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Selecting FBI Intelligence Career Service Personnel

Selecting FBI Intelligence Career Service Personnel

FBI

Development of an Entry-Level Selection Process for FBI Intelligence Career Service Jobs

To protect the United States from terrorist attack and to prevent such attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) needs human capital management processes that facilitate the selection of highly qualified Intelligence Career Service (ICS) personnel. HumRRO was hired to assist with this effort, in part because we had previously developed written assessments for the FBI's entry-level Special Agent Selection System.

In this project, we developed written assessments that measure cognitive and 'non-cognitive' competencies important in ICS jobs. One assessment utilizes a Logic-Based Reasoning format, a second utilizes a Situational Judgment format, and a third uses a self-report biodata/temperament format. We also developed measures of ICS job performance including behaviorally-anchored performance rating scales and a job knowledge test for use in a concurrent criterion-related validation study.

Validation study results were used to ensure that the assessments are predictive of important aspects of job performance and are fair for males and females and for applicants of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Validation study data were also used to inform policy decisions on test weighting and passing scores.

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