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Job Title:General Attorney

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Customs and Border Protection

Job Announcement Number:CC/14-34

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$57,982.00 to $126,949.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 to Thursday, August 21, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Laredo, TX View Map


United States Citizens


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, 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:


Salary: The following link displays the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the last table list "Rest of the United States".



Who May Apply:

Organizational Location:  These positions are with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Chief Counsel, located in Laredo, TX.  

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



  • Occasional Travel
  • Refer to Other Information Section for details


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • Successfully pass initial and periodic background investigations
  • Selective Service registration


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  • Provides legal advice to, and legal representation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in matters relating to the activities and functions of CBP;
  • Performs legal research into laws, regulations, decisions, and other precedents bearing on legal issues involving CBP, particularly Customs and Immigration laws;
  • Represents CBP in various third party administrative hearings involving matters such as employee discipline and adverse actions, arbitration concerning the Union contract, EEO discrimination complaints, Merit Systems Protection Board appeals; also assists the Department of Justice in civil actions involving CBP by preparing litigation reports, affidavits, and other pleadings, participating in discovery, motion drafting, settlement discussions, and providing litigation support;
  • Prepares legal memoranda and proposing legislation for CBP; provides ethics advice; reviews Agency documents to be released to other law enforcement agencies; examines petitions related to civil penalties and forfeiture of assets; provides training and updates to the field concerning significant changes occurring in laws and procedures affecting CBP operations; and
  • Advocates for claims filed on behalf of the Government and provides legal opinions and advice concerning resolution of claims against the government arising out of CBP operations.


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Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; 


Specialized Education: Recent law school graduates may be appointed to attorney positions at the GS-11 level with the following additional qualifications: rank in the top 1/3 of graduating class; participation on the school's official Law Review; membership in the Order of the Coif; or winning of a moot court competition. An interim appointment of 14 months may be made pending the selectee's admission to the bar. Selectee will be required to provide admittance and current active standing to the Bar and possibly a copy of their official law school transcript.

    Application materials will not be returned.

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process (Excepted Service) and is not in the competitive civil service.

There is no formal rating system for applying veteran’s preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however the Office of Chief Counsel considers veteran’s preference eligibility as a positive factor in the hiring process.


The qualifications listed above must be met by Thursday, August 21, 2014 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.

Relocation: Should relocation funding be available, expenses may be offered to the selectee as a lump-sum payment under CBP's Voluntary Relocation Plan test program (VRP) in lieu of any relocation benefits available under the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR), 41 C.F.R., Subtitle F, Chapter 302. Only current CBP employees are eligible to participate in the VRP. New appointees to the Government and non-CBP employees are not eligible to participate in the VRP. The amount of the lump-sum payment will vary depending upon whether you rent or own your current residence and whether your residence is a single or multiple-person household. Any relocation expenses incurred that are greater than the VRP lump-sum payment amount will be your responsibility, and no subsequent claims for relocation expenses will be granted by CBP. The lump-sum payment, which will be made through direct deposit, will be treated as wages and, thus, will be subject to all applicable employment tax withholdings. To be eligible for the VRP, you must sign an employment agreement by completing CBP Form 334C-1 at the time of selection. Additional information can be found in CBP Directive 5330-026a, which is available on the CBPNet Policy Page.



Applicants will be rated based on their education, experience, demonstrated legal research and writing abilities, and performance during the interview process, which may include personal interview(s) and a writing exercise.



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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".








Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System.


All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, and provide the information annually.


Travel: You will be required to travel as needed for any mandatory training, and to provide legal support to or on behalf of CBP clients or to deliver training, in various field operating locations.  

Background Investigation: In addition to successful completion of the initial background investigation, you must also successfully pass any periodic reinvestigations to retain this position. For more information, please see


EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a probationary period of 2 years.


Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. 

Veterans Preference:  There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however the Office of Chief Counsel considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in the hiring process.  

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

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); or
  2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or
  3. Have been a dependent of a United States Federal or military employee serving overseas. 

Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete stateside coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples include: the stateside addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas; the company headquarters where the applicant's personnel file is located; professor(s) in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program or; church records for the applicant's overseas church missions. Applicants must provide this information with their application for employment.



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Submit your application by mail to:                

                Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel, Laredo

                U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

                109 Shiloh Dr. Suite 300

                Laredo, TX 78045

                     Attention: Stephanie Ciechanowski

All required information and documents must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014. If all 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.

If you fax, hand-deliver or email your application, it will not be considered.  Inquiries regarding this job opportunity announcement should be directed to:  Stephanie Ciechanowski at (956) 753-1780.        


    You must include the following information (in addition to specific information requested elsewhere in the vacancy announcement) to receive consideration for this position:
    • Cover letter: Your application package must include a cover letter expressing your interest in this position. Please do not exceed two pages.  Application packages received without a cover letter will not be given consideration.
    • Resume: A resume that includes announcement number, veteran’s preference, your full name, address, phone number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number and a detailed description of your experience, education, training and self-development and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.
    • Writing Sample:  A writing sample is required as part of the application package and may not exceed ten pages.
    • Transcripts: From an ABA accredited approved law school or equivalent is required.  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
    It is your responsibility to verify that information submitted (e.g., resume, veterans documentation, and SF-50's) is received and accurate and must be in English. 
    Applications and supporting documentation will only be accepted by mail at the address listed under the "How to Apply" section.  The section also outlines the contact information for inquires. 


Indianapolis Hiring Center
Phone: (317)715-3000
Agency Information:
CBP Indianapolis Hiring Center
6650 Telecom Drive
Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN


After review of the application packages is complete, highly qualified applicants may be contacted for interviews.


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