Fines Penalties and Forfeitures Officer

Customs and Border Protection | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 1/15/2020
Description Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Philadelphia, PA.

The Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures (FP&F) Officer will perform and direct administrative and operational work of the FP&F and Seized Property Program. The FP&F and the Seized Property Program involves the initiation and adjudication of civil liabilities originating from the seizures, penalties and claims for the liquidated damages initiated under the authority of the United States Code. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen Homeland Security by performing paralegal activities such as planning, developing, implementing, maintaining, and monitoring policies and systems designed to ensure uniformity and to provide an effective Fines, Penalties & Forfeitures (FPF) process.

This position starts at a salary of $117,188.00 (GS-14, Step 1) to $152,342.00 (GS-14, Step 10) with promotion potential to $152,342
(GS-14 Step 10).

Typical work assignments include:
  • Developing and evaluating all evidence, facts and circumstances relating to a particular case and making determinations, decisions and recommendations within the requirements of the laws and regulations
  • Evaluating subordinate supervisors as the reviewing official on evaluations of non-supervisory employees rated by subordinate supervisors
  • Communicating daily with petitioners, attorneys, corporate and other legal officers and officials of other federal, state and/or local government agencies
  • Assisting in overseeing and managing the National Seized Property Contract (general property, vehicles, and real property)
Experience: You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:
  • Adjudicating civil liabilities arising from various seizures, penalties, and claims
  • Evaluating all evidence, facts, and circumstances relating to cases
  • Assisting in the development of long-range policies, plans, and objectives
  • Counseling employees on performance requirements and/or assisting employees in improving their performance.
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 01/22/2020.
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 wavier 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) 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. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, 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.

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