Job Overview


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.



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.