The Application Process

We encourage applicants to apply for APT 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.

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Hiring Process:

Job Opportunity Announcements (JOAs) posted on USAJOBS

Applications rated and ranked

Certificate of eligible candidates provided to selecting official

Selections made/Conditional Job Offer extended

Security Interview

Polygraph (if applicable)

Background Investigation

Final Employment Offer

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.