The OIG, named the Best Place to Work in DOJ, offers telework and excellent work-life flexibilities and encourages Schedule A and diverse applicants. The Investigations Division (INV) investigates alleged criminal violations and misconduct that govern DOJ employees, operations, grantees, and contractors. Annually INV receives more than 13,000 complaints, opens approximately 250 investigations, and makes an average of over 90 arrests.Learn more about this agency
This position is in the Immediate Office, Hotline Operations Branch under the Investigations Division located in Washington, DC.
If you are selected as an Investigative Specialist, your responsibilities would include, but would not be limited to: investigating allegations of bribery, fraud, abuse, and violation of civil rights and other laws, policies, and procedures that govern DOJ employees. Typical work assignments include:
- Monitors the OIG Hotline, receiving allegations made through the Hotline phone; documents in writing the allegations or complaints received; interviews the complainant; and distributes the case to the appropriate DOJ/OIG field office or DOJ Component to initiate an inquiry/investigation.
- Inputs allegations into an automated tracking system and maintains statistics on Hotline calls, mail and operations; provides periodic statistical reports from that data.
- Analyzes and evaluates a full range of complicated criminal case information including incomplete background facts, research records, and compiles information for reports, verifies case related information through the use of investigative activities.
- Sets up and monitors the proper functioning of a suspense system to disseminate accurate information.
- Maintains the confidentiality and security of sensitive information and material located in the office, maintaining accountability over sensitive subject matter and criminal investigative files, to meet current needs and demands for material.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- You must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- You must be registered for the Selective Service, if applicable.
- You must successfully pass and are subject to random drug screenings.
- You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
- You may be subject to a probationary period.
- If you are a current Federal employee, you must provide your most recent performance appraisal.
- You must complete the Vacancy Announcement Questionnaire in USAjobs in order to be considered for this position.
QualificationsTo qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level obtained in the public sector. (Specialized experience is paid or unpaid experience which has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.) Examples of specialized experience include such duties as: processing, analyzing, and preparing complaints for the investigative process; searching and gathering a broad range of investigative data from a wide variety of law enforcement sources; verifying case related information through the use of electronic criminal investigative systems and preparing statistical investigative reports for senior level managers.
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade level (or equivalent).
There are no positive education requirements for this position.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): The CTAP/ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for CTAP/ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.
DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf
Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the below competencies. You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the competencies identified below:
1. Planning and Evaluation
2. Technical Competency
3. Written Communication
4. Oral Communication
If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for further employment consideration.
- Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume showing relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained. 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. (cover letter optional). Veteran documentation, (if applicable)
- Copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable, which documents current position occupied and COMPETITIVE status. 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 DOJ/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 DOJ/OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your Performance Appraisal.
- CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable)
- Veteran documentation, (if applicable), (DD-214 or Statement of Service documented on the installation's letterhead)
- Schedule (A) Documentation (if applicable)
- Your Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
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
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/21/2021 to receive consideration.
* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11221911
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20530
The Department of Justice (DOJ) OIG conducts audits, evaluations, investigations and special reviews of the personnel and programs of all DOJ components. The OIG is the top-ranked component in all of DOJ, and in the top 10 percent of all subcomponents across the federal government, in the 2019 Best Places to Work rankings (www.bestplacestowork.org). The DOJ OIG offers a wide range of federal benefits and flexible work schedules, depending on position requirements.
Join our professional, highly-engaged, diverse team that values collaboration, individual contributions, work/life balance, continuous growth opportunities, and challenging assignments!
This position is in the Immediate Office, Hotline Operations Branch under the Investigations Division located in Washington, DC.
For more information about the mission of the OIG and the role of a Special Agent in the Investigations Division please go to our Careers page at https://oig.justice.gov/careers/.
These vacancies may be used to fill other similar positions in the stated duty stations.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.
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.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613274600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.