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    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.View common definitions of terms found in this announcement

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    The positions are located in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General (DHS OIG), the Office of Investigations (INV), Washington Field Office (WFO) and the INV Major Fraud and Corruption Unit (MFCU). The Office of Investigations is responsible for investigating and bringing to the appropriate criminal and civil justice system those individuals and organizations involved in financial, professional, civil, or criminal misconduct relating to Department of Homeland Security programs and operations.

    Both the INV Washington Field Office (WFO) and the INV Major Fraud and Corruption Unit (MFCU) are located in Alexandria, VA.

    The Washington field office and INV HQs Major Frauds and Corruption Unit leverages a multi-disciplinary team of special agents, analysts, data scientists and forensic auditors/accountants.

    Washington Field Office - The investigations involve multi-faceted, high level and often complex circumstances and are often called upon to provide their investigative expertise or assistance to both internal and external law enforcement entities.

    Major Frauds and Corruption Unit (MFCU) - is a highly specialized unit established to proactively identify and investigate fraud and corruption that poses significant risk and major financial impact to DHS. The focus is to uncover and investigate high dollar procurement and grant fraud schemes throughout the U.S. and its territories. The MFCU leverages a multi-disciplinary team of special agents, analysts, data scientists and forensic auditors/accountants.

    Being a Criminal Investigator makes you a valuable member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations (INV). You will evaluate allegations and evidence, and participate in the planning and conduct of investigations involving illegal and criminal acts (Title 18, U.S. Code) such as bribery, fraud, conflicts of interests, embezzlements and misconduct, by Department employees including senior DHS officials. Typical assignments include:

    • Evaluate assigned investigations. Analyze initial allegations and recommend the extent of investigative resources required and the necessity for any collateral support.
    • Plan, organize and personally conduct investigations with regard to a wide variety of allegations received by the Office of Inspector General which typically involve extremely complex, difficult or sensitive criminal or administrative investigations of major importance and high level interest and misconduct allegations involving high ranking officials of the Department of Homeland Security.
    • Plan workload and direct other criminal investigators and furnishes them with necessary information, advice and guidance on problem situations often times highly technical in nature, and review finished work for accuracy and completeness.
    • Draft and prepare concise, logical reports of investigations and summaries, including recommendations for prosecutive and corrective action for the Office of Investigations.
    • Personally maintains liaison with other law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and national levels for purpose of obtaining their cooperation in furnishing information concerning illegal activities involving violations of criminal law related to DHS personnel in the private sector which could assist in ferreting out violations

    Travel Required

    25% 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
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation
    • You must be able to obtain Top Secret security clearance
    • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing
    • You will be required to carry a firearm
    • You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness standards
    • Selective Service registration required
    • Completion of one year probationary may be required.
    • Must obtain and maintain a valid state issued driver's license.
    • You will be required to sign a mobility agreement.
    • This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment, 18 U.S.C. Section(g)(9)/Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
    • Age Requirement: Applicants are subject to the maximum entry age into law enforcement positions with this agency, which is the date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday.
    • Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): LEAP in the amount of 25% has been approved for this position.


    You qualify for the GS-13 grade level (starting salary $102,663) if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing at least 4 of the following duties:
    • Initiating investigations from informant tips or leads;
    • Developing evidence involving financial crimes, including contract or procurement fraud, by interviews, documentary searches, surveillance, etc.;
    • Participating on multi-agency task forces and working groups involving contract or acquisition fraud and/or financial crime investigations;
    • Preparing concise, logical reports and summaries involving major fraud and corruption investigations;
    • Maintaining liaison with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and national level as it relates to financial crimes investigations;
    • Executing search and arrest warrants pursuant to criminal investigations;
    • Testifying in criminal, civil or administrative court proceedings.
    Additional Requirements:
    - Age Requirement: Applicants are subject to the maximum entry age into law enforcement positions with
    this agency, which is the date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday. This age restriction may
    not apply to those who have previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position
    covered by special hazardous duty retirement provisions.
    - Training Requirement: This position requires that you complete or have completed the eight week basic
    criminal investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. Retention in
    the position is subject to successful completion of the training.
    - Firearm Requirement: This position requires you to be authorized to carry a firearm and maintain firearm
    proficiency. Therefore, it is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment, 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g) (9) and you
    will be required to verify that you have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
    - Medical Requirement: This position requires you to maintain physical fitness standards set by the agency.
    Physical stamina, excellent eyesight and hearing, and emotional stability are essential. The duties of
    positions in the criminal investigator series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking
    and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather

    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; 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.

    The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date 08/31/2020of this announcement.

    Current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade band in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date 08/31/2020 of this announcement.

    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.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

    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.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position.

    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.

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. 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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

    • Attention to Detail
    • Criminal Investigation
    • Oral Communication
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10850777.

    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veterans must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under
    Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.)

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your resume showing dates of employment and duties performed.
    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10850777
    3. Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.
    4. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. 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. View more veterans' information.
    5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit a copy of your:
    - Agency notice,
    - Most recent performance rating, and
    - Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
    6. Are you a 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
    - Beginning and ending dates of appointment
    7. Are you a Military Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty relocating or spouse of a disabled or deceased member of the Armed Forces? Submit the following:
    - Documentation Verifying Marriage (i.e. Marriage Certificate)
    - A copy of your Spouse's Active Military Orders; and
    - DD-214 (member 4 copy), "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD).

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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

    Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on 08/31/2020. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you may submit a paper application and the required forms. To do so, please contact: barbara.williams@oig.dhs.gov prior to the close of this announcement.

    Agency contact information

    Barbara Williams


    Office of Inspector General
    245 Murray Lane SW
    Washington DC, DC 20528
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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) offers you the opportunity to become a part of one of the most challenging and important missions facing the country today.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.Make an impact; join DHS.

    The Office of Inspector General ensures that all DHS programs and operations are carried out in the most effective, efficient and economical manner by conducting independent audits, inspections and evaluations, and investigations. In our dynamic environment, you will work with special agents, attorneys, auditors, program analysts and IT experts to deter, identify, and address fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste of taxpayer funds invested in homeland security.

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

    This announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on 08/31/2020 OR at 11:59 pm ET on the date the 200th application is received, whichever occurs first.

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    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."

    If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. View more information on applying for federal employment.

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 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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/576787200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.