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Job Title:  Drug Testing Technician
Department:  Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for DC
Agency:  Pretrial Services Agency
Job Announcement Number:  13-11(DE)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,022.00 to $60,505.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to Thursday, September 12, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
United States Citizens


A Leader in the D.C. Criminal Justice Community!

The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) promotes pretrial justice and community safety by assisting judicial officers in making appropriate release decisions, and by providing supervision and pro-social interventions to defendants released into the community.

PSA is ranked as the Number #10  best place to work among Agency Subcomponents in the Federal Government.

The work involves analysis of a variety of different projects and processes within the Unit. Monitoring, collection and handling of samples are each governed by a separate set of protocols and procedures.  Similarly, there are distinct procedures for each phase of records maintenance.   The work is further complicated by varying difficulties with defendants or others being tested, many of whom are uncooperative or have special physical needs; time constraints; and varying conditions of release that affect drug testing.


Bargaining Unit Status: Covered

Location:  Drug Testing and Complicance Unit

                 Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia

                 Washington, D.C.

HOURS:  The incumbent of this position will be required to work in shifts or at unusual hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.


Maximum Entry Age:   This position is covered under the special provisions for law enforcement retirement.  By law, applicants for such law enforcement positions must be between 21 and 37 years old to be considered for initial appointment (that is, first appointment to a federal law enforcement position).  The maximum age for entry on duty in a law enforcement covered position is the date immediately preceding the applicant's 37th birthday except for preference eligibles.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required


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The incumbent of this position serves as a Drug Testing Technician in the Drug Testing and Compliance Unit.   He/she:

1. Monitors submission of urine samples by defendants, offenders or respondents under court and post-sentence orders for drug testing and ensures effective maintenance of chain of custody procedures for samples.

2. Takes photographs, verifies addresses and updates information in automated systems.

3. Explains drug testing procedures and distributes collection materials to individuals.

4. Inputs information into the Pretrial Real Time Information System Manager (PRISM) and utilizes the WINTOX System to track chain of custody of samples and prepare reports.

5. Performs other duties as assigned.

6. Applies rules and policies on confidentiality and release of protected information.


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To qualify at the GL-05/6/7: you must have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, psychology, social work or a related field; OR 

One year of specialized experience related to the duites of the position that was comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level; OR

Combination of education and specialized experience as desribed above. (To qualify on this basis, you must have completed more than 60 semester hours of undergraduate education.  Education beyond 60 semester hours is counted toward this requirement at a rate of 30 semester hours, or equivalent, for 6 months of specialized experience.)

Specialized experience is defined as explaining drug testing or medical procedures, reviewing confidential information and the input of data into computer system. 

NOTE: Your resume must clearly show the specialized experience related to this position.  Failure to demonstrate how you possess the experience requirements will result in an "Ineligible" rating.


A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, psychology, social work or a related field;   OR A combination of education and specialized experience as described above.   (To qualify on this basis, you must have completed more than 60 semester hours of undergraduate education.   Education beyond 60 semester hours is counted toward this requirement at a rate of 30 semester hours, or equivalent, for 6 months of specialized experience.)


All applicants are subject to a comprehensive criminal background investigation, and required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Completion of a one-year probationary period is required, if not already completed.


Your rating will be based on your responses to the job specific information stated in your resume.  Your resume must clearly show how you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below to perform the duties of this position.  Failure to demonstrate how you posses the knowledge, skills, and abilities will result in a rating of "Qualified" by the Rating Panel.

1. General knowledge of PSA and court operations as they relate to drug testing procedures and processes.

2. Familiarity with Windows-based computer systems and protection of confidential information.

3. Ability to work effectively with people in the criminal justice system.

Once the application process is completed, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  Applicants are evaluated on the extent and quality of their experience, education and training, job-related awards and supervisory appraisal of performance.  If applicants meet the basic qualification requirements, their resume will be forwarded to a Panel for rating.  Category Rating will be used to evaluate applicants using the following categories to further determine which applicants will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration. 

Best Qualified - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level on all evaluation criteria.

Well Qualified - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level on evaluation criteria.

Qualified - Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.


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The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here ttp:// .


1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. Displaced Federal employees must be rated "Well Qualified" by a rating panel to exercise selection priority for this vacancy based on the category rating criteria for this position.   ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337.

 2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. Reasonable Accomodation, this agency provides reasonable accomodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accomodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision on granting reasonable accomodation is made on a case-by-case basis.

6. All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at .  

7. Equal Opportunity Employer: The Pretrial Services Agency is an equal opportunity employer.   Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other non-merit based factors.


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To apply for this position, provide a complete Application Package which includes:  

1. Résumé

2. Veterans Preference Documentation (DD-214, SF-15, etc., if applicable)

3. College Transcripts (if applicable)

4. OF-306

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 22, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.  

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  Number 819942.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.   


·     Include the Vacancy Identification Number 819942,

·     Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.

·     You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.

·     Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:  


·     Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

·     Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

·     Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name



If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement, they can be opened, copied, saved and then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.  Please be sure to include all of the following information as listed in the Required Documents section in your resume.




Job Information:
-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
Personal Information:
- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
- Country of Citizenship.
- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study.
- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
- Job title.
- Duties and accomplishments.
- Number of hours per week.
- Employer's name and address.
- Supervisor's name and phone number.
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
- Salary.
- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications:
- Job-related training courses (title and year).
- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
- Job-related certificates and licenses.
- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


Kyra Dent
Phone: (202)220-5669
Agency Information:
Pretrial Services Agency for DC
633 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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