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Job Title:Federal Trade Investigator- DEU

Agency:Federal Trade Commission

Job Announcement Number:WRLS-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$56,172.00 to $105,897.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012




Competitive service, Full-Time. - This is a permanent appointment.




1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Angeles, CA, USView Map


All Qualified Candidates


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Commission seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The Commission also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. Finally, the Commission undertakes economic analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Congress, the Executive Branch, other independent agencies, and state and local governments when requested.

This Federal Trade Investigator position is located in the Federal Trade Commission's Western Regional Office in Los Angeles, CA. The Western Region has responsibility for the Commission's antitrust and consumer protection programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah, including law enforcement activities and consumer and business education. 

Please note: If you would like to be considered under the Merit Promotion process please apply to vacancy announcement number WRLS-2013-0001.


  • This position requires U.S. citizenship.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • This position is included in the bargaining unit.


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At the full performance level, the incumbent of this position will perform the following duties:

  • Conduct and direct the full range of consumer protection functions for investigations and projects of the greatest scope and complexity concerning enforcement of consumer protection statutes and rules under FTC jurisdiction, making recommendations from investigations that change the interpretation of laws, lead to new case law decisions, or influence the development and modification of significant policies or programs.
  • Objectively review and evaluate reports of investigation/inquiry/assistance received from consumers and electronic databases for content, technical sufficiency, completeness, quality, readability and compliance with law, regulation and policy as it relates to their specific program area.
  • Analyze voluminous reports and supporting documentation involving critical and sensitive issues/cases, utilizing a variety of software/hardware to develop the case. Prepare case summaries as required and brief appropriate persons.
  • Plan, arrange and execute all aspects of highly complex investigative actions, including travel, notifications and coordination with appropriate officials from multiple jurisdictions.
  • Conduct onsite investigative actions to collect evidence: to include documentation and witness/subject/suspect statements. Determine the appropriate form in which statements will be obtained (e.g., interviews, sworn testimony/statements).
  • Plan, coordinate, and participate in investigative support during trial. Draft and assist in drafting questions to be asked during the hearing/trial. Provide substantive ideas for material or evidence to be subpoenaed or obtained.
  • Conduct discreet, confidential, formal and informal fact-finding examinations of allegations, issues and adverse conditions. Provide expert technical advice and recommendations to agency officials that may significantly change public programs.
  • Analyze investigative reports for the presence of critical and sensitive issues that may warrant special handling and provide advice to agency officials for subsequent action needed.
  • Interview consumers and other individuals and prepare declarations.
  • Conduct investigations using various databases, analyze and capture information from websites, and prepare declarations summarizing investigative activity.


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Resumes of qualified candidates must describe 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is any experience that is directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with the particular competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) to perform the duties of the position.

Specialized Experience at the GS-09: must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position, OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Qualifying experience includes completing assigned work on less complex investigations and projects where violations are straightforward and not likely to lead to other issues or violations. 

Specialized Experience at the GS-11: must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position, OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Qualifying experience includes conducting less complex investigations, including, but not limited to, collecting, organizing and analyzing data, writing reports and interviewing witnesses where violations are straightforward and not likely to lead to other issues or violations..

Specialized Experience at the GS-12: must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying experience includes conducting and directing the full range of  functions for investigations and projects of greater complexity by performing investigative and research support then formulating conclusions.

Applications must be submitted online via


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The Federal Trade Commission offers a comprehensive benefits package.  For details please click the link below. Benefits Offered


Click here for Additional Information, information for Displaced Federal Employees, and information on Special Hiring Authorities.


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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us.  Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1:  To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account.  Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2:  After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions.  The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through  USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions.  Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted.  If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.  Some of the items listed may not apply to you.


__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen

__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).

__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)

__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of Work experience include:

___Job title
___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
___Duties and accomplishments
___Employer's name and address
___Supervisor's name and contact information
___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
___Number of hours worked per week
___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)

___Certificates/licenses (current).  

___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments

___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)

___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.


HR Assistant
Phone: 000-000-0000
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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