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Job Title:  Lead Criminal Investigator
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  OIG-13-MP-0016

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
This vacancy is open to current permanent Department of Energy employees only.


The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Inspector General is currently looking for a Lead Criminal Investigator (Assistant Special Agent in Charge) for our Hotline and Analysis Section in our Washington, DC office.  Join our professional team of criminal investigators who help support DOE's mission through investigating alleged violations of law to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse and to promote the efficiency and economy in programs and operations of the DOE. 

DOE is the Nation's top sponsor of research and development (R&D) and has won more Nobel Prizes and R&D awards than any private sector organization and twice as many as all other Federal agencies combined.  DOE has operating nuclear facilities, science laboratories, power marketing administrations, and environmental clean-up sites in 35 states, and is responsible for many accomplishments in fields including alternate fuels vehicles, biological and environmental research, energy efficiency, nuclear security and non-proliferation, clean power technologies, medical technologies, gene research, and computers and microelectronics.

The OIG offers potential for advancement, excellent benefits, and numerous training opportunities.  We are located in 13 states throughout the U.S.  Please visit our website at


  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Successful completion of a background and security investigation.
  • This position requires frequent travel (30%).
  • PCS may be paid. If paid, home marketing incentive program not authorized.


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As a Lead Criminal Investigator (Assistant Special Agent in Charge) in the Hotline and Analysis Section of the DOE Office of Inspector General you will provide technical direction and guidance to a team of Criminal Investigators (Special Agents) engaged in conducting extremely sensitive investigations designed to detect and prevent abuse, fraud, and mismanagement, and to promote the efficiency and economy of Departmental operations and programs that may be the subject of congressional and media interest.  You will also provide direction to subordinate special agents when receiving, analyzing and processing OIG Hotline complaints of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement relating to the Department’s programs and operations.   


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You may qualify for this position based on specialized experience.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you 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 being filled.

To qualify for the GS-14 grade level, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level.  Examples of specialized experience include experience in independently planning, coordinating, and conducting investigations of a sensitive and complex nature.  Leading investigation teams and large scale investigations.  Managing confidential informants, conducting interviews, writing investigative reports, coordinating with other law enforcement agencies, documenting evidence and testifying in court proceedings. 

Your online resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs/Competencies) (NOTE: Applicants need not prepare written responses to these KSAs/competencies, unless asked in the online application):
1. Do you have the ability to plan, direct, coordinate, conduct, and support investigations relating to technology and other Federal violations?

2. Do you have the ability to provide the full range of team leadership responsibilities to investigators involved in complex investigations?

3. Do you have the ability to interact with internal and external customers to build coalitions and liaison networks? 

4. Do you have the ability to review investigative reports for thoroughness of investigative actions and results?

5. Do you possess skills in oral and written communication concerning complex and sensitive investigative matters?

For further information on qualification requirements for this position, please visit

You must meet all qualification (including time-in-grade) and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of service equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position.

Appointment to this position may be subject to successful completion of a 1-year probationary period.

The minimum age for initial appointment to a law enforcement position is 21, and the maximum age is 37.  (The date immediately preceeding an applicant's 37th birthday is the final date for selection.)  This requirement does not apply to preference eligible veterans, or if you served in another Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement provisions.  Applicants who are age 37 or over may subtract any of their prior federal law enforcement service that was in an approved primary/rigorous position and that is creditable for retirement from their current age to meet this age requirement.  Applicants must also provide proof of this creditable service.

The maximum entry age limit was established in accordance with 5 USC 3307 and does not violate age discrimination laws.  The intent of the maximum age limitation is to ensure that a Federal law enforcement officier will have the opportunity to work 20 years and therefore be eligible to retire at 57, when mandatory retirement applies to Federal law enforcement officers.   

The position requires successful completion of a pre-employment physical.  Candidates must meet the medical requirement and physical standards approved for DOE criminal investigators.

Upon reporting, and on an annual basis thereafter, you may be required to file a financial statement and/or a procurement integrity certification.  These certifications may be subject to public disclosure.

This position requires a security clearance and is subject to drug testing.  The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.  Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

The selectee must successfully complete the 10-week Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Basic Criminal Investigator Training Programin Glynco, GA.  Applicants who have previously completed the training program are exempt.

This position is covered under the provisions of the Lautenberg Amendment "Suitability to Possess Firearms and Ammunition."  This position requires that the selectee successfully and safely qualify with a firearm; failure to do so may result in removal from the position.

Criminal Investigators are subject to frequent travel and may be reassigned to a different duty location throughout the U.S. dependent upon program needs.  A signed mobility agreement is required. 

Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP):  LEAP is approved for this position to compensate employees for unscheduled duty in excess of the 40-hour workweek.  Criminal Investigators must be prepared to work overtime based on the needs of the agency.


Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position.  If your resume is incomplete, or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be adjusted.
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DOE offers a comprehensive benefits package to most of its employees. Explore the benefits offered at


If you are a veteran claiming 5- or 10-point preference status, or you have been discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service, you may apply for this position under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).  If applying under this provision, a copy of your DD-214, SF-15 or proof of preference must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.  Failure to provide appropriate documentation may result in denial of requested veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans preference is available at


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Applications for this announcement must be received online before 11:45 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.  If applying online poses a hardship, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed on the announcement prior to the closing date.


In addition to your online resume and questionnaire, the following documents are required for this position:  

Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action OR equivalent document, that supports your claim for eligibility as a status candidate and time-in-grade or prior federal law enforcement service in an approved rigorous position creditable towards law enforcement retirement.

All supplemental material must be received by 11:45 p.m. on the closing date of this announcement and be sent either to the fax number identified below OR be electronically uploaded and must include the announcement number for which applying.  We advise you to fax supplemental material because failure to receive required documentation needed to evaluate your application by the closing date may result in your application not being considered.

Where and When to FAX:
Documentation being FAXED must be sent to 571-258-4052.  Please read the announcement carefully.

Documents faxed should be in a legible.  Failure to provide requested documents will result in lost consideration.  At the end of your application, you will see a text box that will prompt you to indicate which documents you intend to submit.  Please "check" only the boxes for which documents you are required to submit for this announcement.

How to FAX:
Each document type must be faxed separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.  Illegible supporting documentation will not be considered, nor will you be contacted to resubmit the documents.

Documentation Receipt Confirmation:  After you fax in your documentation, you will receive an email notification from


Betty Poole
Phone: 202-586-5142
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Office of the Inspector General
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Rm 5D-031
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


Once the announcement closes, we will evaluate your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best-qualified, or highest ranked, candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of your application status via e-mail.  *You may also check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at and enter your USAJOBS user ID and Password.  

Then click on "Track Your Online Job Application."*

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