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Job Title:  IT Specialist (Forensic Examiner) GS 7/9 (External)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Federal Bureau of Investigation
Job Announcement Number:  FO-2013-0016

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$33,979.00 to $54,028.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Friday, February 01, 2013
Excepted Service; - Permanent; Full-Time
MANY vacancies - FBI - Location Determined by the needs of the FBI, US

This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number FO-2013-17. FBI employees who wish to be considered on both EXTERNAL and FBI ONLY registers must apply to both announcements.


Our Mission
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

Public Service is a public trust. For the FBI, this means that the public has committed to our care the safety of our Nation and the defense of our Constitution. To sustain that trust and to meet our resulting obligations, we must adhere strictly to our core values of: Rigorous obedience to the Constitution, Respect, Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Accountability, and Leadership.

This announcement will be used to establish a deferred inventory of individuals interested in an IT Specialist (Forensic Examiner) position with the FBI.  It is not indicative of a specific or current vacancy, but is posted to gather a register of resumes for future FY 2013 IT Specialist (Forensic Examiner) vacancies, which are pending budgetary approval.  As vacancies occur (an ongoing process), this register will be utilized to match a candidate's education, skills, experiences and location preference against specific vacancy requirements.


Your resume will remain in this register until August 01, 2013, unless otherwise notified.  Those applicants interested in any IT Specialist (Forensic Examiner) vacancy after August 01, 2013, will be required to reapply to a new register.


All newly hired FBI IT Specialist (Forensic Examiners) will also be required to sign a mobility service agreement indicating their willingness to relocate to any field office, based on the needs of the FBI.  Throughout your career, you must be available for temporary duty assignments, anywhere in the world.


Working Conditions: The work is performed in a laboratory setting which may involve regular, recurring exposure to hazardous materials, toxic substances, and blood borne pathogens. Incumbents are expected to follow safe laboratory practices and wear protective clothing, including facial masks, safety glasses, gloves, and use fume flow hoods as warranted.


Physical Demands: The work requires manual dexterity, flexibility and some assignments which require considerable, strenuous physical exertion, which may require lifting of objects of-up-to fifty (50) pounds or more. Much of the time is spent inventorying and processing evidence which requires walking, bending, stretching, crawling and lifting.


Selectee(s) may be required to testify in court as to the procedures and methods used to obtain data.


This position is designated as "emergency". As an "emergency" employee, you may be expected to report to work during periods of adverse weather conditions or other types of emergency situations when it is announced that an "unscheduled leave policy" is in effect or that federal agencies are closed in your immediate vicinity.


Duty Locations are:


Albany, NY

Albuquerque, NM

Anchorage, AK

Atlanta, GA

Baltimore, MD

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Buffalo, NY

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Columbia, SC

Dallas, TX

Denver, CO

Detroit, MI

El Paso, TX

Honolulu, HI

Houston, TX

Indianapolis, IN

Jackson, MS

Jacksonville, FL

Kansas City, MO

Knoxville, TN

Las Vegas, NV

Little Rock, AR

Los Angeles, CA

Louisville, KY

Memphis, TN

Miami, FL

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN

Mobile, AL

Newark, NJ

New Haven, CT

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Norfolk, VA

Oklahoma City, OK

Omaha, NE

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

Richmond, VA

Sacramento, CA

St. Louis, MO

Salt Lake City, UT

San Antonio, TX

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Juan, PR

Seattle, WA

Springfield, IL

Tampa, FL

Washington, DC



GS 7:  $33,979 - $44,176

GS 9:  $41,563 - $54,028


Salary listed above is Federal BASE Salary.  Actual salary will vary depending on location and applicability of the Special Salary Rate Table.


NOTE:  The following link provides access to the 2012 Special Salary Rate Tables by Occupational Series (2210):



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance.


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  • Acquires, examines, and analyzes computer related evidence from crime scenes, recovers deleted and encrypted data, and ensures safety and integrity of evidence in custody.
  • Uses advanced data recovery methods and specialized computer utilities.
  • Prepares reports of findings.
  • May testify in court regarding procedures and methods used to obtain data.


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This position has a specific education requirement;  all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts or lists of college courses by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.   Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.



Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least 20 semester hours in one or more of the following disciplines: computer science, information systems analysis, science/technology, information management, mathematics, computer engineering, or electrical/electronic engineering.




1. Applicant has had experience that demonstrates accomplishments of computer project assignments that require a range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques. For example, assignments would show on the basis of general design criteria provided, experience in developing modifications to part of a system that require significant revisions in the logic or techniques used in the original development.




2. Applicant has completed the following technical courses or equivalent: A+ Certification Personal Computer Hardware Course; Network + Certification, CCNA Certification, MCSE Certification; FBI Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) Field Examiner Certification Course.


EXCEPTION: FBI employees applying for the any grade level who do NOT have to meet the degree requirement mentioned above must meet the following:  FBI applicants who were active Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) Forensic Examiners (FE); Forensic Examiners in Training (FET); or CART On-The-Job Trainees (OJT) as of 2/15/2002.


Each candidate must meet the certification requirements of the FBI Operational Technology Division upon completing the CART FE Training Program, which includes the demonstrated ability to use software utilities, demonstrated ability to acquire digital evidence ability to conduct forensic exams of digital evidence, and obtaining A+/Net+ certification.


In addition: Each candidate must successfully complete and pass an assessment test on forensic capabilities before certification.


Inability to meet these requirements may warrant removal from the program.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the basic requirement provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.



In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must demonstrate one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-05 or GS-07) respectively.


Such experience may include:


For the GS-07 level:

  • Using programming language codes
  • Operating IT consoles/monitors
  • Installing, maintaining, configuring, or optimizing operating systems, databases, or networks

For the GS-09 level:

  • Participating in computer-related forensic examinations
  • Determining hardware, software compatibilities
  • Performing data searches and retrievals
  • Copying evidence
  • Ensuring chain-of-custody and storage of evidence
  • Examining and retrieving data from storage devices and protected media


Education may be substituted for specialized experience (SE) as outlined below:


If applying for the GS-07 level:  Applicant must have one (1) full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement (SAA).  SAA is the completion of all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average (3.0 or higher as recorded on an official transcript, or as based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum) or (3) honor society membership.


If applying for the GS-09 level:  Applicant must have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR two (2) full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree OR an LL.B. or J.D., if related.


Qualifying education must show major study in the subject matter of this position. 


All degrees must be from an accredited college or university.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution of the United States.

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



Applicants must possess a valid driver's license for state of residence, as well as, obtain a government license for the operation of government vehicles.







Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

- Flexibility

- Computer Forensics

- Programming and Algorithmic Design

- Written Communication

- Oral Communication

High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.

Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.

To preview questions please click here.


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The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: Benefits



Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months.  This policy does not apply to probationary employees. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

Candidates are ineligible to apply if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); or have failed a PIP and are currently awaiting the final action by your Human Resources Office.

A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable".

All selectees, with the exception of current FBI employees, will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Generally, following a COST TRANSFER you will be eligible for transfer after completing three years in the assignment.  Additionally, NO COST TRANSFER require a one-year assignment commitment to be eligible for further FBI transfers.

Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from Legat assignment.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command, if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

For further information on how to claim veteran's preference please go to Veteran's Preference

Applicants should keep their contact information updated on the USAJOBS registration page.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to
promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual
assignment and performance of higher-level duties.

Management has the prerogative to select at any grade for which this position has been announced.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph.  You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process.

The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government.  It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is
the principal investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The FBI is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy.  Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


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 The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online poses a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

Step 1 - Establish an Account
On the USAJOBS Web site, select "MY USAJOBS" and click "Create Your Account Now." You will be prompted to provide contact information, establish user access information, and indicate your citizenship and veteran preference information. After entering this data, your personal page will be created. Here, you can choose to create a new resume or set up email notification agents to alert you to new positions posted to USAJOBS.

Step 2 - Create and Store a Resume
To add a resume on USAJOBS, use the resume builder provided. There are four steps: Getting Started; Experience; Related Information; and Finishing Up. Resumes created on USAJOBS are saved and can be used to apply for any vacancy within the federal government. You can store up to five resumes on USAJOBS.  You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the online questionnaire.
Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the FBIJOBs. gov website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Application
If this is your first time on website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
Click on one of the available options: Upload, USAJOBS, Fax, or Reuse existing documents, to submit required documentation.  Follow the instructions provided.

Step 6 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also generate a PDF version to print or save for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

If you run into any technical difficulty during the on-line application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk by clicking on "Contact Us" on any USAJOBS page.


You must submit a transcript attesting to your possession of the required education as described under the Basic Requirements section of this vacancy announcement.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

  • Your résumé and optional cover letter (optional)
  • A complete assessment questionnaire, and
  • Other supporting documents:
    • College transcript(s), if requirement.   (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, but must show (1) Degree and date awarded, (2) classes taken with grades received, and (3) final GPA.)
    • Memoranding of Understanding   (FBI employees only, if applicable.)
    • SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action Form, and most recent Federal Employee Performance Appraisal.   (This does not apply to current FBI employees.)
    • For Veterans:  DD 214.
    • For Disabled Veterans:  DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later.


Phone: 000-000-0000
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 304-625-2165
Agency Information:
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Mail Stop PA-520-2
Attn: Staffing Unit
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Applicants will receive a confirmation screen once the application is successfully submitted.

You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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