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FederalGn  
#21 Posted : Friday, July 8, 2022 4:02:21 PM(UTC)
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I’ve recently just started the process as well,

I applied on
05/01/22

SAEE
06/27/22

SAEE passed
06/27/22

APAT
07/13/22

Is the APAT anything to be worried about ? I’ve had a physically active background since high school


Gotta get 20 points and no zeroes. Make sure you do your pushups and sit ups the way they are outlined in the brochure or they will not count them. https://www.secretservic...rochure_Print%20safe.pdf


From what I’ve read online, the requirements to pass the APAT is fairly easy. They postponed my APAT though

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#22 Posted : Sunday, July 10, 2022 8:23:53 AM(UTC)
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Well I’m out. Good luck to everyone.
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#23 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2022 4:36:36 PM(UTC)
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Passed APAT

Up next is the SAR Panel? Does anyone have any insight on this?
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#24 Posted : Tuesday, August 2, 2022 1:21:39 PM(UTC)
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Passed APAT

Congrats man! Any pointers for it (if you can disclose details)?
I'm trying to find the exact requirements for the APAT to ensure I can pass it comfortably, but the .pdfs available from the USSS seem to lack the information.. They say the APAT "may be reinstated at any time," and it appears that it has been: but still no details in their 2022 Uniformed Division .pdf file.

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#25 Posted : Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:19:14 PM(UTC)
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#26 Posted : Tuesday, August 2, 2022 5:57:27 PM(UTC)
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Passed APAT

Up next is the SAR Panel? Does anyone have any insight on this?



I’ve only heard of the SUPER interview, how many interviews do you have before you receive your CO
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#27 Posted : Wednesday, August 3, 2022 10:40:52 AM(UTC)
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https://www.secretservice.gov/sites/default/files/reports/2022-05/TAD%20Uniformed%20Division%20Brochure.pdf


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Thanks, my copy was from October of 2021. APAT must've been reinstated very recently.

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#28 Posted : Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:01:57 PM(UTC)
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Passed APAT

Up next is the SAR Panel. Does anyone have any insight on this?



I’ve only heard of the SUPER interview, how many interviews do you have before you receive your CO



The three interviews are SUPER,PANEL,PRE SECURITY

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#29 Posted : Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:03:01 PM(UTC)
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https://www.secretservice.gov/sites/default/files/reports/2022-05/TAD%20Uniformed%20Division%20Brochure.pdf


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Thanks, my copy was from October of 2021. APAT must've been reinstated very recently.


Yes, it was re instated this year.
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#30 Posted : Monday, August 8, 2022 11:39:14 PM(UTC)
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Just so you all have some idea on process times:

Jan 4- Applied
Feb 8- Selected to move forward
Feb 14- Passed SAEE
March 1- SUPER interview (They scheduled it for Feb 22, but I was out of town that day and had to delay it)
March 24- Conditional Offer of Employment (Request to Submit Eye Exam paperwork, and extra security information)
March 29- Request to Submit e-QIP
April 6- e-QIP Submitted
April 12: Security Interview was scheduled, but I emailed them on the 9th and withdrew from the process.

I was incredibly pleased with how quick it was all going, and how polite everyone was. It was incredibly fast. However, after speaking with other agent friends (even those in the USSS), I don't know if I'm prepared for the work/life balance (or lack thereof) that the Service provides. So I decided to withdraw. I withdrew before the update where they require you to do the PFT in the middle of all of this.


Can you PM me, i have a few questions

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#31 Posted : Friday, August 12, 2022 9:22:58 AM(UTC)
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Passed APAT.

8/13: Scheduled for the panel interview. Impressed with the speed of the agency, though 6 days from APAT to panel interview is a pretty tight timeframe!

8/24: Passed panel interview. 3 full government work days before I got the green light. Entering phase II now.

9/14: Security interview completed. Awaiting polygraph scheduling.

Edited by user Friday, September 16, 2022 9:55:01 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Adding details rather than new post

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#32 Posted : Monday, September 19, 2022 2:55:57 PM(UTC)
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Passed APAT.

8/13: Scheduled for the panel interview. Impressed with the speed of the agency, though 6 days from APAT to panel interview is a pretty tight timeframe!

8/24: Passed panel interview. 3 full government work days before I got the green light. Entering phase II now.

9/14: Security interview completed. Awaiting polygraph scheduling.




How was the Panel interview?

What should I expect attending one?
Jinx  
#33 Posted : Monday, September 19, 2022 3:16:08 PM(UTC)
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How was the Panel interview?

What should I expect attending one?


It's a review of the eQIP. Wasn't particularly exciting for me: I probably checked over my eQIP 5 times before submitting it. Probably 85% was just confirming the information was correct with an agent.

A lot of it is being as honest as possible. The Security Interview bridges into a Polygraph later. I mentioned a lot of extra details, and was very forthcoming: so much so that sometimes they had to stop me to explain that "this isn't significant" and wasn't noteworthy enough to bother. Overall I approached the interview with the attitude of spilling the beans on my life, which I did in regards to every question they threw my way.

They were very clear that they're looking at the "whole person" during the security and polygraph interview, and that minor mishaps won't disqualify you. I was forthcoming in that I have illegally downloaded songs/TV shows before (before I answered they even said they wouldn't be surprised if I had, and didn't particularly care: they just wanted to know). I told them I have never used drugs or alcohol in my life (which is true, and apparently a red flag for a person of my age: since it's so rare), but that I do know people who are "stoners" or take edibles. However, I've never been personally pressured to take them; nor have I taken them.

The same agent who escorted my out of my SUPER interview and told me he'd "probably see me in a few weeks" told me after the security interview that he "expects me to pass the polygraph," or something to that effect.

Overall, I'd approach the security interview like a prequel to the polygraph. Be as forthcoming as possible here so that on the polygraph you only have to say "yes" and "no."

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#34 Posted : Monday, September 19, 2022 3:21:28 PM(UTC)
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It's a review of the eQIP. Wasn't particularly exciting for me: I probably checked over my eQIP 5 times before submitting it. Probably 85% was just confirming the information was correct with an agent.

(This will be interesting I have even received an E-Quip to submit so this will be fun. )



Overall, I'd approach the security interview like a prequel to the polygraph. Be as forthcoming as possible here so that on the polygraph you only have to say "yes" and "no."



Thank you for providing me with your insight.
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#35 Posted : Monday, September 19, 2022 3:50:47 PM(UTC)
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(This will be interesting I have even received an E-Quip to submit so this will be fun. )



Get in contact with your recruiter (if you have one), or your field office. I had completed some misc. paperwork they gave me for about 3 days, and still had no eQIP. This paperwork was to be submitted along with the eQIP. On day 4 I informed them that I had completed the misc. paperwork, and was awaiting the eQIP. Got the eQIP the next day.

You might've gotten lost in some bureaucratic mess like I did. Doesn't hurt to seize control and let them know you're on top of things & ready for the next step.

Be REALLY careful filling it out.

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#36 Posted : Monday, September 19, 2022 4:25:25 PM(UTC)
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You might've gotten lost in some bureaucratic mess like I did.

( This is exactly what happened first I am in the process then out of the process then asked to reapply)

Doesn't hurt to seize control and let them know you're on top of things & ready for the next step.

( They did email me and ask for my resume so I would like to assume that the resume is a form of alternative

Be REALLY careful filling it out.


Yes.. if I remember currently as a current federal employee it would just re populate.

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#37 Posted : Monday, September 19, 2022 4:55:44 PM(UTC)
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Yes.. if I remember currently as a current federal employee it would just re populate.



I hope it does, it'd make it easier. I'm applying as a civilian, so it took a while.
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#38 Posted : Wednesday, September 21, 2022 2:16:47 PM(UTC)
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Yes.. if I remember currently as a current federal employee it would just re populate.



I hope it does, it'd make it easier. I'm applying as a civilian, so it took a while.



Completed the panel interview with one of the retired agents from my initial panel interview from 6 months ago. And the other interviewer was from APAT.

Their first response was weren't you here already.... I said Yes.

So we still conducted the interview but it was more of a conversation than a interview.


One of them did mention a point system or something of that nature which could have caused me to redo the process.
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#39 Posted : Friday, September 23, 2022 11:02:52 AM(UTC)
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Completed the panel interview with one of the retired agents from my initial panel interview from 6 months ago. And the other interviewer was from APAT.

Their first response was weren't you here already.... I said Yes.

So we still conducted the interview but it was more of a conversation than a interview.

One of them did mention a point system or something of that nature which could have caused me to redo the process.


Interesting. This is also my 2nd time applying. On take 1 I didn't pass the first interview. Take 2 I did: and ontop of that, didn't have to repeat the UDEE.

I've heard something similar to the point system you mentioned, from agents I've met. They spoke of an "algorithm" that the applicant's information and answers are plugged into, and it gauges the quality of the applicant. I don't know anything beyond that, just that the algorithm exists. Probably works similar to systems colleges/universities use to determine who makes the cut.
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#40 Posted : Monday, September 26, 2022 4:44:34 PM(UTC)
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