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Job Title:Criminal Investigator

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:FDA-MP-03-13-757851

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$57,408.00 to $105,897.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 04, 2012 to Tuesday, October 09, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States


Open to CTAP/ICTAP candidates only


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply: Open to displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) only.  YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 AND/OR CTAP/ICTA DOCUMENTATION.

Salary range listed above includes geographical locality pay.

Positions are located in the Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The OCI is responsible for investigating alleged or suspected violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and related violations of Title 21 and 18 of the U.S. Code.  The duty location of these positions will be determined upon selection.

Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment?
This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers.  This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • You must meet all the requirements by the closing date of this announcement
  • Travel Requirement: Up to 75% of the time.
  • A valid Driver's License is required.
  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions under HOW TO APPLY.


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This is an investigator position with the Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The incumbent will serve as a Criminal Investigator and will be assigned to one of the OCI field offices to conduct independently or as a team member criminal investigations presenting a high degree of difficulty and complexity.  At the full performance level, major duties include: plans and conducts highly complex criminal investigations, independently as a lead investigator or as a team member; plans investigative activities with proper geographic and time distribution to validate allegations and evidence gathered; initiates contact with officials of regulated businesses and individuals related to matters under investigations; conducts interviews with suspects, witnesses, and informants in case development; prepares interim and comprehensive final investigative reports for prosecutors and management officials; and confers with and advises responsible management officials on investigative activities and reports.  Incumbent may also conduct civil and administrative investigations under other procedures.

Assignments at the GS-11 level will be selected and assigned by management and will be developmental in nature.


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To qualify, applicants must meet all the qualification requirements,  by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

To qualify for the GS-11, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level of the Federal service. 

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Examples of specialized experience are: knowledge and experience of investigative techniques; knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to criminal investigations; and ability to analyze information and prepare written reports of investigation.

To qualify for the GS-12, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level of the Federal service. 

Examples of specialized experience are: knowledge of and experience using criminal investigative techniques; knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to criminal investigations; experience in conducting complex criminal investigations; and experience conducting investigative interviews.

Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation (top secret clearance) will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. Qualification Inquiry: Applicants for the Criminal Investigator position who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not eligible for employment.  All selectees will be required to sign a Qualification Inquiry prior to confirmation of appointment.

3. Drug Test and Medical Examination: you will be subject to a pre-employment drug test and medical examination and must successfully pass.  If selected for the position, you will be subjected to periodic medical examinations that must be passed successfully to retain the position.

Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability.  Any physical conditions that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself or others is disqualifying.

4. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

5. Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): the incumbent is subject to work unscheduled duty hours and must be available for unscheduled duty based upon the needs of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Therefore, the incumbent is eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) of an additional 25%, and is subject to the provisions of the LEAP Act of 1994.

6. Basic Criminal Investigation Training:  Selectee must have successfully completed the Basic Criminal Investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or equivalent.

7. Firearms: incumbent may be required to carry a firearm during the performance of duties.  Firarms qualification with standard issue firearm is required.

8. Relocation: To promote the efficiency of the Service, the Director of OCI  may reassign the incumbent of this position to another position and/or location with OCI in the United States or Puerto Rico.

9. Mobility Agreement: Selectees will be required to sign a mobility agreement to accept relocation to other geographic locations, if required by the agency .  Failure to relocate when directed may result in separation from employment in the FDA in accordance with appropriate Government regulations.

10. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

11. Financial disclosure statement may be required.  Certain positions within the FDA are subject to restrictions on financial holdings specifically FDA regulated financial holdings.  This position could be subject to these restrictions.  During the application and interview process, and prior to accepting this position, we advise applicants to seek additional information from the FDA Ethics Office at (301) 796-8435.

12. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: Yes

13. Bargaining Unit Position: No

14. Drug Screening Required: Yes

15. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

16. Supervisory position: No

14. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for the GS-11, applicant must have 52 weeks in a non-temporary appointment at the GS-09 grade level of the Federal service.

To qualify for the GS-12, applicant must have 52 weeks in a non-temporary appointment at the GS-11 grade level of the Federal service.

15. Federal Law Enforcement Officer (FLEO): This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officer (FLEO).  Candidates without previous FLEO service must be under age 37.  Employees subject to special retirement coverage for law enforcement officers must retire at age 57 upon completing 20 years of law enforcement service under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers.  If these 20 years of service are not attained at age 57, mandatory retirement is required upon completion of 20 years of service.


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1. Knowledge of federal laws, regulations and procedures applicable to criminal law and investigative procedures.

2. Ability to communicate orally in performing investigative duties.

3. Ability to analyze information and prepare written reports of investigations.

4. Knowledge of and experience using criminal investigative techniques.


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 757851.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Resume'
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
    - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
    - College transcript, if applicable

For Resume' and Application Tips visit:


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

         - DD-214 or Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
              - SF-50, if applicable

         - College Transcripts, if applicable

Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, October 09, 2012.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
OHR Bethesda Operations Center
7700 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD
20814 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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