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    This position is located in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations (OI), Atlanta Field Office.  YOU MAY APPLY FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATION:  Durham, NC (Research Triangle Park).

    The salary will be commensurate with the duty location.  One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy.

    **This position is being re-advertised for EPA-OIG-MP-2019-0012. Please resubmit your application to be considered.**

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    This position is designated as a “Primary Position” pursuant to 5 CFR 842.802. Primary duties mean those duties of a position that: (a) Are paramount in influence or weight; that is, constitute the basic reasons for the existence of the position; (b) Occupy a substantial portion of the individual's working time over a typical work cycle; and (c) Are assigned on a regular and recurring basis.

    Persons serving in this position are covered for purposes of law enforcement retirement by 5 USC 8336 (c).

    As the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the Atlanta Field Office, you will:

    • Plan, conduct and manage criminal, civil, administrative, and other types of investigations.
    • Assist the SAC in providing quality control assurance that work products meet professional and policy standards. Analyze case file documentation to ensure completeness and adherence to OI guidelines.
    • Provide expert technical advice, guidance and recommendations to other subordinate agents during the investigation and subsequent prosecution of investigations, or concerning assigned programs or projects.
    • Conduct specialized investigations of high complexity, responsibility and sensitivity, requiring tact, extensive experience, and leadership. These investigations may extend over protracted periods of time and may be highly controversial, unconventional, and may involve complex schemes to defraud the government.
    • Ensure that the organization’s strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the team and integrated into the team’s strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and services.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - 3 or more nights per month

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1811 Criminal Investigation

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals thereafter.
    • Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.
    • See requirements under Qualifications Section.
    • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

    Criminal Investigators - Special Provisions

    Medical Requirements: You must be found to be physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties.

    Age Requirements: You must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 36 at the time of appointment. In accordance with PL 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirements provisions; therefore, you must be appointed before reaching your 37th birthday unless you presently serve or have previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement retirement-covered position.

    Basic Agent Training Requirements: You must successfully complete and pass the required Basic Agent Training Program. Failure to pass the training program will result in separation from EPA.

    Law Enforcement Training: You must successfully complete the 9-week Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Basic Criminal Investigator training program or an equivalent course of instruction from another federal law enforcement agency (FBI, or DEA basic).

    You must meet qualifications to carry a firearm. Lautenberg Notice: Title 18 USC, Section 911 (g), automatically disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from being appointed to this position. You must not have been convicted of a felony crime.

    Work Schedule: The hours are long and irregular. You must be available at all times, to include holidays. You may also be sent on extended temporary duty station assignments away from your assigned office. You may be reassigned to different duty locations throughout the U.S. based on the needs of the Agency.

    You must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle.

    If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

    You will be required to obtain and maintain a top-secret security clearance.

    You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.


    You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

    To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as experience: conducting complex investigations involving special investigative techniques and preparing written legal/investigative documents as appropriate; planning, organizing, and leading the activities of a criminal investigative team (specifically in the areas of financial fraud (i.e., contract and grant fraud). To be consider qualified, your resume must clearly demonstrate, through examples of work, that you meet the specialized experience.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your knowledge, skill, and abilities (KSAs) in the following areas:  

    1. Knowledge of criminal investigative techniques, rules of criminal procedures, laws, and precedent court decisions concerning the admissibility of evidence, constitutional rights, search and seizure, and related issues in the conduct of criminal investigations sufficient to plan, conduct and manage criminal, civil, administrative, and other types of investigations.
    2. Ability to communicate with multidisciplinary staff to provide technical guidance and make recommendations to resolve sensitive and/or controversial investigative issues. 
    3. Ability to conduct reviews of investigative operations for accuracy and conformance with investigative requirements and prepare written reports of findings.
    4. Ability to plan, organize, and lead the activities of a criminal investigative team, ensuring that the advice and assistance provided complies with legal and regulatory requirements and meets customer needs

    You do not need to provide a separate response to the KSAs. However, your resume must clearly demonstrate, through examples of work, that you meet the above KSAs.


    Additional information

    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the online assessment. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

    We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.

    NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Documents to be submitted online:

    -- Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
    -- Responses to the online assessment questionnaire.
    -- Displaced Federal employees under CTAP: copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
    -- Current EPA Employees: You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in eOPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

    If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's website: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    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.

    Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.

    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.


    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

    You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

    To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the day the announcement closes.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.

    If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed below for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.

    For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

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    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your online occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528869700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.