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OPM is responsible for several broad categories such as employee recruitment and retention and oversees the overall federal workforce including managing, job announcement postings at USAJOBS.gov and setting governmentwide policies on hiring procedures.
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Goose1  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:21:44 AM(UTC)
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I have been accepted and start one month before the academy. I must say I'm a bit nervous as I have 15 years of government service under my belt and have a family who counts on me. The ides of failing and being removed from federal service definitely frightens me.
I will be in the class schedule for January and am from MD.
Who else will be joining me and have similar concerns over the academy?
fed1090  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:39:25 AM(UTC)
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The training is designed to train you not fail you. The failure part is something all agencies must say. It is not difficult stay positive listen to the training and understand it teaches you the basics, I was in a similar boat and moved the family half way across the country and I made it no probe.
Srell2002  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:04:06 PM(UTC)
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I received my tentative offer in September. My background closed about a week ago and now waiting on adjudication. I hope to be in the January class.
Srell2002  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:28:52 PM(UTC)
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Can you provide your timeline? You will be shadowing for a month?
Mtc17227  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:29:47 AM(UTC)
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Are you guys a part of the mass hiring post in August or the individual posts the months before it?
Srell2002  
#6 Posted : Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:49:47 PM(UTC)
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Individual for me
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:44:23 PM(UTC)
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I graduate on Friday, the best advice i can offer you is to come with an open mind and be prepared to study
Goose1  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:35:39 PM(UTC)
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Individual posting.
Goose1  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:47:21 PM(UTC)
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From what I understand my SAC really knows what it takes to be successful. I am presuming shadowing for a month will provide me more exposure and provide mne a better understanding prior to the academy.

I was interviewed in August, recieved the tentative letter in August recieved the final offer November 6th.
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#10 Posted : Saturday, November 18, 2017 12:43:10 PM(UTC)

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@rmyvet gave you the best advice.
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Come to the training prepared to take the training serious and focus on the information. Review the information and learn how to use the tools. Ask questions during and after class. Don't talk yourself out of the career field but get rid of the notion that this is a "retirement" job. I have been a BI as either a contractor or a fed for over 14 years and will be frank, be flexible and pay attention - this is how you will do well in this training.

*DISCLAIMER*Correctly filling out your security forms will not guarantee you a clearance in 3 months BUT be sloppy and your case will be in the field a heck of a lot longer, guaranteed.
Hopeful1810  
#11 Posted : Saturday, November 18, 2017 10:59:47 PM(UTC)
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I will be in the Jan 17th class I am from NYC. 12 years in the Marines and 3 years Civillian Fed Service
Bachelors in Criminal Justice


My Timeline
Applied in April
Phone Interview in May
Panel Interview in June
COE in August
Met with Investigator in October
Received Final earlier this week
Start date is suppose to be 11/27 however my current supervisor is upset so she said “OPM doesn’t tell us when you start we tell them” so if she’s right I’ll probaly start 12/11.

Not worried I have 70hours of Comp Time I plan on using if Dec 11th is my start date. Good luck to everyone attending
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