Federal Law Enforcement
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
633 Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20531
The FBI is the law enforcement arm of the Department
Justice. It investigates federal crimes such as bank
organized crime, civil rights violations, kidnapping,
drug violations, and hundreds of other categories. The FBI
field offices around the country. The FBI has the
career paths available to Special Agents:
- Requires a college degree with a major in accounting.
to this career path must be qualified to take the
* ENGINEERING/SCIENCE - Requires at least a BS degree
computer science, or electrical engineering. Other
related four-year degrees may also be accepted.
LANGUAGE - Requires a four-year college degree. The applicant
fluent in at least one foreign language as determined by
* LAW - Requires a law degree from an accredited law
* DIVERSIFIED - Requires a Bachelor's or advanced degree in
field of study. The applicant must have two to three years
work experience, depending on the degree held.
enter the service at the GS-10 level. Supervisory
available up to and including the GS-18 level.
The FBI also has
several non-agent positions available in the
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cryptology,
Photography and Physics. Entry to the positions is at the
level. These positions require four-year degrees.
agency also has various clerical positions available.
for the position of Special Agent must be at least 23
years of age but
must not have reached their 35th birthday.
Applicants must be a citizen
of the United States and must be in
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
BORDER PATROL AGENT
Agents are responsible for enforcing the immigration
laws of the United
States. Agents patrol to check for illegal
border crossings, operate
vehicle check points, inspect trains,
ships, aircraft, etc. for
immigration violations, and perform
other duties. Entry level openings
usually require duty along the
border of the United States and Mexico
in Arizona, Texas,
California and New Mexico.
Applicants must have one year of volunteer or paid
comparable in difficulty to the GS/4 level. This experience
show your ability to learn law enforcement methods, etc. One
of college study leading to a bachelor's degree may be
for three months of general experience; two years for six
three years for nine months; and four years for the entire year
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE (GS/7
Applicants must have one year of law enforcement
equivalent to the GS/5 level. An advanced degree in law or a
enforcement related field can be substituted for the whole year
The maximum entry age for Border
Patrol Agents is 37. Applicants
may not have passed their 37th birthday
at time hired. This age
limit may be extended if the applicant has
civilian law enforcement experience.
must know or be able to learn Spanish.
Applicants must pass a
written test and a test to determine the
applicant's ability to learn
Spanish. A Spanish oral test is
given to those applicants who speak
Spanish. Applicants must also
submit to a pre-employment physical and
A thorough background investigation will be conducted on
New agents ar appointed to the GS/5 or GS/7
level. Promotions to
the GS/9 level are possible. Promotions to higher
through "servicewide" competition.
applicants can receive an OPM Form 5000-AB Test
Scheduling Card from
any Federal Job Information Center listed
under "U.S. Government" in
the telephone directory. Applicants
may also call the "College Hotline"
at 1-900-990-9200. There is a
per minute charge for "900" number
U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE
Arlington, VA 22202
The Marshals Service
is also an arm of the Department of Justice.
The Service provides
security in federal courts, serves federal
court orders, apprehends and
transports federal prisoners,
administers the Witness Security Program,
and other duties. The
beginning position is the Deputy U.S. Marshal at
the GS 5/7
level. This position requires a Bachelor's
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Personnel Division, Rm 1215
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
The ATF enforces all federal laws relating
to alcohol, tobacco and
firearms, including explosives and arson. The
ATF also inspects
breweries, wineries, explosives plants and other
industries. Entry is at the GS 5/7 level and requires
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
1301 Constitution Ave., NW
Office of Human Resources
2120 L Street, Room
Washington, DC 20229
This agency controls
the entry of merchandise into this country.
It investigates fraudulent
crimes and activities that defraud the
U.S. Government of revenue. It
investigates the illegal
importing and exporting of drugs, currency,
arms and the exporting
of technology. Applicants to this agency are
subjected to a
thorough background investigation. Entry is at the GS
and requires a Bachelor's degree.
Chief of Staffing
1800 G Street,
Washington, DC 20223
The Secret Service is
charged with protecting the President, Vice
presidents, visiting heads of foreign countries,
and their families.
The Secret Service also enforces all laws
concerning counterfeiting and
forgery of government checks and
other related criminal activities. The
Service is also
responsible for White House security. Entry is at the
level and requires a Bachelor's degree.