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  • Originally posted by sory_ann View Post
    Hello guys, does anyone know what the process is to work at a seaport? I was assigned Newark airport but I was wondering if officers rotate between ports or something along those lines 😉
    You have to bid for seaport at the beggining of the fiscal year and its seniority based at ewr. Currently you have to be at least a 2007 EOD to get it.

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    • submitted the eqip in August... still no word. good news I guess

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      • Originally posted by thaiboxing87 View Post
        submitted the eqip in August... still no word. good news I guess
        The process is long... Hang in there.

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        • Originally posted by thaiboxing87 View Post
          submitted the eqip in August... still no word. good news I guess
          Same here good luck

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          • 2 questions:

            1) as a new officer at a large airport, do you start with very low seniority, meaning you can only bid for unpopular schedules like the overnight shift?

            2) does the 5-6 month FLETC academy time count towards 1 year for promotion/pay grade up? in other words, if you start as a GS-7, can you apply for GS-9 only after 6 months on the job?

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            • Originally posted by thaiboxing87 View Post
              2 questions:

              1) as a new officer at a large airport, do you start with very low seniority, meaning you can only bid for unpopular schedules like the overnight shift?

              2) does the 5-6 month FLETC academy time count towards 1 year for promotion/pay grade up? in other words, if you start as a GS-7, can you apply for GS-9 only after 6 months on the job?
              1. Yes you start at the bottom, you can bid for whatever you want, you might not get it, but you're free to bid for whatever. Overnight isn't as unpopular as you'd think btw.

              2. You don't apply for promotions, they happen automatically until GS-12. Your probation starts on your EOD date. Yes, it includes the pre-academy, academy, and post-academy..


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              EOD - 08/2014
              FLETC - 9/14 - 01/15
              DUTY LOC - JFK (CENTRAL EAST)

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              • I myself would prefer overnight.

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                • Originally posted by juniorspades View Post
                  1. Yes you start at the bottom, you can bid for whatever you want, you might not get it, but you're free to bid for whatever. Overnight isn't as unpopular as you'd think btw.

                  2. You don't apply for promotions, they happen automatically until GS-12. Your probation starts on your EOD date. Yes, it includes the pre-academy, academy, and post-academy..
                  Sent from my iPhone - CBPO
                  but remember, In Federal Service you can be removed for cause during that first year..... I've known plenty who had an option of removal or resignation just for "not being a good fit" with the department

                  The probationary/trial period is the final and most significant step in the examining process for determining a new employee’s capacity for continued Federal employment because it provides the indispensable test of performance on the job. During the probationary/trial period, the employee’s conduct and performance in the actual duties of his/her position must be observed and evaluated, and the employee may be separated from the service, before the probationary/trial period ends, without undue formality if circumstances warrant.
                  Last edited by PHSeaBee; 10-02-2015, 05:36 PM.

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                  • Originally posted by thaiboxing87 View Post
                    2 questions:

                    1) as a new officer at a large airport, do you start with very low seniority, meaning you can only bid for unpopular schedules like the overnight shift?

                    2) does the 5-6 month FLETC academy time count towards 1 year for promotion/pay grade up? in other words, if you start as a GS-7, can you apply for GS-9 only after 6 months on the job?
                    1. Yes. The exact particulars of what seniority will do for you will vary from port to port but you have the gist of it.

                    2. "On the job" starts from the first minute on the day you start employment. 52 weeks from that date, you'll see the relevant bump in pay grade, barring some extremely rare exceptions.

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                    • Originally posted by Lethal View Post
                      I myself would prefer overnight.

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                      Whats the night differential like 10%?

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                      • Originally posted by Ashan646 View Post
                        Whats the night differential like 10%?
                        Night diff is 15%, overnight diff (regular shift that crosses 4am) is 20%


                        Sent from my iPhone - CBPO
                        EOD - 08/2014
                        FLETC - 9/14 - 01/15
                        DUTY LOC - JFK (CENTRAL EAST)

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                        • Thanks for the responses people. Sounds just like another DHS agency (non-LE) I used to work for with the bidding and probation thing. Night diff starts at 6 pm I believe, plus you get Sunday diff as well, plus double hours if you work on a holiday. There's more details on the OPM site.

                          What about going into other bureaus, is it easier to get into once you're in as a CBPO (internal announcements)? Can you apply even while on probationary? I eventually want to do intel and/or investigative work, hoping that this Master's will pay off..

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                          • Originally posted by thaiboxing87 View Post
                            Thanks for the responses people. Sounds just like another DHS agency (non-LE) I used to work for with the bidding and probation thing. Night diff starts at 6 pm I believe, plus you get Sunday diff as well, plus double hours if you work on a holiday. There's more details on the OPM site.

                            What about going into other bureaus, is it easier to get into once you're in as a CBPO (internal announcements)? Can you apply even while on probationary? I eventually want to do intel and/or investigative work, hoping that this Master's will pay off..
                            The pay rules differ for CBPOs from standard government employees. CBPOs are covered under COPRA.
                            Basically, shift differentials include 15 percent for the majority of hours worked between 1500 and 2300 and a 20 percent differential for majority hours worked between 2300 and 0700.
                            Holidays are 100% differential. Sundays are 50% Overtime is 2X base pay. Overtime on a basic schedule occurs with either or both of anytime exceeding an 8 hour workday or a 40 hour workweek. There's no combining of differentials (ex. working a midnight shift on a Sunday which happens to be a holiday. ) Highest applicable differential is paid. (In my example, that's 100% holiday pay).

                            Alternative work schedules basically see overtime as any work outside of the scheduled work day. Differentials work the same... so it's possible to work a 12 hour AWS shift and receive 12 hours of holiday, Sunday or evening/night diff. pay.

                            There's little benefit to being a CBPO as far as internal announcements to other agencies. If you want to move elsewhere, you'll be pretty much doing the same process as any street hire.

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                            • Lots of new info here that I wasn't aware of. Thanks Merlin.

                              2200-0600 definitely seems like the best shift for this job.

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                              • Originally posted by merlin436 View Post
                                The pay rules differ for CBPOs from standard government employees. CBPOs are covered under COPRA.
                                Basically, shift differentials include 15 percent for the majority of hours worked between 1500 and 2300 and a 20 percent differential for majority hours worked between 2300 and 0700.
                                Holidays are 100% differential. Sundays are 50% Overtime is 2X base pay. Overtime on a basic schedule occurs with either or both of anytime exceeding an 8 hour workday or a 40 hour workweek. There's no combining of differentials (ex. working a midnight shift on a Sunday which happens to be a holiday. ) Highest applicable differential is paid. (In my example, that's 100% holiday pay).

                                Alternative work schedules basically see overtime as any work outside of the scheduled work day. Differentials work the same... so it's possible to work a 12 hour AWS shift and receive 12 hours of holiday, Sunday or evening/night diff. pay.

                                There's little benefit to being a CBPO as far as internal announcements to other agencies. If you want to move elsewhere, you'll be pretty much doing the same process as any street hire.
                                Thanks, hopefully there'll be plenty of OT... For the internal announcements, I meant operational and mission support gigs within CBP offices like intel research specialist, trade specialist, policy analyst, internal affairs, not other agencies.

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