The Application Process
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We encourage applicants to apply for Uniformed Division officer positions with the Secret Service electronically by submitting an application online via USAJOBS. 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 below illustrates the job opportunity application process for new and returning USAJOBS users.
Applicants who are unable to submit their application electronically may contact the Talent and Employee Acquisition Management Division at (202) 406-5271. Hearing impaired applicants may call 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.
Entry-Level Hiring Process
Phase I: Competency
- Job Opportunity Announcements (JOAs) posted on USAJOBS
- Qualifications/Resume Review
- Uniformed Division Examination Exam (UDEE)
- Applicant Physical Abilities Test (APAT)
- Conditional Job Offer
Phase II: Security
- Security Interview / Credit Checks
- Polygraph Examination
- Medical Examination / Psychological Examination
- Background Investigation
- Hiring Panel Review
The timeframe for completion of a background investigation varies depending on the history of the applicant. Typically, a full background investigation takes approximately six to nine months to complete. During this time, a wide range of information is verified. This includes employment history, police records, credit history, school transcripts, neighborhood references and military records.