Schedule A Hiring Authority
DEA has been approved the use of the special Schedule A Hiring Authority to fill Intelligence Research Specialist (IRS) positions due to their specific, unique requirements that made it impractical for a standard competitive hiring process. DEA has the authority to hire 400 IRS positions.
The special qualifications required to appoint someone under this authority include:
Expert knowledge and specialized experience with national and international law enforcement and/or intelligence community agencies;
Regular and recurring contact with intelligence organizations;
Experience obtaining intelligence data and evaluating it; and specialized knowledge of drug intelligence.
In addition to meeting the specialized experience listed 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.
Individuals appointed under this Schedule A authority may not be converted to competitive service.
DEA. 7 September, 2018. Schedule A Hiring Authority: Intelligence Research Specialist. Retrieved from https://admin.dea.gov/intelligence-research/schedule-a on 27 May, 2023
DEA. "Schedule A Hiring Authority: Intelligence Research Specialist."Drug Enforcement Agency, 7 September, 2018, https://admin.dea.gov/intelligence-research/schedule-a Accessed 27 May, 2023.
DEA. . Drug Enforcement Agency on DEA website. https://admin.dea.gov/intelligence-research/schedule-a. 7 September, 2018. Accessed 27 May, 2023.