Investigative Program Specialist (Polygraph Examiner)
25% or less - 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.
- 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 https://www.cbp.gov/careers/professional/1801-polygraph-examiner for further information on NCCA certification and admissions requirements.
- Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and
- Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 05/25/2018.
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:
- Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
- Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
- Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.
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.
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.
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 possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
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:U.S. Citizenship;
- At least 25 years of age;
- Earned baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education;
- At least two years investigative experience with a recognized U.S. Government agency or other law enforcement agency; and
- Successful completion of a Psychophysiological of Deception (PDD) examination.
This position DOES NOT confer Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) retirement coverage.Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied.
Bargaining Unit: This position is not covered under the bargaining unit.
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". https://apps.opm.gov/SpecialRates/2017/IndexByOccupations.aspx
Special Appointing Authority: Veterans, military spouses, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand what documentation would be required with your application, please click on the appropriate link below. You must provide documentation supporting your eligibility prior to the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the CBP Hiring Center via the contact information listed at the end of this job opportunity announcement.
- Military spouses Applicants Please Note: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 abolished the time limitation on eligibility for relocating spouses of the Armed Forces.
- Individuals with Disabilities The proof of disability documentation must specify that you are eligible to apply using Schedule A. It does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history or need for accommodation. For more information visit this link.
- Peace Corps/VISTA
- Other miscellaneous hiring authorities
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, your experience, education and training will be rated using an online self-assessment questionnaire based on the competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. You will receive a score ranging from 70-100 based on your responses. 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 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 https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10201445
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs): Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in their resume. The KSAOs are:
- Knowledge of the theory and principles of polygraph examinations
- Knowledge of enforcement and investigative techniques
- Ability to communicate orally
- Ability to communicate in writing