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    This position is with the Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigation, Investigative Support Division (ISD) in Lakewood, CO. The office of Investigations manages, supervises, coordinates, and conducts investigations relating to DOI programs and operations, including, but not limited to, investigations of fraud, waste, and, mismanagement in such programs and operations and actual or suspected criminal activity or wrongdoing by DOI employees.

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    The incumbent serves as a Digital Forensic Examiner in the Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) and reports directly to the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Computer Crimes Unit.

    • As the Digital Forensic Examiner, you will be responsible for providing a wide variety of technical tasks to assist with the operation of the OIG's digital forensics and computer crimes program, provides technical support for the investigation of network intrusion and cybersecurity incidents and implements a variety of programs in support of the investigative and audit missions;
    • Provide a wide variety of forensic, multimedia forensics and scientific support to assist in criminal, civil, and administrative investigations, coordinating and performing a wide range of specialized activities required in addressing technology crimes and digital evidence issues; and collects, preserves and analyzes electronic records from multiple sources in a forensically sound manner;
    • Utilize specialized equipment and techniques to discover and analyze deleted or "hidden" information that may serve as useful evidence in a criminal, civil or administrative case; handling, identifying, and collecting computer-related evidence; determining other avenues of technical or professional help available; and determining whether data recovery or media analysis activities merit further technical assistance; and
    • Examine digital evidence to find potentially relevant information, writes clear technical reports to document findings, testifies in court as needed as a digital forensics expert; assists in the acquisition of appropriate hardware and software; troubleshoots and makes recommendations for workflow and process improvement, follows and supports CCU in refining the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) to ensure digital forensic activities are performed in a scientifically valid manner.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

      • U.S. Citizenship is required
      • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service
      • Successful completion of a background investigation
      • Position is subject to initial and random drug testing
      • OGE-450, Confidential Statement of employment is required
      • May be required to complete a one-year probationary period


    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
    Basic Requirement:

    Your resume must reflect information technology related experience in the federal service or private or public sector
    demonstrating the following four competencies:

    1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

    2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or
    products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other
    agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance,
    resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed
    to providing quality products and services.

    3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively,
    taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial);
    makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds

    4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment
    to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


    In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants for the GS-13 and GS-14 must meet one year of the
    specialized experience listed below to be considered for each grade:

    Specialized Experience for the GS-13:

    To qualify for the GS-13 level, you must possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the
    GS-12 level in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector, performing ALL of the

    1. Assist staff with forensic data recovery, media analysis, and network intrusion support;

    2. Provide digital forensic support to investigations;

    3. Utilize a variety of forensic applications for various operating systems; and

    4. Write reports to document findings, as needed.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-14:

    To qualify for the GS-14 level, you must possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the
    GS-13 level in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing ALL of the

    1. Independently gather evidence related to forensic data recovery and provide assistance to an Incident Response
    Team regarding network intrusions;

    2. Provide digital forensic support to investigations in the form of evidence collection, digital forensic analysis, and
    search warrant operations;

    3. Performs investigative functions in Windows, OSX, Linux, and mobile operating systems architecture;

    4. Independently evaluate requests for subpoenas and search warrants in connection with the production or seizure of
    digitally stored evidence; and

    5. Independently write clear technical reports to document findings, testifies in court as needed as a digital forensics

    Note: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted
    to more accurately reflect your abilities.

    An ideal candidate for this position is one who has a clear understanding of multimedia (audio, video, and image) forensics including collection, preservation, transcoding & transmuxing, content analysis, and enhancement using multimedia forensic best practices


    There is no education substitute for this vacancy announcement.

    Additional information

    Applicants must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates.

    Additional selections may be made within 90 days from the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

    Relocation/Recruitment incentives may be authorized (Tentative selectees will be asked to sign a mobility agreement prior to final selection.)

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants will be evaluated based on their possession of the following competencies:

    - Skill in the use of specialized tools and techniques to collect data from various operating systems and mobile devices
    sufficient to conduct forensic analysis.

    - Knowledge of and ability to conduct computer forensic examinations sufficient to support criminal, civil, and
    administrative investigations and to coordinate a wide range of forensic, scientific, and technical activities required in
    address cyber related crimes and digital evidence issues.

    - Skill in written communications, including the ability to present technical forensic information and concepts in a
    clear and understandable manner within detailed reports.

    - Skill in oral communication to present technical forensic in a clear and understandable manner.

    Under this Direct-Hire announcement, applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration as vacancies occur at the locations specified by the applicants. Veteran's Preference, category rating and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply under the Direct Hire process.

    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

    All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit the required documents will disqualify you from further consideration for this position.

    Resume: Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the
    basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards
    for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility (if applicable): Such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, or a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.

    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.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    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 job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of Interior's OIG Automated Application System.

    You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
    STEP 3: Answer the eligibility and assessment questionnaires on-line through the automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your student eligibility for this job opportunity.
    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement.

    You may update your application documents and some questions related to your personal information at any time during the announcement open period. However, you will not be able to make changes to questions related to assessing the minimum qualifications and competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) mentioned in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section above. To make an allowed update to your application, 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.

    If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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    381 Elden St.
    Suite 3000
    Herndon, VA 20170
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    Consistently ranked as the best place to work in the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout DOI. The OIG conducts investigations, audits, evaluations, and inspections to enhance program effectiveness and efficiency and to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DOI programs and operations.

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    Next steps

    To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account. 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/

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified by email of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/604084100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.