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Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-PJN-752424-SEC

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 19, 2012 to Wednesday, November 28, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Orlando, FL United StatesView Map
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at

Every day, our Investigative Specialists provide technical expertise in a wide variety of legal, operational and administrative functions, conduct investigations in a timely manner, and develop and implement significant new enforcement program strategies. This position of INVESTIGATIVE SPECIALIST starts at a salary of $68,809.00 (GS-12 step 1), with promotion potential to $115,742.00 (GS-13 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Security and Integrity, Investigation Division, Orlando, Florida or Washington, DC within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.


THE ACTUAL SALARY MAY BE HIGHER DUE TO AN ADJUSTMENT FOR LOCALITY PAY.  To view the 2012 Locality Pay Charts click on the following link:

Who May Apply
Candidates which include:

  • U.S. Citizens
  •  Status candidates may also apply at:CIS-752425-SEC
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) Pay is authorized.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
  • Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass a drug screening
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service


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As an Investigative Specialist, you will serve as an integral member of the Office of Security and Investigation's (OSI) Investigation Program and conduct or participate in investigations involving alleged government and contract employee misconduct. You will:

  • Conduct investigations involving fraud, bribery, larceny, collusion, conflict of interest, white-collar and contract fraud, false statements, false certifications and identification, mischarging, kickbacks and Federal criminal violations as they relate to the operations, mission and goals of DHS and USCIS;
  • Identify elements of proof, develop investigative plans and strategies, identify and collect evidence, and prepare for and conduct witness and subject interviews;
  • Provide technical expertise in a wide variety of legal, operational and administrative functions and present written material to and testimony in or at formal hearings, court and other legal proceedings;
  • Conduct investigations in a timely manner and prepare accurate and concise investigative reports, assuring that all investigative procedures and findings conform to applicable Federal, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and USCIS policy;
  • Utilize a variety of law enforcement databases and other electronic tools to conduct e-searches on subjects under investigation and to prepare reports of investigation to be used in criminal, civil, or administrative proceedings;
  • Assist authorities in the development and execution of judicial and/or administrative actions and report timely, actionable, and valuable information to decision makers within OSI and to other USCIS authorities and outside agencies as directed;

The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.


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GS-12: You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal government, with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. These include:

  • Conducting investigation cases involving substantial difficulty in resolving conflicts about facts and evidence with complications due to subjects with questionable backgrounds, associates, and business dealings;
  • Following up on several separate investigative matters stemming from original assignments;
  • Exercising considerable skill in establishing interrelationships of fact and evidence;
  • Working with a high degree of sensitivity;
  • Working with jurisdictional problems.

GS-13: In addition to the requirement for your lower grade level, you qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal government, with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position. These include:

  • Conducting integrity management reviews and related security investigations program cases involving substantial difficulty where circumstantial evidence is used or indirect perpetrators are pursued;
  • Handling complications where the subjects were prominent figures or operated their illegal activities under cover of legal ones; Following up on the entire chain of separate investigative matters stemming from original assignments.
  • Working within a web of multi-jurisdictional problems.

Education Substitution: There is no education substitution at these grade levels.

Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

Requirement: Applicants must possess a valid state motor vehicle driver's license.

Travel: You will be required to travel within an assigned geographic jurisdiction and, as necessary and directed, throughout the United States and to all USCIS facilities and locations.

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Wednesday, November 28, 2012).


We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will place you in one of three categories based on your responses to the on-line questionnaire regarding experience, education and training.

  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Investigative Experience
  • Investigative Data and Analysis
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Verbal Communication Skills 

NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment


If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions


Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.


Veterans:  Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  For information on veterans’ preference, please click here. 


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for a Top Secret Security Clearance as a condition of placement into this position.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


Special Hiring Authorities: Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and individuals with disabilities  possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.  If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs.  To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. 


USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.  To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit



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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail. 

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you can not apply online, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions.  Applications will not be accepted by mail.

To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents:

If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please do not FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:

  • Use the official FAX coversheet found here.
  • Make sure that you include the 8-character vacancy identification number: "MB752424”
  • Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • Print your SSN and Name neatly using the exact name as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
  • The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


  • Your resumé

  • Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty).  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  Click here for more veterans’ information.
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit:

    ·         a copy of your agency notice,

    ·         a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

    ·         a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.



Phone: (802)660-1146
Agency Information:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”  We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here. 

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