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    This announcement serves as a Merit Promotion announcement. You will be asked to determine your eligibility during the questionnaire process when you apply online. 

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    The Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Inspector General, is seeking an individual with investigative experience who wishes to participate in detecting fraud and waste within SBA programs. The candidate will be responsible for conducting sensitive and complex financial investigations which encompass a wide range of activities. The work will consist of planning and conducting investigations involving illegal and criminal acts (Title 18, U.S. Code) associated with SBA's programs, such as bribery, false statements, conflict of interest, embezzlement and fraud.

    As a criminal investigator, you will be responsible for planning and conducting complex investigations of possible criminal violations including fraud against the government, conspiracy, and corruption cases. These investigations can involve reconstruction of financial transactions and relationships initiated for the purpose of concealing the nature and extent of the criminal activity. You will examine records, books, payrolls, reports and correspondence; conduct interviews of witnesses and subjects; and utilize other standard law enforcement/investigative techniques, e.g. conducting surveillance and executing search warrants and making arrests. You will also be responsible for preparing reports of investigation and other written documents, will work closely with the Department of Justice in preparing cases for trial, and will provide testimony at trial and other legal proceedings.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Periodic travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    1811 Criminal Investigation

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must successfully complete a background investigation and credit check.
    • This position requires mandatory drug testing.

    You will be required to maintain firearm proficiency and carry a firearm while performing the duties of this position.

    You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.

    This position is covered under the special retirement provision for Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighter. Therefore, the maximum age for initial appointment to the 1811 series is the date immediately preceding an individual’s 37th birthday.

    Applicants are obligated to abide by the Lautenburg Amendment which requires applicants to disclose whether they have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the statute.

    You must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    You will be required to do some traveling.

    Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

    MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The duties of positions in this series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, waist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning so that applicants may perform these duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000 and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to herself/himself, or others is disqualifying.


    You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of such specialized experience include: independently initiating investigations from informant tips or leads; developing evidence by interviews, documentary searches, surveillance, etc.; establishing interrelationships of facts or evidence; investigating sensitive, controversial subjects; participating on multi-agency task forces; performing dangerous and extensive undercover and surveillance work, etc.


    For this position you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone -- no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

    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 .


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants meeting basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire.   To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link:   View Occupational Questionnaire.   You will be rated based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The occupational questions relate to the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) required to do the work of this position:

    1.  Knowledge of generally accepted criminal, civil, and administrative procedures, standard and techniques.

    2.  Ability to conduct financial fraud investigations requiring analysis of complex financial transactions.

    3.  Ability to conduct investigative interviews, financial analysis, and record searches and prepare related written reports which are accurate, objective, timely and grammatically correct.

    4.  Ability to work with the Assistant U.S. Attorneys to include presenting investigative findings, testifying as a GJ witness, other phases of the judicial process, and preparing/testifying at trial.

    5.  Ability to initiate and maintain liaison and joint investigations with other federal, state and local law enforcement.

    Applicants meeting basic requirements will further be evaluated on the information provided in the occupational questionnaire. 

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret/SCI

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    Required Documents

    1. Your Résumé - must contain the following information:

    -Name, address, telephone number, email address;

    -Supervisor's contact information, if applicable (indicate if you would prefer to be notified before your supervisor is contacted);

    -Job Title (if Federal Service, provide series and grade; if not in GS plan, provide GS equivalent grade);

    -If qualifying based on related paid/unpaid (i.e. volunteer service- If other than full time you must provide hours worked per week) experience: (provide beginning/ending dates (mm/dd/yy to mm/dd/yy); and

    -If other than full time you must provide hours worked per week

    Should you submit multiple resumes, only the latest uploaded resume will be reviewed.

    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

    3. In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms, if applicable. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all documents are legible.

    -A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows "Tenure" in block 24 and "Position Occupied" in block 34' (if you a claiming federal status).

    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 USASTAFFING cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1502742.

    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 TAG:Closing Date 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

    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.


    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 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 Thursday, September 24, 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, 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.

    If you need assistance applying on line or by fax, please contact OPM

    Agency contact information

    LaShaun Curry


    SBA Office of Inspector General
    409 3rd Street SW
    7th Floor
    Washington, DC 20416
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    In fulfillment of the Inspector General Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides independent, objective oversight to improve the integrity, accountability, and performance of the SBA and its programs for the benefit of the American people. The OIG seeks to improve SBA programs by identifying key issues facing the Agency, recommending corrective actions, and promoting a high level of integrity.

    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.   You can track the status of the application process through USAJOBS and will be notified of the outcome.

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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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/415315600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.