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IPA Mobility Program Opportunity

The Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program provides for the temporary assignment of personnel between DHS, CBP and state and local governments, colleges and universities, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and other eligible organizations, and vice versa. The initial IPA assignment may be for a period of up to two years. Organizations are reimbursed for the IPA's salary and a portion of other related benefits while serving under this appointment. For further information regarding the IPA program and eligibility requirements, please visit this link.

Below are the temporary assignments currently available. To view details, click titles below.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Expert

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Expert will collaborate with in-house data scientists and application developers to support efficiencies in development of new innovative solutions to achieve the mission. Key components of the job will include data modeling and scenario simulation, in which the expert may serve as an advisor to recommend solutions and identify implementation possibilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Connecting innovative ideas with realistic solutions involving a combination of cognitive science theory and computer science
  • Identifying and recommending areas in which the business can enhance targeting, modeling, and simulation based on subject matter expertise
  • Enhancing existing programs by coding areas in which a program can intelligently collect new information and modify behavior accordingly
  • Applying advanced signal processing techniques to solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Staying connected with emerging trends in artificial intelligence and machine learning to remain on the cutting edge in applying and experimenting with new methods
  • Implementing solutions based on a distributed computing model

Preferred Experience Factors:

  • Experience and familiarity with applications development activities
  • Understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms
  • Understanding of Cloud Service Provider requirements and environments, as well as understanding of SaaS services and requirements
  • Experience in Machine Learning APIs, frameworks and AI tools
  • Experience in using Big Data and business intelligence tools, including data lakes
  • Ability to explain complex statistical models to non-experts and business executives
  • Experience with Unix tools and functions
  • Experience with mobile applications

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with Top Secret security clearance

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT11
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Human Centered Design Expert

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Human Centered Design Expert will collaborate with application development teams to provide user perspective on new products, especially mobile applications. This expert will provide leading methodology perspective related to user-focused design to enhance the enduser experience.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as an integrator between business needs and technology solutions, helping to create technology solutions to meet business needs
  • Performing project tasks independently and may direct the efforts of others
  • Participating in or leading the development of products or deliverable content
  • Evaluating business needs with a user-centric lenses and apply human-centered solutions to business challenges
  • Reviewing products for accuracy and quality
  • Providing human-centered design coaching to others

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Degree in computer science, UX/UI or a degree in a related field along with industry experience
  • Experience with Confluence and/or Jira
  • Ability to design, analyze and troubleshoot large-scale distributed systems and applications
  • Experience writing user stories and user flows as well as creating sprint schedules based on user stories
  • Experience with Agile methodologies
  • Experience conducting discovery and ethnographic research along with designing and piloting human-centered solutions
  • Ability to facilitate and drive discussions about product vision and features
  • IDEO certification

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT12
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Data Scientist

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Data Scientist is responsible for focusing on data architecture and data analytics. A key responsibility will be discovering information hidden in vast amounts of data to help leadership partners make smarter decisions for CBP. The ideal candidate will possess relevant and extensive experience applying data mining techniques, performing statistical analysis and constructing predictive modeling systems integrated with current processes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Understanding of ideal structure and relationships within big data architecture
  • Using state-of-the-art methods for data mining
  • Enhancing data collection procedures to include information that is relevant for building analytic systems
  • Processing and verifying data used for analysis and visualizations
  • Providing ad-hoc analyses
  • Creating automated anomaly detection systems
  • Conducting analysis related to uncovering and synthesizing patterns in data
  • Participating in creating hypotheses supported by data observations
  • Conducting analyses using advanced statistical methods to achieve business goals

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Relevant academic or proven experience in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics or related field
  • Ability to recognize and interpret patterns in data and participate in creating hypotheses supported by data observations
  • Ability to translate and communicate findings to support business objectives
  • Experience with common data science toolkits and data visualization tools
  • Ability to utilize applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, multi-variate calculus, linear algebra, etc.
  • Skill in scripting and programming (i.e., SAS, SQL, Java, and Python)
  • Ability to design, analyze and troubleshoot large-scale distributed systems
  • Ability to build software and systems
  • Ability to manage and maintain big data, especially data transformation
  • Experience in data mining to achieve outcomes

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with Top Secret security clearance

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT13
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Site Reliability Engineer

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Site Reliability Engineers will focus on big picture view of how various systems within CBP relate to each other to optimize performance, availability, reliability and maintainability. Seeking candidates who can embrace culture of diversity (various mission areas in CBP), intellectual curiosity, and transparency (openness on work, no agenda to advance other than optimizing system performance). The incumbent will collaborate, think big, take risks and be self-directed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Engaging in and improving the whole lifecycle of services; from inception and design through deployment, operation and refinement
  • Supporting services before they go live through advising on system design, developing patterns, frameworks and platforms, capacity planning and design/pre-production reviews
  • Maintaining services once in production by measuring and monitoring availability, latency and overall system health
  • Sustainably scaling systems through use of automation, evolve “heritage” systems by instituting changes that improve reliability of systems and velocity of development teams
  • Developing and practicing sustainable incident response and blameless post-mortem

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Degree in computer science or a degree in a related technical field involving coding
  • Experience with algorithms, data structures, complexity analysis and software design
  • Experience in one or more of the following programming languages: C, C++, Java, Python, Go, Perl, Ruby or Scala
  • Ability to design, analyze and troubleshoot large-scale distributed systems
  • Experience utilizing systematic problem solving approaches
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to debug code, optimize code and automate routine tasks

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT14
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OFO: System Architecture/Infrastructure, Cloud Integration and System Redundancy Advisor

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Office of Field Operations (OFO), Planning, Program Analysis & Evaluation (PPAE), Entry/Exit Transformation (EXT) is responsible for developing and deploying new technology to make U.S. border crossing more secure, effective, and efficient. PPAE EXT, in close coordination with the Office of Information Technology (OIT), is the lead office responsible for the implementation of Biometric Entry/Exit in the land, air, and sea environments in accordance with congressional mandates and Presidential executive order. The biometric exit mandate provides a unique opportunity for CBP and its stakeholders to co-create a biometric exit system that not only meets statutory requirements, but also enables a seamless, biometrically enabled process throughout the travel continuum.

When CBP and its stakeholders co-create technology solutions to expedite legitimate trade and travel, system performance, reliability, and redundancy become critical aspects of successful project deployment. CBP relies on a variety of technology systems owned by different government agencies in order to build and maintain facial recognition galleries necessary for biometric exit and entry transformation. If one of the many disparate systems utilized by CBP experiences an outage or degraded service all of CBP and stakeholder operations are impacted.

This position will be required to work closely with both OFO and OIT to provide technical guidance related to optimizing or redesigning current system architecture, including the best use of cloud infrastructure, to eliminate unplanned outages, plan robust system redundancy, and cyber security best practices. The incumbent will be working with OFO to inform and aid in developing requirements to OIT. This position may oversee a small team of federal and contract employees to help achieve the duties of this job.

Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating current and proposed system architectures to determine reliability, redundancy, and cyber security and make recommendations to eliminate unplanned outages, improve reliability, and identify areas where cloud solutions can be used to meet CBP operational and technical needs
  • Working with the CBP OIT to ensure the biometric entry exit system can meet strategic and business requirements of OFO
  • Engaging with industry, other government agencies, academia, and laboratories to maintain knowledge of the state of the art for cloud technology solutions
  • Providing guidance regarding best practices when developing requirements for OIT that include appropriate cybersecurity requirements and privacy safe guards
  • Evaluating the biometric entry/exit system to ensure that OFO requirements have been satisfactorily implemented
  • Engaging with airport, airline, and other aviation stakeholders to develop mutually acceptable interoperability standards that will advance the goals of the biometric entry/exit transformation effort
  • Evaluating CBP OIT cloud architecture and cloud strategies to ensure they will meet strategic and operational needs
  • Briefing senior leadership and external stakeholders as appropriate on the business and technical status of the biometric entry/exit efforts related to architecture, infrastructure, security, privacy, and effectiveness

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Expertise in developing cloud solutions for large information technology enterprises
  • Expertise in developing cloud architectures that tie together legacy systems and new systems in an effective manner
  • Expertise in large hardware/software integration efforts
  • Cybersecurity experience
  • Privacy by design experience
  • At least 15 years’ experience in information technology, computer science, biometrics, mathematics, aviation industry or related fields
  • Managerial experience a plus

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with a Secret or Top Secret security clearance

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOFO11
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Publically Available Information Technical Advisor

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The CBP Targeting and Analysis Program Directorate (TASPD) within the CBP Office of Information and Technology, is responsible for providing support to CBP’s risk analysis of the one million passengers and 72,000 cargo containers that enter the United States every day. Publically available information (PAI) is an emerging source of data which can enable CBP to carry out its mission more effectively by providing additional insights into border security.

This position serves as a direct report to the Director of National Security Systems at TASPD. This position is responsible for providing technical guidance, developing new capabilities, and other related duties that pertain to Publically Available Information in support of CBP’s mission. This position will oversee a team of federal and contract employees in support of execution of the duties of the role. Multiple positions are available.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing strategies to utilize CBPs existing data holdings and new sources of PAI to improve CBP’s risk analysis for passenger, cargo, and trade
  • Overseeing technical teams that develop new capabilities related to PAI in support of CBP’s risk assessment mission
  • Working with Operational Business Owners within CBP to identify business or technical requirements applied to the design, development, implementation, management, and support of software systems, networks and data agency‐wide. Developing and presenting automation options to management that take into account time, cost and resources available agency‐wide. Finalizing and designing documents prepared for application software agency‐wide
  • Supporting the rapid Agile development, testing, implementation, installation, quality assurance, and maintenance of advanced 24x7x365 intelligence/targeting systems and application programs that provide solutions supporting CBP inspection, enforcement, and intelligence activities
  • Engaging with industry, other government agencies, academia, and laboratories to maintain knowledge of the state of the art for publically available information
  • Technology scouting of the open source community for viable technology with a good degree of fitment or foundational use in system integration (ex. marketing and advertising data and services)
  • Evaluating commercially available software, commercially available services, open source software, other agency government services, GOTS software and others for utilization within TASPD and NTC
  • Briefing senior leadership and external stakeholders as appropriate on the business and technical status of PAI efforts
  • Engaging with CBP Office of Corporate Counsel to ensure PAI activities are fully compliant with CBP authorities
  • Engaging with CBP Office of Privacy to ensure PAI activities are fully compliant with CBP Privacy policies
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Experience with Agile development methodology
  • Experience with complex big data environments, large transactional databases, or both
  • Experience utilizing advanced analytics techniques for anomaly detection, pattern detection, predictive analytics, and other related techniques
  • Experience with machine learning or deep learning a plus
  • Experience working with publically available information sets a plus
  • Experience performing software evaluation and cost benefits analysis is a plus
  • Experience with privacy by design methodologies a plus
  • Experience with government privacy protections and documentation (PTA, PIA, SORN) is a plus
  • At least 6 years’ experience in an analytics, big data, information technology, computer science or related field. Experience working with a large organization a plus
    • Note – CBP will entertain applications at varying degrees of experience from 6 years and up. More experienced candidates would have increased responsibility and role.
  • Quantitative thinker with exceptional communication and briefing skills
  • Bachelors degree in computer science, mathematics, data science, or equivalent
  • Advanced degree in computer science, mathematics, data science, or equivalent a plus

Job Location: Alexandria, VA

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with a Top Secret security clearance

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT15
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OFO, NTC: Publicly Available Information Operational Advisor

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) National Targeting Center (NTC) within the CBP Office of Field Operations, is responsible for providing support to CBP’s risk analysis of the one million passengers and one million shipments that enter the United States every day. Publicly available information (PAI) is an emerging source of data which can enable CBP to carry out its mission more effectively by providing additional insights into border security.

This position serves as a direct report to the Assistant Director of the Counter Network Division (CND), Publicly Available Information Group. This position is responsible for providing operations support, serve as a business owner for technical requirements, and provide training activities for activities related to PAI within CND. This position will oversee a small team of federal and contract employees in support of execution of the duties of the role. Multiple positions are available.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing on strategies to integrate and fuse new sources of PAI into CBP systems and data holdings to enhance CBP’s screening, vetting and risk analysis processes across the passenger, cargo, and trade environments
  • Overseeing and advising operational components and elements on the capabilities and appropriate use of PAI tools available to CBP
  • Working with the CBP Office of Information and Technology (OIT) to identify, formalize, and execute against PAI strategic and business requirements
  • Evaluating OIT systems, analytics, and tools to ensure CBP requirements have been satisfactorily implemented
  • Acting as a liaison and engaging with industry, other government agencies, academia, and laboratories to maintain knowledge of the state of the art for PAI
  • Technology scouting of the open source community for viable technology with a good degree of fitment or foundational use in system integration (ex. marketing and advertising data and services)
  • Briefing senior leadership and external stakeholders, as appropriate, on the business and operational status of PAI efforts
  • Developing and executing training curriculums for CBP staff for new PAI tools, capabilities, methodologies, or related activities
  • Engaging with CBP Office of Chief Counsel to ensure PAI activities are fully compliant with CBP authorities
  • Supporting OIT product and services cost benefit evaluation, which may include human capital cost and training analysis
  • Engaging with CBP Office of Privacy to ensure PAI activities are fully compliant with CBP privacy policies
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Experience producing intelligence products for private sector, law enforcement, or intelligence consumers
  • Experience with analytic or investigatory trade craft in support of law enforcement investigations, intelligence reporting, business investigations, business intelligence, etc
  • Experience utilizing software and analytical tools to advance any or all of the following: business intelligence, business risk assessment/due diligence requirements, know your customer, law enforcement investigations, or intelligence reporting
  • Excellent writing skills required
  • Excellent oral presentation skills required
  • Foreign language skills a plus
  • At least 6 years’ experience in an intelligence, investigative, analytical, or related field
    • Note – CBP will entertain applications at varying degrees of experience from 6 years and up. More experienced candidates would have increased responsibility and role.
  • Bachelor’s degree in law enforcement, intelligence, mathematics, data science, computer science, or related field
  • Advanced degree in law enforcement, intelligence, mathematics, data science, computer science, or related field a plus

Job Location: Sterling, Virginia

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with a Top Secret security clearance

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOFO12
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Targeting Advisor

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The CBP Targeting and Analysis Program Directorate (TASPD) is the informational technology office that provides support to CBP’s risk analysis of the one million passengers and 72,000 cargo containers that enter the United States every day. This position serves as a direct report to the director of TASPD. The position is responsible for providing strategic vision, oversight, and execution of targeting initiatives that support the mission of CBP. This position will oversee a small team of federal and contract employees in support of execution of the duties of the role. Multiple positions are available.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing strategies to utilize CBPs existing agency data holdings, accessible sources, and new sources of publically available information to improve CBP’s risk analysis for persons, cargo, and trade entities
  • Overseeing contractor teams that develop new capabilities in support of CBP’s targeting enterprise
  • Supporting, validating, and enhancing TASPD’s analytics and targeting strategy
  • Supporting the rapid Agile development, testing, implementation, installation, quality assurance, and maintenance of advanced 24x7x365 intelligence/targeting systems and application programs that provide solutions supporting CBP inspection, enforcement, and intelligence activities
  • Developing, reviewing and approving recommendations for resolution of complex issues affecting software design agency‐wide. Evaluating agency‐wide proposals for the acquisition of software products. Preparing and presenting reports
  • Identifying business or technical requirements applied to the design, development, implementation, management, and support of software systems, networks and data agency‐wide. Developing and presenting automation options to management that take into account time, cost and resources available agency‐wide. Finalizing and designing documents prepared for application software agency‐wide
  • Researching emerging technologies and identifying business or technical requirements applied to the design, development, implementation, management, and support of software systems, networks and data agency-wide
  • Evaluating commercially available software, open source software, GOTS software and others for utilization within TASPD and NTC
  • Technology surveillance of the open source community for viable technology with a good degree of fitment or foundational use in system integration in furtherance of CBP analytics
  • Engaging with industry, other government agencies, academia, and laboratories to maintain knowledge of the state of the art for IT analytics
  • Overseeing, interpreting, and ensuring compliance of agency/departmental regulatory requirements, policies, standards, guidelines, procedures, and strategies governing the planning, design, implementation and delivery of agency-wide applications
  • Preparing and presenting reports and briefings to senior management officials on complex and controversial issues to include developing and presenting automation options to management that take into account time, cost and resources available agency-wide

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Experience with Agile development methodology
  • Experience with complex big data environments, large transactional databases, or both
  • Experience utilizing advanced analytics techniques for anomaly detection, pattern detection, predictive analytics, and other related techniques
  • Experience with Java, Oracle, Linux, Cloudera or Apache Hadoop
  • Experience with machine learning or deep learning a plus
  • At least 10 years’ experience in a data or analytics focused role; Experience with a large organization a plus
  • Quantitative thinker with exceptional communication and briefing skills
  • Bachelors degree in computer science, mathematics, data science, or equivalent
  • Advanced degree in computer science, mathematics, data science, or equivalent a plus

Job Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with a Top Secret security clearance

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT16
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Last modified: 
March 15, 2018
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