In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements:
- Possess, at a minimum, a high school diploma or certificate of equivalency.
- Be the age of 21 at the time of application.
- Possess visual acuity no worse than 20/60 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 in each eye. (Note: Lasik, ALK, RK, and PRK corrective eye surgeries are acceptable eye surgeries for Uniformed Division Officer applicants. Applicants will be considered eligible for the Uniformed Division Officer position provided specific visual tests are passed. The following are waiting periods for visual tests: Lasik-3 months after surgery, PRK-6 months after surgery, and ALK and RK-one year after surgery).
The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Conditions of Employment you will be required to:
- Be between the age of 21 and less than age 37 at the time you receive a conditional offer of employment, unless you have previous service in a Federal Civilian Law Enforcement position covered by special law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement. Applicants with veteran's preference must receive a conditional offer of employment prior to reaching age 40 to continue in the application process.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- Disclose any prior drug use, attempted use, and/or experimentation.
- Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.
- Complete 12 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA and 14 weeks of specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, MD. Failure to pass the training program on the first attempt may result in separation from the Secret Service.
- Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
- Be appointed to these positions under a proposed excepted appointment which is limited to 3 years and 120 days. Upon completion of this period, you will either be converted to career status or separated based on the expiration of the appointment.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your on-line application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by your resume. Your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices in order to be considered and deemed eligible. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
- Ability to follow instructions and respect authority; obeys organizational policies and the chain-of-command.
- Ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress or dangerous situations; remains calm, even-tempered, and in control of emotions, as appropriate for the situation.
- Ability to convey oral information in a clear, concise and well organized manner taking into account the audience and the nature of the information (e.g., technical, controversial); speaks clearly, convincingly and confidently using proper grammar, tone and pace; tracks audience responses and reacts appropriately to those responses.
- Ability to demonstrate fairness, professionalism and tact when interacting with others; understands and interacts effectively with a variety of people to include those who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; adjusts interpersonal style, as needed, to interact with differing individuals.
- Ability to display a high standard of ethical conduct and can be trusted in all work situations; chooses an ethical course of action and does the right thing, even in the face of opposition; encourages others to behave accordingly.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three groups: Best Qualified Group
-applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria; Well Qualified Group
-applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria; and Qualified Group
-applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills and abilities. If you are rated in the Best Qualified Group, you may be referred to be scheduled for the next step in the application process which is a written test, the Police Officer Selection Test (POST). Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:
If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here
to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified group for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. Veterans:
Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the group in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed above non-preference eligibles in the Best Qualified group. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.
Applicants who are in the Best Qualified Group may be invited to take the Police Officer Selection Test (POST). The POST will be administered between December 4 and December 11, 2013, for all applicants. If you are unable to take the POST between December 4 - December 11, 2013, please apply to one of our future announcements. NOTE: If military service obligations preclude applicants with veterans’ preference from testing during the above time frame, veterans may select to test by December 13, 2013. You will be required to show proof of your military service obligation before testing. If you have veterans’ preference and are unable to test by December 13, 2013, please apply to one of our future announcements.
Applicants who pass the POST will be scheduled for the Applicant Physical Abilities Test (APAT) between December 23, 2013, and January 10, 2014. The APAT schedule is provided so you can plan and prepare accordingly. Prior to testing, applicants must meet with a certified physician, at your own expense,
in order to complete the Applicant Certificate of Wellness and be eligible for testing. For additional information pertaining to the U.S. Secret Service APAT, please click here
. If you are unable to be scheduled for the APAT during this time, please apply to one of our future announcements.
Applicants must successfully complete Phase I to be certified to receive a conditional offer of employment notification. In addition applicants must successfully complete Phase II in order to receive final consideration for employment.Phase I: Competency
Phase II: Security
- Police Officer Selection Test (POST);
- Applicant Physical Abilities Test (APAT); and
- Structured Panel Interview.
To view the entire application process, please click here.
- Credit check;
- Security interview;
- Polygraph examination;
- May be subject to a Psychological assessment;
- Medical examination; and
- Background investigation (a top secret security clearance).
The Secret Service follows stringent guidelines relating to illegal drug usage. An applicant's history is reviewed and a determination for employment is made according to our guidelines. For more information regarding the U.S. Secret Service drug guidelines please click here
. Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned. To preview questions please click here.