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 (2) phases.

TLE follows the same application path for Phase I, except the Written Exam. Phase II—all elements the same for SA, UD, TLE.

Applying with the Secret Service
 USSS core value of competency

PHASE I: Competency

Job Opportunity Announcements Posted on USAJOBS

Qualifications / Resume Review

APAT (Applicant Physical Abilities Test)


Conditional Job Offer

USSS core value of competency

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.