Although all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement (see "How to Apply"), applicants have until 30 days after the closing date to meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements listed below.
For the GS-07 level: Candidates must have been a GS-05 for 52 weeks (when applicable).
For the GS-09 level: Candidates must have been a GS-07 for 52 weeks (when applicable).
For the GS-11 level: Candidates must have been a GS-09 for 52 weeks (when applicable).
Time After Competitive Appointment:
Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.
Minimum Qualification Requirement:
For GS-07: Specialized experience at the GS-07 level is fifty-two (52) weeks at the GS-05 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specialized experience include: work in a trainee capacity and under close supervision where the applicant used available investigative techniques; prepared investigative reports; applied investigative procedures; applied knowledge of the laws and regulations enforced.
For GS-09 level: Specialized experience at the GS-09 level is fifty-two (52) weeks at the GS-07 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience include: working with senior Investigators performing segments of investigations; interviewing employees to verify facts and obtain specific pieces of information; securing signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence to be included in reports or case records.
For GS-11 level:
Specialized experience at the GS-11 level is fifty-two (52) weeks at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience include: independently performing the full range of investigative functions on assigned cases or portions of cases from planning and conducting fact-finding to reporting the results of investigations; conducting investigative interviews; analyzing investigative facts to arrive at sound conclusions, etc.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:
For the GS-07 level: One full year of graduate level education in a related field; OR Superior Academic Achievement based on a bachelor’s degree that is demonstrated through class standing (upper 1/3 of class), grade point average (2.95/4.0 overall or 3.5/4.0 in major); OR Election to membership in a qualifying national scholastic honor society.
For the GS-09 level: A Masters or equivalent graduate degree; OR Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LLB or JD.
For the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LLM.
Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
- Responses to the online questions, and
- Required supporting documents.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.3. Referral:
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out 100 to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. To preview questions please click here.