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M1keBones  
#221 Posted : Wednesday, August 4, 2021 5:38:00 AM(UTC)
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Thanks guys, I have nothing to hide since I laid everything out in the security interview.

Just curious do they tell you right after how you did or do you have to wait to receive a email.



I can only speak to my experience as each polygraph examiner has their own style. Mine told me right after, in a roundabout way, that I passed but that quality control still has to approve it. I knew I passed when I received an email a few days later asking me to update tax forms. If you get an email after asking you to update any of your forms (or scheduling you for the next step in the process), then you passed.
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#222 Posted : Thursday, August 5, 2021 4:02:05 PM(UTC)
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Update:
Got my Medical next week and poly the following week.

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#223 Posted : Friday, August 6, 2021 2:12:56 PM(UTC)
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Has anyone else taken a month to get the SAEE email and go from “Under Review” to “Best Qualified”?
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#224 Posted : Tuesday, August 10, 2021 3:40:30 AM(UTC)
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i think it was over a month for me after the SAEE to get the invite to the SUPER.


Has anyone done your medical before the polygraph ?? i did the medical yesterday and it went well. Just curious why they had me do that first.
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#225 Posted : Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:19:00 AM(UTC)
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i think it was over a month for me after the SAEE to get the invite to the SUPER.


Has anyone done your medical before the polygraph ?? i did the medical yesterday and it went well. Just curious why they had me do that first.



I did medical after the poly. It seems they are knocking out steps for you during gaps in scheduled appointments to get you that final offer quicker. It's a good thing!
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#226 Posted : Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:03:50 AM(UTC)
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Yeah its one less step to worry about. Did it take long for them to conduct the investigation field work( ie. contact your references, neighbors and such)? I'm assuming they wait until the poly is completed so they don't waste time and resources on the investigative piece if I cannot pass the poly.




Also on another subject. Anyone in here a Military Reservist?? I was told from a coworker that i can request to stay in my area for a field office, because i have a military obligation to uphold.

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#227 Posted : Tuesday, August 10, 2021 11:41:32 AM(UTC)
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Yeah its one less step to worry about. Did it take long for them to conduct the investigation field work( ie. contact your references, neighbors and such)? I'm assuming they wait until the poly is completed so they don't waste time and resources on the investigative piece if I cannot pass the poly.




Also on another subject. Anyone in here a Military Reservist?? I was told from a coworker that i can request to stay in my area for a field office, because i have a military obligation to uphold.


They won't start the B.I. until you pass your poly. I served both active and reserve (I'm out now), My B.I. took close to 8 weeks because they had to reach out to people in duty stations across the country that I was stationed at. How long your B.I. takes depends on how much travel you've done, where you have lived, etc. They'll talk to supervisors, neighbors, friends, etc then branch out and ask your references for references to get that whole person concept of you. Much of the B.I. process is out of your hands and you just have to wait for your B.I. to clear.
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#228 Posted : Wednesday, August 11, 2021 3:44:45 AM(UTC)
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Yeah I do background investigating part time for a few agencies so I know how long it can take . Although the Secret Service likes to do their own investigations so realistically it should be faster than others because no middle men.


Curious did you get your Home interview yet?
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#229 Posted : Wednesday, August 11, 2021 6:09:47 PM(UTC)
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Yeah I do background investigating part time for a few agencies so I know how long it can take . Although the Secret Service likes to do their own investigations so realistically it should be faster than others because no middle men.


Curious did you get your Home interview yet?


Yep. I had my Home Interview some time back (April). No BQA letter yet and when I try to follow up, all they tell me is "You're still in the process" or "Your application is still active." This wait doesn't seem to be typical for this process, so you shouldn't worry.

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#230 Posted : Wednesday, August 18, 2021 4:13:36 AM(UTC)
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Id be interested to know when did everyone tell their current employer about the background investigation, and possibly leaving ? figured id wait to see how my Poly goes this week lol
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#231 Posted : Wednesday, August 18, 2021 5:00:14 AM(UTC)
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Id be interested to know when did everyone tell their current employer about the background investigation, and possibly leaving ? figured id wait to see how my Poly goes this week lol



I had a B.I. for two separate agencies going on at the same time; For the USSS, I told my employer as soon as I got emails asking me to update documents or sign new forms (after the poly). For the other agency, the B.I. investigator reached out and told me he'd be starting the B.I.

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#232 Posted : Wednesday, August 18, 2021 5:55:45 AM(UTC)
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Ok so yeah ill do it after the poly like I planned. guessing they give you start date a few months in advanced?

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Ok so yeah ill do it after the poly like I planned. guessing they give you start date a few months in advanced?


For what it's worth, I was told at my SUPER that it is only about 2 weeks' notice.
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#234 Posted : Wednesday, August 18, 2021 6:57:10 AM(UTC)
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Ok so yeah ill do it after the poly like I planned. guessing they give you start date a few months in advanced?


For what it's worth, I was told at my SUPER that it is only about 2 weeks' notice.


Thats crazy if so. If that was the case then id expect there to be a break after training in order to report to your field office. Especially if you need to move.

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Ok so yeah ill do it after the poly like I planned. guessing they give you start date a few months in advanced?


For what it's worth, I was told at my SUPER that it is only about 2 weeks' notice.


Thats crazy if so. If that was the case then id expect there to be a break after training in order to report to your field office. Especially if you need to move.



Yea, if I wrote this down correctly, here is what I was told: two weeks' notice to report to your local field office, then two weeks there prior to FLETC, back to local FO for 2 weeks after that, then to JJRTC, graduate there on a Thursday, report to new FO on Monday. So technically quite a while before needing to actually move to a new city.
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#236 Posted : Friday, August 20, 2021 9:47:26 AM(UTC)
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Well the poly didn’t go so well for me . Apparently I had issues with drug questioning . Haven’t touched drugs in 12 years 😞
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#237 Posted : Friday, August 20, 2021 2:44:05 PM(UTC)
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Well the poly didn’t go so well for me . Apparently I had issues with drug questioning . Haven’t touched drugs in 12 years 😞




Three things can happen:

1) You were within acceptable parameters and you pass.

2) They invite you for a second poly

3) You get the BQA letter.

2/3rds chance this works out in your favor, keep your head up.
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Allsourceguy on 8/21/2021(UTC)
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#238 Posted : Monday, August 23, 2021 5:24:25 AM(UTC)
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Yup got the BQA email today . Has anyone who failed the poly been able to reapply ?
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#239 Posted : Monday, August 23, 2021 10:18:58 AM(UTC)
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Yup got the BQA email today . Has anyone who failed the poly been able to reapply ?



Unfortunately, I think a failed poly precludes you from applying with the USSS again. However, a failed poly with one agency has no bearing on you applying with another agency.
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#240 Posted : Wednesday, August 25, 2021 3:43:18 AM(UTC)
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Your probably right. Im going to call the field office today to confirm , before my dreams are completely crushed
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