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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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howellminn  
#21 Posted : Monday, June 22, 2020 7:04:33 AM(UTC)
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Hey all,

I withdrew from the process about a year ago, and have since thrown my name in the hat with this opening. My previous passing score on the SAEE was carried over so I advanced to the SUPER interview, however I haven;t heard anything and that notification was received on 5/15 or so. Anyone else have a similar experience?
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#22 Posted : Monday, June 22, 2020 7:12:30 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: howellminn Go to Quoted Post
Hey all,

I withdrew from the process about a year ago, and have since thrown my name in the hat with this opening. My previous passing score on the SAEE was carried over so I advanced to the SUPER interview, however I haven;t heard anything and that notification was received on 5/15 or so. Anyone else have a similar experience?


A lot of us have passed the SAEE either recently or right before COVID started up and are waiting for the SUPER to be scheduled. I was set to take the test in March but the testing centers shut down three days before my date. I was reauthorized at the beginning of June and passed on the 12th. Rumor on another forum is that they are planning ELAC processing events in July to push a lot of applicants through quickly, but I haven't heard anyone say they have their SUPER scheduled yet. So welcome to the waiting game lol.
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#23 Posted : Monday, June 22, 2020 9:08:33 AM(UTC)
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I took the SAEE this morning and passed. I was surprised I got the results right after testing. I was the only applicant there. I took the CBP officer entrance examine a couple of weeks prior and I believe that helped with the Logic Based Reasoning and Language portions.

Good luck to everyone!
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#24 Posted : Monday, June 22, 2020 9:14:28 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: WeirdLaw Go to Quoted Post
Hi all, looking for some insight.

Roughly 5 months ago I was bumped out of FBI SA process at the poly stage.

It dealt with an unclear timeframe on prior use. Long story short, I couldn't narrow down the date specifically, and had about a month timeframe that I believed to be most accurate. That showed on my poly as stress, and ended up in a fail.

How much would this be held against me in application to another agency, aka the CI position in Secret Service? I'd rather not shoot myself in the foot off the bat. I am not in any qualification violations. But would the FBI ding go against me?



From what I read in the other USSS thread, a failed polygraph with one agency will NOT have an effect on the application with another agency.

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someoldguy  
#25 Posted : Monday, June 22, 2020 9:31:45 AM(UTC)
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Here's a question... I'm not applying for this position, but I saw a recent announcement that said it was "Temporary."

Is that right? I assume this is just a way of giving them an easy way to terminate you if you fail the training or don't work out during the probationary period... but it is like other "Temporary" positions where you do not get full benefits and you don't accrue time toward tenure?
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#26 Posted : Monday, June 22, 2020 9:56:23 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: someoldguy Go to Quoted Post
Here's a question... I'm not applying for this position, but I saw a recent announcement that said it was "Temporary."

Is that right? I assume this is just a way of giving them an easy way to terminate you if you fail the training or don't work out during the probationary period... but it is like other "Temporary" positions where you do not get full benefits and you don't accrue time toward tenure?


IIRC it’s temporary because of the hiring authority used. You’re technically temporary in the FBI too until you finish the probationary period.

You get normal benefits and everything just like a permanent position.
someoldguy  
#27 Posted : Monday, June 22, 2020 10:08:14 AM(UTC)
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Thanks... I thought that when you saw "temporary" in a USAJobs announcement it meant twelve months or less.
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#28 Posted : Monday, June 22, 2020 10:13:38 AM(UTC)
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You sign an agreement saying you’ll work for the USSS for 20 or 24 months so definitely longer than a year.

Agencies use new kinds of hiring authority so it doesn’t take 3 years to hire new agents. One of the reasons the USSS was getting people to FLETC within 100 days of applying (at least before COVID).

Considering how much putting you through 6-7 months of training costs them, I’d hope they wouldn’t let you go after another 6 months of actually working the job.
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#29 Posted : Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:36:33 AM(UTC)
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I’m thinking of maybe throwing my hat in the ring. I’m already in the FBI process, but it wouldn’t hurt to increase my chances to land a 1811.

Anyone here concerned about the reported low morale due to crazy OT and non stop travel? Obviously it’s something you would have to deal with knowing what the job entails, but I don’t know how a family man, or rather, their family would survive such an ordeal. I know back in 2017(?) the head of the dept said they would be making changes for major improvements. I always wondered they were getting it done.
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#30 Posted : Friday, July 10, 2020 7:33:53 AM(UTC)
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I was hoping someone else would chime in with direct knowledge, since the only info I have is second-hand at best. But I thought I'd add what little info I do have.

Apparently it is not only the amount of travel but the last-minute nature of it. You might get a call saying you need to be someplace on very short notice. If there were a set schedule and you could plan things out, I'm told, it would not be quite as bad. But much of the travel is unscheduled, possibly due to being short staffed and also the nature of the protectee's schedules.

Something else I did not know is that your first assignment, maybe the first few years, are not in the 'protective' details but you are based out of field offices working other cases. The guy who told me this seemed to think this would cut down on the travel, but at best that would only be at the start.

In other news, I saw a news story about moving USSS out of DHS and back to Treasury.
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#31 Posted : Saturday, July 11, 2020 7:50:19 AM(UTC)
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someoldguy, good stuff.

I think it might benefit the USSS to maybe split up financial investigations and protective details and focus on just one. Or at least put much more man power into protective work to increase personnel thus create better schedules and raise working standards. There are many agencies that can handle financial crimes. Once word gets out that things are better they’ll get more people to join and spend less on OT pay.

Just my 2 cents.
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#32 Posted : Sunday, August 2, 2020 9:38:12 AM(UTC)
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Seeing multiple people on the officer.com forum getting through their SUPER in very late July. Looks like it’s all bigger cities.

I’ve called my local FO about three times and haven’t gotten anything solid. About to see if they’d let me travel to a bigger city to actually continue the process. I’d like to get in what has to be an insanely long queue for the FLETC CITP before you’re having to wait 1-2 years to get in lol.
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#33 Posted : Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:58:21 PM(UTC)
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What was everyone's general timeline from application submission until SAEE invite? I submitted in mid July and my application is still in the "received" status on USA Jobs.
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#34 Posted : Friday, August 7, 2020 7:57:17 AM(UTC)
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Finally got the SUPER invite. Took about 6 months. They're really backed up and trying to work through everything as quickly as possible.

If you submitted an application recently, I'd expect to hear something about the SAEE within 1 to 1.5 months. It seems like testing centers are mostly re-opened.



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#35 Posted : Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:25:18 PM(UTC)
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Passed the SUPER. Eye exam and E-QIP submitted (kind of weird they make you go pay for your own eye exam but whatever it takes). Waiting for the next step, which I assume is the security interview.

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#36 Posted : Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:35:11 PM(UTC)
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Passed the SUPER. Eye exam and E-QIP submitted (kind of weird they make you go pay for your own eye exam but whatever it takes). Waiting for the next step, which I assume is the security interview.




We are in the same boat! My timeline is as follows:

03/02/20 - Applied
03/18/20 - Best qualified notification & authorization to test (canceled due to COVID)
06/06/20 - SAEE - PASS
08/03/20 - SUPER invite notification
08/11/20 - SUPER interview
08/13/20 - COE! Submitted forms & eye exam
08/14/20 - eQIP received
08/15/20 - eQIP & supplemental forms submitted
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#37 Posted : Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:06:39 AM(UTC)
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Question: USA Jobs sent me an "Update to application status" email about a week back. I checked USA Jobs, the application is still in received status. However, the application page on the USSS website itself said "We are currently reviewing applications." I am assuming this means that the update was from the actual USSS page rather than USA Jobs? I don't recall if it said "We are currently reviewing applications" prior to the status update email.
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#38 Posted : Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:32:08 PM(UTC)
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Yes, all updates are through the USSS. But even the USSS dashboard doesn’t really update. You’ll get all the real updates via email.

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#39 Posted : Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:58:31 PM(UTC)
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I passed the SAEE today. According to the SS website, the physical test is next. Is that true? If so, I can't find the standards. The fitness standards on the website state that the standards listed are different than the APAT. Does anyone know what to expect?
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#40 Posted : Friday, August 21, 2020 8:34:06 AM(UTC)
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From reading around on other forums of people in the process, the PFT is not really administered in the application phase. You will take it during orientation week at the JJRTC in Maryland (before FLETC), then again at FLETC, and finally, again at JJRTC for your Secret Service training. The following from officer.com:

"Youd be given a baseline test at orientation. At FLETC you need a 7 with only one 0. Once you make it to RTC, you'll be given an initial, midterm, and final. Initial you need 8 with only one zero, midterm 9 with only one 0, and to graduate RTC you need a 10 with no 0s."
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