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Investigative Program Specialist (Polygraph Examiner)


Robert Lowry shows how sensors are attached to an applicant, demonstrated by Assistant Special Agent in Charge B. Harrison Wright, (seated) who’s also a polygraph examiner.
Robert Lowry shows how sensors are attached to an
applicant, demonstrated by Assistant Special Agent
in Charge B. Harrison Wright, (seated) who’s also a
polygraph examiner. Photo Credit: Donna Burton

The primary mission of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Professional Responsibility’s Credibility Assessment Division (OPR/CAD) is to enhance the integrity of the CBP workforce and deter insider threats by providing the Office of Professional Responsibility with essential information through the administration of polygraph examinations that advance or resolve administrative, criminal or counterintelligence investigations.

Qualification Requirements

Strong candidates must have knowledge of the theory and principles of polygraph examinations; knowledge of enforcement and investigative techniques; strong ability to communicate orally; and strong ability to communicate in writing. Candidates shall have at least two years investigative and/or counter-intelligence experience with a recognized U.S. Government agency or other law enforcement agency.

Additionally, an ideal candidate has completed the requirements of the basic federal polygraph training program from the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA) or equivalent.

Those that have not completed this training will be required to attend the NCCA training program. Currently, the classes are held in January, April and August and last approximately 3 months. The class the candidates attend will be based on availability. Candidates Enter on Duty (EOD) date will be contingent on the class he or she will be attending. Candidates will EOD approximately two pay periods prior to the start date of the NCCA class he or she will be attending.

Note: In order to attend the NCCA you must be a U.S. Citizen, have earned a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and successfully completed a Counterintelligence Scope Polygraph examination.

Failure to complete the program and obtain Federal Polygraph Training and Certification will result in termination from CBP.

Duties of the Position

  • Coordinating, planning and administering polygraph examinations to CBP applicants applying for positions requiring polygraph testing.
  • Planning and conducting polygraph examinations in support of alleged violations of laws, policies, programs, and regulations.
  • Providing technical guidance to aid in investigative plans and strategies.
  • Identifying and collecting evidence, conducting witness and subject interviews and preparing written investigative reports.


Minneapolis, Minn.; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Detroit, Mich.; Buffalo, NY; Valley Stream, NY; Newark, N.J.; Portland, Maine;  Washington, D.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Miramar, Fla.; Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; El Paso, Texas; McAllen, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; Yuma, Ariz.; San Diego, Calif.; Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Long Beach, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Seattle, Wash.

Special Salary Rate

Federally Certified Polygraph Examiners (non-Law Enforcement) within the Department of Homeland Security will receive special salary rate pay. The Special Rates Tables Search displays the locality pay tables by occupational series.

To filter the results, choose Department of Homeland Security from the Agency dropdown box, 1801 Investigative Program Specialist (Polygraph Examiner) from the Occupation dropdown box and your geographic location from the Location dropdown box. If you do not see your geographic area listed, please select Rest of U.S. Locality Pay Area from the Location dropdown box.

CBP/CAD POC: Director Scott A. Stevens, 202-325-7507 or Recruiter Karla Stoudemire, 202-325-7504

Last modified: 
April 19, 2021