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  • I have a question about CASS that I am not sure of. If you are issued a NOPA can you still log into CASS, or are you locked out?
    Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. - Seneca

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    • cbp test

      I just got my notice of results and I scored an 82 on the test.. My geographical preference was south texas the rio grande valley. Does anyone know if the score is good enough to get called and how long is the average wait time for that area? I am currently a GS-7 with the Border Patrol and have been in for over a year now, will this help me in the hiring process. The only reason i am applying is because I dont like the city i was stationed at. Thanks for the help

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      • Originally posted by TPA3312 View Post
        I have a question about CASS that I am not sure of. If you are issued a NOPA can you still log into CASS, or are you locked out?
        TPA, I am not locked out of CASS and I have the pending "withdraw of tentative offer" My CASS just shows the same pendings it always has

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        • Background Investigation

          HEY CBP PRO's

          Off my CASS account it reads my Background Investigation is COMPLETE,
          but I have never met my BI investigator. Is it possible I never will have to meet the BI ?
          - thanks for ur time.

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          • Originally posted by DirtStyx View Post
            TPA, I am not locked out of CASS and I have the pending "withdraw of tentative offer" My CASS just shows the same pendings it always has
            A few answers for some questions i've come across in the last few pages:

            First off, NOPA is a funny phrase because unless you resign or get fired from CBP and get an official form, you'll never see this paperwork. I myself got "a letter" asking for more information reguarding my 2 dui's and resignation from cbp in 2007. Nowhere on it was the letters N-O-P-A. I recently found out my response was forwarded for review on 5/11/09. So as you can see it can take a while. And yes, im still in CASS as BI "pending".

            Second, assuming you enterd your info correctly, if your CASS says "your info was not found in our database", that means you've been dropped. I say this because i know for a fact that that is the case. Mind you the system might be acting up, but if you cant access CASS via phone or internet you are f'd.

            Just a few tidbits of info that i wanted to pass along, and trust me, i know what im saying to be the facts.

            Good luck all.

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            • Originally posted by SDCBP View Post
              HEY CBP PRO's

              Off my CASS account it reads my Background Investigation is COMPLETE,
              but I have never met my BI investigator. Is it possible I never will have to meet the BI ?
              - thanks for ur time.
              No, everyone has to met with an investigator. Most likely you have a provisional clearance since you had no apparent red flags on your SF86. Once you get to FLETC you will met with an investigator.
              Last edited by TPA3312; 06-11-2009, 09:03 PM.
              Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. - Seneca

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              • Originally posted by barnaj View Post
                A few answers for some questions i've come across in the last few pages:

                First off, NOPA is a funny phrase because unless you resign or get fired from CBP and get an official form, you'll never see this paperwork. I myself got "a letter" asking for more information reguarding my 2 dui's and resignation from cbp in 2007. Nowhere on it was the letters N-O-P-A. I recently found out my response was forwarded for review on 5/11/09. So as you can see it can take a while. And yes, im still in CASS as BI "pending".

                Second, assuming you enterd your info correctly, if your CASS says "your info was not found in our database", that means you've been dropped. I say this because i know for a fact that that is the case. Mind you the system might be acting up, but if you cant access CASS via phone or internet you are f'd.

                Just a few tidbits of info that i wanted to pass along, and trust me, i know what im saying to be the facts.

                Good luck all.
                Damn! You talked your way into a LE job with 2 DUIs I'm impressed. My BI has been pending status for 7+ months. I'm concerned I'm a possible candidate for one of those too. My background investigator wrapped things up 4 months ago, and I haven't been contacted by IA. I'm assuming that my BI is complete and just awaiting adjudication, or is the investigation still ongoing? There is one thing that I think might be holding things up. When my BI came to my National Guard Unit one of the administrative NCOs freely disclosed that we (my unit) were alerted to deploy in the fall of 2009. Big NO NO. I have to assume my BI included that information in his report. I know that CBP cannot discriminate on the basis of my military obligation, but who's to say that in light of that information my file may have been placed at the bottom of the stack. Why clear someone just so they can accept the job, complete training then deploy? Then, you have to hire a replacement for that person, and when that person returns pay them a higher pay grade because he/she time overseas counts as time served. I have an eerie suspicion that if I don't get a NOPA I'll clear just before or after I deploy. I really got screwed by my Unit on this one.

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                • Originally posted by short_timer View Post
                  Hey guys, I checked CASS today and it says

                  "Your SSN and Application ID(s) were not found in the database. Please try again. Remember, this service only applies to applicants that applied for an entry level position with the Department of Homeland Security."

                  Is this a bad omen? All I was waiting for was my BI to clear
                  It's probably a computer error. Try again.

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                  • Originally posted by rbakous1 View Post
                    Damn! You talked your way into a LE job with 2 DUIs I'm impressed. My BI has been pending status for 7+ months. I'm concerned I'm a possible candidate for one of those too. My background investigator wrapped things up 4 months ago, and I haven't been contacted by IA. I'm assuming that my BI is complete and just awaiting adjudication, or is the investigation still ongoing? There is one thing that I think might be holding things up. When my BI came to my National Guard Unit one of the administrative NCOs freely disclosed that we (my unit) were alerted to deploy in the fall of 2009. Big NO NO. I have to assume my BI included that information in his report. I know that CBP cannot discriminate on the basis of my military obligation, but who's to say that in light of that information my file may have been placed at the bottom of the stack. Why clear someone just so they can accept the job, complete training then deploy? Then, you have to hire a replacement for that person, and when that person returns pay them a higher pay grade because he/she time overseas counts as time served. I have an eerie suspicion that if I don't get a NOPA I'll clear just before or after I deploy. I really got screwed by my Unit on this one.
                    Im also in the Air National Guard.

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                    • Originally posted by anthony30 View Post
                      just another guy in tsu giving his info.. just passing it along for all to see and read...

                      "I called the TSU today and asked the person whether there was any hiring freeze in place ? I also asked him if it was true that they would not be making any calls for another 4-6 months ? He said that they made calls to 10 CBPO applicants yesterday and that there was no truth to these rumors. He said that he also heard on a website that someone sighted a UFO which does not necessarily mean is true...So he asked me not to pay any attention to such claims.

                      Finally he said that they were waiting for the Headquarter to release funding for the new fiscal year which he said would take another 1-2 weeks when the hiring process would start to pick up.

                      very happy about this...I hope he is right and we don't have to wait till October to see some action!

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                      • Originally posted by barnaj View Post
                        Im also in the Air National Guard.

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                        • Originally posted by colinm112 View Post
                          So I was out front of my apartment building and I saw a CBPO walking his dog in what I could only assume was his uniform.. Cargo pants, utility belt, gun, black boots, and a tshirt that said CBPO and something else on it tucked into his pants.

                          My question is, does the uniform vary or is there a place I can go to see what everyone is supposed to wear? I would think that an officer might wear different attire based on where they work or what their duty is? This guy looked all "tactical" for lack of a better word. Honestly I thought what he was wearing looked comfortable and hoped the port of miami would allow that - or am I to expect a stiff uniform that doesnt fit well?

                          So whats the final say on uniforms?
                          That would be a (mostly) class 4 uniform. Used for cargo and seen mostly in seaports and land borders.

                          Class 1 is "formal wear". Used for funerals and other "dress up" applications.
                          Class 2 is "fancy". Used for dedicated passenger processing; mostly seen at airports.
                          Class 3 is "normal". Used pretty much everywhere outside of dedicated passenger processing.

                          When I've got a few spare minutes, I'll see if I can find some pictures.

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                          • Virgin Islands

                            Went into TSU in May, just wondering if anyone knew anything of the hiring needs in the Virgin Islands or any info regarding CBPs in St. Thomas? ie: average wait? Thanks!

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                            • End of week 2 of pre-academy at Dulles.

                              Today I’ve got paid to… walk around with some dope in my pocket around the airport; seriously!

                              If possession of government-issued weed sounds like a dream job to you keep in mind there were few mean K-9s on my tail. Yes, they use new officers as dog baits! Truth be told I have volunteered for that exercise since I’m all done with the video training they had for us for the pre-academy and it started to get boring in there (except for counting hours till FLETC).

                              Those four legged bastards were simply amazing. I had a pack of smokes with few joints inside in my front shirt pocket; I would hide my id, and just stand in line with passengers minding my own business and the dog would find me each and every time. Dogs are trained to simply sit and wait if they’ll find something; since I was in civilian clothes and with no ID some grandma gave me this look of deep disapproval when the dog ‘got me’

                              Each dog costs 6 to 8 grand, goes through few months of training, and is certified, as well as his ‘handler’. One needs to be with CBP for at least 3 years to even apply for K9 and supposedly the spots are quite difficult to get. But if you plan to smuggle something and K9 happens to work the terminal – good luck to you.

                              Another experience: google ‘bushmeat’. People bring that stuff from Africa – it is simply raw, uncooked, unprocessed meat, sometimes with pieces of fur still attached… they will wrap it in plastic and try to smuggle it into the country. When Agriculture Specialist intercepts one of those packages and opens it… there are maggots and flies in it… but the smell… I’m sorry about writing about the smells so much… the smell is something one has to experience to believe it… I had to actively flex my stomach muscles to keep my breakfast down and hightailed away from the Secondary Inspection area… they say you can get used to the smell after some time… I’m not entirely convinced if that is possible.

                              After two weeks on the job it does look even better then when I’ve started – I cannot say how other people will experience it – but to me it is simply awesome. So, hang in there, work on getting your CASS all green, count the days in TSU, keep on lowering that 1.5 miles time – this job is certainly worth the wait!
                              CBPO Timeline
                              Geo: Virginia and D.C. Test: 12/10/08
                              NOR: 12/20/08 (86%) TO: 02/02/09
                              Forms: 02/11/09 VBT: 02/25/09
                              Medical: 03/03/09 Fitness: 03/03/09
                              Drug Test: 03/12/09 Qualifications: 03/26/09
                              BI: 04/09/09 (my B-day gift!)
                              Met with Investigator: 04/15/09 TSU: 04/10/09
                              The Call: 05/01/09 10.30am
                              EOD: 06/01/09 -- Dulles Airport
                              FLETC: 07/01/09 -- Class 957
                              Graduation: 10/14/09

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                              • Email for TSU

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                                Last edited by Gbeck422; 06-12-2009, 01:32 AM. Reason: found the answer

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