Job announcement in the State Dept for a passport specialist. Demand was high last June when it was first put up due to a backlog of passport applications and also a change in passport regulations.
FYI, I do not work for the (federal) govt yet although I did apply; I'm merely posting this info as a courtesy for any job seekers who may read this post.
more info from the original poster elsewhere:
Example of a listing; Philadelphia locationI work for the State Department. Pay starts at 30k range and goes up to about 49k. Can get by without a bachelor's degree, but having one will REALLY help, esp if your GPA is 3.0 or higher in ANYFIELD. Just need to show you can use MS office well, have a good work history, and a clean criminal record.
Also when you apply select GS-5 AND GS-7. Do not only select 1. If you choose 7 you might not meet the requirments and if you choose 5 you might be able to get 7 but lose out. But don;t worry. As long as you show up and do a decent job you will get a promotion the first couple years.
Duty Location Info: Many vacancies - AURORA, CO Many vacancies - BOSTON METRO AREA, MA Many vacancies - CHARLESTON, SC Many vacancies - CHICAGO, IL Many vacancies - NORWALK, CT Many vacancies - HONOLULU, HI Many vacancies - HOUSTON, TX Many vacancies - LOS ANGELES METRO AREA, CA Many vacancies - MIAMI, FL Many vacancies - PORTSMOUTH, NH Many vacancies - NEW ORLEANS, LA Many vacancies - NEW YORK CITY, NY Many vacancies - PHILADELPHIA, PA Many vacancies - SAN FRANCISCO, CA Many vacancies - SEATTLE, WA Many vacancies - WASHINGTON, DC Many vacancies - SPECIAL ISSUANCE OFFICE, DC
These positions are located in the Adjudication Section of the Passport Office. At the lower grade level, the selectee(s) will receive both classroom and on-the-job training in the examination and adjudication of passport applications. The selectee(s) will receive, examine and review passport applications forwarded by passport application Acceptance Agents, or presented in person by the applicant or the applicant's representative. Reviews applications for completeness, affirmation of truthfulness, presence of required entries, signature and photographs, and inclusion of application fees in the appropriate amounts. Examines evidence of citizenship submitted with applications to determine and judge authenticity and adequacy in relation to the requirements of law, regulation and procedure for the issuance of passports and to confirm the facts as recorded on applications. May be assigned to other areas as required.
NEW LINK for applying for CA jobs
How to check on your application.
OPM provides a number (215)861-3074 and an e-mail address for applicants to contact regarding their applications. Unfortunately when they call, it's a recorded message. The best way to get a response is to send an e-mail to email@example.com Below is the blurb on the announcement in regard to what to expect after applying.
"WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the application process is completed in its entirety, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. A review will be made of your responses to the occupational questionnaire and the documentation you submitted in your resume to support your responses. Applicants that are found among the most highly qualified may be referred to the hiring official for consideration. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience you may lose consideration for this position. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks). If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.
It usually takes about 1-3 months for you to get called if you are picked. It goes through OPM then that list is given to us. Sorry to say if you have not heard back then you were probable not choosen in the first round. I think we had several THOUSAND people apply for 400 jobs. Military and other goverment employees are usually first then so on.
Now there is still a small chance your name could come back up, as the passport application is good for up to 15months for this job listing. There is a email address at the link for the job listing you MIGHT get someone to respond if you write to it and ask about your application. Philadelphia@opm.gov
For me it took over a year before I actually started and I have family working in the Gov. trying to help me. So getting a Gov job is not as easy as some make it out to be. And yes you can be fired, it happens everyday. In fact it takes 3 yerars before you get tenure and even then there are still ways to remove you if you don;t work out.
So don;t believe everything you hear about goverment jobs/employees.
If you are looking for a job in a certain area then best thing to do is just search USAjobs.gov with your selected area. Sorry no easy ways to know as OPM controls most.
usajobs search with top ~17 results showing various locations for the job listing