Foreign Administrative Support Specialist

Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration


This position is located in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Ottawa, Canda Country Office.

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As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

As a Foreign Administrative Support Specialist your typical work assignments may include:

  • Manages office budget; controls financial operations and manages accounting records.
  • Performs accounts reconciliations. May be required to maintain imprest account.
  • Serves as personnel liaison representative.
  • Provides human resources advice and assistance concerning personnel actions, time and attendance, pay issues, foreign allowances, leave administration, and security clearance process.
  • Performs procurement and property management functions to include procuring supplies and services; maintaining stock level controls; negotiating with vendors to obtain best price and warranties; and performing annual inventory of all accountable property.
  • Obtains and manages official government vehicles, arranges for servicing, maintains vehicle usage records, prepares monthly reports, and coordinates the disposal of vehicles.


Length of Tour: Employees are limited to a maximum of five years of service in an overseas assignment. The initial tour of duty for this assignment is 3 (three) years. After the initial tour of duty has been completed, extensions may be granted in one-year increments up to the five-year maximum. Employees who wish to remain on an overseas assignment in excess of the five-year maximum must request a tour extension or renewal before the end of their current assignment. Employees who are approved to extend their overseas assignment beyond the five-year maximum will forfeit the right to return to an office of preference. They will be placed in an appropriate position at a DEA domestic office where a vacancy exists.

At the conclusion of an overseas tour, DEA will attempt to return employees to their home location. If such a placement is not possible, employees’ office of preference lists will be considered. However, employees are reminded that assignments are determined based on the needs of DEA.

Ottawa, Canada Country Office

Post (Hardship) Differential* None

Post (Cost of Living) Allowance* None

Danger Pay Allowance: None

Home Leave: Allowed after the initial 24 months incident to tour renewal.

Housing Allowances: Housing paid for by U.S. Government, Ottawa, Canada is an unfurnished post.

Foreign Language: None

Rest & Recuperation: None

Relocation Incentive: No

Educational Allowances**: Yes, see below

  • Post (cost of living) allowance, post (hardship) differential, and danger pay allowance (if applicable to the advertised post) are subject to change. Detailed post (cost of living) allowance information can be found here. Detailed post (hardship) differential information can be found here. Detailed danger pay allowance information can be found here and here.

Overseas Transition Preparation: Please contact DEA Family Liaison Officers Kieran Mandato ([email protected]) or N’Dorah Z. Walker ([email protected]) for Post Reports that detail living conditions for employees and their families at post. Click here for a Prospective Post Priorities Worksheet that can help you consider what is important to you and your family in the foreign PCS decision-making process. For more information regarding the foreign PCS process, please see the PCS Foreign Assignment Relocation Handbook and the Foreign Orientation Handbook.


Overtime may be required

Individual and dependents are required to pass a physical examination given by the State Department (details available here).

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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation, verification of qualifications, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, and any other job-related requirements before or after appointment.
  • You must be a current DEA employee on a permanent career or career conditional appointment.
  • Drug testing designated position
  • You may be required to serve a one year supervisory or non-supervisor probationary period .
  • DEA uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • Current Federal employees cannot transfer unused Time Off Awards to DEA.


GS-09: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 Federal grade level in assisting in performing administrative duties in support of an office, to include: researching regulations and other pertinent directives, assisting in maintaining office supplies and property management, answering general inquiries regarding leave and pay; assisting in performing routine tasks in support of the administration of a small, stable budget, such as maintaining accounts; and providing advice and assistant on administrative matters


A master’s or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or A LL.B. or J.D., if related;

OR a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.

GS-11: Must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-9 level that involves providing administrative support related to coordinating and providing guidance in the areas of financial management, procurement and property management, personnel management, and vehicle management; maintaining organization files and reports; and performing other general administrative support functions;


a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related;

OR a combination of education and specialized experience.

Individual and dependents are required to pass a physical examination given by the State Department (details available here). For more information regarding the foreign PCS process, please see the PCS Foreign Assignment Relocation Handbook and the Foreign Orientation Handbook.

Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Financial Management
  • Oral Communication

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date of this job opportunity announcement. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this job opportunity announcement. Be clear and specific when describing your work history, human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.


  • K-12 Education: Education of dependents through high school is provided by, or paid for by, the U.S. Government as allowable and authorized in accordance with appropriate regulations. The Department of State’s (DOS) Regional Education Officers from the Office of Overseas Schools determines a school’s adequacy level based upon numerous factors. All questions and concerns regarding adequacy clarification should be directed to the Regional Education Officers from the DOS Office of Overseas Schools at 202-261-8200 or [email protected].

Do you have a student in your family who benefits from special education services? Please contact DEA Family Liaison Officers, information below, to further discuss your student’s needs and the post’s ability to adequately serve them. Detailed education allowance regulations can be found here and FAQs can be found here. Note that dependents under the age of 23 enrolled in college are allowed one round trip to overseas locations every 12 months.

Training Requirements: Selectees for this position must successfully complete five mandatory foreign assignment courses on DEALS: Serving Abroad for Families and Employees (SAFE); Personnel Recovery 1 (PR1); Foreign Orientation Program (FOP); Counter Threat Awareness Training (CTAT), and Promoting International Religious Freedom (PIRF). Selectees must also successfully complete Personnel Recovery Emergency Preparedness (PREP), a two week in-person course conducted by the DEA Office of Training in Stafford, Virginia and West Virginia. Selectee’s family members 18 years of age and older are also required to take CTAT, and may have additional training requirements if they intend to work at an embassy abroad. More information regarding training requirements can be found here.

Additional information

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, DEA requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation (Critical-Sensitive/Top Secret, Special-Sensitive/Top Secret, or Non-critical Sensitive/Secret). This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. DEA committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.


Reasonable Accommodations Request: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans’ Preference: Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). View Feds Hire vets for more information on veterans’ preference see

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP): This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For more information visit:

Additional selections may be made beyond the total number of vacancies specified using this vacancy announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above.

Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentives will only be considered and approved under conditions specified provided the agency has determined that the position is likely to be difficult to fill in the absence of an incentive and funding for such an incentive is available.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will only be considered for the Eligibilities for which they claim in the job questionnaire AND must provide the supporting documentation. Applicants will not be considered for Eligibilities for which they did not claim, regardless of the documentation submitted with the application.

You will be evaluated for this position based on your experience and/or education reflected in your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire. To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your resume has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application package.

NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job opportunity announcement. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using an assessment questionnaire.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE: You must submit a completed assessment questionnaire. Unless otherwise stated, we will only use the information above to determine your qualifications. Not providing the required information may result in a determination that you do not meet minimum requirements for the position (e.g., an ineligible rating) or a lower rating.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To view a copy of the Assessment Questionnaire click here:

To apply for this position, please read and follow all instructions in this announcement, complete the online application, and submit the documentation specified in the “Required Documents” section. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply.
  2. Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. See the “Required Documents” section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.
  3. Read all Eligibility questions and respond accordingly to any Eligibility you wish to claim. You will only be considered for those Eligibility questions (Status Applicant, Reinstatement, Schedule A, etc.) you respond in the affirmative to, regardless of what documentation you submit. We cannot assume you intended to respond differently to a question based on other information in your application package.
  4. Complete the assessment questionnaire. Applicants are asked all questions regardless of their consideration preferences. We will only consider you for the grades, series, locations, specialties, and other considerations that you self-identify as being qualified for or interested in. Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:
  5. Verify all required documentation is included in your application package, review your responses to the assessment questionnaire for accuracy, and then submit your application.

We cannot assume responsibility or grant extensions for personal issues (e.g., troubles navigating the application process, loss of internet, not understanding a question) when applying to our announcements.

To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application, including the invitation to take the USA Hire assessment. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated.

For information on what each Application Status means, visit: to/application/status/.

If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET at least 2 working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. Paper applications and information sent by mail will not be accepted.

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Agency contact information

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Drug Enforcement Administration

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Springfield, VA 21310


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Next steps

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive an acknowledgement letter of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. You will receive a notification letter of the results of the review of your application package via email.

If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.

Regarding Interviews: The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. Accommodations maybe made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a withdrawal from further consideration for employment regarding this vacancy.

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