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Technical Law Enforcement application process

The Application Process

Technical Law Enforcement (TLE) positions are advertised via USAJOBS which is an automated staffing system. It is an online application process, requiring applicants to register or sign into USAJOBS and then follow the prompts for completing requested information and submitting required documents. The application process occurs through two phases.

TLE follows the same application path for Phase I, except the written exam. Phase II—all elements are the same for special agent, Uniformed Division officers and administrative, professional and technical positions.

PHASE I: Competency

  • Job Opportunity Announcements Posted on USAJOBS
  • Qualifications/Resume Review
  • APAT (Applicant Physical Abilities Test)
  • Interview
  • Conditional Job Offer

PHASE II: Security

  • Security Interview/Credit Checks
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Medical Examination/Psychological Examination
  • Background Investigation
  • Hiring Panel

We encourage applicants to apply for positions with the Secret Service electronically by submitting an application online. Positions may have unique application procedures. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to view current vacancy announcements and follow the specific application procedures outlined in the job opportunity announcement. The diagram above illustrates the job opportunity application process for new and returning USAJOBS users.

If you are unable to submit your application electronically, you may contact the Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division at (202) 406-5271 or, for hearing impaired applicants, TTY (202) 406-5390, for assistance. Applicants must contact the Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division prior to the closing date of the specific job opportunity announcement in order to receive assistance.