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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States. Not only is the DEA the lead agency for domestic enforcement of the drug policy of the United States sharing concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it also has sole responsibility for coordinating and pursuing U.S. drug investigations abroad.

Perhaps you are working for the DEA or interested in working for the DEA. Here is a forum to share your experience with the DEA.

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boboce1  
#1 Posted : Monday, March 29, 2010 11:21:26 AM(UTC)
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Hi all,
The other threads were too extensive and talked more about the investigative side of DEA.
I'm more interested in the mission/administrative side of it. 

I'm very new to this website and wanted to know if anyone also applied for this position or have some idea of how the application process works by using the AVUE platform.

I applied for the Administrative Support Specialist Position in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and my application status indicated that my application was reviewed and passed as of 1/22/10.

How does this work? Looking at the other post, I suppose I am supposed to wait to see if it gets selected to a panel or some kind of interview? I am really unsure of what is expected.

If anyone has any thoughts, I would appreciate your feedback!

Merci!
BoundForGlory  
#2 Posted : Monday, April 05, 2010 1:58:16 AM(UTC)
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I've just started a few months ago with the DEA (transfering from another agency), it's a nice place to work and I believe the Uzbekistan office is a very small, tight knit group. When they pick someone to work overseas in such a remote place, I think the DEA would more than likely choose an internal candidate. But I could be wrong, as an admin support specialist you might be doing a bit of everything. Making travel arrangements, purchasing, time and attendance, etc.
 
I had a phone interview, but for something OCONUS, they would have a panel interview, and really the most important thing they are looking for in a candidate is if you are an agreeable person that people can stand to be around all day. Good Luck and turn on the charm.
Coolas70degrees  
#3 Posted : Sunday, April 11, 2010 11:15:50 PM(UTC)
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I applied for the support position in Bangkok, I currently work for the VA and want to transfer over. I was on the CERT list and went to the selecting official but that was 01/28/2010. Now I was told they have 120 days to select for merit promotion but I was hoping they wouldn't take all 120 days.
 
I'm already a GS-11 but going over as a 9 step whatever I make the same plus they cover housing so I hope to get it. I traveled all throughout Europe while in the Air Force and hope to have chance to travel through SE Asia.
tmj4477  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, April 13, 2010 2:05:31 AM(UTC)
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If you get selected remember you can ask for "save pay" which will hold your current base salary for a year.
Coolas70degrees  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, April 13, 2010 4:24:46 AM(UTC)
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OK, that cool. Wouldn't I go to like a GS 9 Step 7 or whatever was comprable. I am not sure how exactly that works if you go down in grade. If I do the save pay, what happens after 1 year?
 
Thanks
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tmj4477  
#6 Posted : Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:06:50 PM(UTC)
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After one year you will revert to whatever GS level the position is. However, the details can be ironed out before you start working. You can also start applying for other positions once you have that one year in and go somewhere else.
Coolas70degrees  
#7 Posted : Monday, May 31, 2010 8:39:48 PM(UTC)
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It's June 1st and the job hasnt been filled. I called HR and they told me no selection has been made and they have no additional information at all. I can't complain because I have a job and like I said would go down in grade to go overseas but man, over 4 months and they can't fill it.
 
I know for a fact they have at least one qualified applicant (me) and I'm quite sure many more qualified people who applied. How can it take over 4 months since the hiring official got the cert list?
inverness  
#8 Posted : Thursday, August 12, 2010 3:28:08 AM(UTC)
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Hi All,
 
I'm in the process of applying for an administrative support specialist opportunity abroad. I'm currently working in local government and looking to make the move to the federal level. What type of skills do they typically look for this position? Is it primarily financial/budgetary? Once a decision has been made by the hiring manager, what's an estimate for the average length of time to get into the position, including the move? I believe there's a 3 year requirement of service for the position. Once that timeframe is up and performance is up to par, do you come back to the US...can you continue to stay abroad and if so for how long?
 
thanks for any feedback.
BoundForGlory  
#9 Posted : Monday, August 16, 2010 7:22:46 PM(UTC)
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On average it takes atleast 5-6 months to bring adminsitrative employees on board. And that would be swift for the DEA (if they took you on before you completed your background check.) If you need to clear your BI before going overseas, you would be looking at 9-12 months easily from TO to EOD.
jesus581819  
#10 Posted : Saturday, March 26, 2011 5:05:22 AM(UTC)
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So how is your hiring process going (or went)? 
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