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  • Originally posted by Orleanian84 View Post
    Merlin, what's your take on this?
    The person at tsu told me that the port contacts them when they need people, and they in turn choose the next in line applicant, regarless of their gs grade. I remember that you explained the tsu process really well earlier in the forum, but I don't remember gs level ever being a discriminatory factor when waiting for a call?
    My understanding is that the hangup is more from qualifications and TO's than it is at the TSU level.
    TO's I was told are issued by tenative GS-grade level. Then, well before anybody reaches TSU there's the matter of qualifications. 7's tend to sit awaiting qualifications far longer than 5's.

    But...this is the government...you'll find often they make up the rules as they go...

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    • Just out of curiosity, should those of waiting for a job be concerned about funding drying up? The government is spending a lot of money it doesn't have, so I'm just wondering if I should start looking elsewhere for employment. I've held out this long because the job seems rewarding, and seems to offer a decent amount of job security. But now I'm doubting the job security.

      Also, what is the likelyhood of being laid off after you start working? I know as a new officer you are on a probationary period for sometime.

      I swear if something happens and I don't get the job after two years of jumping through hoops, I'm going to lose it.
      ICE IEA

      May 08 Written Test
      Feb 09 TO-Los Angeles
      March 09 Medical/PT/Drug Test
      July 09 Oral Board
      Background Started 11/16/09

      EOD 11/23/09 San Bernardino
      Academy class 006 12/03/09-04/13/10

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      • yes, that would suck .

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        • Anyone knows if there BI's have asked them if they got Tattoos? And does CBP stress over haveing Tattoos? Have not read it anywhere where they do. Thanks

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          • Originally posted by will0861 View Post
            Just out of curiosity, should those of waiting for a job be concerned about funding drying up? The government is spending a lot of money it doesn't have, so I'm just wondering if I should start looking elsewhere for employment. I've held out this long because the job seems rewarding, and seems to offer a decent amount of job security. But now I'm doubting the job security.

            Also, what is the likelyhood of being laid off after you start working? I know as a new officer you are on a probationary period for sometime.

            I swear if something happens and I don't get the job after two years of jumping through hoops, I'm going to lose it.
            Right now DHS is where it's at. they have the buget. All one has to do is look at the basic student population at fletc. And yes you will have job security. You have to do something really stupid to get canned, but that being said we have alot of people that do stupid things. As a new guy you're gonna make mistakes. Just don't do anything the agency cant cover you for.
            Don't tase me bro!!

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            • Originally posted by robeans View Post
              This is true. Ports do not hire based on either 5 or 7, both are considered "trainee's". If the port has a list of candidates ready for hire they just go down the list.
              That's how I understand it. 5 or 7 it really doesn't matter as far as the port is concerned. The difference is only about 6k. That really isn't a whole lot when considering the budget of a port is in the millions. And when it is further considered that the port doesn't hire you, you are assigned to the port by the Field Operations Office, where the budgets are very large, the 6k difference is irrelevant.
              But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

              For the intelectually challenged: If the government screws the people enough, it is the right and responsibility of the people to revolt and form a new government.

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              • What Kind of firearm do CBP Officers carry while on duty?
                CBPO - Miami
                Pre-Employment Forms - completed
                Qualifications - GS 5
                Medical Exam - completed
                Structured Interview - Completed
                Drug Screening - completed
                Background Investigation - Completed
                Fitness - completed

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                • How much does an entry level GL-5 and GL-7 make once at FLETC. Does your pay change at all once your at your port of choice (besides overtime)? Do you start getting paid immediatly once you enter FLETC or before that? Thanks guys.

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                  • Originally posted by FIU24 View Post
                    What Kind of firearm do CBP Officers carry while on duty?
                    .40S&W H&K P2000? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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                    • I understand about doing something stupid. I was wondering about being let go because of a budget cut, or working at a port that is "overstaffed". I guess I'm a little concerned what effects the economy will have on the job.







                      Originally posted by qixfeet View Post
                      Right now DHS is where it's at. they have the buget. All one has to do is look at the basic student population at fletc. And yes you will have job security. You have to do something really stupid to get canned, but that being said we have alot of people that do stupid things. As a new guy you're gonna make mistakes. Just don't do anything the agency cant cover you for.
                      ICE IEA

                      May 08 Written Test
                      Feb 09 TO-Los Angeles
                      March 09 Medical/PT/Drug Test
                      July 09 Oral Board
                      Background Started 11/16/09

                      EOD 11/23/09 San Bernardino
                      Academy class 006 12/03/09-04/13/10

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                      • Originally posted by merlin436 View Post
                        Sadly...they only offer a limited number of GS-07 slots. Once they're gone, they're gone.
                        I suppose if you're already making decent money...holding on for a 7 makes some sense. The folks I like to laugh at are the ''manager types working at Old Navy making 30K a year" who pass over a 5 and a pretty much guaranteed 38-60K+ to wait a year to until a 7 spot finally opens.
                        Yeah I can understand that.... Really I'm kicking myself for not paying attention to the CIS jobs as my ideal job is as an Adjudication Officer (Now Immigration Information Officer) or Asylum Officer...(I believe that they had a posting early summer for IIO). So, if in this eternal waiting game that position opens again all the better for me. Don't get me wrong, If I get the CBPO job I'd be just as thrilled.
                        CBPO:
                        EXAM: 8/08
                        NOR: 9/9/08 - 98
                        T.O.: 2/2/09
                        GEO - E. TX
                        Forms - 2/6/09
                        Quals - 4/13/09
                        Med - 2/27/09 Clr 4/10/09
                        VBT - 3/10/09 Clr 4/6/09
                        UDS - 6/24/09
                        BI - Met w. B.I. 4/12/09 clr 7/2/09
                        Fitness - 3/9/09
                        TSU - 7/2/09
                        ___________________

                        Law Enforcement Specialist (ICE)
                        GEO: VT
                        NOR: 99 (GS-11)
                        T.O.: 10/28/09
                        B.I.: clr 3/12/10
                        E.O.D.: 4/11/2010!!!

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                        • Originally posted by will0861 View Post
                          I understand about doing something stupid. I was wondering about being let go because of a budget cut, or working at a port that is "overstaffed". I guess I'm a little concerned what effects the economy will have on the job.
                          Get use to it. I don't know many people in any industry that aren't wondering about job security. The fears are everywhere. I think there is a lot more security in this position than in the private sector at this point though.

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                          • Washington-All Others is sending out the TOs. I emailed them yesterday regarding Geo changes, they told me I can not change it due to TO is already granted to me. I took the written test in Buffalo for Buffalo in Aug, got a 97. However, I received an email states my case has been inactived due to letter returned back to them by USPS. So I waited about a month to reapply by using the same test result, but Buffalo is no longer the location, so I picked Washington-All Others. This place is quick, only took 1 week for me to get a TO. huhhuhuhhu.
                            Integrity First
                            Service Before Self
                            Excellence In All We Do

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                            • Originally posted by will0861 View Post
                              Just out of curiosity, should those of waiting for a job be concerned about funding drying up? The government is spending a lot of money it doesn't have, so I'm just wondering if I should start looking elsewhere for employment. I've held out this long because the job seems rewarding, and seems to offer a decent amount of job security. But now I'm doubting the job security.

                              Also, what is the likelyhood of being laid off after you start working? I know as a new officer you are on a probationary period for sometime.

                              I swear if something happens and I don't get the job after two years of jumping through hoops, I'm going to lose it.
                              I have only been waiting about 8 months and I would flip out if they stop hiring in my area. Detroit has been hiring consistently for so long now that I'm becoming concerned that their vacancies are being filled up and I will just have to wait for someone to leave before I move up the list. In the meantime, for some reason my BI is taking forever to clear and it is giving me anxiety. I'm checking my mail every day for a NOPA even though I can't think of any reason that I might get one.

                              Anyway....as for job security. Part of the reason that I applied for a job with the DHS is because I believe that budgeting for homeland security will be the last thing cut in a post Sept. 11 America. I see the DHS as a growing giant that the US is counting on to stop another attack on our sovereignty, security and way of life.

                              Just my thoughts anyway.
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                              EOD: March 30th
                              FLETC: May 6th

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                              • Originally posted by will0861 View Post
                                I understand about doing something stupid. I was wondering about being let go because of a budget cut, or working at a port that is "overstaffed". I guess I'm a little concerned what effects the economy will have on the job.
                                I wouldn't worry all that much. I seriously doubt that anyone far along in the current pipeline will not be looking at a potential job, or that anyone on the 'inside' will be forced out due to budgeting.

                                'Overstaffed' ports? Yeah, right. Maybe if hours were reduced somehow, but there's not many places where that's likely to happen. Might it affect a handful of officers here or there...possibly. I doubt you'd see anyone let go though, the union would fight that tooth and nail. Relocated...maybe.

                                If something was to happen, you'd first see hiring stopped. Since next year's budget is pretty much in place, you'd likely wouldn't see that happen before 2010. Next, before a reduction in force you'd see early retirement offered across the service. I don't believe this agency or any parent agency has ever had a need to do a RIF.

                                One big thing to remember...CBP/OFO is one of a few government agencies that actually brings in more cash for Uncle Sugar than he pays out to run the show. Hundreds of millions of dollars are brought in through the ports in customs, commercial, and immigration fees each day. We're one of the biggest cash cows going for the 'G'. I doubt that Uncle Sugar has any plans to cut into OFO in any meaningful way.

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