Job Announcement Number: F-NC-18-10313441-EXC

Job Title: Intelligence Research Specialist
Department: Department Of Justice
Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration
Hiring Organization: Intelligence Division

Salary Range

$ 43,857 to $ 68,983 / Base Salary Per Year
In addition to your base salary, you will receive a locality payment that will be determined by your duty location assignment.


September 27, 2018 – October 25, 2018

**This vacancy is open until 10-25-18 OR to the first 2500 applicants who apply. If 2500 applicants apply prior to the closing date, the vacancy will be closed the day the number of applicants is reached**




Full Time – Excepted Service (Permanent)




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Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities and will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, an unfavorable decision in any of the areas of the hiring process will be deemed as disqualifying.

Occasional Travel, foreign and domestic


You must be a U.S. Citizen.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Drug testing designated position

Mobility Agreement Required

Polygraph Required

The incumbent is a newly hired Intelligence Research Specialist who assists Senior Intelligence Research Specialists and Special Agents by performing preliminary research, analysis and evaluation of raw intelligence data for segments of large projects and studies.

  • Collects and catalogs new drug law enforcement intelligence information in a file or automated system according to class and topic.  
  • Receives or gathers intelligence reports and data in support of drug law enforcement investigations. Provides input on drug-related aspects of political, social, or economic trends or situations, such as the common methods used to smuggle narcotics into the country.  
  • Utilizes national and international information systems and databases, as appropriate.   
  • Evaluates all available intelligence information pertaining to a complete but limited topic or assigned area of study, or contributing to a larger study in an area, especially in the area of drug law enforcement, but also in areas such as one related to political, economic, social, technical or military conditions in one or more foreign countries. Alerts supervisor or higher-grade specialist of new information or emerging trends that merit further examination or study. 
  • Produces written strategic, operational and tactical intelligence products.
  • Provides oral briefing to senior level managers and policy makers.
  • Collects information through various means, including the debriefing of witnesses and informants.


Conditions of Employment:

  • Intelligence Research Specialists are subject to reassignment to any location in the United States depending on the needs of the DEA.  All applicants must be available for relocation throughout their career with DEA and will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement to this effect when accepting an offer of employment.  The Mobility Agreement confirms your understanding and agreement to accept reassignment to any location depending on the needs of the DEA and the Intelligence Program.  This mandatory agreement remains in effect throughout your DEA career as an Intelligence Research Specialist.  The opportunity to transfer to other assignments as advertised will be available to you.
  • Newly hired Intelligence Research Specialists must successfully complete a 12-week Basic Intelligence Research Specialist (BIRS) Training Course at the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
  • Successful completion of an initial background investigation to include a polygraph and successful completion of periodic reinvestigations throughout your DEA career as well as adherence to the DEA Standards of Conduct.
  • Successful completion of a two-year trial period is required, one-year for veterans.


GS-09: Applicants must have specialized experience in performing the following duties: analyzing, assimilating, and evaluating all available intelligence information; collecting and cataloging intelligence data; receiving and gathering intelligence reports and data; and preparing finished studies of factual data.

GS-11: Applicants must have specialized experience in performing the following duties: performing research, analysis and evaluation of raw intelligence data; developing new methods, approaches, and procedures to determine the validity of intelligence information; preparing basic-descriptive and current-reportorial intelligence reports and collection manuals; evaluating and interpreting reports and information collected; and briefing and debriefing on intelligence activities.

In addition to the above, applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:

Highly technical state-of-the-art skills associated with computer engineering, systems engineering, and computer science in order to perform and manage highly sensitive and technical special projects. These technical skills can include experience in Geospatial Visualization and Geographic Information Systems; Data Aggregation and Analysis; and Digital and Social Media Exploitation);


A Foreign language aptitude with proof of certification from an independent outside source with at least a satisfactory professional proficiency level or higher in the areas of reading, writing and comprehension.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.

If you meet the minimum qualifications of this position, you may be presented with instructions on how to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments system. An additional online writing assessment must be completed within 48 hours following the close of this announcement unless you have requested Reasonable Accommodation for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Your results will be kept on record for one year when applying for future jobs that require the same USA Hire Competency Based Assessments.

The results of the writing assessment will determine who will be invited to proceed with the Structured Interview. Candidates will be contacted by telephone or email to schedule an appointment to complete the in-person Structured Interview. A panel of interviewers will evaluate candidates on each of the following competencies: Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Problem Solving, Self-Management; Stress Tolerance; and Teamwork.

Candidates must pass the structured interview to receive consideration for the position.

Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request an RA in your online application. Requests for RA for the USA Hire Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for RA must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Assessments. Decisions on requests for RA a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement.

To determine if you need a RA, Procedures for Requesting a RA for Online Assessments here:

Failure to provide all required documents and information requested by the closing date will result in your application not receiving full consideration.

To apply for this position, you must complete an online application and submit the documentation specified below.

To apply and proceed to the online application, click here:

When applying, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. 
  1. Foreign Language Certification (if applicable). 
  1. Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.).  Documentation intended to establish preference must be included with the application package.  Additional information on “How to Claim Veterans' Preference” is available on the following link:

NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:

SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.

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BENEFITS: A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. For additional information regarding benefits, please go to

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

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