Field Operations CBP Agriculture Specialist


Vacancy ID: 628903   Announcement Number: AGS 13-1   USAJOBS Control Number: 325845400

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628903
1. Title of Job

Field Operations CBP Agriculture Specialist
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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 CBP AGRICULTURE SPECIALIST

21. Geographic Availability

152400003 Honolulu, HI
99HSBD001 CBP - Southwest US
99HSBD002 CBP - Northwest US
99HSBD003 CBP - Midwest US
99HSBD004 CBP - Northeast US
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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

1. GS-5 - Which of the following statements best describes your experience and/or education?

A. A Bachelor's Degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 AND a major in one of the following fields: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; OR A Master's Degree in one of the following majors: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; OR One year of experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions; OR One year of experience reviewing/analyzing passenger, conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.
B. A Bachelor's Degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 or higher (but less than 3.0) AND a major in one of the following fields: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; OR A Bachelor's Degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher AND a major in biological science, agriculture, animal science, natural resource management or chemistry; OR A Master's Degree in biological science, agriculture, animal science, natural resource management or chemistry; OR One year of experience working as a trainee inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases where you applied clear, detailed and directly applicable instructions; OR One year of experience working as a trainee reviewing/analyzing passenger, conveyance, cargo and or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry where you applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.
C. A full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's Degree or higher that included a major field of study in biological sciences (including botany, entomology and plant pathology), agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a closely related field; OR Completion of at least 24 semester hours in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline plus appropriate experience such as working in areas of pest control, pesticide application, x-ray or environmental monitoring, farm management or other related experience in disease control, insect detection/eradication or pest control.
D. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

If you chose response A, B or C in question one, provide several brief examples of your experience including the dates you gained this experience.  Include the name and telephone number of a supervisor who can verify your claim.  If you chose any other response, indicate "not applicable."

2. GS-7 - Which of the following statements best describes your experience and/or education?

A. A Bachelor's Degree with a GPA of at least 3.5 AND a major in one of the following fields: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; OR A Master's Degree in one of the following fields: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; OR One year of experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases and safeguarding/confiscating prohibited items or treating infested materials where you independently applied judgment to determine the type of action needed when encountering items not covered in written guidelines; OR One year of experience reviewing/analyzing passenger, conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents, databases and tactical intelligence to assess the agricultural risk of their entry where you independently applied judgment to determine the type of action needed when encountering items not covered in written guidelines.
B. A Bachelor's Degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (but less than 3.5) AND a major in one of the following fields: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; OR A Bachelor's Degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher AND a major in biological science, agriculture, animal science, natural resource management or chemistry; OR A Master's Degree in biological science, agriculture, animal science, natural resource management or chemistry; OR One year of experience inspecting vessels of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases and confiscating/safeguarding prohibited items or treating infested materials where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions; OR One year of experience reviewing/analyzing passenger, conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents, databases and tactical intelligence to assess the agricultural risk of their entry, where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.
C. A full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's Degree or higher that included a major field of study in biological sciences (including botany, entomology and plant pathology), agriculture, animal science, natural resource management, chemistry or a closely related field AND one year of specialized experience working as a trainee inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft and baggage for the presence of restricted plant material, pests or diseases or as trainee conducting a review/analysis of passenger and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry; OR A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. (To include 24 semester hours in biological sciences, chemistry, natural resource management, animal science, agriculture or other closely related field); OR One full year of graduate education in a course of study in biological science, agriculture, animal science, natural resources management, chemistry or other closely related qualifying field, obtained from an accredited college or university that demonstrates the skills necessary to do the work of the position; OR A combination of education and experience. The education must have included at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a closely related field (e.g., botany, entomology). Examples of experience include working as a trainee inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft and baggage for the presence of restricted plant material, pests or diseases or as trainee conducting a review/analysis of passenger and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry.
D. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

If you chose response A, B or C in question two, provide several brief examples of your experience including the dates you gained this experience. Include the name and telephone number of a supervisor who can verify your claim. If you chose any other response, indicate "not applicable."

3. GS-9 - Which of the following statements best describes your experience and/or
education?

A. A Master's Degree in one of the following fields: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science, weed science, chemistry, natural resource management, animal science, agriculture or biological science AND one year of specialized experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.
B. A Master's Degree, or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, in one of the following fields: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science, weed science, chemistry, natural resource management, agriculture, animal science or biological science; OR A Bachelor's Degree including at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, animal science, natural resource management, chemistry or a closely related field (e.g., botany, entomology) AND two years of specialized experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests, or diseases where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions. Note: 18 or 36 semester hours of graduate level education may be substituted for one or two years of experience, respectively; OR A Bachelor's Degree including at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, animal science, natural resource management, chemistry or a closely related field (e.g., botany, entomology) AND two years of specialized experience reviewing/analyzing passenger conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions. Note: 18 or 36 semester hours of graduate level education may be substituted for one or two years of experience, respectively.
C. A Master's Degree in biological sciences of a subject not listed in Category B (i.e. physics, geology or a related discipline appropriate to the position).
D. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.


If you chose response A, B or C in question three, provide several brief examples of your experience including the dates you gained this experience. Include the name and telephone number of a supervisor who can verify your claim. If you chose any other response, indicate "not applicable."

4. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a residency requirement that applies to all applicants except current CBP employees; CBP requires that during the three (3) years prior to applying for this position, individuals must have: physically resided in the United States or it protectorates or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations), worked for the U.S. government as an employee overseas in a Federal or military capacity; and/or been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas. Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples of state-side coverage information include: the address of the company headquarters where the applicant’s personnel file is located, the state-side address of the Professor in charge of the applicant’s “Study Abroad” program, the church records for the applicant’s overseas church missions, and/or the addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas. If selected for a position, applicants must provide this information when filing their application for employment.

A. Yes, I meet the residency requirement. I physically resided within the United States or its protectorates or territories, I worked for the U.S. Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or military capacity, and/or I was a dependent of a U.S. Federal or military employee serving overseas.
B. No, I do not meet the residency requirement and am therefore requesting an exception. I can provide documentation from a stateside based company, school, religious organization, and/or individual(s) who will account for any periods of my residency outside of the United States during the last three years.
C. No, I do not meet the residency requirement and am not requesting an exception.
D. The residency requirement does not apply to me because I am currently a CBP employee.

New recruits to the Agriculture Specialist job receive extensive training before beginning official duties. Please answer the following questions with the understanding that you will be trained before assuming duty as an Agriculture Specialist. These questions represent some, but not all, of the essential functions of the Agriculture Specialist occupation.

By answering “No” to one or more of the following questions, you will be disqualified from further consideration for the position of Agriculture Specialist.

5. Applicants are required to undergo and successfully pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and must submit to random drug testing after employment. Will you comply with this requirement?

A. Yes
B. No

6. Agriculture Specialists may be exposed to people who carry infectious diseases. Will you work under these conditions?

A. Yes
B. No

7. Agriculture Specialists are required to complete successfully a rigorous nine to ten week training program in Frederick, Maryland. Will you attend such training?

A. Yes
B. No

8. Some Agriculture Specialists will be assigned to small, remote locations or large metropolitan areas in which there are people whose cultures are significantly different from their own. If assigned to such an area, will you accept that assignment?

A. Yes
B. No

9. Are you willing to work with others on a professional basis, with mutual respect, regardless of racial, cultural, religious, political or other differences?

A. Yes
B. No

10. Will you enforce all Federal laws without exception regardless of your personal feelings about these laws and regulations?

A. Yes
B. No

11. Agriculture Specialists may be exposed to all kinds of weather and environmental conditions, such as contact with potentially harmful substances (hazardous materials), vehicle exhaust fumes, and slippery surfaces. Employees will be provided appropriate personal protective equipment for all of these conditions. Will you work under these conditions?

A. Yes
B. No

12. Agriculture Specialists may be required to engage in strenuous physical exertion, such as heavy lifting, crouching or crawling in restricted areas, climbing, and running. Will you work under conditions that require these types of physical demands?

A. Yes
B. No

13. Agriculture Specialists are sometimes required to travel for conferences, training, or special operations. Will you be willing to travel?

A. Yes
B. No

Applicant Acknowledgment of Affirmative Response: Please type your signature and date below to certify that you answered "Yes" to all questions #9 to #17 above:

Applicant Acknowledgment of Disqualification: Please type your signature and date below to certify that you understand by answering "No" to one or more of the above questions #9 to #17; you have disqualified yourself from further consideration for the position of Agriculture Specialist.

14. Agriculture Specialists are required to work overtime as a condition of employment. Are you willing to work overtime as assigned?

A. Yes
B. No

15. Agriculture Specialists are required to wear a prescribed uniform and to conform to established grooming standards. Will you comply with these requirements?

A. Yes
B. No

If you answered "no" to question 18 or 19, you have not disqualified yourself from further consideration for the Agriculture Specialist position. However, you will be required to submit additional information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Minneapolis Hiring Center (MHC) for review. You will receive an email within the next 48 hours that contains instructions about submitting the additional information. As the email will explain, this information must be submitted within 10 days, and you may ultimately be found ineligible for consideration based on your "no" response.

The following questions will be used to rate applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements.

If you are determined to be qualified and eligible for this position at the GS-5 grade level, you will be considered within a category that best reflects your education and/or experience.  Please read the following category definitions and then answer the question by choosing the appropriate category.  Remember, the information you provide may be verified -- any exaggeration of your education or experience may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

Category A consists of any of the following:  1) A Bachelor's Degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and a major in one of the following preferred majors:  agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; 2) A Master's Degree in one of the following preferred majors:  agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; 3) One year of experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo,
agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decision; or 4) One year of experience reviewing/analyzing passenger conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.

Category B consists of any of the following:  1) A Bachelor's Degree with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher (but less than 3.0) and a major in one of  the following preferred majors:  agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; 2) A Bachelor's Degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and a major in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management or chemistry; 3) A Master's Degree in biological science, agriculture, natural  resource management or chemistry; 4) One year of experience working as a trainee on the inspection of vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases where you applied clear, detailed and directly applicable instructions; or 5) One year of experience working as a trainee  reviewing/analyzing passenger, conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry, where you applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.

Category C consists of any of the following:  1) A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological science (including botany, entomology and plant pathology), agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines (e.g., ecology); or 2) Completion of at least 24 semester hours in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline plus appropriate experience such as working in areas of pest control, pesticide application, x-ray or environmental monitoring, farm management or other related experience in disease control, insect detection/eradication or pest control.

16. Based on the above definitions, which category reflects your education and/or
experience?

 

A. Category A
B. Category B
C. Category C

The following questions will be used to rate applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements.

If you are determined to be qualified and eligible for this position at the GS-7 grade level, you will be considered within a category that best reflects your education and/or experience.  Please read the following category definitions and then answer the question by choosing the appropriate category.  Remember, the information you provide may be verified - any exaggeration of your education or experience may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

Category A consists of any of the following:  1) A Bachelor's Degree with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a major in one of the following preferred majors: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; 2) A Master's Degree in one of the following preferred majors:  agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; 3) One year of experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo,
agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases and safeguarding/confiscating prohibited items or treating infested material where you independently applied judgment to determine the type of action needed when encountering items not covered in written guidelines; or 4) One year of experience reviewing/analyzing passenger, conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents, databases and tactical intelligence to assess the agricultural risk of their entry where you independently applied judgment to determine the type of action needed when encountering items not covered in written guidelines.

Category B consists of any of the following:  1) A Bachelor's Degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (but less than 3.5) and a major in one of the following preferred majors:  agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science; 2) A Bachelor's Degree with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a major in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management or chemistry; 3) A Master's Degree in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management or chemistry; 4) One year of experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases and either safeguarding and confiscating prohibited items or treating infested material where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions; or 5) One year of experience reviewing/analyzing passenger, conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents, databases and tactical intelligence to assess the agricultural risk of their entry, where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.

Category C consists of any of the following: 1) A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological science (including botany, entomology and plant pathology), agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines and possess one year of specialized experience working as a trainee inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft and baggage for the presence of restricted plant materials, pests or diseases or as a trainee conducting a review/analysis of passenger and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry; 2) A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision or membership in a national scholastic honor society; 3) One year of full-time graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university that demonstrates the skills necessary to do the work of the position (A course of study in biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related field is qualifying); or 4) A combination of education and experience. The education must have included at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a related discipline appropriate to the position. Examples of experience include working as a trainee on the inspection of vessels, vehicles, aircraft and baggage for the presence of restricted plant materials, pests or diseases or as a trainee conducting a review/analysis of passenger and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry.

17. Based on the above definitions, which category reflects your education and/or
experience?

A. Category A
B. Category B
C. Category C


The following questions will be used to rate applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements.

If you are determined to be qualified and eligible for this position at the GS-9 grade level, you will be considered within a category that best reflects your education and/or experience.  Please read the following category definitions and then answer the question by choosing the appropriate category.  Remember, the information you provide may be verified - any exaggeration of your education or experience may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

Category A consists of the following:  A Master's Degree in one of the following fields: agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science, chemistry, natural resource management or agriculture AND one year of experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decision.

Category B consists of any of the following:  1) A Master's Degree, or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, in one of the following fields:  agronomy, botany, cell biology, crop science, ecology, entomology, forestry, horticulture, microbiology, mycology, nematology, pest management, plant pathology, plant physiology, plant science, soil science or weed science, chemistry, natural resource management or agriculture; 2) A Bachelor's Degree including at least 24 hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a closely related field (e.g., botany, entomology) and two years of experience inspecting vessels, vehicles, aircraft, cargo, agriculture commodities and baggage for the presence of regulated and/or restricted plant material, pests or diseases where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.  (18 hours of graduate level education may be substituted for 1 year of experience.); 3) A Bachelor's Degree including at least 24 hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or a closely related field (e.g., botany, entomology) and two years of experience reviewing/ analyzing passenger conveyance, cargo and/or commodity documents to assess the agricultural risk of their entry where you independently applied proven techniques and practices and made easily identifiable decisions.  (18 hours of graduate level education may be substituted for 1 year of experience.)

Category C consists of the following:  A Master's Degree in biological sciences of a subject not listed in Category B (i.e., physics, geology or a related discipline appropriate to the position).

18. Based on the above definitions, which category reflects your education and/or
experience?

A. Category A
B. Category B
C. Category C

Your application may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.  This verification could occur at any stage of the application process.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

19. If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "pass," "satisfactory" or better?

A. Yes
B. No
C. I am a Federal employee but have not received a performance rating.
D. Not applicable. I am not a Federal employee.

If you are not a current Federal employee, please provide the names and telephone numbers of three professional references (e.g., current and former supervisors, college or university professors, managers or coordinators of volunteer activities, etc.) who know your qualifications relative to this position and who we can contact to verify your credentials.  Do not list personal friends or relatives.

20. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year?

A. Yes
B. No

21. All applicants must undergo an intensive background investigation. The background investigation focuses on your honesty, reliability, police record, financial record, use of alcohol and drugs, mental health, and employment record. The background investigation includes interviews with your past and present employers, neighbors, teachers, and references, as well as checks of law enforcement, credit, educational, medical, and other records. The Department of Homeland Security reviews your completed background investigation to determine if you are suitable for employment and meet security standards. The Department of Homeland Security may contact you for additional information to attempt to resolve issues developed by your background investigation. This gives you an opportunity to explain or refute information in your background investigation before a final decision is made. If you are found unsuitable, you cannot be employed as an Agriculture Specialist. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation for this position?

A. Yes
B. No

22. Within the last 7 years, have you used, tried, sold, experimented, purchased, manufactured, or distributed a non-prescribed controlled substance (ie, marijuana, anabolic steroids, ecstasy, oxycontin, rohypnol, GHB, ketamine, cocaine, methamphetamine, mushrooms, heroin, PCP, LSD, opium, hash?

A. Never
B. 0-12 Months ago
C. 13-24 Months ago
D. 25-36 Months ago
E. 37-72 Months ago
F. 73-84 Months ago

23. After the age of 18, did you ever enter the United States illegally; overstay an authorized period of admission; reside, work, or attend school in the United States without status; violate or assist another to violate immigration or customs laws (ie, smuggle an alien(s), harbor/shelter an illegal alien(s), intentionally fail to declare merchandise or funds as required, make false claim to U.S. citizenship, attempt to enter the United States using fraudulent or counterfeit documents or documents belonging to another, etc.); or were you ever removed or deported from the United States?

A. Yes
B. No

24. Are you married to/living or residing with any person who is illegally in the United States (ie, out of status, overstayed visa)?

A. Yes
B. No

25. Do you currently have any pending charges against you?

A. Yes
B. No

If you said Yes to question 25, please provide a brief explanation of charges.

26. Are you currently delinquent on Federal Debt for 90 days or more (ie, taxes, overpayment of benefits, federal guaranteed or insured loans, such as student and home mortgage loans)?

A. Yes
B. No

27.

Certification.  I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information contained in my online application for Federal Employment, is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith.  I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question or item on any part of my online application may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment or both.  (See section 1001 of title 18, United States Code).

By clicking the ‘Yes’ Box below, I certify that the information I have provided is true to the best of my knowledge.

A. Yes
B. No