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Job Title:  Criminal Investigator (Export Control Officer)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-FSHR-2013-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$94,064.00 to $138,137.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Excepted Service - Full-time - Temporary NTE 2 Years*
1 vacancy in the following location:
New Delhi, INView Map
All qualified U.S. Citizens.


Are you interested in assisting U.S. businesses compete globally? Help create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms by promoting international trade and fostering a level playing field for American business. Join the ITA in opening foreign markets, ensuring compliance with trade laws and agreements, and lowering barriers to U.S. competitiveness. Join a winning team help U.S. industry to meet and beat foreign competition, both at home and abroad.

This position is located in the U.S. Commercial Service section at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. The incumbent will provide support for all Bureau of Industry and Security initiatives, including export controls, host country export control law development, assistance to U.S. firms in obtaining agency representation, licensing, joint venture and franchise arrangements; assisting U.S. firms against discriminatory practices, trade complaints or related disputes.  


This announcement soliciting applications for the Criminal Investigator (Export Control Officer) position in New Delhi will be followed concurrently by vacancy announcement BIS-OEE-2013-0004 (MAP) issued by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for a Criminal Investigator position at the GS-13 level for those applicants from outside BIS. If an applicant from outside BIS is selected for both the ECO position and the BIS Criminal Investigator position, that individual will have reemployment rights with BIS at the conclusion of the term appointment with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. A nonstatus applicant selected for both positions will be required to serve ninety days as a Criminal Investigator at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., prior to his or her deployment to New Delhi. This ninety day period may include training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia, if necessary.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Pass a thorough background and security investigation.
  • Receive a negative result on a drug test.
  • Meet rigorous medical clearance requirements, including dependents.
  • Able to obtain and maintain medical, security and suitability clearances.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.


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  • Serves as an Export Control Officer for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.
  • Provides country-wide and region-wide responsibility as determined by the post and BIS for processing and reporting on all BIS programs including those relating to dual-use export controls, nonproliferation and anti-terrorism.
  • Supports Trade Center programs and activities such as trade fair exhibits, trade missions and other promotional programs. 
  • Communicates complex export enforcement objectives to the private sector and the general public.



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Applicants must meet the following criteria before the closing date of this announcement: The applicant must have at least four years of specialized experience with at least one year at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of a GS-13 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled as follows:  


  • Knowledge of the Export Administration Regulations and related export control laws.
  • Experience conducting or supporting criminal investigations.
  • Ability to successfully plan, direct, and organize trade events.
  • Ability to communicate technical and non-technical information to a variety of audiences.



This position requires moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, and exposures to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of this position are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to him or herself or others is disqualifying. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Incumbent will be required to maintain all overall requirements for a criminal investigator position including: physical fitness, proficiency in firearms, and continued professional training. If the selected candidate, does not already meet the qualifications of an 1811 agent, then only individuals up to age 37 (not having reached their 37th birthday) may be hired for this position and must successfully complete 12-weeks Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. The selected candidate must be available to attend this training within 60 days of selection. Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): Selectee is entitled to the LEAP of 25% of base pay for availability to work substantial amounts of "unscheduled duty" after successful completion of training.


Must be available for overnight travel.


1. We will review your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for the position as described in this vacancy announcement.

2. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to your responses to the vacancy questions.

3. Your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the vacancy questions or your score may be lowered.

4. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from further consideration and/or best qualified status.

5. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your resume, supporting documentation and scored occupational questionnaire for required competencies and specialized experience.

6. Only the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

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Foreign Service Officer benefits include group life insurance, health benefits and Thrift Savings Plan; Government provided quarters or housing allowance, if overseas; generous leave accrual policy; cost of living adjustments and post differential pay for certain overseas assignments; and educational allowances for children if overseas.




  • Tour of duty is two years. Extension(s) up to a maximum of 5 years is possible, however, extensions are not guaranteed and no promise of an extension is implied.
  • The selectee will be required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information(TS/SCI) clearance. 
  • Drug Testing: Under the Department of Commerce's Drug Free Workplace Plan, all applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment, and if appointed the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.
  • Starting Foreign Service Officer Salary is commensurate with experience.  Current Department of Commerce employees will be converted at their current grade level and pay shall be set at the Foreign Service salary that equals or exceeds the employee’s current pay.
  • An employee of any agency who accepts, with the consent of the head of that agency, a limited appointment in the Foreign Service under section 309 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 is entitled, upon the expiration of that appointment, to be reemployed in that employee's former position or in a corresponding or higher position in that agency. Upon reemployment under this section, an employee shall be entitled to any within-grade increases in pay which the employee would have received if the employee had remained in the former position in the agency.
  • Must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • APPLICANTS WITH A DISABILITY: The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Foreign Service Human Capital contact identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) EMPLOYER.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.




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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If you encounter technical difficulties during the application process please call 1-866-656-6831 Monday through Friday, 7:00AM to 7:00PM ET (excluding Federal holidays).


Applicants applying under this announcement are required to complete and submit an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS at website The information you provide and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of Commerce's application system when you apply on-line. Information you provide is general information that must be completed by all applicants.


There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation: (i). Your on-line resume, (ii). Your responses to the vacancy questions, (iii). Your supporting documentation.


Your resume MUST include the following information. Failure to do so may disqualify you from consideration for the position for which you are applying.  

  • Full name, mailing address (including zip code), and day and evening telephone numbers.
  • Citizenship.
  • If you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
  • Work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Include paid and Non-paid job-related work experience. For each job listed you are to provide: a. Job title b. Duties and accomplishments  c. Employer's name and address d. Supervisor's name and phone number e. Starting and ending dates (mm/dd/yy) f. Salary g. If Federal; Title, Series, and grade/pay band.
  • Other Job Related Qualifications Information: Provide training courses, special skills you possess, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc. applicable to the position.



Complete application consists of the following:


 1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.

 2. Veteran's preference documentation: Qualified veterans will be considered consistent with the requirements of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. 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 on eligibility requirements, please go to or 

3.  Other supporting document: We highly encourage current and former Federal employees to submit their SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" (indicating current position occupied, grade, step, and tenure). This allows the Human Resources Office (HRO) to expedite the job offer process should you be selected. However, if you don’t attach it, HRO will request you to submit a copy of the supporting document. If you fail to provide the supporting document within 5 business days from the date of request, we will withdraw the job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.   


IMPORTANT: FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any of the following methods: 1. Upload your file(s); 2. Download from your USAJOBS account; and 3. Fax using the fax cover sheet. FAXING INSTRUCTIONS AND CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT - Documentation required by this announcement must be FAXED to 571-258-4052. After you fax in your documentation, you will receive an email notification from If you do not receive this confirmation email within 24 to 48 hours, please call the  help desk at (866) 656-6831. These documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems faxing your supporting documents or you want to confirm receipt of all of your documents, please contact the HELP DESK by phone at 1-866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.


Contact Information for this vacancy: Lakshmi Bouchard, 202-482-7931 Fax: 571-258-4052 Email:


AGENCY CONTACT INFO: Julie Burch, Phone: 202-482-5551 Fax: 571-258-4052 Email: Agency Information: International Trade Administration 1401 Constitution Ave NW Room 3226 Washington, DC 20230.



Lakshmi Bouchard
Phone: 202-482-7931
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 1843
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive notice that your application has been received. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at - Click on the MY USAJOBS, which brings you to the login screen. - Login to your account. - You can check your status by either clicking on Track your online job Applications or on the APPLICATIONS tab. Note: USAJOBS accounts are deactivated after 18 months of inactivity. If your account has been deactivated, you should create an entirely new resume. It is to your advantage to update your resume at least twice a year to maintain your marketability and to avoid deactivation.

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