Investigative Program Specialist (Polygraph Examiner)

Washington D.C.
May 28, 2018
May 28, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Annual travel greater than 25% is required for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.


Applicants who have not completed the requirements of the basic federal polygraph training program from the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) or equivalent will be required attend the NCCA training program. The classes are held in January, April, and August and lasts 3 months. If selected and you require certification, you will be placed in one of these classes after completing all necessary pre-employment requirements and the class you will attend will be based on availability. Your enter on duty date will be contingent on the class you will be attending, entering on duty no sooner than two (2) pay periods prior to the start date of the NCCA class you will be attending.

Candidates will be required to attend and successfully complete a 14 week training program at the National Center for Credibility Assessment located in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

In order to attend the National Center for Credibility Assessment you must meet all of the below admission requirements:

  1. U.S. Citizenship;
  2. At least 25 years of age;
  3. Earned baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education;
  4. At least two years investigative experience with a recognized U.S. Government agency or other law enforcement agency; and
  5. Successful completion of a Psychophysiological of Deception (PDD) examination.
Failure to complete the program and obtain Federal Polygraph Training and Certification will result in termination from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

You qualify for the GS-12 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent performing duties such as:
  • Preparing subjects for polygraph examinations; and
  • Working in a law enforcement environment conducting interviews, examining records or evidence, observing suspects' activities, and assisting in conducting security investigations, and investigating criminal activity.

You qualify for the GS-13 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent performing duties such as:
  • Identifying criminal case issues and evidence needed, based on analysis of charges, complaints, or allegations of law violations; and
  • Preparing subjects for polygraph examinations, and evaluating suitability for testing and analyzing results.

Selective Placement Factor:
In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position: Must be a federally certified polygraph examiner who has completed the requirements of the basic federal polygraph training program from the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) or received certification by its prior official designations as the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (DACA) or Department of Defense Polygraph Institute (DODPI), and been certified as an active federal polygraph examiner by an authorized federal polygraph or credibility assessment program in accordance with respective agency and federal standards and requirements, or be eligible for admission to the NCCA?

See for further information on NCCA certification and admissions requirements.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 05/25/2018.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

Polygraph Examination: The Investigative Program Specialist (Polygraph Examiner) position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination.

Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.

Polygraph Waiver: Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least 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.

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.

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 here. 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.

Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Applicants are not required to submit transcripts or NCCA certificate, but are highly encouraged to do so.

This position DOES NOT confer Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) retirement coverage.

Bargaining Unit: This position is not covered under the bargaining unit.

Drug Testing Requirements: This is a drug testing designated position. You must complete and pass a drug test as a condition of employment. Employees are subject to drug testing in compliance with the Agency's Drug-Free Workplace Program.

Overtime: This position requires significant regular and recurring overtime work.

Special Salary Rate: Federally Certified Polygraphers will receive special salary rate pay. The following link displays the locality pay tables by occupational series. If you do not see your geographic area listed, please select the table listed as "Rest of the United States".

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

CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more here.

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

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. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package.

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

  1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies substantially exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.
  2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.
  3. Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies meeting the minimum requirements of the position.
Veterans: Qualified 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. Other 10 point preference eligibles and 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. For more information about veterans' preference visit this link.

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
  • Knowledge of the theory and principles of polygraph examinations
  • Knowledge of enforcement and investigative techniques
  • Ability to communicate orally
  • Ability to communicate in writing

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