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The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. [Their] duties are wide-ranging, but [their] goal is clear: keeping America safe. (source: www.dhs.gov)

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Oceania  
#8861 Posted : Sunday, July 14, 2019 5:48:33 AM(UTC)
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Did they ask you for references or already check your references ?
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CaDaShe on 7/14/2019(UTC)
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#8862 Posted : Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:35:41 AM(UTC)
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Hi Oceana,

I was interviewed last Wednesday, I had a phone interview because I was abroad. I finished the interview but the line was not so clear. They asked for my references but I do not know if they were contacted yet. I have to ask when I get back to work tomorrow. They also asked me for my top 2 location preferences because there are 3 vacancies in LA. I also received and submitted my writing assessment right after the interview.

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PrimaDawna  
#8863 Posted : Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:58:07 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Radical Skates Go to Quoted Post
I've worked for USCIS as a ISO-1 for about a year now. AMA.


How do you like it ? Are you working from home yet?

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KpMd on 7/14/2019(UTC)
jared337  
#8864 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2019 1:57:03 PM(UTC)
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I was offered an advanced EOD date on July 8th for the PSC in Arlington, VA. My timeline is the same as PrimaDawna and tknore. They offered me 2 different dates and of those given, I requested to start on 8-4-19. After a few days, they accepted. I was contacted by a background investigator yesterday.


Hey nice! I'm starting that day as well! As my case was coming in through Reinstatement, I really didn't have to do anything, aside from pestering OSI. After my last post, I was informed that I had been sent back to HR for EOD scheduling on 6/10 (found this out on 6/27) and told to contact my HR person. They told me OSI had "mis-coded" me and were glad I reached out to them to inquire. They then offered 7/21 or 8/4, and I took 8/4 since we're moving up to Arlington from Richmond, VA. It's going to be a long three weeks, but I'm excited to get back to it.

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PrimaDawna  
#8865 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2019 2:33:45 PM(UTC)
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I am reinstate too but I haven't had a background check in 9 years. I got an email from a background person Saturday . I had to go back into equip and redo the relative section because I said I was married and did not put down a name for my father in law. That's because my husband doesn't have a clue who his Dad is ,even his birth certificate says father unknown. I had to go back into the equip form and put an explanation for father in law. I hope it doesn't delay me getting an EOD.
CaDaShe  
#8866 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2019 5:46:39 PM(UTC)
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One of my references was checked today. I am not sure of the other one because he doesn't report to work 'till Wednesday.
Does anyone here know if there is a deadline for the references questionnaire to be submitted?
And what's next after this?

Thank you.
PrimaDawna  
#8867 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2019 7:09:39 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: CaDaShe Go to Quoted Post
One of my references was checked today. I am not sure of the other one because he doesn't report to work 'till Wednesday.
Does anyone here know if there is a deadline for the references questionnaire to be submitted?
And what's next after this?

Thank you.


My references had a 48 hr deadline to respond. After the reference check, I received my Tentative offer

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KpMd  
#8868 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2019 8:19:07 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: KpMd Go to Quoted Post
I was offered an advanced EOD date on July 8th for the PSC in Arlington, VA. My timeline is the same as PrimaDawna and tknore. They offered me 2 different dates and of those given, I requested to start on 8-4-19. After a few days, they accepted. I was contacted by a background investigator yesterday.


Hey nice! I'm starting that day as well! As my case was coming in through Reinstatement, I really didn't have to do anything, aside from pestering OSI. After my last post, I was informed that I had been sent back to HR for EOD scheduling on 6/10 (found this out on 6/27) and told to contact my HR person. They told me OSI had "mis-coded" me and were glad I reached out to them to inquire. They then offered 7/21 or 8/4, and I took 8/4 since we're moving up to Arlington from Richmond, VA. It's going to be a long three weeks, but I'm excited to get back to it.


Nice! I guess I’ll see you on the first day of work.:)
CaDaShe  
#8869 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2019 10:09:56 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: CaDaShe Go to Quoted Post
One of my references was checked today. I am not sure of the other one because he doesn't report to work 'till Wednesday.
Does anyone here know if there is a deadline for the references questionnaire to be submitted?
And what's next after this?

Thank you.


My references had a 48 hr deadline to respond. After the reference check, I received my Tentative offer



Thanks for the reply.

I hope to hear from them soon, hopefully, a TO :)
PSEtoPTF  
#8870 Posted : Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:04:37 AM(UTC)
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Got my TO today! Wow, exiting.
It’s for AO, but I want to thank this forum for being here as an incredible source of information.
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PrimaDawna on 7/17/2019(UTC)
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#8871 Posted : Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:39:24 AM(UTC)
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How is the Vermont Service Center to work in?

How is life outside the Vermont Service Center? Is it hard to get around in the winter due to the cold/snow?

Thanks,

Tex
TexFed77  
#8872 Posted : Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:49:55 AM(UTC)
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Does anyone know if reinstatement applicants for the ISO position whose BI was adjudicated less than 5 years ago
need to go through the whole BI process again?

Thanks,

Tex
socaltax  
#8873 Posted : Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:03:49 PM(UTC)
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I've read that after the interview they ask for references to do a reference check. Can someone elaborate more on this. Do you need to bring all this information to the interview? Are these the references listed on USA jobs? How many? Do they want professional only or can it also be personal?

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CaDaShe  
#8874 Posted : Friday, July 19, 2019 7:08:41 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: socaltax Go to Quoted Post
I've read that after the interview they ask for references to do a reference check. Can someone elaborate more on this. Do you need to bring all this information to the interview? Are these the references listed on USA jobs? How many? Do they want professional only or can it also be personal?

Thanks



Hi socaltax,

based on my experience, they asked for my professional references before the interview date, by email. But maybe it varies, I read some posts here that they were asked for their references after the interview. Maybe also because mine was a phone interview. I think they only want professional as stated in the email.

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tknore  
#8875 Posted : Friday, July 19, 2019 8:25:31 AM(UTC)
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Hey guys! I got my Potential EOD email today. From what I remember there was some time between my ref check and TO. I was wondering does anyone have any information on when the academy is?
Athena  
#8876 Posted : Saturday, July 20, 2019 4:58:28 AM(UTC)
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Has anyone received a Tentative Offer/Selected for the

ISO 1 for the Texas Service Center, Announcement: CIS-DHA-10419388-SSC

that closed on Feb 15, 2019?

Thanks!


I finally received a TJO GS5 Step 6 from them yesterday. My problem now is, that I transitioned from Local Hire to CORE GS7 with FEMA just a month ago.

I'm debating pros and cons, but having a tough time deciding if a should stay where I am or accept TJO.

On the one hand, GS level is higher at FEMA, and the commute is shorter. However, the appointments are in 2 year increments, and I may get deployed to aid disaster survivors every now and then.

With USCIS, I come in at a lower level, and my daily commute is longer. I'll never be deployed, and it's a permanent position. However, I wonder if the job ever becomes monotonous, and if there is room for advancement.

Does anyone have any advice?
Are there any ISOs that can provide input?
Athena  
#8877 Posted : Saturday, July 20, 2019 5:20:51 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Radical Skates Go to Quoted Post
I've worked for USCIS as a ISO-1 for about a year now. AMA.


Can you please tell me how do you like it? What does your normal day look like? How long do you see yourself being an ISO?

I received a TJO and would love some input before I accept please.
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