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Job Title:  Director, Budget & Program Performance, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  ICESES\13-954533

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Friday, September 06, 2013 to Friday, October 04, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The President has challenged cabinet Secretaries and senior Federal agency heads to create a government that is more citizen centered, results oriented, and market based. To achieve this vision within The Department of Homeland Security, we are searching for high caliber leaders who possess high standards of excellence and enjoy challenges and opportunities.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the principal investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  ICE protects national security and upholds public safety by targeting criminal networks and terrorist organizations that seek to exploit vulnerabilities in the immigration system, in the financial networks, along the U.S. borders, and elsewhere.  The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides the effective and efficient management of ICE resources through the implementation of best business practices and by linking strategic planning, budgeting, and performance reporting.  

The Director, Office of Budget and Program Performance, under the general direction and supervision of the CFO, directs a wide range of budgetary activities for ICE and participates fully with senior executives in analyzing and recommending major policies regarding financial courses of action within ICE.  The Director will be relied upon for sophisticated analysis, authoritative advice, and recommendations on all matters concerning the policy, planning, formulation, and presentation of the ICE budget, as well as performance-budget integration and deployment of official resources. 

Duty Location:  Washington, D.C.  

ICE is an equal opportunity employment employer:   Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

ICE provides reasonable accommodations to applications with disabilities.   If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.   Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Investigation


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The Director, Office of Budget and Program Performance:


  • Directs ICE's Office of Budget and Program Performance comprised of the following four subordinate organizations:  Enforcement & Protection Branch; Detention, Intelligence & Legal Branch; Mission Support Branch; and Coordination and Planning Branch, with responsibility for all issues relating to ICE-wide budget policy, planning, and presentation; program budgeting; development of out-year cost estimates; and management of diverse reporting requirements.
  • Provides executive direction, advice and counsel to the Chief Financial Officer and other ICE executives on a wide range of management matters affecting agency budget and program performance across diverse programs areas.  This includes evaluating the efficiency of program operations and making recommendations regarding the optimum allocation of funds, as well as providing support for hearings and congressional inquiries on appropriation requirements.
  • Provides executive oversight and guidance, and supplies direction and support to other executives and staff within the Office concerning specific efforts to integrate performance and budgeting, monitor obligations against appropriated funds, and resolve complex budget and/or financial audit issues.
  • Administers financial execution of the budget under the Chief Financial Officers Act, including agency-wide controls and number of personnel, outlays, travel costs, and other administrative limitations in conjunction with the priorities established by the Assistant Secretary and the Deputy Assistant Secretary.
  • Supervises subordinate managing directors and their staff in the execution of budget and program performance programs.
  • Provides day-to-day executive leadership and direction to the managing directors in all phases of the the agency's budgetary management, ensuring the smooth and efficient functioning of all budgetary management services.  This includes analyzing current and/or required budgetary management policies and procedures to design new or revised/improved processes, and validates current processes with respect to statutory and/or regulatory requirements.
  • Represents the Chief Financial Officer with managers in defining objectives and priorities, and in coordinating activities associated with budgetary and financial support functions.
  • Maintains liaisons with other Federal departments and agencies, and serves as the prinicipal ICE representative on inter-agency groups and conferences dealing with the budget. Develops and maintains contact with all levels of DHS officials, other government agencies, Congress, professional groups, organizations representing employees, and educational and state institutions.


As a member of the agency's executive team, you will implement the President's Management Agenda within your specific area of responsibility.  For an overview of the diverse responsibilities ICE carries out within the Government, visit our website at


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To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the (1) Basic Qualifications, (2) five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and (3) the Technical Qualification(s) as listed below. 

It is recommended that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. 



As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must have progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization.The ideal candidate will have experience supervising a large number of employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees.

As such, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:


  • Directing the work of an organizational unit;
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance;
  • Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy­determining,or other executive functions.


If your resume does not include these basic qualifications you will not be determined qualified for this position.


(2) EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:  The Fundamental Competencies within the following five ECQs are also a part of the selection criteria for SES positions.  The ECQs were developed to assess executive experience and potential and do not evaluate technical expertise. ECQs measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.  For this vacancy announcement, no separate supplemental ECQ documentation is required.  Your resume must incorporate each of the following ECQs.  If not properly included, no consideration will be given.


ECQ 1 -LEADING CHANGE:   This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.


ECQ 2 -LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.


ECQ 3 -RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.


ECQ 4 -BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.


ECQ 5 -BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments. or international organizations to achieve common goals.


Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at:



  1. Experience evaluating and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and processes; skill in identifying improvements, challenging the status quo, and adapting those opportunities to achieve organizational goals and objectives; including experience in using values to improve personal and organizational effectiveness.
  2. Experience in providing leadership in an environment that requires an understanding of organizational dynamics including interplay between policy and operations; including experience supporting high-level officials with changing priorities.
  3. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the Federal budget process, including knowledge of the Congressional budget process, and detailed understanding of the Office of Management and Budget policies, directives and regulations.
  4. Ability to quickly develop knowledge of budgetary and accounting activities of ICE program offices to understand, advise on and/or approve requests from these programs.



Background Investigation: This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position. A security clearance is required.


Drug Testing: This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the ICE Applicant and Employee Drug Testing Program. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and the incumbent(s) of this position is thereafter subject to Random Drug Testing.  


Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you will have to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days after appointment.


Selective Service: If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and selected for this position, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


Mobility: Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement.  Therefore, applicants are expected to be mobile and once appointed SES members may be reassigned at the discretion of the appointing authority and may be required to sign a mobility agreement. 


Immigration Reform and Control Act: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility.


Reference Check:  Verification of performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment. 


Probationary Period:   You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed a probationary period in the SES.


Law Enforcement Retirement: This position will carry secondary law enforcement coverage as provided in 5.U.S.C. § 8336(c), and 5 U.S.C. § 8412(d), for eligible law enforcement employees.   Employees who reach age 57 with at least 20 years of creditable service under law enforcement provisions are subject to mandatory separation from this position.   Federal employees who currently work in a primary/rigorous law enforcement position and do not have a break in service of more than three days are eligible to continue coverage in a secondary position.


Lautenberg Amendment:   This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm.   Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 922(G)(9)].   A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened uses of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian.   The term "convicted", as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, or pardoned or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition.   Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not qualified for this position.   Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense.   False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 1001).



The incumbent of this position must have expert knowledge of the principles and techniques of law enforcement disciplines, scope, application and interpretation of specific laws and regulations within the law enforcement jurisdiction of ICE.


Expert knowledge of federal law enforcement integrity and security laws, rules, regulations, and procedures in order to lead a large, complex integrity and security program.


Experience in a primary law enforcement position or equivalent experience outside the Federal government is a prerequisite.


This position requires proficiency in the use of firearms in accordance with ICE policy and regulations.


Duties of the position require access to sensitive national security information, and a Top Secret clearance is required.




You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check.  The ICE Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.  Unless you have already been certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB after selection and before appointment can occur.


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You may be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments. The total compensation package includes other benefits and options.  

You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal Retirement System.

You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings.

You may select one of a variety of health plans and options under the government's Federal Employees' Health Benefits program and you may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life and Long Term Care Insurance Programs.

In addition to the 10 regular paid holidays observed by the government, you will earn 26 vacation days and 13 days of sick leave per year.


Relocation:  Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.

SES positions are NOT subject to Veterans preference.  Do NOT submit your DD214.


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Your application package must be submitted by using the USA Jobs website application manager.  We are no longer accepting résumés via email or standard/express mail.    


  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  • Follow the directions to register and submit all required documents.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at


Visit this site to create your account and apply for this position –

Your application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT of the closing date of this announcement date.

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, and sent is received and is accurate.   You may complete the assessment questionnaire more than once, but only your most recent submission will be used.


Fax:   If you are unable to upload your documents using Application Manager, you may fax them to 1-478-757-3144.   DO NOT FAX the same documents that have been uploaded into Application Manager.   If you are unable to submit your application online, you may View Occupational Questionnaire, complete the questionnaire using form 1203-FX, and fax the form to 1-478-757-3144.   The required fax cover sheet must be included and should include the Vacancy Identification Number: ICESES/13-954533.

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You must submit a resume, not exceeding five pages. As mentioned in the "Qualifications Required" section of this announcement, your resume must address the specified Basic Qualifications, Executive Core Qualifications, and Technical Qualifications and should include the following specific information:


  • Vacancy announcement number ICESES/13-954533
  • Full name, mailing address, and day and evening telephone numbers
  • Social Security Number
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degree received. Only education obtained from accredited schools/universities will be considered. For more information, you may refer to the following U.S. Department of Education website:
  • Information about your paid and non-paid work experience related to this position including: 
  • Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)
  • Duties and accomplishments
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and phone number
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year)
  • Salary
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments


For reference check purposes, you must submit the names, current addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references, including a current or recent supervisor (or someone in your current chain of command), who have knowledge of your past performance.


DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. Extraneous materials, such as narratives addressing the ECQs and award certificates, will not be considered.


Martesia S. Lavant
Phone: (202)732-7568
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
800 K Street NW
Washington, DC


Our evaluation will be based on the information you supply.  You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, and security information from reference checks and take that information into account in making employment offers.

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