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Job Title:Export Compliance Specialist (DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of Industry and Security

Job Announcement Number:BIS-OEA-2013-0010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013




Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full-time, Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
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All qualified United States cititzens. This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures & is open to all U.S. citizens. This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status candidates (those currently serving on a career/career-conditional appointment, reinstatement eligibles, or those eligible under special appointing authorities) under vacancy announcement# BIS-OES-2013-0009.


The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) advances U.S. national security, foreign policy and economics objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

BIS's activities include regulating the export of sensitive goods and technologies; enforcing export control and public safety laws; cooperating with and assisting U.S. industry to comply with international arms control agreements; and monitoring the viability of the U.S. defense industrial base.

The position is within the Department of Commerce (DOC), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement (EE), Office of Enforcement Analysis (OEA). This position is responsible for conducting general investigative activities in support of cases of a comparatively complex nature, and performs and coordinates a broad range of investigative and analytic efforts related to alleged violations of the Act and Regulations. 

BIS's Export Enforcement (EE) is an elite law enforcement organization recognized for its expertise, professionalism, integrity, and accomplishments.  EE accomplishes its mission through preventative and investigative enforcement activities and then, pursuing appropriate criminal and administrative sanctions against export violators.

BIS's Office of Enforcement Analysis (OEA) efforts focus on ensuring export transactions are in compliance with the Export Administration Act; thus facilitating trade and promoting commerce abroad while protecting our nation's security from unauthorized use of our nation's sensitive goods and technology. OEA screens all export license applications to ensure export control enforcement information is considered before any final license decision is made.


  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and hold a Top Secret clearance.
  • One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade.


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The incumbent will perform and supervise the following duties:

- Assists with, plans and conducts general investigative activities in support of cases to make or invoke administrative judgments, sanctions, or penalties, as well as, but not limited to working directly with various law enforcement counter parts and other government agencies.

-Conducts interviews, law enforcement checks and accesses sources of information form evidence, and government/public records resulting in enforcement actions and reports.

-Conducts analysis and investigative research resulting in the development of investigative referrals, and standard operating procedures related to workflow of the agency.

-Prepares and obtains investigative reports, as well as, corroborates information to establish essential elements of proof.

-Consults with appropriate personnel and submits comprehensive case statistical reports.

-Summarizes and conducts analysis of data related to investigations. Presents findings in clear, logical, impartial and properly documented written formal reports and/or orally. Establishes proof of facts and/or evidence through findings that will satisfy regulatory and judicial requirements.



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Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level by the closing date of the announcement. GS-12: You must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience in analyzing business records, court records, financial records, investigative reports, and related data and recognize and resolve discrepancies among findings.

GS-13: You must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as summarizing and conducting analysis of data related to investigations. Presenting findings in clear, logical, impartial and properly documented written formal reports and/or orally. Establishes proof of facts and/or evidence through findings that will satisfy regulatory and judicial requirements.

U.S. Citizenship: You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship. Selective Service System: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. If selected, confirmation of registration status is required. Position Requirements: Applicants must meet requirements by MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement. Security Clearance: This position requires a Top Secret security clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position. Urinalysis Screening: : This position may require that you submit to a urinalysis screening for illegal drug use, prior to appointment.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

- Knowledge of Federal law enforcement operations & information needs; the ability to conduct research and analysis in a team setting; to initiate and maintain contact with customers to track the status of products released to the field; to solicit feedback, and provide follow-on research or analysis. - Ability to assess threats to national security, and identify risk inherent to given export transactions, based on an understanding of the potential military or terrorist applications of specific technologies & the potential consequences of illicit use by a specified end-user. - Experience crafting written recommendations for 1) the selection of parties for investigation by law enforcement officials.2) the selection of overseas subjects for end-use verification visits, 3) the sanction of unreliable recipients of U.S. exports, - Professional writing standards, reflecting rigorous outlining, drafting, revision, editing, cross-referencing, fact-checking, and collaborative values. - Ability to articulate orally and in writing organizational policies or points of view, while anticipating, identifying and mitigating organizational bias, through consensus-building founded on positive interaction, the dispassionate conveyance of factual information, and avoidance of polarizing or inflammatory language. Your answers to the questions in the online application process serve as the basis for your initial rating and will determine who is best qualified for this position; only the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. To be considered a well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP applicant, you must attain a score of at least 85. Your responses will be validated by a human resource specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment. For more information on category rating, please go to:

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ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: 1. VRA - 2. VEOA - 3. 30% or more disabled veteran - 4. Persons with disabilities - 5. CTAP - 6. ICTAP -


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact: Christine Covington, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-1340 or email at


A complete application consists of the following: 1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 2. Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: 3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see "Other Information"). 4. Education, if qualifying based on education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of the application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are: 1. Application Received or Application Incomplete; 2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met; 3. Eligible(Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and 4. Selected or Not Selected By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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