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Job Title:Officer (Uniformed Division)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Secret Service

Job Announcement Number:UD2-TK012-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$55,477.00 to $95,426.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 28, 2013 to Tuesday, October 29, 2013




Full-Time - Initial appointment is in the Excepted Service




FEW vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC


All United States citizens that currently reside in the following states: IL, IN, SD, ND, MI, WI, IA, KY, OH, KS, NE, MN, MO. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future. The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage; and,we:

  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
The Uniformed Division’s mission is to protect facilities and venues secured for U.S. Secret Service protectees. Throughout its history, the Uniformed Division has accomplished this mission through a tradition of honor, integrity, and a commitment to excellence.  The Officer position starts at a salary of $55,477 (LE-0083-01, step 1) in the Office of Protective Operations, Uniformed Division.  For more information on the Secret Service click here.

This job opportunity announcement is for applicants who currently RESIDE in the following states: IL, IN, SD, ND, MI, WI, IA, KY, OH, KS, NE, MN, MO.

The following locations are where most of the application process will take place (i.e. testing, interviews):Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; Des Moines, IA; Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Omaha, NE; Saginaw, MI; St. Louis, MO; Sioux Falls, SD; Springfield, IL; Springfield, MO; Toledo, OH; and Wichita, KS.

These locations are not the duty locations for the position. If these locations are not in proximity to where you reside, please see our other announcements and apply to the announcement which has the location closest to you. NOTE: If you select a location that is not in proximity to where you reside, you will NOT be considered under this job opportunity announcement. If you are in the military or a civilian on a temporary duty assignment (TDY), please apply to the vacancy closest to your current duty station address (regardless of the length of your tour), not your permanent home of record.


  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Possess a current valid driver's license.


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During the course of their careers, Uniformed Division Officers carry out assignments in protection. Duties include:

  • Providing protection for The White House Complex, The Vice President's Residence, The Main Treasury Building and Annex, and foreign diplomatic missions and embassies in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Traveling in support of the Presidential, Vice Presidential, and foreign heads of state/government missions.
  • Enforcing mandated protective responsibilities as described under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3056A.


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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.


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
  • Police Officer Selection Test (POST);
  • Applicant Physical Abilities Test (APAT); and
  • Structured Panel Interview. 
Phase II: Security
  • Credit check;
  • Security interview;
  • Polygraph examination;
  • May be subject to a Psychological assessment;
  • Medical examination; and
  • Background investigation (a top secret security clearance).
To view the entire application process, please click here.
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.
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits."


WORK SCHEDULE: Newly appointed Uniformed Division Officers normally work a 40-hour workweek on a set schedule (e.g., 6:30 am - 3:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 11:00 pm, or 10:30 pm - 7:00 am shifts). Workdays and shifts will vary depending on assignment and manpower requirements.

Applicants will  be required to travel to all phases of the application process at their own expense. If a final job offer is extended, relocation expenses may be authorized to the duty location.

The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and branding) on the head, face, neck, hand and fingers (any area below the wrist bone).  If you have visible body markings, you will be required to medically remove such visible body markings at your own expense prior to entering on duty with the Secret Service.


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This position is being advertised via CareerConnector which is an automated staffing system. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, complete the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at
If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Human Capital Division, Special Agent & Uniformed Division Support Branch; OR by calling (202) 406-5271 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis.


In addition to submitting your resume and addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
  • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Are you a Veteran? Submit a DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (Member Copy 4) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If a DD-214  is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.
  • Are you a current or former Federal Employee? Submit a copy of your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied and highest grade and step. In addition, if you have or had service in a Federal Law Enforcement position covered by law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement, the SF-50 must show the retirement code. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.


Human Capital Division
Phone: 202-406-5271
Fax: 999-999-9999
TDD: 202-406-5390
Agency Information:
United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
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Please apply online
Washington, DC
Fax: 999-999-9999


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility.  Best qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration.  We expect to make a selection of which applicants will continue in the application process within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You may check the status of your application for this position by going to  Click on the “My USAJOBS” tab, enter your user ID and password, and click on “My Applications”.  You will also receive an e-mail notification regarding your application status. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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