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    Established as a statutory office by the Government Accountability Office Act of 2008, GAO’s Office of the Inspector General independently conducts audits, evaluations, and other reviews of GAO programs and operations and makes recommendations to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in GAO. The OIG also investigates allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse, including the possible violation of law or regulation within GAO.

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    Manages and performs all aspects of investigations to produce timely reports of investigation or memoranda to management. These investigations involve extremely complex and sensitive investigations of alleged or suspected violations of criminal and civil laws, and agency rules and regulations, with particular emphasis on white collar crime that involves fraud, waste, abuse, and government corruption.

    Independently presents cases to prosecutors and works with prosecutors to prosecute cases. This includes participating in grand jury and trial proceedings.

    Leads criminal investigative staff and teams by advising, consulting, and performing quality assurance for investigations and other work (e.g., non-investigative and administrative tasks)

    Assists the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (AIGI) in creating a vision for the development and implementation of OIG investigative policies and procedures.

    Implements and monitors investigative planning.

    Contributes to the improvement of OIG operations through advanced use of technology and process improvements.

    Advises OIG management of progress or problems related to ongoing investigations.

    Represents the OIG in discussions with GAO officials and others, as appropriate

    Produces or assists others to produce clear and logical products that are targeted to the audience in terms of scope and reflect the value of the work done.

    Performs other duties as assigned

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - .

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1811 Criminal Investigation

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You may be required to undergo a background investigation.
    • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report.
    • If selected, you must pass a fitness-for-duty examination.
    • This position does NOT authorize carrying a firearm.
    • You will be required to separate on the last day of the month you become 57 or complete 20 years of service if over that age.
    • 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 register.
    • You will be required to complete a two-year probationary period unless you completed a probationary/trial period at GAO after October 1, 1980.
    • This position is NOT eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP).
    • This position's eligible for law enforcement officer (LEO) special retirement provisions.
    • You must be a U.S. citizen.


    1. You must have experience in a law enforcement position where your primary duties involved investigating, apprehending, or detaining individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States or protecting the personal safety of United States officials.

    2. Successfully completed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) or an equivalent basic criminal investigator training program.

    3. Applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent in the Federal Service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    Specialized experience is defined as:

    • working in an organization with a criminal investigation mission (e.g., Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigative Division);
    • independently issuing and enforcing subpoenas;
    • independently referring cases to prosecutors; and
    • determining appropriate search and seizure activities for an investigation (i.e., search warrants, when to give Garrity and/or Kalkines warnings at subject interviews).

    You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.

    4. If selected, you must pass a fitness-for-duty examination that will assess if you have:

    • Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints;
    • Arms, hands, legs, and feet that are sufficiently intact and functioning to perform the duties of the position;
    • Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction;
    • Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, that is sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters;
    • Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, that does not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels;
    • Emotional and mental stability; and
    • Any physical condition that would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or others.


    There is no education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    This is a non-bargaining unit position.

    OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS:  Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. 

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit http://www.sss.gov/.

    Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:  GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities.  To request an accommodation, please email ReasonableAccommodations@gao.gov

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

    The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.  Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

    GAO’s OIG does not currently have Federal Law Enforcement Authority. Therefore, this position does NOT include Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP). However, the position is covered under Federal Law Enforcement Retirement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    If you meet the qualification requirements stated above, you will be further rated based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Please make sure that your responses to the vacancy questions are supported in your resume. Please follow all instructions carefully. If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to a vacancy question is "see resume”, your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.

    Proficient knowledge of federal investigative standards, such as the Council on the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) investigative standards, and investigative techniques to carry out the OIG mission and function and ensure the soundness, quality, and reliability of OIG work.

    Familiarity with OIG investigations.

    Comprehensive knowledge of an organization’s mission and operations sufficient to plan and investigate issues involving agency  employees, programs, and operations.

    Demonstrated ability to effectively represent OIG and skillfully leverage relationships with staff and managers at all levels and in all units, including working with offices and teams to ensure that investigations are conducted efficiently and effectively.

    Expert knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of complex inspection, investigation, and compliance principles, concepts, and practices; criminal and case law precedents; administrative and legal procedures; requirements of various legal jurisdictions; a broad range of advanced investigative techniques, research methodologies, and statistical and financial analyses; and business practices common to regulated entities and parties sufficient to develop supportable cases for presentation and/or prosecution;  conduct inspections and investigations where significant difficulties are encountered; interpret complex laws and regulations; develop new approaches, methods, or procedures in data gathering and analysis techniques; recognize and resolve discrepancies and/or inconsistencies among findings; obtain and/or reconstruct missing or withheld documents and information; and collect and confirm information from a variety of sources.

    Skill in communicating orally and in writing the results of investigations and investigative activities conducted to meeting with and brief senior management officials to effectively explain potential investigative activities and operations.  This includes preparing executive summaries and formal Information Reports, Memorandums of Investigation, and reports, as appropriate.  By way of definition, oral communication may include methods used by employees with disabilities such as sign language interpretation, text-to-speech or TTY technology, and amplification devices.

    Skill in reporting facts clearly, accurately, logically and objectively in both concise written form and oral discussions and coordinate multiple phases of an investigation, or separate investigations being conducted simultaneously.

    Skill in analyzing investigative work produced by investigative and operational staff to ensure administrative, investigative, operational, and technical sufficiency; compliance with professional investigative and quality standards; compliance with established federal rules, regulations, and laws; and readability.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete application package which includes:

    - Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

    - If you are using your education to qualify (even partially), you must submit a copy of your transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you will be required to provide official transcripts. Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service.  

    - Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans  must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring.  To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty: an official statement of service from your command.

    - Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

    - If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof disability.

    - Certificate of completion for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers' (FLETC) Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) or an equivalent basic criminal investigator training program. Upload under the "Copy of Professional Certification" document type in Career Connector.

    You have the option to upload these documents but they're not required:

    -Writing sample:

    • Must show your investigatory writing
    • Must be five pages or less
    • A redacted document is acceptable

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    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.

    What kind of law enforcement officer (LEO) is this position?

    This is a primary law enforcement officer position for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) purposes.

    Is this position eligible for law enforcement officer (LEO) special retirement provisions?

    Yes, it's eligible under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) if you meet certain criteria. Please contact the agency point-of-contact listed on the announcement for additional information.

    How will the mandatory separation age affect me?

    This position has a mandatory separation age of 57. You will be required to separate:

    1. On the last day of the month you reach the standard mandatory separation age and have completed 20 years of service under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers.
    2. If you reach the mandatory separation age and have not yet completed the required 20 years of service under the special retirement provisions, you must be separated on the last day of the month you complete the 20 years of service.

    Is this position eligible for law enforcement availability pay (LEAP)?



    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

    1. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. Follow the prompts to begin the application process.

    2. You will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process.

    3. Click on "Submit" to transmit your complete application package to GAO.

    Can I send my application package documents to the agency point-of-contact via email or mail?

    Your application package must be submitted online through Career Connector. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents.

    What is a complete application package?

    1. Your resume. This must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder. Resumes created outside USAJOBS (e.g., uploaded resumes) will not be accepted.

    2. The assessment questionnaire.

    3. The documentation listed in the Required Documents section. You only need to submit the documents listed.

    When is the application package due?

    It must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure all the documents are received and the information is readable. Your application may not be considered if it doesn't meet the criteria. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

    1. Sign into your USAJOBS account.

    2. If your application package was successfully transmitted, you will see "Received" beside the position title. Keep in mind, this may take a couple hours because your documents undergo a virus scan.

    3. To view your documents or the complete application package received by GAO, select "Application Status." 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.

    If you have questions about:
    • The vacancy announcement or the position: The agency contact is listed at the bottom of the announcement.
    • Technical issues with USAJOBS: Please refer to the USAJOBS Help page.

    Agency contact information

    Justin Scott








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    Next steps

    After the closing date of this announcement, GAO's Human Capital Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications by reviewing your assessment questionnaire and resume to complete an analysis.  Please be as complete and thorough as possible. If your application is rated "best-qualified," your name will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. At this point you may be contacted for an interview.    

    If you do not meet the key requirements, and/or basic qualifications or you fail to submit all required application materials, your application will not be considered.

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/613519900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.