Passport Specialist GS-5/7 Full Promotion Ladder GS-11

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

About the organization

Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. CA is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, for the issuance of passports and other documentation to citizens and nationals, and for the protection of U.S. border security and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States. CA also has a significant domestic presence, most notably the 29 U.S. Passport agencies and centers, 26 of which deal directly with the U.S. public. These far-reaching consular activities have broad foreign policy and domestic political implications and involve serious legal, humanitarian, and management concerns. Responsibility for these functions is vested within the Department of State in the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs and for their implementation abroad in consular officers assigned to embassies and consulates abroad.


This position is located in the Adjudication Section of 18 different Passport Agencies where the incumbents serve on a rotational basis in the Regular Adjudication and Public Application Units. Incumbents receive and examine passport applications for completeness and verification of the identity of the application and examine the evidence of citizenship submitted with the application to determine authenticity.


• Receives and examines applications for the issuance, amendment and replacement of passports forwarded by acceptance agents or presented in person by applicants or applicants' representatives.
• Reviews applications for completeness, affirmation of truthfulness, presence and authenticity of required entries, signatures and photographs, and fees.
• Examines evidence of citizenship to determine authenticity and adequacy in relation to required laws, regulations and procedures for the issuance of passports, and to confirm facts as recorded on application.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.
Applicants applying for the GS-05 must meet one of the qualification requirements listed below:

General Experience:

A. Completion of three years of general experience, one of which was equivalent to the GS-04 level, involving the analysis, explanation, application, or interpretation of laws, rules, regulations, procedures, etc. Qualifying general experience may have been gained as a law clerk, contact representative, claims examiner, voucher examiner, or similar work with a government or private employer.

B. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree.

C. Combination of education and experience.
If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript with your application and if selected an official college transcript will be requested.


GS-5 or GS-7 - exact amount varies by location

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

We are recruiting for 18 passport agencies in the following locations: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Aurora, CO; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; Portsmouth, NH; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; St. Albans, VT; Washington, DC; Tucson, AZ.

Send updated resume, transcripts (if applicable), top 3 locations ranked in order of preference and certified Description of Service Letter or Non-Competitive Eligibility document(s).

**Student Loan Repayment Program and Childcare Subsidy Program available as benefits to eligible incumbents**

Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- 1-year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation
- Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance or higher
- Verification of employment eligibility in the U.S. is required

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