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Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures Officer

Job Category: Legal and Kindred 
Job Series: 0930 (OPM Classification & Qualifications)


Types / Parentheticals



This job series covers positions that involve the adjudication of cases that typically include the conduct of formal or informal hearings that accord appropriate due process, arising under statute or under the regulations of a Federal agency when the hearings are not subject to the Administrative Procedure Act; or involve the conduct of appellate reviews of prior decisions. The work requires the ability to review and evaluate investigative reports and case records, conduct hearings in an orderly and impartial manner, determine credibility of witnesses, sift and evaluate evidence, analyze complex issues, apply agency rules and regulations and court decisions, prepare clear and concise statements of fact, and exercise sound judgment in arriving at decisions. Some positions require application of a substantive knowledge of agency policies, programs, and requirements in fields such as personnel management or environmental protection.    


Duties at CBP

Work within this job series requires an Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures (FP&F) Officer to perform and direct administrative and operational work of the FP&F and Seized Property Program, and serve as the driving force behind the day-to-day operations of an FP&F Office within a designated area of responsibility, oversee the adjudication of all Liquidated Damage, Penalty, and Seizure cases and the management of seized property.  Typical work assignments may include:  

  • Reviewing and processing all cases within their area of authority through to final adjudication and solution, and 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;
  • Overseeing the initiation and adjudication of civil liabilities originating from seizures, penalties, and claims for liquidated damages assessed under the authority of United States Code and Customs and Border Protection;
  • Providing technical/administrative advice and guidance relative to CBP regulations as they relate to the petitioner’s rights and obligations under the law in daily interactions with internal/external customers;
  • Developing and evaluating evidence, facts, and circumstances and all other incidents and information relative to the case, and preparing the case for referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office; and
  • Providing technical training to all agency employees, relative to the implementation of new and /or revised laws, regulation, and programs relevant to the FP&F process.



  • Various


Application Process

View the Professional Staff Application Process page for more details.

Last modified: 
August 14, 2018