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Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  LAG-PHS-967310-LMA-038

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$72,780.00 to $128,844.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 to Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Eloy, AZ United StatesView Map
Jena, LA United StatesView Map
These positions are open to US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers


NOTE: These positions are in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and you will be referred as a Commissioned Corps personnel and not as a candidate to a permanent GS career or career-conditional appointment. These USPHS positions are being filled at the rank of Captain (O-6).


Do you desire to protect American 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 cyber space 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.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

The ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security. The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contract employees comprise the health care professional working together to provide quality health care services.  

The incumbent serves as the Medical Officer (Clinical Director) for one of the health care facilities located across the nation for the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). These sites provide medical care to detainees in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) custody. IHSC serves as the medical experts for ICE.

***This Position is open for Commissioned Corps officers only***

MISSION:The ICE Health Service Corps protects America by providing health care and public health services in support of immigration and customs law enforcement. This is accomplished through maintaining a committed, effective and efficient workforce who provides evidenced based appropriate health care in a cost effective manner.


  1. Must be board certified in family practice, internal medicine, or related medical specialty.
  2. Must have an unrestricted medical license in any State in the United States. 
  3. Teaching experience acknowledging a level of expertise and capacity for developing and assessing clinical educational programs.
  4. Current BLS (CPR) and ACLS certification.
  5. Cultural Competency.
  6. Interpersonal Skills.
  7. Strong Oral/Written Communication Skills.
  8. Integrity/Honesty.
  9. Maintains CPR/BCLS certification.
  10. Maintains basic readiness status.
  11. Maintains clinical professional skills via continuing education opportunities. 


  • Maintain current license and meet continuing State edu requirements(if req)
  • Maintain BLS certifications
  • Competencies
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Ability to pass background investigation


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  1. Interpretation and translation activities within the scope of the employees’ duties.
  2. Assess these employees’ language abilities to ensure their competency to perform language services for particular duties; and describe plans for enhancing employees’ language abilities.
  3. Provides and oversees care appropriate to patient needs, severity of disease, condition, impairment, or disability within the scope of care provided in the detention setting (short stay unit care vs. ambulatory care) and within the mission, vision, and goals of the organization.
  4. Assures appropriate diagnostic services are available, utilized and monitored.
  5. Serves as the on-site medical authority within the scope of services provided by IHSC.
  6. Responsible for developing and coordinating all aspects of healthcare delivery at his/her assigned facility.
  7. Seeks guidance from the IHSC Medical Director, Deputy Director for Clinical Services or other senior leadership as appropriate.
  8. Serves as chairperson of local performance improvement and pharmacy therapeutics committee.
  9. Coordinates with the Health Service Administrator (HSA) to prepare for the accreditation and survey process for: The Joint Commission (TJC)· National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)· American Correctional Association (ACA)
  10. Supervises mid-level providers (NPs and/or PAs). In the event that the on site HSA is not a clinician, then the CD will also have clinical supervisory responsibility over the nursing staff and pharmacy.
  11. Reviews and signs the medical charts, EKGs, Chest X-rays and other medical documents prepared by the mid-level providers.
  12. Provides program/clinical expertise for the development of site visit protocols and reporting requirements for management of primary care programs for the detention facilities.
  13. Must keep abreast of emerging treatment regimens, medical literature, and current medical knowledge and practices.
  14. Provides guidance and serves as a subject matter expert for emerging evidence based practices and assists in the development of future medical policies and standard operating procedures.
  15. Assures that high quality clinical standards are practiced and maintained at the medical facility.
  16. Available to provide on-site medical support to other IHSC facilities or headquarters through a temporary duty assignment (TDY).
  17. Assure clinical knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of the medical staff.
  18. Prepares presentations for professional, academic and special interest group meetings or conferences.
  19. Serves as an authority on national and international correctional healthcare trends and healthcare service delivery issues.
  20. Collaborates with the Medical Director and other senior staff for the development of budget proposals and programmatic plans.
  21. Analyzes healthcare trends related to special population groups and assists with developing and implementing policies and guidelines to improve healthcare services for special populations.
  22. Provides leadership and guidance to professional and technical staff in areas of program planning, development, and evaluation. Develops and implements a plan for evaluating program efficiency and effectiveness.
  23. Evaluates program goals and objectives, priorities, and activities in terms of current operating activities, program progress, and changing health needs and demands. Develops and monitors an implementation plan in support of overall program goals.
  24. At the request of the Director, represents the IHSC to ICE/DRO, Agencies and Offices within the Department of Homeland Security, Regional Offices, Health Human Services (HHS), other Federal and non-Federal agencies, grantees, and advocacy organizations, to ensure a coordinated effort in improving healthcare for the detainees.
  25. Collaborates with representatives of State and local health agencies, as well as professional and community based organizations concerned with improving primary care.
  26. Supports Agency-wide programs related to healthcare services such as:Reviews and analyzes data.Develops strategies, analytical models, and methodologies.Provides assistance and advice on healthcare issues.Supports Senior Consultants and other Specialists.Analyzes policies and, provides guidance implementation to assure consistent interpretation and application.Assists in identifying successful nursing and medical care strategies and projects that prove particularly successful for information and implementation.Reviews strategy reports on progress toward the achievement of goals.

    ***For National Health Service Corp***

  27. Every participant is required to engage in the full-time outpatient clinical practice of the profession for which he or she was awarded an NHSC Scholarship contract.
  28. A full-time practice is defined as a minimum of 40 hours per week. The 40 hours per week may be compressed into no less than 4 days per week, with no more than 12 hours of work to be performed in any 24-hour period. Time spent in "on-call" status will not count toward the 40-hour week. Hours worked over the required 40 hours per week will not be applied to any other workweek.
  29. No more than 7 weeks (35 workdays) per service year can be spent away from the practice for vacation, holidays, continuing professional education, illness, or any other reason. For absences of greater than 7 weeks in a service year, the participant must request a suspension. A break in service will extend the service commitment end date.

  30. A full-time clinical practice is defined as follows:
  • For all health professionals, except obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) physicians, family medicine physicians who practice obstetrics on a regular basis, certified nurse midwives, and psychiatrists, at least 32 of the minimum 40 hours per week must be spent providing direct outpatient care.
  • These services must be conducted during normally scheduled clinic hours in an ambulatory care setting in the office(s) specified in the PPA or PPO Agreement. The remaining hours must be spent providing inpatient care to patients of that clinic (as appropriate to meet the needs of the patients and to assure continuity of care) and/or in practice-related administrative activities.


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  1. Experience with Women’s Health/residential programs, preferred [for TAYLOR facility only].
  2. Expert knowledge of the clinical medicine and the current standards of practice.
  3. Ability to serve as a clinical expert in the provision of technical assistance and consultation, and management of clinically oriented staff.
  4. Knowledge of issues confronting the healthcare delivery system, including specific problems and concerns of special population groups.
  5. Knowledge of program policies and guidelines, and operating procedures relating to healthcare delivery systems.
  6. Knowledge of organizations and responsibilities of all levels of government operations.
  7. Ability to provide input for congressional inquiries and to effectively communicate with Federal Agencies and other organizations as indicated.
  8. Mastery of managerial and administrative practices, to include expertise in routine management of responsibilities.
  9. Flexibility and ability to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and work related requirements.
  10. High degree of independence, initiative, clinical judgment, and follow-through on a wide range of sensitive, complex, and clinical issues.
  11. Provide radiological services; these services will be primarily to conduct tuberculosis surveillance i.e. digital single view chest x-rays.
  12. Ability to respond 24/7 to staff.


  1. The work may require physical exertion such as lifting objects greater than 30 pounds.
  2. Required to perform CPR standing or kneeling.
  3. Must be able to assist patients in and out of wheelchairs.
  4. The work may necessitate some physical characteristics that will be required when responding to an emergency situation, such as running short distance, prolonged standing and working in an austere environment.


Applications will be evaluated against the required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as listed in this announcement.


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Pay and benefits for PHS officers are managed through the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness and are comparable to the pay and allowances authorized for members of the Armed Forces. Specific information can be found in the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation, 7000.14-R at




1. DHS

2. ICE

3. ERO


1. Health and Human Services (HHS)



1. Incumbent works under the general supervision of the IHSC Medical Director or designee.

2. Coordinates activities with the on site HSA.

3. Clinical practice documentation will be peer reviewed to determine the successful delivery of clinical care, healthcare policy and program objectives, and comparable to community standards.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


  • You must submit your resume which shows relevant experience, education, and training. Work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • You must submit copies of proof of licensures, degrees, certificates and all other required documentation identified in this announcement.
  • You must submit your three (3) most recent Commissioned Officer Effectiveness Report (COER). 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 967310.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete your Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Wednesday, October 23, 2013 for further instructions. You must submit all required information by Wednesday, October 23, 2013. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. A valid email address is required in order to notify you of the outcome of your application.


IHSC Recruiting
Phone: (202)732-4600
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
500 12th St SW
Washington, DC


If you meet all eligibility requirements, your application package will be sent to the hiring manager for further consideration.

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