Import Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jun 02, 2023
Jun 09, 2023
Full Time

The assignment will serve as an Import Specialist attached to the Import and Certification Division (ICD or the Division) of the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (OVSC). The Division is responsible for regulating the importation of motor vehicles and automotive equipment to ensure compliance with all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The Division also detects and prevents noncompliance with Federal statutes and regulations it enforces through inspection, investigation, and analysis. When non-compliance is discovered, the Division has the authority to initiate several enforcement action options.

The assignment will entail applying Customs statutes and regulations to support ICD enforcement activities, including but not limited to initiating seizures of vehicles and automotive equipment when warranted, coordinating enforcement actions by CBP and NHTSA when necessary.

The assignment will support NHTSA and multi-agency task force investigations by conducting analysis using ACE and other online analytical and investigative tools, and retrieving evidentiary materials as required from the DIS in ACE such as entry documents, and copies of bonds.

The assignment will seek guidance and instruction from the Automotive Enforcement Specialist in charge of Import Safety for the Division.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:
The incumbent will know or gain knowledge to be a Division resource in the following Federal statutes and regulations:
· 49 USC Chapter 301; and
· 49 CFR Parts 591 through 594.
The incumbent will also know or gain knowledge on the Department and Agency policies concerning guidance documents, the enforcement process, and ensuring due process.
The incumbent will be proficient in the use of ACE, DIS, and other online analytical and investigative systems.
The incumbent will know or gain knowledge in pertinent Customs statutes and regulations involving the importation of motor vehicles and automotive equipment.
The incumbent must be able to exercise superlative judgment and have excellent problem-solving skills to improvise and adapt to challenges, some formidable, that occur in the investigation and enforcement processes. Superior communication skills are imperative.
The incumbent has to know how to apply tact, diplomacy, and cultural sensitivity to successfully interact with individuals at all levels of the Public Sector, both domestically and internationally, and individuals in the Private Sector including but not limited to attorneys, engineers, academics, and corporate executives, both domestically and internationally.
The incumbent must have superior writing skills to provide investigation reports, analysis reports, evidence documentation, and briefing reports to senior officials. The incumbent must have a working knowledge of photography for collecting evidence and know how to present photographic evidence.
The incumbent has to determine if there were violations of Federal statutes or regulations and to what extent based on a thorough analysis of detailed technical data, complicated business processes, and any discovery of errant behavior. Intentional obfuscation to conceal unlawful activities exacerbates the incumbent's work. The incumbent has to overcome those challenges for successful outcomes in enforcement actions, litigations, and prosecutions.

Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.