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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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Bruce  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, October 31, 2018 3:57:35 PM(UTC)
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Hello!

I'm a first time poster and thought I'd create a new thread for this specific job announcement.

From what I gathered from other DEA hiring threads, the timeline for IRS hiring is lengthy - anyone here have good inisght into this process?

Good luck to whomever else is in the 2500 person pool.

See ya!

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#2 Posted : Thursday, November 1, 2018 9:50:39 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for posting! I've also applied to the latest vacancy and I'm hoping to get some insight into the IRS hiring process. It seems pretty daunting from what one can read on these forums.

But if anyone can shed some light into what one can expect throughout the hiring/selection process, that would be great!! Thanks in advance!
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#3 Posted : Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:33:42 PM(UTC)
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I also applied for this posting. I see they have done away (at least for now) with the nearly impossible test, and are going to straight from reviewing resumes to interviews. I tried to call DEA HR with the # from the posting but got no answer...I am not sure how long HR would need to go through 2500 applications but I do know that people that applied in the fall of 2016 were just being hired this fall for training that started last month at Quantico...
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#4 Posted : Thursday, November 8, 2018 9:35:49 PM(UTC)
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I'm okay with a long ( l o n g ) selection process if there are semi-regular updates. The thing that worries me is that I have a few pokers in the fire and want to be able to move over if/when I get the invite. I know that I can always resign/quit other govt jobs if I have to, but I'd much rather a seamless move.

I haven't heard that the written/computer testing was going away - that may help expedite the next pool.

Does anyone have insight into class sizes at Quantico? Something makes me arbitrarily think 30-45 but I couldn't even tell you what I base that guess on....

Anyhow, glad to see some movement on this board - Federal Soup seemed pretty dead to me at first glance.

Good luck everyone else!
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#5 Posted : Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:46:30 PM(UTC)
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Can anyone clarify if there will still be another written assessment at a proctored location, or if the written assessment done using the USA Hire link is the only test/exam before the structured interview? As a previous poster had alluded to, it seems like this latest vacancy announcement cuts out an additional writing assessment by testing applicants immediately after submission of the application thru the USA Hire application, and the announcement did not seem to mention another writing exam aside from the USA Hire one, but I just wanted to get other candidates' thoughts. It seems like if there is no additional writing test, and that invitations to the structured interview will be based only on the USA Hire writing test taken after submitting the application that the wait for this vacancy should be considerably shorter than prior vacancy announcements, but I'm curious as to what you guys think?

Also, just guessing here, but the announcement had stated that it would close once they hit 2500 applications, I had observed that the announcement stayed open until the stated closing date, so I'm guessing they did not reach 2500 applicants. Your thoughts?

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#6 Posted : Friday, November 23, 2018 7:26:10 PM(UTC)
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From everything I know about the DEA Intelligence Research Specialist position and the application process, they do seem to have (at least this year) eliminated the proctored computer based test (I suspect this was due to the high failure rate which left them with a much smaller pool of applicants). With these excepted service postings, the applications are reviewed (mostly on the resume) and a determination is made if a candidate has the specialized experience outlined in the posting.

I wondered about the 2500 applicant limit as well as it did seem to stay open the whole time on usajobs, really no way to tell how close they got to the 2500 limit before it closed, my guess is that many read the announcement carefully and refrained from applying due to the specialized experience needed.

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#7 Posted : Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:13:31 AM(UTC)

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From everything I know about the DEA Intelligence Research Specialist position and the application process, they do seem to have (at least this year) eliminated the proctored computer based test (I suspect this was due to the high failure rate which left them with a much smaller pool of applicants). With these excepted service postings, the applications are reviewed (mostly on the resume) and a determination is made if a candidate has the specialized experience outlined in the posting.

I wondered about the 2500 applicant limit as well as it did seem to stay open the whole time on usajobs, really no way to tell how close they got to the 2500 limit before it closed, my guess is that many read the announcement carefully and refrained from applying due to the specialized experience needed.



I tested a year ago for an IRS position. I clicked finish then got a "Page Cannot be Displayed." I got the proctor, he clicked a few things and said "You're fine."

*Narrator voice* But he was NOT fine.


I never heard anything. I tried contacting multiple people at DEA and DOJ but got no response. Maybe they did away with the exam in part because the software was buggy and they didn't want to spend the resources to fix it?
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#8 Posted : Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:33:22 AM(UTC)
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That certainly may be the case, I did not think of that but did hear of other folks that had computer problems at some sites. And yes, communicating with DEA HR has been less than adequate as far as communication on the process and status of things...
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#9 Posted : Saturday, December 8, 2018 4:26:31 PM(UTC)
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Just popping in with breaking news!


No change -


Cheers!
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, December 19, 2018 6:01:33 PM(UTC)
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No change

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#11 Posted : Tuesday, January 1, 2019 11:13:14 AM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: centermass Go to Quoted Post
From everything I know about the DEA Intelligence Research Specialist position and the application process, they do seem to have (at least this year) eliminated the proctored computer based test (I suspect this was due to the high failure rate which left them with a much smaller pool of applicants). With these excepted service postings, the applications are reviewed (mostly on the resume) and a determination is made if a candidate has the specialized experience outlined in the posting.

I wondered about the 2500 applicant limit as well as it did seem to stay open the whole time on usajobs, really no way to tell how close they got to the 2500 limit before it closed, my guess is that many read the announcement carefully and refrained from applying due to the specialized experience needed.



I only applied after I chatted with a DEA recruiter during a virtual job fair. She mentioned the posting, I went to usajobs and it said "current federal employees only." I mentioned this to her and she said "no, that's a mistake that's being corrected." I would have never seen it in my own searches because I have it set to "open to the public." I wonder how many disregarded it because of that mistake and then never came back.
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#12 Posted : Wednesday, January 2, 2019 2:20:34 PM(UTC)
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I only applied after I chatted with a DEA recruiter during a virtual job fair. She mentioned the posting, I went to usajobs and it said "current federal employees only." I mentioned this to her and she said "no, that's a mistake that's being corrected." I would have never seen it in my own searches because I have it set to "open to the public." I wonder how many disregarded it because of that mistake and then never came back.


I wondered the exact same thing while submitting my application. I haven't noticed it being re-advertised so maybe they eventually got 2500....

Either way, it sure would be nice to at least know that they are working through the applications.
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#13 Posted : Monday, January 7, 2019 11:34:12 PM(UTC)
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Any thoughts if the partial shutdown is negatively affecting the processing of applications to the announcement?I feel really stupid asking this as a former fed employee, but I was curious as to other people's thoughts. I took a quick glance at DOJ's contingency plan during the lapse in appropriations, and I think I might have seen that roughly 86% of DEA employees were excepted from furloughs, but I don't know if and/or how that will affect HR processes.

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#14 Posted : Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:59:50 AM(UTC)
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I spoke to HR a few weeks back and she told me they were finishing up going over the 2500 applicants but the shutdown would delay the interview process.
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#15 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:52:14 AM(UTC)

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Anyone have anything new on this? My attempts to email the IHIRE address on the announcement are being rejected as a non-existent address.
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#16 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2019 2:40:41 PM(UTC)
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Same; email is dead. I haven't picked up the phone yet, though.
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#17 Posted : Saturday, February 9, 2019 11:04:14 AM(UTC)
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I called this past week. All applicants have been sent to the local DEA office closest to where you applied and they will start making calls for interviews either this coming week or after they see what’s Trump is going to do with the government shutdown again. Good luck everyone! I’m praying I get a call soon. I have no reason to believe I won’t.
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#18 Posted : Saturday, February 9, 2019 2:00:27 PM(UTC)
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Well, there is movement and that is good news. Good luck to everyone.
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#19 Posted : Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:06:40 PM(UTC)
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I called HR earlier today, and they told me that they are "currently narrowing down" those who will be selected to advance in the process, and that notifications will be coming out in "two weeks" by email. Gotta love the Feds for the consistency!
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#20 Posted : Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:13:34 AM(UTC)
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Had an interview about two weeks ago. They said things are backed up because of the furlough, but from what I understand most FO have already contacted people about interviews.
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