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Job Title:  Computer Scientist, 13 (EX)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Federal Bureau of Investigation
Job Announcement Number:  FO-2013-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$71,674.00 to $93,175.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Friday, February 01, 2013
Excepted Service - Full-Time/Permanent
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-2013-0011. FBI candidates who wish to be considered on External and FBI only certificates 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.

NOTE:  Only those applicants that have unofficial/official BACHELOR's Transcripts attached to their application by the closing of the posting will be considered.


This announcement will be used to establish a deferred inventory of individuals interested in a Computer Scientist (CS) 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 CS vacancies, which are pending budgetary approval.  As vacancies occur (an ongoing process), this register will be utilized to match a candidates' education, skills, experiences and location preference against specific vacancy requirements.


Your resume will remain active in this register until August 1, 2013, unless otherwise notified.  Those applicants interested in any CS vacancy after August 1, 2013, will be required to reapply to a new register.


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 13:  $71,674 - $93,175


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


Computer Scientist at the GS 13 level in the FBI work is to leverage expert specialized computer science knowledge and skills for the identification, investigation and analysis of a variety of unusual conditions and problems, and implementation of rigorous analytical solutions in furtherance of FBI mission.


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


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  • Performs advanced computer system and network procurement, installation, administration and security, and assists other on more complex matters
  • Uses, troubleshoots, and modifies existing cyber tools and methods to identify, preserve, and analyze digital evidence
  • Identifies, develops, vets, and implements new tools and methods
  • Provides advanced technical and other professional assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative activity
  • Performs extensive liaison and outreach
  • Acts as a subject matter expert, and testifies as such in court


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The qualifications listed below are in addition to the Basic Requirements previously described.


GS 13: Must have one (1) year specialized experience equivalent to GS 12 grade level.

  • Performs advanced computer system and network procurement, installation, administration and security, and assists other on more complex matters
  • Uses, troubleshoots, and modifies existing cyber tools and methods to identify, preserve, and analyze digital evidence
  • Identifies, develops, vets, and implements new tools and methods
  • Provides advanced technical and other professional assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative activity
  • Coordinates with the private sector and other divisions to lead in the resolution of technical and other relevant issues
  • Acts as a subject matter expert, and testifies as such in court
  • Remains current with major new advances in cyber and technology topics and provides guidance, tools, and methods on addressing these advances at the National level

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.


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 in the United States.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, AND computer science. (15 of the 30 semester hours MUST have been in any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.) Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies are acceptable; courses in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.



The Computer Scientist position requires all personnel hired to attend the Computer Scientist Field Operations Training (FOT) course that lasts up to 7 weeks in duration.  During the training the employee will be staying in one of the dorm facilities located at The FBI Training Academy at Quantico, VA.  Meals will be provided during the training course. 


Unless an employee has attended the FBI's Onboarding New Employees (ONE) training, HE/SHE will be required to attend that as well.   Attendance is mandatory and will make the total training (ONE and CS-FOT) 8 weeks. 

By apply to this position the employee is accepting these terms and understands that HE/SHE will have to stay at the FBI Academy for up to 8 weeks to complete training.



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:

Computer Forensics




Data Management


Network Services


Teaching Others



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 Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is available to current FBI employees who submit their application during open season.  Not all employees are accepted into the SLRP.


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



**The Limited Movement Policy has been waived for this announcement.**


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.


Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses may be borne by the FBI.  Generally, following a COST TRANSFER you will be eligible for transfer after completing three years in the assignment. Additionally, NO COST TRANSFERS require a one-year assignment commitment to be eligible for further FBI transfers.


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

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


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.

Reasonable Accommodation:  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 to grant a reasonable accommodation will be made 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.

EEO Policy:  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, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or 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.


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


1. Your resume (required) and cover letter (optional)
2. A complete assessment questionnaire (required)
3. Other supporting documents:

  • College transcript(s) - Bachelor's Transcript even when higher degree achieved.
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal - Please Note: This does not apply to current FBI employees.
  • For Veterans: DD 214
  • For Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15
  • VA letter dated 1991 or later


Janette Woodward
Phone: 304-625-4768
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 304-625-2165
Agency Information:
1000 Curster Hollow Road
Module C-2
Attn: HRG
Clarksburg, WV
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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