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  • Anyone made any progress recently? I reached out to my background investigator who said he submitted my packet well over a month ago and still no word from CBP. I feel like I’m losing my mind haha. 11 months and trying to remain patient. Frustrated that I can’t get any real updates on status

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    • Hal29
      Hal29 commented
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      I feel your pain. I'm in the same exact boat as you but 12 months. Almost a month since bi submitted and nothing. Wish there was a way to get an update.

    • raptor170
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      If it makes you feel any better...I was a 14-3 applicant and was offered the job 16 months later... I was a veteran, active clearance, never been in trouble, healthy as could be and had NO SNAGS yet it still took 16 months....

    • kli0211
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      No raptor170 that does not make me feel any better haha. Now I feel like it’s going to be another 5 months before I hear anything lol. Same boat though! Veteran with active clearance. Not sure what the hold up is

    • goknights
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      kli0211 I would feel a little better as a veteran with an active clearance. You could be an average joe like me. I have no law enforcement/government experience, I haven’t joined the military and I don’t have any sort of clearance. I also applied to a regular announcement. I figured if anyone’s process is going to be long, it’s going to be people like me. Don’t get me wrong, you chose to serve this country so you earned preferences.

      I’m just thankful for being where I am in the process. Just hoping to hear something before the year ends. It make for one heck of a Christmas gift.

  • Well, the joke of medical review continues... I spoke with a nurse awhile back who said my file should be getting reviewed "soon" and if I didn't hear anything within a "couple of weeks" to call back and let them know. Well, that was over a MONTH ago at this point, so I called back. And low and behold, I got their favorite generic response of "files are reviewed in the date order they're received" and that they expect it could be "another month or maybe longer" before they get around to me.

    How is this disorganization allowed to continue? There's no oversight to how this unit operates at all, and applicants are the ones who have to pay for it.

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    • micdrop451
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      kli0211 "Vent a little bit" I get, but coming on here every other day to "vent" is spreading toxicity. Nobody wants to work with someone especially in this profession that complains that much that's why I'm advising him to nip it in the bud. The government takes time. If you don't realize that by now, you're in for a rude awakening.

    • N.N.
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      micdrop451 I’m not one for pointless complaining, I know the process takes patience. Between CBP and another agency, I’ve been waiting 2.5 years for employment with the Feds. Plus, my Dad is a 35 year federal employee, I definitely know how it works. Where my frustration stems from is the misinformation and inconsistencies from CBP hiring which is certainly worse than most angencies. I was told by medical review my file would be reviewed “within a few weeks” nearly a month and a half ago. They said to call back if I hadn’t heard anything, implying that if I hadn’t been cleared, there was some sort of an oversight. Then when I called back as they said, I got a generic response. I can deal with being patient, but I don’t appreciate being lied to. Not to mention, before I started the process, I was told if I applied to Direct Hire I should be thru the process in 9-10 months. Now I’m at 8 months and only 38% complete. All I got from applying to a DH announcement was that I’m now going to be stuck going to the southern border, for no benefit. Again, more misinformation from CBP. As I said before, I’m not going to whine just for having to wait, but it’s very frustrating and disheartening when they’re specifically telling you one thing and you’re seeing another. If I’m going to be waiting a year for medical clearance, that’s fine, just be honest with me. Don’t imply I’m almost thru this part of the process when I’m not even close.

    • micdrop451
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      N.N. Your dad should've warned you that you take everything the Government tells you with a grain of salt. Unless you have it in writing, it doesn't mean nada. 9-10 months for DH is for applicants who don't have any issues in their background, including medical. You had a red flag come up due to medical so your application is on the backburner. We have a saying in the military, "suffer in silence." No one wants to hear the same old song when we're all going through this process together, some slower and some faster. That's why I'm saying to keep the whining to a minimum. If it's 2.5 years for employment with the feds, you might not want to put all your eggs in one basket.

    • douglasgene1
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      My medical just cleared in July 2018, my medical started 12/2017, its a process. You also have to look at the big picture, this is the Federal Government. The Federal Government get thousands and thousands of applications a year, that is a lot of leg work behind it. People waste the governments time when they apply and know that they wont make. Now we are working with these Hiring Expo's which just added alot more applications packets. The Government does not want to send good money on someone training for them to get medically hurt in the 1st year neither. It sucks but we as the tax payers want the government to not raise our taxes and not pick broke people or criminals in the DHS.

      I have alot of hooks in the Federal Government trying to pull strings for my packet, its not going anywhere since there is just to many other applicants. The only thing i can tell you is wait and look for forward to the future, Im not going to lie it sucks seeing other applicants pass by me in the processes but at the same time its a process, the only people who pass my application process are the one who do not have anything medically happen to them.

  • Anybody know how big of deal switching my current employment is after the sf86 has been submitted to OPR? I'm assuming I just email my case manager and let them know I will be leaving my current employer and be working at a new location with the updated info? Leaving this current job on great terms so I don't see this being an issue, figured I'd ask you guys since everyone here is quite knowledgable with the process. Thanks in advance.

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    • raptor170
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      Any employment changes, your Case Manager will want to know about.

    • TFS
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      Of course thank you.

  • Hey guys, been trying to scroll around this thread but it's just too much. Can anyone chime in on how picking your location works once you are called? Do i just start naming places until they say it's available?

    Thanks !!

    8/18 -Applied 18-12 Direct Hire GS-9
    8/23- NOR
    9/17- Medical - Cleared
    9/25 - Fitness - Passed
    10/1 - Structured Interview


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    • TFS
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      Wow your timeline and mine are one day off for everything. I'm one day behind you in every way. (As in took my pft1 this morning) However I haven't been cleared for medical yet, aced everything and have no issues but I once went to the er for a bruise which was not even taken into a room, left within 40 minutes. Apprenrly that will flag me for a long medical review for whatever reason. Didn't get a notice about medical yet, sucks I went to the er once. Otherwise I'd be able to go right to poly quickly.

      To answer your question, they will go over the original locations for you to choose from your job app, if you deny those they ask you if you have a preference and if it's not available they will give you like 3 or 4 last options and you'll have like 24 hours I believe to choose from only the ast options they gave you. That's what i read on here many pages back. I've gone through over 100 pages and I continue more each day to try and stay in the loop.

    • V_AntCBP
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      They will offer you the locations on your announcement, if you say no, they will give you couple more and give you 24-48hrs to think about it.. However, as normal CBP process, its different for everyone, I've seen some guy was offered pretty much the whole US, where ever he wanted to work. Some guy was just offered few locations to pick from. Very inconsistent, so depending on your luck Walkjoj

    • Walkjoj
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      TFS Well hopefully we both get the final call within a day of each other too. Lol Thanks for the help guys!

  • My friend says that cbp is about to go on a 10k hiring binge too bad they can't handle the amount of applicants currently.

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    • merlin436
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      They talk of massive hiring within the BP and of significant hiring within OFO. They have talked about mass hiring for years.

      Talking is one thing, doing is another. At best, they'd be looking at years of increased hiring to fill those additional positions...plus current attrition.

    • V_AntCBP
      V_AntCBP commented
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      If they can simplified the poly exam little bit, they will be able to hire more. They are doing hiring expos everywhere but just creating huge backlogged at Poly. Also, somehow, CBP poly has the most failing rate in all the Fed agencies. There has to be something wrong with the poly because I don't believe 70% of CBP applicants are lying or dishonest. Another reason why they won't be able to do massive hiring because its too expensive (like 40k per hired on some article I read), they do not have money. They have annual budget granted by Congress for hiring.

    • merlin436
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      They also do not have the training infrastructure to push that much hiring through that quickly. Back in the day, OFO could at best push 3000 CBPOs through the system per year...and that was with a shorter academy working 6 day weeks.

      The current BP academy is also longer tha previous versions.

  • So i have a question for you guys, is it normal for your BI to go from pending to complete without anyone actually contacting you?

    I'm not sure if its because a background investigation was conducted last year by OPM for my current TS/SCI clearance or not. But literally I checked yesterday and I was missing poly (i did it last week wednesday 21st) but i just checked this and its at 73% with the only thing im waiting on is the drug test.

    anyone know how long drug test usually takes to be scheduled?

    this is my timeline for anyone who is interested
    2018 April- took exam
    june- medical, pft, and SI
    September- polygraph
    September-BI complete

    drug test and final offer pending
    Last edited by mobyfish; 09-30-2018, 01:28 PM.
    DH 18-7
    5/04/18: Exam
    5/9/18: NOR
    6/11/18: Medical
    6/12/18: Fitness
    6/20/18: SI
    9/20/18: Polygraph
    9/24/18: BI cleared
    10/02/18: Drug Test
    10/02/18: TSU EMAIL
    10/03/18: Offer GS7 SWB
    EOD: Feb 22nd, 2019
    03/09/19-07/15/19 (I Turned it down)
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    10/01/18:19-1 (Queens, NY)
    10/12/18: Exam
    10/23/18: NOR
    10/29/18: TSL
    11/21/18: Phone Call (JFK) EOD 04/04/19
    FLETC 4/19 - 08/23

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    • Evolution81
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      ive had many background investigations...its not out of the norm

    • JMontero
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      in my case i never recieved an email from BI to say that I was found suitable for employement it was just updated on cass.

    • SimpleLifeCA
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      Your timeline is quite fast TBH. This is making me jealous lol.

    • mobyfish
      mobyfish commented
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      Well, it'll be fast for no reason if i cant get the location i desire.. lol. SimpleLifeCA

  • Update. I finally got my medical response. I was tentatively disqualified because of visual acuity! HOWEVER. I was given an opportunity to explain how/why i should still be considered based on my experiences. Well I basically drafted a letter explaining that I am currently in law enforcement and Give actual examples of how I go about my duties with my current eye sight. Has anyone else experienced this? And if you did how successful was your response. Thanks
    18-3
    Apply-12/30/17
    Exam-1/9/2018
    NOR-1/24/18
    Tentative Selection Letter-2/8/18
    Eqip Submission-2/12/18
    Medical-2/20/18-
    PFFT-3/1
    Release EQIP to OPR-3/16/18
    SI-4/23/2018
    Passed SI-4/24/2018
    Request for more Medical Info-5/16/2018
    Emailed CBPMedical with more information-6/6/2018
    Passed Medical-11/1/2018

    CASS-50%

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    • solo1
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      gaston how long after you submitted did they make a decision? Also ive heard of a lot of ppl who beat tentative dq so keep your head up

    • Alexr3496
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      Hey maybe this question is stupid... But what's your vision acuity.. I had to submit additional paperwork for color blindness. Been wanting 5 months

    • gaston
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      I have 20/200 vision WITHOUT corrective lenses. Basically something needs to be right in front of of eyes for me to see it, without lenses.

    • douglasgene1
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      do you wear glasses?

  • Good Afternoon!

    Found a forum about CBPO! I was in the process last September for another announcement 17-11 originally chose Boston. But in late May, my recruiter sent out emails about a 18-8 opening in Dulles, VA so I reapplied for the new announcement. Took about a year, but I was provisional cleared (background is currently in process- an investigator already visited my best friend and my sister). I was given an EOD of 2/12/19 to leave to FLETC 2/28/19 in GA with GS-7 about a week ago. I live in Delaware so selected Dulles, VA as my home of port. My husband is currently Active Duty Airforce stationed in Dover. Not sure if any other females have same EOD/FLETC dates that I can maintain contact with just so as time gets closer we can split cost of a boarding somewhere? I know we have a few months to go but wanted to ask.

    Also, anyone know the PT criteria for FLETC? Or A link on how to prepare? Obviously been running, lifting weights, sit-ups, pushups, things of that nature!

    Appreciate it tons!

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    • Dcherise18088
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      The recruiter I've been talking to basically said cardio, cardio, and more cardio. She said the more endurance I have, the better. But other than that, she just told me to keep up with the basics

    • cepstein93
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      hey! I EOD a few days before you and I got to FLETC at the same time! I'm also going to Dulles, but I'm moving up from Florida! Its nice to see another female who will be in the same class and port as I am!

    • AlexTejada23
      AlexTejada23 commented
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      @Dcherise18088: Okay awesome! Thank you so much for the information! Appreciate it greatly!
      @Cepstein93: That is awesome! YAYYY same port! So excited. It's been a long time coming! So pumped. Florida where from? I'm from Tampa before the orders to come up to DE.

    • cepstein93
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      I'm very excited too! I'm from around the West Palm Beach area, but I did my college in Tampa over at USF!

  • I emailed the Medreview to ask for an update on the additional medical information i sent in. I got this response

    ​​​​​​your application is currently under higher level review with our medical review officer. It can take several weeks for updates so please continue to check CASS for ongoing updates

    is this good? Or is this just another generic response that they give people??

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    • Hou33guy
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      I email them 2 days ago just got a email this morning its on the nurse desk under review

    • solo1
      solo1 commented
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      Hou33guy that sounds like the same response in a different way lol hopefully we get cleared soon im 3.5 months since i submitted my additional hoping in a month to hear back.

    • co5518
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      solo1 its the onlyy part of my application that hasn't cleared yet. everything else is done

    • solo1
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      co5518 its pretty amazing the inconsistency in the process i was told i cant take poly until it clears.

  • So I applied for CBPO September last year, got selected for GS5 not GS7. I reapplied under VRA and got selected for GS7. They are both at the same percentage.. only missing medical to clear, background and drug. Does anyone know if I get the CALL.. they will offer me GS7?

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    • Hal29
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      Vacancy ID: 2003184

      Announcement Number: CBPO DH 17-11

      Date of Availability:

      Geographic Availability:

      Location Negotiable After Selection

      Veteran Preference: 0 Points - NV (not adjudicated)

      You must meet all medical, suitability, and qualification requirements to be considered for a position.

      Spec Code: Spec Title: Grade: Rating:

      001 Customs and Border Protection Officer 05 76

      001 Customs and Border Protection Officer 07 76



      That is the the email I got with my NOR and scores.

    • Hal29
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      Then this another email I received with my Id. Also a added email for gs5 as well. I mean just give the one you qualify for. If I knew this I would of reapplied for gs7 alone.



      This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position below: Customs and Border Protection Officer; CBPO

      DH 17-11

      Position Title: Customs and Border Protection Officer (Direct Hire)

      Series/Grade:

      1895/07

      Promotion Potential: 12

      Vacancy ID: 2003184

      Agency: Customs and Border Protection

      Considered For: CBP Frontline Hiring

      Duty Location:

      Location Negotiable After Selection

      This notice is to inform you that you have been tentatively selected to begin the pre-employment process for the position of Customs and

      Border Protection Officer, with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). We want to

      emphasize that this is only a notification of placement in the pre-employment process based on your tentative selection and you should

      not end your current employment based on this letter. Please refer to the information above for your series/grade and duty

    • d2ep
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      Yeah the first one

      Spec Code: Spec Title: Grade: Rating:

      001 Customs and Border Protection Officer 05 76 <---

      001 Customs and Border Protection Officer 07 76 <---
      You see how you have score next to both 07 and 05 . That means you qualify for both.

      001 Customs and Border Protection Officer 05 76

      001 Customs and Border Protection Officer 07 ID <-- this means you do not qualify.
      Last edited by d2ep; 09-29-2018, 02:20 PM.

    • V_AntCBP
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      I got the same emails d2ep , but one said I qualified both GS5 and GS7.. Then the next email they said I qualified for GS5 ?? Do you know why they would pick lower grade for me? I got 84 points on the exam... In case of Hal29, they gave him the higher grade in the second email....

      NOR said this
      Spec Code: Spec Title: Grade: Rating:
      001 Customs and Border Protection Officer 05 84
      001 Customs and Border Protection Officer 07 84

      And email after said this...

      Customs and Border Protection Officer (Direct Hire)
      Series/Grade:1895/05
      Customs and Border Protection
      2029290
      Location Negotiable After Selection
      12
      Last edited by V_AntCBP; 09-29-2018, 06:30 PM.

  • So is their anyone here who has went thru FLETC already that can give some insight or need to know? I live in texas and the Nearest port of entry is Austin-Bergstrom and I would like to know is there anyone here that can tell me if they have gotten or seen that as a selection. I applied under the 18 VRA posting.

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  • Good Day!! Anybody here apart of Announcement 18-8 or 18-7? I just recently passed my poly for CBPO September 10 and anxiously waiting on the next step.

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    • V_AntCBP
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      Hey, you are 18-7 and 18-8 and already passed Poly?
      Are you direct hire or Vet or normal announcement ?
      I'm 18-8 DH, been waiting for Poly since August.

  • Is anyone in 18-8?
    I did the first three
    test
    medical and physical
    interview & fingerprints.
    Just wondering how long it would take to get a fletc date

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    • V_AntCBP
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      I'm 18-8 DH. Currently waiting on my poly schedule
      Well, you have to wait for Poly first...then depend on your luck, a month or few months later you will get "the call"... to choose your location...then they will give you EOD and Fletc dates...

    • N.N.
      N.N. commented
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      Did your medical officially clear? If so, you could probably be done in the next 6-8 months. If you have any medical history and get placed into med review, add a 6 month delay on top of that.

    • douglasgene1
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      i have been watching this page alot, I keep seeing the academy dates recently are from 02/14/2019 and up .

  • Does anyone know if Alaska is getting a hiring incentive?

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    • Sheridan1
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      You're not reading that correctly. The following duty locations with the incentives are listed after that sentence. Guam and Anchorage do not have a bonus. Only the Maine, ND, and SF locations do. There's no reason those other locations would get an incentive. Although Alaska should because of the climate

    • solo1
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      You're right my bad

    • raptor170
      raptor170 commented
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      Well that’s depressing. I’d love to go to Anchorage again but cost of living is really high.

    • Sheridan1
      Sheridan1 commented
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      It's high but at least the state has their own pay table, and also no state tax which is a big deal. Also, residents of Alaska get a check every year from the oil reserves or something. Edit: Looking further, there might be a COLA for alaska, there is for Hawaii and Guam. Guam is 20% it looks like. Look under OPM non foreign area COLA. Edit: yep https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-over...url=COLA-Rates They all do! Guam has post differential + COLA, but can't exceed 25%. So basically they'll get 25% on top of the RUS pay which is pretty good!
      Last edited by Sheridan1; 09-29-2018, 08:32 PM.

  • V_AntCBP yeah I’m 18-7 and 18-8 VRA. I took my poly Sep 10 and got a verbal pass at the end of the session and 4 days later my CASS updated with a green check mark for Passed Polygraph. Now I’m just waiting for next step
    Last edited by MikeLawry202; 09-29-2018, 10:35 AM.

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    • V_AntCBP
      V_AntCBP commented
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      oh dang, 4 days later you got the result? Thats crazy lucky, I've seen people waited months for the result although they got verbal passed.... Yea, next step is waiting for Background clear and "the call" which they will let you know the fletc and eod dates.... MikeLawry202

    • JMontero
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      months? wow my poly results cleared on cass the next day

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