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Allsourceguy  
#201 Posted : Thursday, July 22, 2021 5:34:22 AM(UTC)
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Well I'm pretty sure I F#$ked myself. I was looking through my emails, and realized I sent the Eye exam paperwork to the noreply@secretservice email instead of the one it says to reply to. I just sent them it and told them about the mistake I really hope they don't knock me out of the process. I'm so mad at myself.



It happens. I doubt it will cause them to terminate your application. Don't sweat it man.


Thanks for the emotional support Mike lol.

Just received the email this morning to start me Eqip.

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#202 Posted : Thursday, July 22, 2021 7:39:29 AM(UTC)
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I got my JOA yesterday suddenly (had the SUPER in early June). However, I have two questions: first, the JOA offered me the position at the GL-9 level. But based on the USA Jobs announcement and the payscale for my education level, I think it should be GS-11? On USA Jobs it just says "under review" for that grade, so not sure what that means. Not sure if this is normal and it would be adjusted on a final offer? Second, is there any formal procedure for if I'd like to put the app on "pause" for now? I'm in the hiring process for another position that I'm farther along in and don't really want to waste USSS resources on the BI, etc. if I end up making it through the other hiring process and accepting the other job. Also, if I don't continue at this point (still haven't heard back from USSS support) by failing to submit the eye exam form and letting support know I won't continue in the process, what happens if I reapply in the future? Do I have to do the SUPER again, or do I advance straight to the JOA phase because the test scores are still good?



1) They will send separate conditional offers for each grade you qualify at. If it says "under review" for the GS-11, you're still being considered. It will say "application received" for any grade you aren't being considered for.

2) If you want to pause the application, call SA Support and let them know. They never respond to emails in my experience. When I called them though, I managed to get someone on the line.

3) If you pause or withdraw now, you won't repeat the SUPER. SUPER and SAEE are good indefinitely unless they format for either changes according the language in the current announcement on USA Jobs.

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Allsourceguy  
#203 Posted : Monday, July 26, 2021 4:08:32 AM(UTC)
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Update: Just Submitted the E-Qip 7/25.

I know they provided me the Eye exam paperwork again in the packet. Did any receive this as well and paid for multiple eye exams? MikeBones did you? thanks
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#204 Posted : Monday, July 26, 2021 6:19:25 PM(UTC)
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Update: Just Submitted the E-Qip 7/25.

I know they provided me the Eye exam paperwork again in the packet. Did any receive this as well and paid for multiple eye exams? MikeBones did you? thanks


I received it with the the E-Qip packet (for a 2nd time) as well. I initially got it along with the email for the SUPER and they told me that I don't need to re-do it when it came with the E-Qip. Upload your initial Eye Exam Report.
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#205 Posted : Tuesday, July 27, 2021 4:51:57 AM(UTC)
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Update: Just Submitted the E-Qip 7/25.

I know they provided me the Eye exam paperwork again in the packet. Did any receive this as well and paid for multiple eye exams? MikeBones did you? thanks


I received it with the the E-Qip packet (for a 2nd time) as well. I initially got it along with the email for the SUPER and they told me that I don't need to re-do it when it came with the E-Qip. Upload your initial Eye Exam Report.


Thanks man that answers it. how long did you have until the security interview after EQIP? I'm excited to see how it goes since I already have a TS/SCI so it should be a reinvestigation ideally.

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#206 Posted : Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:19:29 PM(UTC)
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Update: Just Submitted the E-Qip 7/25.

I know they provided me the Eye exam paperwork again in the packet. Did any receive this as well and paid for multiple eye exams? MikeBones did you? thanks


I received it with the the E-Qip packet (for a 2nd time) as well. I initially got it along with the email for the SUPER and they told me that I don't need to re-do it when it came with the E-Qip. Upload your initial Eye Exam Report.


Thanks man that answers it. how long did you have until the security interview after EQIP? I'm excited to see how it goes since I already have a TS/SCI so it should be a reinvestigation ideally.



I got my Welcome to E-Qip email on December 31st and the FO emailed me the next day to schedule my S.I. for January 6th. The turnaround was very fast and I didn't have an active clearance at the time.
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#207 Posted : Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3:39:31 AM(UTC)
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FYI for all applicants id suggest you pull a credit report and take care of any delinquent items on there early on!
I received a email yesterday stating I needed to get a couple things taken care of before I can move on in the process. I thought the two things were no longer on my credit report but it was easy and much faster to just pay them off none the less.
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#208 Posted : Thursday, July 29, 2021 10:12:39 AM(UTC)
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Update again. Received my invite for the security interview. three days away lol .
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#209 Posted : Thursday, July 29, 2021 10:37:34 AM(UTC)
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Update again. Received my invite for the security interview. three days away lol .


About 4 days between eqip and SI invite? What did your timeline look like once you received a COE? I had my SUPER 6/24, still waiting to hear back on it.
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#210 Posted : Friday, July 30, 2021 4:28:43 AM(UTC)
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4/1/2021 SAEE
4/23/2021 SUPER
6/14 COE
6/18 completed eye exam and sent paperwork over.
7/18 finished EQIP
7/29 security interview invite
8/2 is my security interview.

Seems to be around a month between steps. how much time was between your security interviews and Poly ? any info on the security interview? was it just going over the eqip and investigation info?

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#211 Posted : Friday, July 30, 2021 7:17:01 AM(UTC)
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4/1/2021 SAEE
4/23/2021 SUPER
6/14 COE
6/18 completed eye exam and sent paperwork over.
7/18 finished EQIP
7/29 security interview invite
8/2 is my security interview.

Seems to be around a month between steps. how much time was between your security interviews and Poly ? any info on the security interview? was it just going over the eqip and investigation info?


I had 3 months between my S.I. and Poly. The S.I. will go over the E-Qip line by line, they'll ask you a bunch of yes and no suitability and background questions, and give you the opportunity to address anything that may cause issues for you on the poly (clarifying certain answers to suitability questions, clarifying answers to E-Qip questions, etc). It's pretty straightforward.

Allsourceguy  
#212 Posted : Friday, July 30, 2021 9:43:38 AM(UTC)
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4/1/2021 SAEE
4/23/2021 SUPER
6/14 COE
6/18 completed eye exam and sent paperwork over.
7/18 finished EQIP
7/29 security interview invite
8/2 is my security interview.

Seems to be around a month between steps. how much time was between your security interviews and Poly ? any info on the security interview? was it just going over the eqip and investigation info?


I had 3 months between my S.I. and Poly. The S.I. will go over the E-Qip line by line, they'll ask you a bunch of yes and no suitability and background questions, and give you the opportunity to address anything that may cause issues for you on the poly (clarifying certain answers to suitability questions, clarifying answers to E-Qip questions, etc). It's pretty straightforward.



Man three months is a bummer. hoping its faster. did you do medical in between or is that after poly ?

M1keBones  
#213 Posted : Friday, July 30, 2021 11:49:00 AM(UTC)
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4/1/2021 SAEE
4/23/2021 SUPER
6/14 COE
6/18 completed eye exam and sent paperwork over.
7/18 finished EQIP
7/29 security interview invite
8/2 is my security interview.

Seems to be around a month between steps. how much time was between your security interviews and Poly ? any info on the security interview? was it just going over the eqip and investigation info?


I had 3 months between my S.I. and Poly. The S.I. will go over the E-Qip line by line, they'll ask you a bunch of yes and no suitability and background questions, and give you the opportunity to address anything that may cause issues for you on the poly (clarifying certain answers to suitability questions, clarifying answers to E-Qip questions, etc). It's pretty straightforward.



Man three months is a bummer. hoping its faster. did you do medical in between or is that after poly ?



My medical was scheduled 6 days after the poly. Each case is different though; if you have a gap between S.I. and poly, they might put you through medical. It all depends on your FO and how they decide to do things.

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#214 Posted : Monday, August 2, 2021 10:37:02 AM(UTC)
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Anyone have any recent updates? last thing I completed was the eye exam over a month ago. Just waiting for the security interview and getting anxious.



I completed my Equip on 6/18, received an email on 7/12 to schedule my security interview. I was interviewed on 7/23, and now I'm just just waiting.
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#215 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2021 5:30:44 AM(UTC)
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Anyone have any recent updates? last thing I completed was the eye exam over a month ago. Just waiting for the security interview and getting anxious.



I completed my Equip on 6/18, received an email on 7/12 to schedule my security interview. I was interviewed on 7/23, and now I'm just just waiting.


Awesome , I completed my Security yesterday (8/2) Now for the waiting game as well.

Id be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous for the Poly. Nothing to hide but I just was told its really brutal, and don't want anyone to think I'm being dishonest.,

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Anyone have any recent updates? last thing I completed was the eye exam over a month ago. Just waiting for the security interview and getting anxious.



I completed my Equip on 6/18, received an email on 7/12 to schedule my security interview. I was interviewed on 7/23, and now I'm just just waiting.


Awesome , I completed my Security yesterday (8/2) Now for the waiting game as well.

Id be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous for the Poly. Nothing to hide but I just was told its really brutal, and don't want anyone to think I'm being dishonest.,



I completely agree but, we're almost at the finish line. I just got a call today to schedule my poly for 8/20 but, the FO they wanted me to go to is about 4 hours away which isn't even the closest one to me. I informed her where the closest one was she stated they didn't have anyone traveling there this month but, next month they would so I would be able to go then.
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#217 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:48:46 AM(UTC)
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Anyone have any recent updates? last thing I completed was the eye exam over a month ago. Just waiting for the security interview and getting anxious.



I completed my Equip on 6/18, received an email on 7/12 to schedule my security interview. I was interviewed on 7/23, and now I'm just just waiting.


Awesome , I completed my Security yesterday (8/2) Now for the waiting game as well.

Id be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous for the Poly. Nothing to hide but I just was told its really brutal, and don't want anyone to think I'm being dishonest.,



I completely agree but, we're almost at the finish line. I just got a call today to schedule my poly for 8/20 but, the FO they wanted me to go to is about 4 hours away which isn't even the closest one to me. I informed her where the closest one was she stated they didn't have anyone traveling there this month but, next month they would so I would be able to go then.



Yeah the agent told me yesterday that there's only a few in FL that travel back and forth.
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#218 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:53:50 PM(UTC)
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Anyone have any recent updates? last thing I completed was the eye exam over a month ago. Just waiting for the security interview and getting anxious.



I completed my Equip on 6/18, received an email on 7/12 to schedule my security interview. I was interviewed on 7/23, and now I'm just just waiting.


Awesome , I completed my Security yesterday (8/2) Now for the waiting game as well.

Id be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous for the Poly. Nothing to hide but I just was told its really brutal, and don't want anyone to think I'm being dishonest.,


The poly is not a big deal. Everyone making it out to be so bad was probably hiding/omitting something. My examiner was polite, professional, and wasted no time as they understood that it is a rather stressful situation and that you do not want to be there any longer than you need to be. Yes it was long, but it is supposed to be in order to be thorough. Yes, the examiner may have came off as "intimidating" at times, but they're supposed to be; its part of their role as an examiner to make sure you are of the highest character. Simply tell the truth.
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#219 Posted : Tuesday, August 3, 2021 4:54:12 PM(UTC)
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Poly is easy, don't sweat it. I was in and out in about 4 hours.
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#220 Posted : Wednesday, August 4, 2021 4:05:29 AM(UTC)
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Thanks guys, I have nothing to hide since I laid everything out in the security interview.

Just curious do they tell you right after how you did or do you have to wait to receive a email.
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