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Security Specialist

Job Series: 0080 (OPM Classification & Qualifications)


Types / Parentheticals

  • Personnel Security Specialist
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Supervisory Security Specialist
  • Supervisory Personnel Security Specialist



This series includes positions the primary duties of which are analytical, planning, advisory, operational, or evaluative work that has as its principal purpose the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, training, and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, or material from unauthorized disclosure, misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, espionage, sabotage, or loss.


Duties at CBP

This position serves as program manager or Security Program Officer with responsibility for performing assignments necessary to support the agency’s efforts to safeguard its personnel, property, equipment, classified information, and all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assets.

Typical work assignments may include:

  • Representing CBP or DHS on security issues as a member of departmental, agency, and inter-agency or
    inter-organizational workgroups as emerging issues mandate; and providing expert advice and assistance
    to senior management officials on security matters related to personnel, property, information, and
    CBP and/or DHS assets;
  • Evaluating the sensitivity determination for each position; and reviewing, evaluating, and adjudicating reports of investigation, personnel files, and other records to determine whether to grant, deny, revoke, suspend, or restrict security clearances, consistent with national security and/or suitability issues;
  • Assisting in coordinating the review and inspection of DHS facilities regarding clearance and access control; interacting with other agencies on a myriad of security issues; conducting, controlling, coordinating, monitoring, and reviewing security procedures and operations within the agency, the Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, international organizations, and state and local governments upon request; and evaluating existing security practices and making recommendations to correct any identified deficiencies;
  • Identifying security matters covering such areas as the level and kind of security work to be performed; developing access control policies and procedures; resolving clearance and access security issues; and conducting inspections and assessments and offering corrective measures for deficiencies;
  • Serving as an agency representative to the Operations Security program and coordinating Operational Security (OPSEC) programs within the agency to ensure that all employees are familiar with issues relating to the OPSEC program; preparing clearance and access survey directives and reports; assisting in reviewing sensitive clearance and access activities; and advising appropriate officials concerning the agency’s maintenance of standards regarding its clearance and access OPSEC policies and recommending appropriate policy changes; and
  • Carrying out Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) policy established by the Director, Central Intelligence, relating to personnel and physical security within the agency; evaluating and adjudicating employee background investigations; advising supervisors of the procedures for adverse security determinations and employee rights; developing guidelines and procedures for special access approval; and interacting with other agencies in order to coordinate the review and inspection of facilities where SCI materials are discussed, stored, reviewed, and processed.



  • Various


Application Process

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Last modified: 
August 8, 2018