if you possess one year of specialized experience that demonstrates the ability to:


  • Perform lease acquisition projects with difficult technical real estate problems involving issues such as limited or unstable markets, difficult stakeholders or unusual build-out requirements;
  • Provide guidance to others on real property acquisition, tenant improvements and moves, property ownership, use constraints and property management;
  • Analyze, evaluate and exercise significant judgment in accepted real estate practices to balance conflicting space needs for various regulatory requirements;
  • Develop short and long range real estate plans covering a range of real estate interests, uses, and geography.

The qualifications listed above must be met by Monday, February 27, 2012 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.

Substitution of education for experience is not creditable for this position at these grade levels.

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. Has been a dependant 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.


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 questionnaire. If you are eligible for placement under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibility, you must earn a score of 88 above to be considered well qualified.

The KSAs for this position are:

  • Knowledge of real estate principles, practices and concepts including procedures and processes in acquiring space for the federal government
  • Skill in planning and managing complex projects
  • Ability to communicate orally to establish rapport and negotiate with individuals or groups and to conduct meetings and or presentations to high level audiences of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate in writing to prepare real estate documents, reports, cost benefit analysis briefings, findings and determinations and real property asset management studies and briefings


If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  1. Best Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  2. Well-Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  3. Qualified:  Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at:  To be considered qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Veterans:  Veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  For information on veterans' preference, please see:


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DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, 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, go to and select "Benefits".


Background Investigation:  To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, CBP requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet these standards, selected applicants will be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position.  This may include a polygraph examination, a review of financial issues, and disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. 

Travel:  You may be required up to 5% per year. 

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 to validate all newly hired applicants' ability to work legally in the United States.  To learn more about E-Verify, please click this link:


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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 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on TAG:Closing Date.


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 and use the official FAX cover sheet .

 If any part of your application is not received, it will be evaluated solely on the information available


  • Resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English.  It must contain your full name, address, phone number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number, a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.
  • Completed online self-assessment questionnaire
  • Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibility:  You must submit a separation notice; SF-50; 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.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at
  • Veterans Preference:  To apply veteran's preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:
    • Five Point Preference:  DD Form 214 showing the dates you served, your discharge type and the campaign badges or expeditionary medals you earned
    • Ten Point Preference:  DD Form 214, as described above, and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference).  Click this link for a copy of the SF-15:
    • If you are currently serving on active duty:  A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If selected for this position, your preference will be verified using your separation DD Form 214, as described above.

For more information about veteran's preference, please click this link:  Please upload veterans documents under miscellaneous documents.


It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans documentation, completed assessment, and 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 on-line, please contact the Hiring Center listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date of this job announcement for further instructions.  You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.


Indianapolis Hiring Center
Phone: (317)715-3000
Agency Information:
CBP Indianapolis Hiring Center
6650 Telecom Drive
Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN


Once the job announcement has closed, Human Resources will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and/or interviews.  You will be notified by email upon completion of each step.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status" and then click "More Information".  If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the vacancy. 


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