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Customs Entry Officer

Full-time
$57,118 – $89,835 Per Year
Closing on Aug 09, 2023

About Customs and Border Protection

Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America’s Borders The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation’s borders. At CBP, we: Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products and prohibited goods. Prevent unauthorized entry into the country Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border Find us on Twitter at @CBP and @CBPJobs Find us on LinkedIn at U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP employees demonstrate the highest level of commitment to protect and serve the United States of America and to exemplify the CBP Core Values of Vigilance, Service to Country and Integrity. Learn more about CBP’s mission, core values and careers at https://www.cbp.gov/about

Location:
Puerto Rico, San Juan
Requires Relocation:
No
Start Date:
03/08/2023
End Date:
09/08/2023
Offering Type:
Permanent
Hiring Paths:
Internal to an agency - appears on USAJOBS
Service Type:
Competitive
Travel Percentage:
Occasional travel

Job summary

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, San Juan Field Office, Entry Level Branch, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Major duties

The primary purpose of this position is to act as a principal point of contact and resolve entry questions of normal difficulty and complexity, and to contribute to marketing efforts to encourage participation in a variety of automated systems and newly developed programs. This position starts at a salary of $57,118.00 (GS-09, Step 1) to $89,835.00 (GS-11, Step 10) with promotion potential to $107,680 (GS-12 Step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's ability to protect the homeland by analyzing and refining existing work methods and developing new methods and procedures. Salary above excludes COLA. Please see the following link for specific COLA Rates [https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-systems/nonforeign-areas/#url=COLA-Rates GS Salary: Visit this link to view the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the "Rest of United States" pay table. In this Customs Entry Officer position, you will become a key member of a team of Homeland Security professionals responsible for a wide range of admissibility and control requirements. Typical work assignments include: Providing customer service to Customs brokers, importers and carriers by responding to processing questions related to importation of merchandise. Resolving discrepancies in the Automated Commercial System (ACS) or Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) for entry processing to prevent liquidation, suspension, closure or other action. Providing advice on various filer based transactions and collecting and depositing revenue for imported merchandise. Managing the entire ACS/ACE protest and claims module to ensure accountability, accurate tracking, and proper disposition. Analyzing a variety of ACS/ACE reports to ensure filer integrity and compliance with laws, rules and regulations.

Requirements

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below) You may be required to pass a background investigation CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures. As an employee of CBP, you will be joining a workforce that is dedicated to accomplishing our mission while maintaining the trust of our Nation by strictly adhering to all government ethics standards. Your conduct will be subject to the ethics rules applicable to all Executive Branch employees, and to CBP employees specifically, as well as the criminal conflict of interest statutes. Once you enter on duty, these rules include obtaining approval for outside employment or business activity, to ensure such employment or business activity is not prohibited and does not interfere or conflict with performance of your official duties. Please review further details via the following link.

Qualification

**NOTE: Your resume must explicitly indicate how you meet this requirement, otherwise you will be found ineligible. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional resume requirements. Experience: You qualify for the GS-09 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as: Drafting responses to routine correspondence and questions about ACE functions, operations, and related computer interfaces Reviewing and reporting on ACE acceptance of account information to settle debts for automated portions of entry summary liquidation, and verifies mathematical calculation of certain liquidations Coordinating applications for further review between import specialists and the Office of Regulations & Rulings and with the Commerce Department on protest and claim issues Identifying potential penalty or liquidated damage cases, based on report analysis Experience: You qualify for the GS-11 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as: Providing information and guidance to prevent entries being returned unnecessarily and to alleviate entry acceptance delays, seeking guidance from more senior-graded Entry Specialists Reviewing and processing change liquidations, performing complex mathematical equations to appropriately administer the applicable duties, taxes and fees required for processing liquidations Gathering and analyzing information on industry trends and business transactions needed to make determinations and applying enforcement actions when necessary Conducting research and gathering information for the purpose of defining accounts and participating in focused assessments Serving as a contact with Customs brokers, importers and carriers on matters regarding all processing functions related to importation of merchandise Education Substitution: GS-9: You may substitute a Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education in a qualifying field or a J.D or L.L.B. degree for experience required at the GS-9 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise two years of graduate education. If that information is not available, use 36 semester or 54 quarter hours. GS-11: You may substitute a Ph.D., an equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a qualifying field for experience at the GS-11 grade level or an LL.M., if related. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours. Combining Education and Experience: To combine your education and experience, you must convert each to a percentage, and then add the percentages. The combined total of your percentage of education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level, by 18. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. Add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100%. 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; 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 08/09/2023. 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. Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency waiver by meeting one or more of the following conditions: Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government 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) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not CTAP eligible. View information about CTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the Required Documents section of this announcement. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position.

Education

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

Evaluations

Applicants will only be considered for the Eligibilities for which they claim in the job questionnaire AND must provide the supporting documentation. Applicants will not be considered for Eligibilities for which they did not claim, regardless of the documentation submitted with the application. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12069670 You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics). This self-assessment will be used to assess the following technical competencies or KSAs: Knowledge of Customs laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to admissibility, control, entry and export of merchandise, and tariff classification in order to screen entries and to classify and appraise entered merchandise. Ability to analyze, and interpret various kinds of data and information, and a working knowledge of techniques and methods for fact-finding, research, and writing to identify compliance errors and problems, and to recommend in writing corrective action for management and the importers. Knowledge of automated systems in order to input data, resolve problems, and obtain information used to make entry decisions and knowledge of processing functions related to importation of merchandise in order to determine if all requirements have been met. Knowledge of CBP policy, handbooks, standard operating procedures, directives, guidance, reference materials and precedent decisions that can assist in determining the proper classification and valuation of the merchandise. To be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be contacted for an interview. As a part of the interview process, additional selection criteria may be administered by the hiring manager. Preview https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12069670 In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.