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Lew  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 14, 2010 3:21:45 AM(UTC)

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Funny...I got this today....


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY       4/14/2010


 


      ICE LAGUNA SERVICE CENTER    


 


      24000 AVILA ROAD 5TH FLOOR   


 


      LAGUNA NIGUEL CA  92677


 


      Dear  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX     


 


      This refers to
the application you recently submitted to this office for the position shown below:     


 


      Position:     MISSION SUPPORT SPECIALIST 


 


      Series/Grade:       0301-11  


 


      Promotion Potential:      12 


 


      Vacancy ID:   322951   


 


      Agency:       Immigration and Customs Enforcement    


 


      Considered For:     Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE


 


      Duty Location:      FT. BENNING, GA


 


           


 


      We have completed the review of your application for this position.  Your name has been certified to the


 


      selecting
official for consideration; you will be contacted by that official if an interview is needed.  When a


 


      final selection has been made, you will be notified. 


 


      Thank you for your interest in Federal employment.   


 


      PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE.  IT WAS GENERATED AUTOMATICALLY.


 


      For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position.   


TWO hours prior to recieving this I had mailed off my retirement papers.  I had applied for the same job over a year ago and then reapplied again on the new announcement in January. 




Eternal-Itch  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 14, 2010 4:45:35 AM(UTC)
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Maybe whomever they hired didn't work out.
buckeyeguy2010  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, April 14, 2010 5:15:41 PM(UTC)

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Confused Lew: Are you still interested in this position or is your decision to retire one that you either can not change and/or do not want to change now that you have submitted your retirement application?  Would you now consider taking that job a reemployed annuitant (RA) if ICE would still consider you as a RA?
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Lew  
#4 Posted : Friday, April 16, 2010 2:52:22 AM(UTC)

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Not sure if I want the retired annuitant or not.  I might consider taking one depending on the position.  I have been talking with an organization that wants me as an Instructor teaching Finance/Accounting & travel regulations.  That's only part time but the money is not bad.

I would be willing to talk about the retired annuitant tho.

Lew  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:28:07 AM(UTC)

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Ooops just realized that I am retiring on a VSIP.  Can't come back for like 5 years or have to repay the VSIP amount.

Think I'll just stay with the retirement.

scubasteve  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, April 20, 2010 9:45:19 PM(UTC)

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So anyone here an MSS. Where do you work and how do you like it. Do you have people that work for you or do you just manage programs.
Eternal-Itch  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:28:48 PM(UTC)
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I'm a MSS with ICE.  I've only been doing this for about 6 months but really like the job so far.  I don't have anyone that works for me.  Mostly just manage financial, supply, and programs to name a few.
scubasteve  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, April 21, 2010 5:28:42 AM(UTC)

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- So is your job fast pace. 


- Is your boss an MSS as well or do you report to someone out side of your career field. 


- What location are you at. Should I stay away from certain locations?


-          Most importantly how did you score when you got picked up for your
current job? Did they do an over the phone interview or in person. What kind of questions did they ask? How long did it take for you to get hired from time the job announcement closed?


 


Thanks in advanced

Eternal-Itch  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:00:11 PM(UTC)
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Hi - I'll include your original question and provide a response below.
 
* So is your job fast pace.* 
 
Some days are fast pace while others are a bit more laid back.  It depends on what is going on in the office.

* Is your boss an MSS as well or do you report to someone out side of your career field.* 

My boss is not an MSS. I'm the only MSS in the office.  My boss is the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC)

*What location are you at. Should I stay away from certain locations?* 

Rather not disclose my location.  However, I'd say the pace in RAC offices appears to be more controlled while a MSS at HQ or in certain SAC offices tend to be more fast paced.  I'd say the busy places are HQ in DC, SAC NY, SAC Miami, and SAC/RACs in the Southern Border States.
 
*Most importantly how did you score when you got picked up for your current job? Did they do an over the phone interview or in person. What kind of questions did they ask? How long did it take for you to get hired from time the job announcement closed?*
 
As mentioned in the other posting, I scored a 105.  From what I understand, there were 100 or so applicants of which 15 were sent to my boss at the RAC.  He picked the top 3.  Made some calls to the top 3's references.  There was no interview but that all depends on the person making the selection.  As for a timeline, annoucement closed middle of March.  I received a call from my current boss middle of April asking if I was still interested in the position and he verified my references.  May 29th I received a call from HR Dallas asking if I wanted the position.  I accepted and completed all the BI paperwork they needed by middle of June.  Received my EOD end of September.  Interview with BI Investigator took place middle of Oct.  Started a week later.
 
Hope this helps.  Be glad to answer any other questions you may have.  Good Luck!
scubasteve  
#10 Posted : Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:26:54 AM(UTC)

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Thanks so much for the info. It's really hard
to get a good idea of what you will be doing from the Duties tab of the job announcement in USAJOB's


 


- Could you explain what RAC office
environment is like? Is that where the actual Agents work out of? Is it probably more exciting than working in SAC's?


 


- Do the SAC's more or less provide direction and support to the RAC's. Like a head quarters of sorts? Is advancement better in these environments? 


 


- Do you think it would be worth a shot to acquire
the number to a RAC facility and ask if they have or foresee openings to try to
get a foot in the door? If so would I just call and ask to speak to the
Resident Agent in Charge? Also where do you think I should start to acquire
that number? I really want to stay here in FL and just realized there are more
RAC locations than what the job announcements show. Two being less than an hour
from Destin where I live. Here's a link I found with all the locations for those with similar aspirations as me. http://www.911jobforums.com/archive/index.php/t-31243.html

- Did you apply to an open announcement or was it a specific location that was opened and closed in a week or so? Would you think it would help if I applied to all the open announcements or just ones that are posted for only a week or so?


 


- Were you a current Federal Employee when you
got picked up? I mainly have military experience and I am an ART right now so
I'm have relatable experience in all the rated catagories except HR but its
hard to directly compare military with civilian jobs just because we do the
same things only in a different structure. I rated out twice at 103 and 105 so
think I have a shot but will do anything to better my odds. I'm also taking up
collateral duties at my current job so I can put them on my resume so I may be able to get that up to 110 if I play my cards right.



Again in advanced. Thanks. Your input is helping me feel allot more comfortable about making life/career decisions. 






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Eternal-Itch  
#11 Posted : Thursday, April 22, 2010 9:54:04 PM(UTC)
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scubasteve - I've responded to your questions through private message.  Please let me know if you've received it.
 
tks
scubasteve  
#12 Posted : Saturday, April 24, 2010 1:58:25 PM(UTC)

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Got it thanks!!
Jacob_Smith  
#13 Posted : Friday, November 12, 2021 6:50:19 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Eternal-Itch Go to Quoted Post
scubasteve - I've responded to your questions through private message. Please let me know if you've received it.

tks


Any way I can read your message also? I have an interview for an MSS position quickly approaching.
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