Border Patrol Agent (Promotional Assessment Opportunity - CEI Only)

Washington D.C.
May 21, 2018
May 21, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a permanent CBP employee.
  • If you are interested in being promoted to a supervisory or managerial Border Patrol Agent position, this announcement is for you. Applications to take the assessments will be accepted from permanent Customs and Border Protection employees with competitive status (or employees serving on a VRA appointment) who meet the criteria shown below:
    1. Currently or previously covered under 5 USC 8336 (c) (Civil Service Retirement System for Law Enforcement Officers) or 5 USC 8412 (d) (Federal Employees Retirement System for Law Enforcement Officers.
    2. Currently serving or previously served in a position at the GS-11 grade level or above.
    3. Successfully completed Border Patrol Agent basic training at the academy.
    4. Possess at least one year of specialized experience interpreting and enforcing immigration laws, rules, and regulations in the detection and prevention of illegal entry of aliens into the United States (e.g., Border Patrol Agent).
    NOTE: Eligibility to take the assessments and eligibility to apply for specific vacancies (announcements that will be posted in the future) are not the same. Therefore, eligibility to take the Border Patrol Assessments does not guarantee eligibility to compete for specific vacancies. For example, you may have recently been promoted to the GS-12 level and may register and take the assessment. However, you must meet time-in-grade eligibility requirements (one year at the GS-12 level) when you apply for a first-line supervisory position.

    Eligibility requirements for specific vacancies will appear on the vacancy announcements as they are posted.

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Two Important Changes for the Border Patrol Career Experience Inventory

    1. Update Your Career Experience Inventory (CEI): If your most recent, scored Border Patrol CEI was submitted prior to July 2017, then you should submit a new CEI during this open period. The Border Patrol CEI was updated in the summer of 2017 to reflect the current experiential requirements of GS-1896 supervisors and managers. The update included the addition of several new questions and changes to some existing questions, including changes to the scoring key. All promotion candidates with Border Patrol CEI assessment scores prior to the summer of 2017 who did not submit the new CEI during the July 2017 opportunity had their prior CEIs rescored on 31 December 2017, receiving no points on the new and changed questions, and their CEI and total scores decreased accordingly. Therefore, candidates who have yet to resubmit their Border Patrol CEI using the current form are strongly urged to do so at this time.

    2. New CEI Dashboard: A new CEI Dashboard is under development that will provide a summary in graphical format of your CEI experiences. Once it is implemented, selecting officials will have access to the CEI Dashboard summary of CEI experience level responses of every candidate on competitive and non-competitive selection certificates. Selecting officials will be able to make comparisons of candidate responses to the aggregate responses of the other candidates on the selection certificate. They will use this information as one component of the factors considered when making selection decisions. It is to your advantage to ensure that your responses to the CEI questions are up-to-date with your most recent experience. You will be able to compare a summary of your CEI experiences to the aggregate experiences of the candidates against whom you are likely to compete for vacancy announcements.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    This announcement is an opportunity to submit a CEI only. The announcement to take the other assessments will be posted in mid-July. You must apply again to the mid-July announcement in order to register to take the multiple choice assessments.

    The following components are required as indicated below:

    Applicants for First-Line (GS-13) Supervisory Positions
    a. Border Patrol Career Experience Inventory (CEI)
    b. Job Knowledge Assessment
    c. Critical Thinking Skills Exercise
    d. Managerial Writing Skills Exercise

    Applicants for Second-Line and Other (GS-13 thru 15) Supervisory/Managerial Positions
    a. Border Patrol Career Experience Inventory (CEI)
    b. Critical Thinking Skills Exercise
    c. Managerial Writing Skills Exercise
    d. In-Basket Job Simulation

    Note: When completing your CEI:

    -You may find it helpful to preview the questions and prepare a Word document with your responses. You can copy and paste your responses into your application to minimize the amount of time you spend in the system and avoid the system "timing out".

    -Be aware that your responses are not automatically saved. Therefore, you should save your responses frequently, and it is highly recommended that you use a wired (rather than wifi or cellular) connection to complete your CEI.

    -Make a note to check your application status to make sure your application is submitted and accepted by the system prior to the application closing date/time, which is always Eastern Standard Time.


    There are five assessment components. Each is described below.

    1. Border Patrol Career Experience Inventory (CEI). This task-based inventory assesses the quantity and quality of specific experiences important for effective performance as a supervisor or manager in the Border Patrol. The CEI will be available for candidates to complete during every test opportunity open period (open periods are expected to be every six months). The CEI is a comprehensive experience measure that covers many positions. It is completed on-line and is available by clicking "Apply Online" on the right side of this announcement.

    2. Job Knowledge Assessment. This multiple-choice assessment measures technical knowledge of the Border Patrol Agent job covering content areas such as operations, administrative/criminal prosecutions, public relations, and resources management. This assessment may only be taken once in a 12-month period.

    3. Critical Thinking Skills Exercise. This multiple-choice assessment presents job-related situations and asks for conclusions about the situation and what decisions the candidates would make if they were in the situation. This assessment may only be taken once in a 12-month period.

    4. Managerial Writing Skills Exercise. This is a multiple-choice assessment that measures the ability to write and review the types of documents that supervisors and managers use on the job. This assessment may only be taken once in a 12-month period.

    5. In-Basket Job Simulation. This multiple-choice assessment presents job-related documents for review and asks candidates about the actions they would take to handle the documents. This assessment may only be taken once in a 12-month period.

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