This position is located in the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG). The incumbent of this position will work within the Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations (DIG INV), Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), and Northeast Field Office (NEFO).Learn more about this agency
As a Criminal Investigator, GS-1811-07/09/11/12 target 13, your typical work assignment may include the following:
- Performs the full range of investigative duties associated with that position including investigative duties involving persons and property under the charge of DoD pursuant to Federal Statues and applicable DoD Directives.
- Conducts investigations that may result in criminal or civil/administrative prosecution and criminal or civil/administrative penalties.
- Conducts arrests, searches, and seizures in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, pertinent laws, regulations, directives and court decisions; includes collection and the preservation of physical evidence.
- Analyzes allegations, complaints, referrals, and investigations to identify issues involved and the types of evidence need to properly address each matter.
- Preparation of comprehensive investigative reports in order to present complex and conflicting findings in a clear, logical, impartial, comprehensive, and concise manner;
- Advises and/or assists U.S. Attorney's or other prosecutors and/or their staff members in the preparation of investigations for presentation to Federal and/or State/local Grand Juries.
- Appears as a witness before Grand Juries and trial courts, or participate in other legal proceedings.
- Conducts liaison activities with other internal and external stakeholders and partners, including Federal, State, and local agencies, representing the interests of the employing agency.
- Complies with all existing policies, procedures and guidelines (including the use of force policy) pertaining to use, display, safety and maintenance of firearms and intermediate weapons.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Position has been designated as Special Sensitive; incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance.
- May require travel internationally and/or deployment to Southwest Asia.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
- This is an Excepted Service position and an applicant receiving such an appointment does not acquire competitive civil service status.
- This position requires a pre-employment physical exam and a pre-employment physical readiness test. A physical readiness test is required for the duration of employment.
- This position requires qualifications to carry and use government-owned firearms as part of assigned duties (as a condition of employment you must maintain this qualification).
- The applicant selected for this position must be able to qualify and maintain authorization to carry firearms including no current or previous domestic violence charges/convictions.
- Employees are ineligible for this position if, at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless the conviction was expunged, set aside, or he/she received a pardon.
- Incumbent will be required to work, or be available to work substantial amounts of unscheduled overtime duty based on the needs of the agency.
- Compensation for this unscheduled overtime is in the form of a special form of premium pay fixed at 25 percent of the adjusted salary (basic and locality).
- Incumbent may be required to complete 14 weeks of Criminal Investigator Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.
- If you have not previously successfully completed a trial or probationary period with the Federal Government in a similar position, you will be required to serve a two year trial period.
- Employees covered by the General Schedule (GL) pay system (1) who are law enforcement officers (LEOs) and (2) who receive special base rates at grades 3-10 under section 403 of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (FEPCA).
- Recruitment incentives WILL NOT be paid.
- Requires the incumbent to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
- This position requires employees to agree to a Mobility Agreement. Selectees will be required to sign the Mobility Agreement as a condition of employment.
- This position is considered a secondary law enforcement administrative position and is covered under the special retirement provision for secondary law enforcement positions.
- Federal employees currently serving in the Competitive Service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the Competitive Service by accepting an offer of employment in the Excepted Service.
- The incumbent must adhere to the DoD Standards of Conduct.
QualificationsThis position is also being announced under Open to the Public Procedures, announcement # IG-20-10921023-DCIS-EX, open to the general public.
Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Minimum Qualification requirements as noted below.
Specialized Experience for GS-07: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-05 level in the federal service or at an equivalent level, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required. Specialized experience is defined as applying basic inspection, investigation, enforcement, and/or compliance principles, concepts, and procedures; applicable Federal laws and regulations; and practices common to business, public institutions, and other entities in order to select, gather, and organize information from various sources such as databases, witnesses, informants, or Federal, State, and local agencies; perform routine tasks to support the inspection, investigation, enforcement, or compliance process; inspect documents for accuracy and compliance; establish preliminary findings; and prepare reports.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 1 full year of Bachelor level education from accredited college or university or superior academic achievement (SAA). S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, (2) grade-point average, 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) honor society membership.. may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.
Specialized Experience for GS-09: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-07 level in the federal service or at an equivalent level, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required. Specialized experience is defined as applying inspection, investigation, enforcement, and/or compliance principles, concepts, and methodologies; laws, regulations, guidelines, and precedent decisions; requirements of various legal jurisdictions; and practices common to industries and entities regulated by applicable programs. These acquired knowledge and skills must demonstrate skill to independently perform duties such as: identify sources of information to detect illegal activity and document issues or probable cause; conduct investigations using accepted methodology and problem solving techniques; take statements from witnesses, third parties, and other knowledgeable persons; research, analyze, interpret, and evaluate data and information to make appropriate recommendations; and prepare reports and technical information..
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.
Specialized Experience for GS-11: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-09 level in the federal service or at an equivalent level, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required. Specialized experience is defined as skill in planning and conducting investigations relating to alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal laws, with emphasis on contract fraud and program fraud; proficient in critically analyzing financial crimes; recognizing, developing, and presenting evidence to reconstruct events; sequences, time elements, relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, and conflicts of interest; devising new investigative approaches, techniques and policies; preparing written documentation such as reports, describing evidence, recording facts about persons, objects and events; communicating instructions verbally, presenting case facts and recommendations, conducting interviews and interrogations; assisting other criminal investigators, management, and US Attorneys under the guidance of a senior level in investigator.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.
Specialized Experience for GS-12: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-11 or equivalent experience.Specialized experience is defined as: substantive skill in planning and conducting investigations relating to alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal laws; with emphasis on contract fraud and program fraud; highly proficient in critically analyzing financial crimes; recognizing, developing, and presenting evidence to reconstruct events; sequences, time elements, relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, and conflicts of interest; devising new investigative approaches, techniques and policies; preparing written documentation such as reports, describing evidence, recording facts about persons, objects and events; communicating instructions verbally, presenting case facts and recommendations, conducting interviews and interrogations; assisting other criminal investigators, management, and US Attorneys under the guidance of a senior level in investigator.
You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp.
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 to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-12 level.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more that 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
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 specialized 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. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Accreditation: Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ and U.S. Department of Education website at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
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, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. 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 himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.
This is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officer (FLEO). Candidates without previous FLEO service must be under age 37. Employees subject to special retirement coverage for law enforcement officers must retire at age 57 upon completing 20 years of law enforcement service under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers. If these 20 years of service are not attained at age 57, mandatory retirement is required upon completion of 20 years of service. This requirement may be waived only for veterans. See OPM Retirement Handbook for further details. The Maximum Entry Age requirement may be waived for applicants eligible for veterans' preference. Applicants previously covered by 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C 412(d) are not restricted from applying.
Working for DoD OIG offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
If applicable, you may apply under the appropriate Special Appointment Authority and be considered for non-competitive appointments. Please see link for definitions of the Special Appointment Authorities:
Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement (5 United States Code 3326.)
This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. Employees are ineligible for this position if, at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless the conviction was expunged, set aside, or he/she received a pardon. The applicant selected for this position must be able to qualify and maintain authorization to carry and use government-owned firearms including no current or previous domestic violence charges/convictions.
This position is considered a secondary law enforcement administrative position and is covered under the special retirement provision for secondary law enforcement positions. The applicant must meet all of the following special retirement requirements: (1) Has moved directly (without a break in service exceeding three days) from a rigorous position to a secondary position; (2) Has completed three years of service in a rigorous position; and (3) If the applicant has served in a secondary position continuously (without a break in service of more than three days) since serving in a primary position. If selected, applicants that meet qualification requirements, but do not meet special retirement coverage requirements, will be placed under the regular Federal Employee retirement coverage.
Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG). Current DoD civilian employees are not required to conduct drug testing if moving from one Testing Designated Position (TDP) to another TDP with no break in service, unless deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis by the gaining Component.
Incumbent must have successfully completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, or another Federal equivalent criminal investigator training program, such as the FBI Special Agent training program or Military Criminal Investigative Organization equivalent. Tribal, State, and local law enforcement academy training does not meet this requirement. Application MUST include a copy of the Certificate indicating completion of the course, if applying for GS-11 or above.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Criminal Investigation
- Criminal Law
- Oral Communication
Preview the assessment questionnaire here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10921024
Your complete application package includes:
- Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Resume should include the following: where you worked, job title, series and grade, if applicable, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week and salary;
- An official or unofficial transcript If this position substitutes education requirement and/or for specialized experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript(s) documenting such. Transcript must have name of college/university to prove accreditation. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to your entrance on duty;
- Completed assessment questionnaire;
- Copy of your Criminal Investigator Training Program Certificate indicating course completion, if applying for GS-11 or above.
- Copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable, documenting current Competitive (#1 on block 34 of SF-50) position occupied. If the position currently occupied is Excepted Service (#2 on block 34 of SF-50), If currently occupying an excepted service VRA, provide an SF-50 documenting your current Veterans Recruitment Appointment. NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) that does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position will not be accepted. **Current DoD OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your SF-50(s).
- Most recent Performance Appraisal received within the last 18 months and signed and dated by your supervisor; If you are a current Federal government employee, you must submit your performance appraisal as indicated or document why it is unavailable. **Current DoD OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your Performance Appraisal.
- Separated Veterans: You must submit a copy of your latest DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (any copy that shows all dates of service, type of discharge as well as character of service [Honorable, General, etc.] is acceptable) If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty service, submit a copy for each period of service. If you were issued a DD-215 to amend aforementioned information on the DD-214 you must submit that document also. *Recently retired or retiring soon veterans, please see message below.*
- Veterans Currently on Active Duty: You must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying, rank, dates of active duty service, expected date of discharge and condition of discharge This document must be dated within 120 days from the closing date of this announcement.
- Claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran: You must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of a service-connected disability which also indicates the percentage of disability.
- Claiming 10-point Derived preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it): You must a copy of the active duty members DD-214 as described above AND a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any other required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
- *Retired/Retiring Veterans: Please be aware that there is a 180-Day Restriction on Department of Defense (DoD) Employment of Military Retirees. A retired member of the Armed Forces may not be appointed to a civilian position in DoD within 180 days after retirement unless:
- The agency requests and is granted a waiver;
- The position is authorized special pay under 5 U.S.C. 3505; or
- A state of national emergency exists
- Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): does not apply for Excepted Service positions.
- Any additional documentation that would provide proof of your eligibility category for which you are applying. Required documents are listed next to the eligibility category in the "Additional Information" section above.
- Military Spouse Preference (MSP) - does NOT apply for positions with mandatory mobility agreements.
Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional form/s and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment. All documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
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.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents above.
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