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    As a Criminal Investigator for our National Capital Region in Washington, DC, you will be responsible for conducting and reporting upon investigations of suspected criminal violations affecting the programs, operations, and employees of the GSA consistent with the Inspector General Act of 1978. This position is located in the Office of Assistant Inspector General for Investigations.

    We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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    As a Criminal Investigator, the incumbent performs the following responsibilities:

    • Plans, coordinates and conducts complex investigations into criminal and civil violations of law and administrative matters relating to GSA programs, operations and employees.
    • Performs investigative activities such as interviewing witnesses and subjects of investigation; executing search warrants, serving judicial process such as subpoenas and summons; conducting surveillance; and obtaining and preserving evidence.
    • Presents investigative results orally and establishes and maintains liaison with investigative and legal personnel in the other Offices of Inspectors General, U.S. Attorneys, Federal Bureau of lnvestigation and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
    • Prepares written reports of investigative activities and final reports of investigation pursuant to OIG guidelines.
    • Plans and conducts surveillance and makes arrests.
    • Testifies in court proceedings.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - The position requires frequent travel. Selected applicant must be able to acquire and maintain a government-issued travel charge card.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    13 - FPL 13

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    1811 Criminal Investigation

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
    • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
    • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
    • Must meet eligiblity to carry a firearm. Annual certification required.
    • Applicants must apply online via GSAjobs (see "How to Apply" section).

    This position is covered by the law enforcement officer retirement provisions, and as such is covered by a mandatory age requirement. There is a maximum entry age of the day before your 37th birthday (except for veterans preference eligibles) for entry into law enforcement office positions.  This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers [5 U.S.C. 8336 (c) or 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d)] and have a mandatory retirement age of 57.  If you are over age 37, you must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service  by age 57.

    All OIG criminal investigators are required to qualify to use OIG owned firearms and to accept assignments where firearms are required. Per the Lautenberg Amendment, any person who has been convicted of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition.

    Will be required to undergo a pre-employment examination and meet the physical requirements for this position.  The duties require moderate to arduous physical exertion.  Manual dexterity of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips and knees is required.  Arms, hands, legs and feet must be sufficiently functioning in order to perform the duties satisfactorily.  Good vision and hearing are required.  Selectee must possess emotional and mental stability.  Any physical condition that would cause the selectee to be a hazard to him/herself, or others is disqualifying.

    This position requires a pre-employment drug test to screen for illegal drug use (appointment to the position is contingent upon a negative drug test result), and random drug testing after appointment.

    Newly-hired OIG investigators must successfully complete the basic criminal investigator training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), unless waived by proof of comparable special agent or law enforcement officer training.
    This position is a critical-sensitive national security position. The person selected for this vacancy will be required to undergo a Tier 5 background investigation and the GSA security office must grant you a Top Secret national security clearance. If you are not a GSA/OIG employee, you must pass a preliminary background clearance before we can hire you.

    Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.


    For each job on your resume, provide:

    • the exact dates you held  each job (from month/year to month/year)
    • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).    

    If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

    For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.

    Applicants must demonstrate in their resume and responses to the vacancy questions that they meet the basic OPM qualifications as well as qualifications described below. Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position advertised within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy.

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet any basic minimum qualifications requirements.

    Specialized experience:

    For the GS-09: To qualify for the GS-09 level, an applicant must have one year of specialized experience that includes work similar to participating in various phases of investigative work assignments; studying a broad variety of material pertinent to cases; interviewing employees, officials in and out of Government, and others for the purpose of verifying facts and obtaining specific pieces of information; obtaining signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence to be included in reports or case records; and preparing written reports of investigative activities. OR, by Education: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree or a LL.B or J.D., in a related field of study or a combination of specialized experience and education that totals 100 of the experience requirement.

    For the GS-11: To qualify for the GS-11, an applicant must have one year of specialized experience that includes work similar to working with higher level Criminal Investigators on completing various aspects of a criminal investigation involving criminal, civil, or administrative priorities; coordinating investigative activities with both internal and external factors; developing supportable data and materials; and, collecting and confirming information from a variety of sources. OR, by Education: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or have successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; or, a combination of graduate level education and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements of this position..

    For the GS-12: To qualify for the GS-12, an applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge and skills required to complete the responsibilities of the position. Examples of work at this level include investigative techniques in undercover operations, overt/covert surveillances; waste, fraud and abuse cases in agency programs and operations; the use of weapon systems; and experience dealing with emergency situations.


    Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    • This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.
    • Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
    • The position has authorized law enforcement availability pay of an additional 25%. The biweekly maximum earnings limitation for LEO's are in 5 U.S.C. 5547(c) applies to this position.                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Conditions of Employment: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Attend and graduate from the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) unless previously completed.
    • Satisfactorily complete a 1-year probationary period unless previously completed.
    • Operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid State driver's license is required.
    • Applicants for this position must be physically fit, and emotionally and mentally stable. Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician; and submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into the position.
    • Available to work mandatory overtime.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your overall possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.

    • Knowledge of investigative methods, techniques, and approaches, necessary to plan and conduct criminal, civil and administrative investigations
    • Knowledge of techniques for conducting interviews; research/fact-finding; and determining essential facts associated with a criminal investigation
    • Skill in preparing thorough, organized and complete reports
    • Ability to assess case evidence; draw conclusions on appropriate actions/charges; serve as witness grand juries/tribunals, etc
    • Knowledge of precedent court decisions, criminal rules of evidence, constitutional rights, arrest authorities, and administrative procedures to be followed in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings
    • Ability to communicate orally to present investigative results as well as provide advice and testimony
    • Ability to lead or coordinate participation in investigations involving outside agencies
    • Ability to exercise criminal law enforcement authority

    Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

    If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA’s Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency.  If you are a GSA OIG employee, you are not required to submit an SF-50. 

    If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:  

    (a) Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service.  If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.  

    (b) If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list). 

    If you are active duty military: Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

    If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.

    If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement:  Submit your latest SF-50.

    If you are a former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteer:Submit your Description of Service.

    If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:

         (a) one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.

         (b) Copy of your agency’s annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).

    If you have a disability: Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS’s People With Disabilities page.

    If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.

    If you are ICTAP/CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    If you are a current or former political appointee: Submit your SF-50.

    College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s).  If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

    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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    You will have access to many benefits including:

    • Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
    • Life insurance coverage with several options
    • Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
    • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
    • Transit and child care subsidies
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • Long-term care insurance
    • Training and development

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    How to Apply

    Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application.  For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job.

    To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.

    • Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.
    • Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.
    • Click the Apply To This Vacancy and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete.  If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.
    • Note:  Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the “Fax instructions” provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).

    Need Assistance in Applying?
    Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. We are available to assist you Monday-Friday during normal business hours. You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions. Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

    Agency contact information

    Derek Hunter








    GSA, Office of Inspector General
    General Services Administration
    Office of the Inspector General (JPH)
    2300 Main Street, Suite 3NW 423
    Kansas City, Missouri 64108
    United States
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    The OIGs were created as independent and objective entities within an agency (A) to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of the agency and (B) to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in agency programs and operations. The OIGs report to the agency head and Congress through semi-annual and other reports. Applicants are encouraged to review the work and accomplishments of the GSA OIG on our website, https://www.gsaig.gov/.

    Next steps

    After the closing date/deadline:

    1. ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS: Your application will be reviewed for all requirements.
    2. REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: If you meet all the requirements, you may be referred to management for review and a possible interview.  
    3. SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security background investigation process.
    4. FINAL JOB OFFER: Once our security office determines you can come on board, you will be given a final offer.
    5. FINAL COMMUNICATION:  Once the position is filled, we will notify you of your status.  You may also check your status by logging into USAJOBS.  Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications.

    Thank you for your interest in working for the U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General!

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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/585914300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.