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Job Title:  Forensic Accountant, GS 9 /11 (EX)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Federal Bureau of Investigation
Job Announcement Number:  SI-2013-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Excepted Service - Permanent, Full-Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Springfield, ILView Map
This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number SI-2013-0012. 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.

Division:  Springfield Field Office

Location: Springfield, IL

Working Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                     Monday - Friday


GS-09: $47,448.00 - $61,678.00 

GS-11: $57,408.00 - $74,628.00 

Some travel may be required.

Selectees must be willing to sign a mobility agreement.

If the selectee is not an on-board FBI Financial Analyst or Forensic Accountant, the selectee approved for hire will be required to attend a mandatory five-week Forensic Accountant Core Training Session (FACTS) held at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia. Once dates are established, employees will be notified in advance.


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


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GS 09:

  • Conducts forensic analysis of financial data associated with FBI jurisdictional violations with limited guidance from case agents and attorneys.
  • Provides knowledge of accounting and financial practices, securities, banking systems, conventional and non-conventional financial institutions, and profit and non-profit businesses.
  • Compiles pertinent financial findings and conclusions to prepare forensic accounting reports. Testifies as an expert witness in criminal proceedings.
  • Leverages technology to review a variety of financial transactions, and other corporate, business, and financial processes, associations and record-keeping systems.
  • Assists in developing new forensic accounting techniques and workpapers. Establishes contacts and exchanges ideas with individuals in private industry, law enforcement and other government agencies. 


  • Conducts forensic analysis of financial data associated with FBI jurisdictional violations with concurrence of case agents and attorneys.
  • Provides knowledge of accounting and financial practices, securities, banking laws and systems, conventional and non-conventional financial institutions, and profit and non-profit national and international profit and non-profit businesses.
  • Compiles detailed financial findings and conclusions to prepare forensic accounting reports. Assists in subpoena preparation to obtain financial records and provides input for search warrants and indictments. Testifies as an expert witness in criminal proceedings.
  • Leverages technology to analyze a variety of financial transactions, and other corporate, business and financial processes, associations and record-keeping systems.
  • Develops new forensic accounting techniques and workpapers. Establishes appropriate contacts in law enforcement, private industry and other government agencies in order to share best practices.


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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must also meet the SE requirement as described below:

Qualifications for the GS 09 grade level: Applicants must possess one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 07 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Examined and analyzed financial data. 
  • Examined financial aspects of investigations through the use of forensic accounting of financial records with limited guidance from case agents and attorneys. 
  • Prepared written forensic accounting reports. 
  • Utilized a variety of automated systems to gather and compile financial information. 
  • Established contacts in order to exchange ideas with individuals in private industry, law enforcement and other government agencies.

Qualifications for the GS 11 grade level: Applicants must possess one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 09 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Conducted forensic accounting of financial records related to investigations. 
  • Assessed unusual financial pathways and associations of financial transactions. 
  • Prepared accounting reports and communications through detailed analysis of financial findings and conclusions.
  • Utilized computer software and hardware for gathering and analyzing financial information. 
  • Established appropriate contacts with other individuals, e.g. investigators and other law enforcement officials in order to obtain information and to coordinate findings. 

POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: This position has a specific education requirement. All applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Please see the Required Documents section of this announcement for additional information.



1. Degree in accounting; or degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.




2. Combination of education and experience - at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following: 1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law. 2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written exam;




3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

Education may be substituted for SE as outlined below:

GS-09: Applicant must have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree  or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education  leading to such a degree OR a LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS 11: Applicant must have completed three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education OR possess a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree.  All degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities. 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.

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


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:

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.


COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS:  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:

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

  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
  • Professional Certifications: Applicants possessing certifications such as Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor or Certified Fraud Examiner MUST provide a copy of such certificate along with their transcripts.
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action

Please note:  The following does not apply to current FBI employees:

  • Most recent Performance Appraisal
  • For Veterans: DD 214
  • For Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15
  • VA letter dated 1991 or later


Shari Lynne Davis
Phone: 304-625-2362
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 304-625-2165
Agency Information:
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Module C-2
Attn: HRG (WV)
Clarksburg, WV
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

Status of Your Application:
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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