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    Location decisions will be determined based on the needs of the agency:

    Atlanta, GA
    Baltimore, MD
    Boston, MA
    Buffalo, NY
    Charlotte, NC
    Chicago, IL
    Dallas, TX
    Denver, CO
    Detroit, MI
    El Paso, TX
    Honolulu, HI
    Houston, TX
    Kansas City, MO
    Las Vegas, NV
    Los Angeles, CA
    Miami, FL
    Nashville, TN
    Newark, NJ
    New Orleans, LA
    New York, NY
    Philadelphia, PA
    Phoenix, AZ
    San Antonio, TX
    San Diego, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Seattle, WA
    St. Paul, MN
    Tampa, FL
    Washington, D.C.

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    • Conduct and coordinate high-level comprehensive investigations involving individuals, groups, or large organizations operating at a local, national, or international level.
    • Use electronic surveillance, interviews, polygraph examination and physical surveillance to obtain evidence in investigative cases.
    • Make arrests, confront multiple suspects, secure scenes sometimes under potentially dangerous and hazardous environments.
    • Take part in securing signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence for inclusion in reports or case records.
    • Prepare sworn testimony on behalf of the government in criminal and federal grand jury cases.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    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 to apply for this position.
    • Selective Service registration required.
    • One-year probationary period is required.
    • You must have a valid driver's license.
    • You will be required to maintain the ability to perform the rigorous physical requirements of the job.
    • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • Criminal Investigators are required to live within 50 miles of their duty station.
    • You must complete and PASS a pre-employment drug test as a condition of employment. Employees are subject to drug testing in compliance with the Agency's Drug-Free Workplace Program.
    • Interview: You may be required to attend an interview in person or telephonically.
    • Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a valid state-issued driver's license at the time of appointment.
    • This position requires the selectee to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C. Section 022 (g)(9)).



    To qualify for the GL-7 grade level, applicants must have one of the following:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-05 level in the Federal government performing duties such as:
    • training in criminal or civil investigative principles and techniques
    • researching regulations and other pertinent directives, and analyze data, issues, and information that support project recommendations or work assignments
    • interpreting and applying pertinent regulations and manuals governing written communication in order to prepare written materials which communicate the intended information
    • presenting facts, issues, and positions that convey the intended information with the appropriate diplomacy and emphasis
    • assisting in physical search of suspects, vehicles and immediate surroundings for weapons, dangerous drugs, and other contraband and evidence
    • conducting investigations or administrative reviews associated with trade, travel, finance and immigration
    • conducting investigations or administrative reviews within cyber systems and networks

    A bachelor's degree in any degree from an accredited university or college AND meet one of the Superior Academic Achievement Provisions:
    • Maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study OR
    • Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision OR
    • Be a member of a national honor (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses.
    • NOTE: GPA's are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society

    One full year of full-time graduate level education from an accredited university or college. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours from an accredited university or college will satisfy the one year of full-time study requirement.

    - OR -

    A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement.


    To qualify for the GL-9 grade level, applicants must have one of the following:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GL-07 level in the Federal government performing duties such as:
    • conducting search and seizures and apprehending and detaining suspects
    • communicating effectively in writing in order to prepare investigative chronology, affidavits, criminal complaints, operational plans, and other law enforcement documents
    • participating in various phases of investigations and understanding of progressively more complex interrogation and debriefing techniques
    • applying complex investigative methods in order to recognize, collect, and present evidence that reconstructs events, sequences, linkages and time elements, relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, and conflicts of interest, in a manner that meets requirements for criminal and/or civil prosecutions
    • utilizing surveillance techniques and procedures regarding the enforcement of laws and related statutes used in identifying, locating, investigating and arresting individuals

    A master's degree (or equivalent graduate degree such as a L.L.B/J.D.) or two full academic years of progressively higher graduate level education from an accredited university or college leading to such a degree

    - OR -

    A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that, when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement.

    National Service Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; teaching, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    Requirement to Testify: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to testify at court. Law enforcement officers and agents must be able to testify without concern of impeachment.

    HSI Special Agent Basic Training: A mandatory component of continued employment is the successful completion of Basic Training, which consists of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) and the HSI Special Agent Training Program (HSISAT). The training is approximately 22 weeks in total. You may be temporarily reassigned to a non-law enforcement position if you fail to complete basic training.

    Physical Fitness Testing (PFT): Additionally, PFTs will also be administered at FLETC during the HSI Special Agent Basic Training. Every trainee must PASS the PFT a minimum of three times throughout the duration of training.

    Age Requirement: The date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday is the last day to be referred for selection (PL 93-950 and 100-238). However, the age restriction may not apply to individuals who are qualified preference-eligible veterans or who are currently or have previously served in a federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. § 8412(d).

    Current Federal Employees: Current federal employees who apply to this announcement may be required to accept a change to lower grade which will reduce their current salary based on Federal pay regulations. Pay retention and automatic re-promotion will not apply. All employees of this position will be required to complete 52 weeks at each grade level prior to being eligible for promotion or re-promotion.

    Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. All employees will be required to complete 52 weeks at each grade level before eligible for promotion or re-promotion.

    Please see '"Additional Information" for additional requirements.


    If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript or unofficial transcript which shows courses taken or in progress, grades earned, GPA, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.

    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 of your application.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Failure to provide such documentation with your application will result in lost of consideration. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.

    Additional information

    Organizational Location: These positions are located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations within the 30 SAC locations and are assigned for the needs to the agency.

    Geographic Locations: While the location in this announcement is identified as "location negotiable after selection," you have the opportunity to identify ONE geographic preference in your application. Your preference location is NOT guaranteed. The duty location extended at the final job offer will be based on the needs of the agency and availability of positions and funding. Upon final job offer you may be offered a duty location that is not within your geographic preference. You must be willing to accept any duty location that falls within the area of responsibility (AOR) of one of the 30 Special Agent in Charge (SAC) offices listed in this vacancy announcement. For example, if offered SAC San Francisco, you may be offered a final duty location of any office that falls within that AOR such as the Bakersfield, CA or Fresno, CA. If you decline the duty location offered during the official job offer, you will be removed from further consideration. This is a one time offer only. Selectees' applications will not be placed on hold to wait for a more desirable location to become available.

    Severely Challenging Locations (SCLs): HSI is designating Presidio, TX; Alpine, TX; Deming, NM; and Saipan as SCLs. The maximum tour of duty will be as follows: Presidio: 2 years; Alpine, Deming and Saipan: 3 years. Upon completion of an assignment to an SCL, the employee will be able to request a self-funded reassignment to 1 to 5 preferred locations based on available vacancies and receive up to 40 hours of administrative leave for relocation. Also, employees who choose to remain at an SCL post beyond the maximum tour, pursuant to a service agreement, will be offered 1 of 3 preferred available locations. Additionally, if remaining up to 5 years, employees will be offered the position of their choice, based on available vacancies. Where available, the agency may offer government housing, pursuant to a rental agreement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    All applicants must complete and pass each required assessment in order to remain in the hiring process. Tentative offers will be rescinded to those who are not able to successfully complete the below requirements.

    Initial Unproctored Assessment:
    The initial group of applicants to be tested will receive a link by email to complete a candidate experience record and an automated writing assessment. A PASSING score is required for the writing assessment which evaluates an applicant's overall writing ability, organization, presentation of ideas, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary. Prior writing assessment scores will be utilized if obtained within the last year. Applicants who completed the writing assessment within the last 12 months and did NOT pass will not be allowed to retest and will no longer receive further consideration under this announcement. If you have passed the writing sample within the last 12 months, your scores will be reused.

    Special Agent (SA) Test Battery: Applicants who PASS the writing assessment will be invited via email to schedule the proctored SA Test Battery. The SA Test Battery can be completed at more than 500 test centers nationwide (no international testing locations will be offered). The test will measure reasoning and logic, experience, and writing skills. Applicants must PASS the SA Test Battery to continue in the hiring process. Applicants who completed the SA Test Battery within the last 12 months and did NOT pass will not be allowed to retest and will no longer receive further consideration under this announcement. If you have passed the SA Test Battery in the last 12 months, your scores will be reused. All applicants should review the HSI Special Agent Test Battery Preparation Manual and other position requirements posted under "Application Process" at https://www.ice.gov/careers/criminal-investigator.

    Medical Requirements: This position has medical requirements. Click here for information about the medical process. You must complete a pre-employment medical examination and be found to meet the medical standards for this position.

    Background Investigation: All selectees must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a TOP SECRET clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Failure to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET clearance may result in the withdrawal of a tentative offer or removal.

    Polygraph: ICE has designated this position for polygraph testing, which you may be required to submit to and successfully complete as a pre-employment requirement. If referred for polygraph testing, you will be required to travel to a testing location at your own expense. If you previously had an unsuccessful ICE administered polygraph examination within the last 365 days, ICE will use those results, which will eliminate you from continuing in the hiring process.

    Physical Fitness Testing (PFT-P): A pre-employment Physical Fitness Test (PFT-P) will be administered. A PASSING score is required. If you have failed a PFT-P, you are not eligible for consideration for 12 months from the closing date of the announcement that you applied to that required the PFT-P.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Documents must be uploaded as the correct document type or they will not be considered. Example: Resume must be uploaded and saved under the document type: "Resume."

    showing a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that includes beginning and ending dates with the month and year and hours worked per week for each paid and non-paid work experience job title listed and salary. You will be evaluated based on your resume and supporting documentation to ensure the minimum experience and/or education requirements are met. For tips on resume writing, please click here: Federal Resume Tips.

    Transcripts: If you are claiming education as part of your qualifications and you meet the educational requirements by the close of the announcement, you are required to submit an official transcript at the time of application. A diploma is not an acceptable form of documentation. Your transcripts must show the list of courses completed, quarter and semester hours earned, G.P.A. and date degree conferred. The transcripts must also identify name of institution and include your full name.

    NOTE: ICE will accept applications from current students who are expected to meet the educational requirements and be able to provide an official transcript within 9 months of the close of the announcement. However, transcripts will be accepted after the close of the announcement ONLY for applicants who receive a tentative offer letter. Official transcripts not received within the nine (9) month time-frame will not be credited towards qualifications and may affect the assessment of your qualifications or result in the removal of your application from the hiring process.

    Veterans' Preference Documents: Although veterans' preference does not apply to direct hire, upon selection, Veterans' Preference documents may be required. Please submit proof of eligibility (DD-214, Member 4 copy or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Those applying for 10-Point preference must fill out the SF-15 and provide an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, and/or any other associated documentation based on your preference. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP/CTAP): Please submit the following:

    • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
    • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action'', documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
    • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
    • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
    Current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee: Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position title;
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee);
    • Agency; and
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.
    Age Requirement Documents: If you are over the age of 37, you must submit a copy of all SF-50s reflecting the beginning and end dates of creditable law enforcement civilian (not military) service under 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. § 8412(d). The retirement code in block 30 must be annotated on all submitted SF-50s. If you are a preference eligible veteran and are over the age of 37, please provide the documentation outlined in Veteran's Preference Documentation above.

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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

    To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10677013 and submit the required documentation outlined under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/16/2019.

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered in your application and supporting documents are submitted on time and are accurate. ICE will not modify, change or contact you regarding completeness or accuracy of your application.

    To begin your online application, click the Apply button and follow the prompts to complete the online questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit Application button at the end of the process. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, resume and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation. Please see Required Documents for additional information.

    To update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login. There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

    To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login. All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    E-Verify: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.View Common Definitions of terms found in this announcement.Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days after appointment.

    Suitability: If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

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    Next steps

    ICE will test a limited group of applicants for selection consideration. All correspondence is sent via email, to include links for testing. Please ensure your USAJOBS account has your most up to date email address. ICE will not be responsible for emails not received.

    Within approximately 4 weeks of completing the application in USAJOBS, eligible applicants may receive an "Assessments are Required" email from assessments@usahire.opm.gov to take the unproctored writing assessment. This assessment must be completed by Midnight on the date listed in the email invite. Applicants who pass the writing assessment will later receive another email invitation to schedule and complete the proctored assessment.

    Applicants are referred for selection consideration after successfully completing the required assessments and meeting minimum qualifications.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency in accordance with agency policy is mandatory.

    Mobility: You will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement. You may be reassigned to a new location during your career as a Criminal Investigator based on the needs of the service. A minimum tour of duty of three (3) years at your first HSI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Area of Responsibility (AOR) is required which will begin after successful completion of FLETC (HSISAT) training.

    Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): This position may require substantial amounts of irregular or occasional overtime. You will be required to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour workweek. You must be readily available to perform this unscheduled overtime on a continual basis.

    Felony Conviction: You cannot have any Felony convictions to be considered for the Criminal Investigator position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by you is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (18 U.S.C., § 1001).

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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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/554145600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.