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Correctional Program Officer (Intelligence Officer - Counter Terrorism)

McLean, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

As the BOP's subject-matter expert (SME) on counter-terrorism issues, is in daily and direct contact with staff assigned to the FBI Counter- Terrorism Division and the National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF).

Responsible for oversight of the Correctional Intelligence Initiative (CII) as well as the coordination of law enforcement and intelligence community activities with the BOP's Counter-Terrorism Unit.

Represent the BOP's Counter-Terrorism intelligence and security interests both nationally and internationally, while at the same time directly participates in the management, planning, design and production of general FBI intelligence products and services that are used for operational intelligence purposes and counter-intelligence forecasting.

Tactfully and persuasively advises supervisors and policy makers, carries out liaison responsibilities with counterparts throughout the community, and provide professional guidance, training and technical assistance to lower level specialist.

As a condition of assignment to this position, the selectee must maintain a final "TOP SECRET" clearance as well as a counter-terrorism focused polygraph examination.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here


To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.


You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. Specialized experience is directly related experience that included substantial involvement with a correctional program and provided a thorough knowledge of correctional techniques, or experience in meeting and dealing with people that demonstrated the ability to work effectively with inmates and associates in a correctional environment.

Experience must have also demonstrated the ability to perform supervisory or administrative duties successfully. This includes (1) understanding the problems of custody, treatment, training, and release of inmates of penal or correctional institutions; (2) a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of an institution's internal policies, programs, regulations, and procedures; and (3) training subordinates, coordinating and directing activities and functions, evaluating performance of operations and the effectiveness of programs, and maintaining high standards or work objectives. This experience must have been gained in an administrative position, or in other positions that included the successful direction, or assistance in the direction of, an entire correctional program or a major phase of such a program.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience working closely with all parties to ensure that the BOP is kept abreast of the status of all inmates entering custody or releasing to the community where their offense behavior is related to terrorist acts or threats to national security.
  • Experience establishing direct and indirect contacts with law enforcement and the courts in order to obtain indictments, arrest warrant affidavits, proffers, sentencing memoranda, pretrial detention reports, bail determination reports, USPO form #1 working papers, and similar sensitive original source law enforcement documentation regarding groups pending indictment, or already being held in BOP custody.
  • Experience conducting inquiries on contract and volunteer staff to determine if they have been involved in criminal activity or have been identified as a person of interest in an investigative or intelligence matter subsequent to initial NCIC or TSC screenings.
  • Experience reporting irregularities in inmate financial transactions, documentation and research of community contact addresses and phone numbers in the TRUINTEL or other appropriate databases.

If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.

ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here .

Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications .

If you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (i.e. basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.

Additional information

This position IS NOT included in the bargaining unit.

The representative rate for this position is $145,604 per annum ($69.77 per hour).

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

The incumbent is subject to geographic relocation to meet the needs of the agency.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit checks.

The addresses listed on the USAJOBS account/resume must be the primary residence at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of residence.

Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life of the certificate.

Current Federal Law Enforcement Employees:

A prerequisite of the secondary law enforcement position is the completion of the mandatory courses in "Introduction to Correctional Techniques Phase I and Phase II". If you have not completed the mandatory courses in "Introduction to Correctional Techniques Phase I and Phase II", you are ineligible for secondary law enforcement position(s) and coverage but may still be considered for a non-law enforcement position.

If you are not a current Bureau of Prisons employee, you must submit training records demonstrating you have completed the mandatory courses in "Introduction to Correctional Techniques Phase I and Phase II" to your hiring Human Resource office prior to appointment.

This is a secondary law enforcement coverage position. Individuals that DO NOT have three years of law enforcement coverage gained in a primary law enforcement position by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, will not be eligible for this position.

NOTE: Incumbent is required to hold and maintain a final TOP SECRET clearance.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

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