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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.

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Molash8799  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:10:11 AM(UTC)
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I applied in June or July of 2016 I believe. I just got called in for the written test on June 1st. I missed 2 math questions I know of, feel so stupid as they weren't that hard, just missed a step. I really hope it doesn't require a perfect score. I am 10 point pref Vet. so that should help.

Sounds like it could still be a long time before I hear anything based on what you guys have said...
Any updates out there from recent hires? Do they tell you your score? Any communication on whether you made it or not during the process? Or do they only tell you when you make it?

How is training? PT requirements? Choice of station, or do they make you go where they want you? etc?

Thanks guys and congratulations to all of you who have made it.
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#2 Posted : Friday, July 14, 2017 7:21:49 AM(UTC)
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I applied November of 2016 and have not heard a peep, except that they are now just testing Veterans first from that pool. I heard rumors that as of May offices could expect it to be another 18 months before anyone EODs...

Not sure on your other questions as to communication, but no PT requirements, likely a physical exam by a doctor prior to EOD but I think that would be after an conditional offer?
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#3 Posted : Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:05:34 AM(UTC)
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Hello! Does anyone know the typical timeline of each phase for the DEA IRS position? Here's my timeline so far:

Applied: November of 2016
Received notification of moving on to phase two: October 10, 2017 (Not sure why it took so long).
Written test: October 14, 2017


Currently awaiting the results of the written proctored test. Does anyone know how long that usually is? Any feedback will be great! Thanks!
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#4 Posted : Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:00:40 AM(UTC)
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I have heard that it takes a few months to get the results of the written exam...

There are other threads on here where people have posted their timelines, some of the info is a little dated but I don't think HR has improved the process much so it is probably still accurate, in short, I think it typically takes up to two years from the time someone applies and the day they walk in the door as a IRS.
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#5 Posted : Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:09:55 AM(UTC)
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Thank you! I read over some of the other forums and yes, like you said they were out dated. In essence, I need to hold my horses and don't hold my breath!
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#6 Posted : Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:15:09 PM(UTC)
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It is a waiting game for sure with these positions...

That is great that you have moved on to Phase 2 and the written exam, unsure if you have vet status or not, rumors were that they would be testing vets first, if you are not a vet then maybe they are through the vets and getting to the rest of us...
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#7 Posted : Friday, October 20, 2017 5:20:00 AM(UTC)
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I am not a vet, so that may explain why it took them 11 months to contact me:/

As soon as I get another update, I will post again.
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#8 Posted : Friday, October 20, 2017 6:15:46 PM(UTC)
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Interesting, and good news for the rest of us too! I have heard the test, especially the math, can be difficult.....I did confirm that they give you a calculator to use though.
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, October 25, 2017 2:21:32 PM(UTC)
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I also am not a vet. I had applied in November '16 and received the e-mail for the proctored exam on Oct. 11. Just took it today, which is the last day to test, according to the e-mail.
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#10 Posted : Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:03:49 PM(UTC)
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For all of us that tested in the past few weeks, and those that have tested in the past, any one know how long it will be before we can expect some results?
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#11 Posted : Friday, October 27, 2017 1:13:21 PM(UTC)
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I tested last week as well.
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#12 Posted : Monday, October 30, 2017 6:48:51 AM(UTC)
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Waiting a year to hear back about taking the entrance exam does not inspire confidence in the agency's process.

In the time they took to invite me to take their step 2 exam I interviewed with another agency that December, got a CJO that day, drug test in January, SF86 requested in February, security and poly interviews end of March, BI started end of April, BI concluded October. I am now waiting on adjudication and an EoD. I'm tempted to take the exam just to see if I'll be at a desk there by the time DEA gets around to grading it.

That's just bananas.

Edit to add: two years seems optimistic as a turnaround. If you apply in Nov 2016, test in Oct 2017, interview in Jan 2018 (if the three month wait to be scored is accurate) and start an SSBI without prior clearance in February (going through OPM for that) you're looking at getting clearance from OPM in around 500 days from Feb 2018, starting on the job in late 2019. Three years. And that assumes that they go from "slower than a short bus navigating an obstacle course made out of kittens" to "comparatively normal speed of process" after the interview.

That's a year longer than the FBI takes to onboard an actual agent, much less an intelligence specialist. I think most other agencies have a pillar to post of 12-18 months.

What that means is that by the time they get around to interviewing applicants, the ones most likely to be outstanding candidates will have left the process to take a job with another agency that isn't so slow to call dibs. Unless DEA is the only agency they applied to and they don't care how long it takes because it's the only job they want.

They're going to be left with applicants that didn't get offers from anyone else.

That's not good. They need to get their act together.

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#13 Posted : Monday, October 30, 2017 8:31:02 AM(UTC)
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I received an email on Thursday stating that they have extended the period of time to take the written exam to November 2, 2017. The extension can't be good news, that only means that the results of the exams will be prolonged:/
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#14 Posted : Monday, October 30, 2017 5:04:40 PM(UTC)
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Did anyone else have TERRIBLE connectivity during the exam? This was not due to the Internet at my testing site but with the test itself. During the first portion of the test my screen timed out repeatedly; the proctor had to re-log me in to my test at least 7 times. I wonder if this has something to do with the the extension of the testing dates.
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I decided to skip it since their process is so messed up, but I can tell you that State's FSOT exam was just as bad in terms of being super glitchy and annoying. The proctor told me that when it froze up it wouldn't affect the time elapsed for taking the test, but it was still irritating, and being irritated repeatedly by a distraction during an important exam is always a drag.
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:02:16 PM(UTC)
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We did not experience any technical problems at my testing site (other than not having enough time to complete the math questions!!)

When I got the same email announcing the extension I wondered if they are having so many people not pass that they need more people in the pool, which should tell them maybe just maybe their process is a little flawed...

And yes, I think DEA should wake up and realize that when the process takes as long as it does people often have moved on, some quite literally and have already moved geographically and don't want to up and move again. I think some bosses and Agents realize the system is flawed but HR and the IRSs involved in the hiring process don't seem to want to change anything.

This process has taken so long I have actually accepted another job rather than wait around forever for this one, but I will still jump ship and take the job if offered, but like many I am not holding my breath! Especially after the exam!
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And an additional thought, it is my understanding that DEA is one of the agencies that wait (and wait) for OPM to complete and adjudicate the background investigation, which contributes to the delays; whereas many agencies including CBP, CIS, and IRS have employees or contractors they hire to complete enough of a background that the person is probably going to pass and can start showing up in the job while waiting for full clearance.
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#18 Posted : Friday, November 3, 2017 7:50:27 PM(UTC)
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Has anyone applied for the Diversion Investigator position and taken the test? thoughts?
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#19 Posted : Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:13:09 AM(UTC)
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I am growing so anxious to find out if I passed/failed the IRS proctored exam! I decided to call the announcement contact in HR and she stated that the announcement alone had 13,000 applications with 5,000 being vets and that at this point HR is simply waiting on Intel to send over the list of those who passed the exam. She told me to continue to call because they may get it any day now. They are looking to fill hundreds of vacancies nationwide with some locations having multiple slots. I also emailed Intel (the email address that sent over the extended testing period email) but have not received a response :( Has anyone else received an update?
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#20 Posted : Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:09:26 PM(UTC)
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sounds like we did just get an update, lol! But seriously thank you for the info, that does help. I also have not heard a peep since 10/20 when I took the test..
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