Polygraph: The CBPO position is a polygraph required position. You will be required to successfully complete a favorable polygraph that takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. The results will be used to determine your suitability for the position. For more information on the polygraph examination please see the following link:
Background Investigation: These positions are categorized as "Critical-Sensitive." Prior to appointment, tentative selectees must undergo and satisfactorily complete a background investigation, which includes but is not limited to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) name and fingerprint check and a background investigation. As part of the background investigation, you will be asked to submit a security questionnaire (SF-86). The questionnaire will ask questions regarding education, residences, past and current employers, police records, financial situation, drug and alcohol usage, etc. The background investigation will consist of, among other things, a personal interview, a check for past arrest records, a credit check, and interviews of employers and personal references. This inquiry will cover your activities during the past ten years. If your background includes past or present arrests, convictions, dismissals from previous jobs, outstanding debts 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 probably will be rated unsuitable for this position. A history of problems in any of these areas may result in your disqualification for this position.
Age Requirement: Candidates must be referred for selection before reaching their 37th birthday in accordance with Public Law 110-161. The age restriction does not apply if you are a veteran preference eligible. If you are serving or have served in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) you may have sufficient service to meet the requirement. There are no other exceptions to Public Law 110-161 allowed.
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
2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
3. Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.
Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete state-side 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.
Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence: The CBP Officer is a weapon-carrying position. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are not qualified for this position. You will be required to certify whether you have ever been convicted of such an offense. Providing false or fraudulent information is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).
Drug Testing: Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment into the position. We will schedule, provide, and pay for the drug test. Once employed, CBP Officers are subject to random and unannounced drug testing.
Medical Requirements: You must undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical examination.
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. You will be required to pass the pre-employment fitness test (PFT-1) early in the pre-employment process. The PFT-1 consists of 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 or a 1.5 mile run. Approximately 30 days prior to your entrance on duty, you will be required to take a second pre-employment fitness exam (PFT-2). The PFT-2 consists of a: (1) 220 yard run, (2) sit-up test, (3) push-up test, and (4) 1.5 mile run. For more information please visit: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/customs_careers/officer/cbp_officer/
Interview Process: All candidates who pass the written test must take and pass a video-based test (VBT) and may be required to take and pass a face-to-face structured interview (SI).
Duty Locations: Applicants applying to this announcement will only be able to select one geographic region. Positions may be filled at any CBP port of entry within the regions. You must be willing to work at any duty location that falls within that regions jurisdiction.
Southwest - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Laredo, El Paso, Fabens, Brownsville, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Pharr, Progreso, Presidio, Rio Grande City, and Roma, Texas; Andrade, Calexico, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, Tecate, and San Bernardino, California; and the States of Arizona, and New Mexico
Texas East (to include but not limited to the following locations) Houston, Galveston, Dallas, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland, Freeport, Port Arthur, and San Antonio, Texas
Northwest/Northern Border - States of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota
West Coast - (to include but not limited to the following locations) San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, California; and the States of Nevada and Oregon
Midwest States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Ohio, Colorado and Michigan
Northeast- (to include but not limited to the following locations) Erie and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Alexandria Bay, Champlain, and Ogdensburg, New York; and the States of Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine
Central/East Coast - (to include but not limited to the following locations) Queens/JFK, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the States of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia
Southeast - States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky
Florida Florida, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, VI and St. Croix, VI
Pacific - Guam and Northern Mariana Islands
Relocation expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid. To compare cost of living data, calculate mortgage scenarios, or gather information on communities and school districts, please visit the website: http://www.relocationessentials.com/aff/lifecare/tools/salary/col.aspx
Direct Deposit: All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
Equal Employment Opportunity: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status as a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodations: CBP provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If a reasonable accommodation is needed for any part of the registration and hiring process, applicants should contact the office scheduling them for that portion of the process.