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Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Customs and Border Protection

Job Announcement Number:MHCDE-1141561-MLM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$54,035.00 to $84,990.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to Friday, July 18, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
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Queens, NY View Map


United States Citizens


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Customs & Border Protection (CBP):  Securing America's Borders
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 resiliency 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 in CBP, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we:
• Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
• 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 see

Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your technical and administrative expertise to safeguard the U.S. commercial supply chains. This position starts at a salary of $54,035 (GS-1889-09, step 1) with promotion potential to $84,990 (GS-1889-11, step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen homeland security by enforcing import laws related to international trade agreements, admissibility standards and revenue collection.
This announcement will be used to fill Import Specialist GS-09 and GS-11 positions.
NOTE:  Please read the announcement in its entirety, especially the "How to Apply" section.  Failure to follow specific application instructions as indicated may result in an ineligible rating.
Who May Apply:
•Open to all U.S. Citizens.

•Eligible candidates can also apply to MHCDE(ACWA)-1164581-MMS (GS-5 and GS-7 only).
•For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please see

Positions filled under this announcement are with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, New York Field Office, JFK International Airport (Queens), NY, and the Port of New York (Newark), NJ. One or more selections can be made using this job opportunity announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be required to travel.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • You may be required to successfully complete a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
  • You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing
  • Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (see "Other Information")


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In this Import Specialist position, you will become a key member of a team of homeland security professionals responsible for all import requirements. Typical work assignments include:

  • Determining admissibility of merchandise and making other import-related decisions.
  • Screening entry document packages for full range of regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Verifying tariff classification and appraising imported articles and products.


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GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, to include knowledge of the provisions, laws, regulations, procedures, practices, and documentation related to customs processes for entry and examination of imports; knowledge of the Tariff Schedules of the United States; understanding of the basic principles, factors, and terms used in determination of tariff classification and value, and knowledge of the provisions of federal laws and regulations on prohibited and restricted items and requirements for admittance into the United States and into commerce. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level.


GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, to include knowledge of customs laws, regulations, provisions, policies and procedures governing imported transactions; knowledge of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and the classification of goods based on the different subheadings and the General and Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretations (GRI); understanding the basic principles, factors, and procedures used for determining classification, value, and admissibility of imported goods; proficient in screening incoming entry documents for compliance, admissibility and applicability of quota or other import restrictions. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level




GS-9: Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university, or a J.D. or LL.B. degree may be substituted for experience at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying. 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, 36 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 2 years of full-time study requirement.


GS-11: Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in an accredited college or university, may be substituted for experience at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. A course of study in business administration, public administration, or related fields is qualifying. One year of fulltime 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 hours should be considered as satisfying the 3 years of full-time study requirement.


Combining Experience and Education: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience also may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-9 and 11 grade levels.  To combine your education and experience, you must convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages.  The combined total of your percentage of education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.  If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3.  To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18.  To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience.  Add your percentages of education and experience.  The two percentages must total at least 100%.


You must meet all qualification requirements, including education, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by Friday, July 18, 2014

Training: You may be required to attend and successfully complete seven (7) weeks of Import Specialist training at the Field Office Training Academy in Charleston, SC.

Polygraph Examination:  Appointment to this position may require the successful completion of a polygraph examination.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an online self-assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training.  The knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):

Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position.  Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in their resume.  The KSAOs are:

  • Knowledge of Federal laws, rules, regulations and precedents that apply to the admissibility, classification and appraisement of imported merchandise.
  • Ability to make import-related decisions and judgments and ensure compliance with legal, regulatory and administrative requirements.
  • Knowledge of computer software to effectively document and retrieve electronic information to support the decision-making process.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing to explain tariff classification decisions.
  • Ability to analyze various kinds of data and information to identify compliance errors and problems and to recommend corrective action.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  1. Best Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  2. Well-Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  3. Qualified:  Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, see View Occupational Questionnaire

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at:  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Veterans:  Veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  For information on veterans' preference, please see:


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DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: 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.  For more information, go to and select "Benefits".


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:


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 vacations);
  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 if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas.  You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.


Background Investigation:  To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, CBP requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, selected applicants may be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position.  This may include a polygraph examination, a review of financial issues, and disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.

Probationary Period:  All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.  Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

CBP uses E-Verify to validate all newly hired applicants' ability to work legally in the United States.  To learn more about E-Verify, please follow this link:,pdf.

This position is covered under the bargaining unit.


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Please view the video “Protecting America 24/7” to learn more about CBP’s Office of Field Operations:


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To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account.  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, including transcripts, must be in English.
We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may fax your resume, 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, and the official fax cover sheet:  Please include job opportunity announcement ID 1141561 and provide your SSN, name, and address using the exact name you used when you filled out the questionnaire.  If you have uploaded documents into your application, you do not need to fax those same documents.
Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email.  The address below is for inquiries only.  You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used.  You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time on Friday, July 18, 2014.


  • Your resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English.  It must contain your full name, address, phone number, and a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire
  • Are you qualifying based on education?  Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.  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
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  You must submit a separation notice; SF-50B; a current (or a last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are required under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
  • Are you a veteran?  To apply veteran's preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:
  • Five Point Preference:  DD 214 (Member Copy 4)
  • Ten Point Preference:  DD 214 (Member Copy 4) and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference).  Click this link for a copy of the SF-15:  Veteran's with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later.
  • If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions.  If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a DD 214 (Member Copy 4) upon separation from the military.

It is YOUR responsibility to verify that any information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received and is accurate.  Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application and you must again upload or fax it by the closing date. 


Phone: (952)857-2932
Agency Information:
CBP Minneapolis Hiring Center
5600 American Blvd
Suite 700
Bloomington, MN


Within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, you will receive a Notice of Results (NORs) which will include information on your eligibility, geographic location you selected when you applied, and your score. Depending on CBP hiring needs, applicants will be referred on best qualified lists by geographic location and in score order (for competitive applicants) and alpha order (for noncompetitive applicants). Field Offices may request certificates based on agency wide and/ or local commuting area only. The inventory will be used to fill positions for 6 months. If you are referred and subsequently selected for a location, you will be removed from the Import Specialist inventory.

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