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09/05/2013

TOP STORY: Top 10 reasons to work for ICE

Top 10 Reasons to Work for ICE
Top 10 Reasons to Work for ICE
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) protects the United States by promoting homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. To accomplish this mission, ICE must employ only the most qualified individuals.

Exciting occupations and career opportunities

As a member of the ICE team, you could be involved with:

  • Financial and trade investigations;
  • Cybercrimes;
  • Project analyses and management;
  • Litigating removal cases in immigration court;
  • Working with foreign authorities;
  • Intelligence gathering;
  • Investigations into arms and strategic technology violations;
  • Human trafficking;
  • Child exploitation;
  • Apprehension, processing, detention and deportation of illegal or criminal aliens; and,
  • Technical, professional, administrative, or management occupations directly supporting our law enforcement mission.

ICE supports veterans

ICE actively recruits qualified veterans for positions within the agency. We value the commitment, work ethic and experience that veterans bring to the job, as well as their specialized skills and talents. Currently, veterans compose nearly 30 percent of the ICE workforce.

Make a personal contribution to the security of America every day

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for enforcing the nation's immigration and customs laws. ICE has more than 20,000 employees working in more than 400 offices in the U.S. and around the world.

Strong retirement options

As an employee of the federal government, when you retire you can expect the Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)) and a defined benefit retirement plan through the Federal Employees Retirement System – all the while earning Social Security credit.

A balanced flexible work schedule and a balanced work life

As an employee of ICE, you may have any of the following family friendly flexibilities:

  • Flexible work schedules;
  • Personal leave days for vacation, illness and family care;
  • Ten paid holidays per year;
  • Transportation subsidies; and,
  • Telework.

Student loan repayment

The federal student loan repayment program, used at the discretion of the agency, permits agencies to repay federally insured student loans as a recruitment or retention incentive for candidates or current employees.

Continued education opportunities

Employee development options include fully funded graduate degrees, leadership training and career development opportunities.

Competitive benefits and insurance options

As an employee of ICE, you may enjoy:

  • A wide selection of health insurance programs
  • Non-taxable Flexible Spending Accounts for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses;
  • Life and long-term care insurance;
  • New employees to the federal government accrue four hours of annual leave per payday;
  • New employees to the federal government accrue four hours of sick leave per payday;
  • Ten paid holidays each year;
  • Employee assistance program; and,
  • Law enforcement availability pay.

A robust and exciting work environment

Because ICE currently has more than 20,000 employees in 400 offices in all 50 states and 47 foreign countries, you could find yourself in any number of exciting duty locations.

Opportunities to recruit and employ a diverse workforce

ICE seeks out only the most qualified employees, who are sure to enhance its already strong workforce. In doing so, ICE takes time to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, to ensure that it always has the right person in the right job.

For more detailed Benefit information, you can access the federal employment information fact Sheet, or visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website.