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    The SBA-OIG Pathways Internship Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to explore Federal careers while still in school.  This Program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful developmental work at the beginning of their careers, before their career paths are fully established.  The flexible nature of the Program also accommodates the need to hire students to complete temporary work or projects, or to work traditional "summer jobs."

    The ideal candidate for this position is pursuing a degree in a Criminal Justice, Business Management, Accounting or other appropriate business program.  The student will perform a range of federal law enforcement tasks while working as a member of the  SBA-OIG Investigation Division.

    This position is NTE 1 year, however, it may be extended without further competition based upon the needs of the agency.

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    You will serve as a Student Trainee (Investigations) receiving on-the-job training and experience in the field of federal law enforcement.  These duties will involve the following activities:

    • Assist in reviewing complaints and allegations received by the Investigations Division to determine criminal, civil, or administrative strategies to assist in ensuring the effective use of agency resources.  These allegations typically include criminal acts such as bribery, false statements, conspiracy, embezzlement, and other types of fraud.
    • Assist the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), and Special Agents (SAs) in maintaining Official Case Files (OCFs) and the Investigations Management Information System (IMIS) in accordance with policies set forth in the Special Agent Manual.
    • Assist in preparing new OCFs in accordance with the Special Agent Manual. May assist in interviews and other tasks associated with cases.  Scan records, enter data associated with investigations and contact agency personnel in relation to investigative cases.
    • Assist the SAC and administrative assistant in periodically reviewing OCFs to ensure they contain all required documentation to meet OIG Quality Assurance Review standards.
    • Provide assistance to the SAC and administrative assistant to maintain the administrative filing system for Regional Office personnel, communications, correspondence, forms, and reports.
    • Conduct analysis in support of OIG investigations and compile written summaries of requested analysis.
    • Create spreadsheets, charts, and graphs of investigative data as requested.


    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Must successfully complete a background investigation and credit check.
    • Must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited education institution.
    • Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • Must sign a Pathways Intern Participant Agreement.




    The Office of Personnel Management has identified the following basic education requirements for this position:

    GS-03:  Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study in Criminal Justice, Business Management, Accounting or other appropriate business program OR Successful completion of the requirements for an associate's degree in the same programs previously listed (please verify by attaching a copy of your college transcripts).

    GS-04:  Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study in Criminal Justice or Business Management, Accounting or other appropriate business program OR Successful completion of the requirements for an associate's degree in the same programs previously listed (please verify by attaching a copy of your college transcripts).

    Academic year of undergraduate education (post-high school study):

    • A minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at an accredited college or university; or
    • A minimum of 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.


    Additional information

    Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  For additional information click here http://www.sss.gov/.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The Category Rating procedures are being used to rate candidates.  If you meet basic qualification requirements for this position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of the following categories:  Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. 

    Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference. 

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire), the following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement:

    • Transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable; however, if selected, official transcripts are required);
    • Proof of enrollment/class registration;
    • DD214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified.  For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.  For information on veteran's eligibility visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all documents are legible.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is   1387491.

    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Wednesday, May 06, 2015 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Working for SBA offers a number of really exciting flexibilities. The Federal government offers a number of other exceptional benefits to its employees. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply


    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating.    If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 to receive consideration.

    * To begin click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.  Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    *Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    *It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    *To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position.  The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    *To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    LaShaun Curry


    SBA Office of Inspector General
    409 3rd Street SW
    7th Floor
    Washington, DC
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    We are the Office of Inspector General within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  As required by the Inspector General Act of 1978, we conduct and supervise audits and investigations to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse and promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of SBA programs and operations.

    Next steps

    Once the occupational questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  We expect to make a  selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. 

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/401527500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.