Job Overview


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.

Note: This amends vacancy announcement EXSER/14-1148679-CBP to change the closing date from 07-14-14 to 07-21-14.

Recruitment or Relocation Bonus: CBP may authorize a recruitment or relocation bonus (not to exceed 25% of basic pay) for an eligible selectee. A service agreement is required.


The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are the guardians of our Nation's borders.  CBP, an agency with 60,000 employees worldwide, is responsible for preventing the entry of terrorists and their weapons into the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.  CBP's major operational organizations include Field Operations, whose CBP Officers work at over 300 ports of entry to screen passengers and cargo entering the country; Border Patrol, whose Agents stop illegal entry at the borders between the ports of entry; and Air and Marine, whose Pilots and Marine Interdiction Agents help to protect our country in the aviation and maritime environments. 

As the Executive Director, Cargo Systems Program Directorate, in the Office of Information and Technology, you will be responsible for leading the development, maintenance, and deployment of systems and interfaces that support CBP, other government agencies, and the trade community requirements concerning the importation, exportation, and control of merchandise shipments.  You will be responsible for planning, defining, developing, and implementing an integrated and supportable set of automated systems to enable CBP to achieve its strategic goals and objectives, and ensure that the systems satisfy CBP commitments to the enforcement, analysis, and trade policy requirements of other Government agencies. 

You will be responsible for providing application development and continued operational support of all cargo systems hosted by CBP.  You will participate in promoting effective operations by implementing budget-linked capital planning with performance-based and results-based information technology (IT) systems, ensuring effective acquisition and use of IT systems, and carrying out CBP information resources management responsibilities. 

As Executive Director, Cargo Systems Program Directorate, you will provide executive level direction in planning, implementing, and evaluating long-range IT activities to support CBP strategic business plans and cross functional business solutions.  You will participate in allocating resources to programs and major projects to accomplish CBP goals and policies.  You will conduct extensive evaluations of program and project goals, making adjustments to assure that the office adapts smoothly to rapidly changing environments.

You will be responsible for understanding and participating in CBP budget formulation processes to obtain resources for and to prioritize IT projects in light of overall CBP priorities and objectives.  You will exercise broad executive management authority, which affects the direction of CBP cargo systems automation programs.  You will propose which programs or major projects should be initiated, dropped, or curtailed, and the timing.  You will justify priorities and allocation of resources for programs, projects, or activities in support of the CBP mission.  You will obtain commitment from Headquarters and field offices to pursue and implement office initiatives, and to assign sufficient staff to assure success.  You will propose detailed justifications for major expenditures to be incorporated in the overall budget and allocation of Office of Information and Technology funds.

For an overview of the diverse responsibilities CBP carries out within the Government, visit our website at

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • When required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • CBP may choose to pay your relocation expenses in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.