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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, 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: 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.

Expand DHS CBP: CBP Innovation Team (CBP INVNT) Advisor

Major Duties and Responsibilities

CBP’s Innovation Team (INVNT) is dedicated to identifying, maturing, testing and deploying new capabilities that allow CBP’s frontline operators to carry out their mission more safely and effectively. This position will help to advance the CBP INVNT Mission through technical expertise, stakeholder engagement, and program management. Key duties will include engaging with industry, government, and academic stakeholders, helping to identify technologies and capabilities which can support CBP’s mission, and managing programmatic efforts.

Responsibilities include:

  • Tracking state of the art of technologies relevant to CBP’s mission, and identifying relevant trends which could support or adversely impact CBP operations
  • Working with CBP stakeholders to identify requirements for new technology or capabilities which could enhance CBP operations
  • Engaging with US government, foreign government, academic, and industry stakeholders to represent CBP’s capability gaps and technology needs
  • Managing ongoing direct engagements with technology companies developing capabilities that support CBP’s innovation work
  • Supporting the development and execution of CBP’s innovation strategy
  • Engaging with CBP Office of Chief Counsel to ensure innovation activities are fully compliant with CBP authorities
  • Engaging with CBP Office of Privacy to ensure innovation activities are fully compliant with CBP Privacy policies
  • Briefing senior leadership, congressional stakeholders, and others on CBP’s Innovation efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • 5-10 years’ experience working in an operational law enforcement, national security, homeland security, intelligence, or related environment
  • Experience working with operators to derive technology requirements to improve operator capabilities
  • Experience evaluating new hardware, software capabilities, and commercial data set capabilities for applicability in meeting operator needs
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Program management skills
  • Experience developing briefings of complex issues for a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Experience with autonomy enabling, analytics, artificial intelligence, or communications technologies a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree in relevant field a plus

Job Location: Washington DC

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

Travel: This position requires up to 25% travel.

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

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPACBP17
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Last modified: 
November 13, 2018
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