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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Customs and Border Protection
Job Announcement Number:  IHC-1095377-CAC-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,349.00 to $79,754.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 02, 2014 to Monday, May 12, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL View Map
Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees with competitive status or serving under a VRA appointment
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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 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 (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
  • 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: Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees with competitive status or serving under a VRA appointment.


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 Chief Counsel located in Miami, FL. 



Note:  One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required


  • No


  • You must successfully pass a background investigation


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  • Receives, analyzes, investigates and recommends action on submissions in connection with administrative and judicial cases
  • Examines and evaluates requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts
  • Prepares analysis and evaluation of all available material and determines its sufficiency to a support CBP authoritative position
  • Provides information and makes recommendations and justifies the CBP's legal position in regard to legal challenges to agency's actions
  • Identifies, recommends and implements different types of record keeping systems, and reviews, analyzes and recommends appropriate responses in connection with administrative cases.


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You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one of the following:


1. One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or equivalent performing duties such as reviewing, analyzing and interpreting body of laws, related rules, regulations, and precedents relevant to cases; researching and maintaining legal databases; preparing, reviewing, recording, and correlating information and technical material relative to case preparation; OR


2. A PH.D. or equivalent degree or L.L.M. or three years of graduate level education leading to such a degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; OR


3. A combination of successfully completed graduate education in excess of 2 years and experience as described above, the total of which equals at least one year


Education to be substituted or combined must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. One year of full time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 54 semester or 81 quarters hours should be considered as satisfying the 3 years for the GS-11.


Time-in-Grade:  Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service.

The qualifications listed above must be met by Monday, May 12, 2014 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.


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. If you are eligible for placement under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), you must earn a score of 85 or above to be considered well qualified.


The KSAs for this position are:

  • Ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Skill in providing administrative and/or technical office support
  • Ability to prioritize obligations, deadlines and workloads
  • Ability to analyze facts, research data, and act upon findings



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You can review our benefits at:

DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package to include: 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. 



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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 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, May 12, 2014


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


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


  • Your resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English.  It should contain each position title, grade (if Federal), your duties, accomplishments, the dates you held each position, and your work schedule and salary so we may best assess your qualifications.
  • Your responses to the View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Are you qualifying based on education?  Please submit a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial is acceptable).  Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials.  For a listing of accrediting agencies, please see  If selected, official transcripts are required.
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)?  Please submit (1) your agency notice; (2) your most recent performance appraisal, and (3) your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting current position, grade, and duty location.


It is your responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (e.g., resume, veterans documentation,  and completed assessment) 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 online, please contact the Hiring Center listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date 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 you submit your application, we 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.  We will notify you by e-mail after each of these steps has been completed.  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".  We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.


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