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Job Title:  Investigative Research Analyst
Department:  Legislative Branch
Agency:  Government Accountability Office
Job Announcement Number:  GAO-13-FAIS-0301-01

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$73,169.00 to $116,295.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 14, 2013 to Thursday, March 28, 2013
Permanent - Full-Time
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US
This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens, including status applicants (current and former federal government employees who meet certain conditions).  Click the following link for more information about status applicants:  GAO will consider applicants under the following appointing authorities:  competitive selection, merit promotion, VEOA, and Schedule A (for persons with disabilities).


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. The GAO, commonly referred to as the investigative arm of Congress, or the congressional watchdog, is independent and nonpartisan. The GAO assists Congress in making informed decisions by providing information on policy and program issues, as well as by providing recommendations to make government more effective and responsive.

GAO's work is designed to address four common goals:

- to help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;

- to help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence;

- to help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and

- to maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.

Voted one of the best places to work in the federal government since 2005, we provide flexibilities and benefits to our employees.  We promote dynamic and forward-thinking workplace practices. We foster an inclusive work environment that emphasizes continuous learning, personal and professional development, and incentives for exceptional performance.  We promote equal opportunity for all staff without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. GAO's success in embracing and leveraging the diversity of its employees is central to our mission of serving a diverse American population through its congressional representatives.

If you want to help form public policy, and you have exceptional analytical, communication, and collaboration skills, and can demonstrate high levels of initiative, then GAO is where you want to be!

To learn more about GAO please visit us on the web at


This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), Forensic Audits and Investigative Services (FAIS).  The incumbent performs a wide range of duties involved with the operations of the GAO FraudNet, a program established within FAIS for the receipt and appropriate follow up action on allegations of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement with Federal agencies.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation
  • A probationary period will be required.


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Receives and screens allegations of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement within Federal agencies received by telephone, fax, mail, e-mail and through the internet web site and, creates files, with control numbers, to make a formal record of these complaints and processes them.


Analyzes the incoming allegations, requests, documents, and reports through various means to evaluate the content and the credibility of the sources of information and to determine the action that should be taken on the allegations. If allegations are not determined to be credible or are of such nature that further investigation is warranted, the incumbent recommends to the supervisor that the cases be closed without further action.  In some instances the case is referred to the appropriate Agency Inspector General’s Office or federal,  state or local agency.


Conducts inquiries into those allegations that can be resolved without a further commitment of investigator or agency resources. For other allegations, the incumbent prepares, for the supervisor’s signature, letters referring allegations to the appropriate GAO division, federal, state or local authorities, or other agencies involved (often to the agencies’ Offices of Inspector General). Monitors referrals made to ensure the FraudNet receives closure information on referred allegation.  If responses are not received within the time allotted, the incumbent prepares follow-up letters to the agencies involved.


Communicates with the persons submitting allegations, as appropriate, to provide them basic information regarding the status and/or results of the investigations of their complaints and to obtain additional information, if needed.


Advises and assists the investigative staff of the FAIS team as well as the other mission teams on the effective use of the FraudNet’s capabilities to target and achieve specific investigative results.


Prepares and delivers presentations on the FraudNet to diverse groups including mission team members, International Fellows, staff from Agencies’ IG Offices, etc.  Responds to Congressional requests through the Congressional Contact System.


Responds to FOIA requests from the Audit Policy and Quality Assurance (APQA).


Responds to requests for assistance from federal, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, and INTERPOL.


Prepares reports and analyses of the FraudNet operation on a periodic basis and prepares special reports as necessary.


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Basic Requirements:

Applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band level, or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position.  Specialized experience is defined as analyzing and processing accusations of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement throughout the Federal government and often involving state and local governments.


Applicants will be required to be a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) within one year of hire date.


If you meet the qualification requirements stated above, you will be further rated based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Please make sure that your responses to the vacancy questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume." Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans preference please visit
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Individuals selected will be eligible for a full range of federal employment benefits including vacation and sick leave, retirement coverage and Thrift Savings Plan, and health and life insurance. A complete list of benefits is available on the web at


Selectee must be able to meet and maintain suitability requirements.


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Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.

You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.

Step 1: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button on the right side of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. If you are not registered with USAJOBS, click on the "create your account now!" button to obtain access and electronically build your resume.

Step 2: Once you submit your resume, you will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Career Connector, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.

Step 3: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Click on "Submit" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Career Connector or MY USAJOBS account.

Step 4: Career Connector offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.

(1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.

(2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application.  Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

(3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.

Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately.  Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them.  If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system.  Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax.  If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, each one will overwrite the other.  Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system.  If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.

Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.

If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE 5 PM ON THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues encountered after 5 PM on the closing date, please contact  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities.  To request an accommodation, please email or call Tammy Stenzel, Disability Program Manager, on (202)-512-3139.


Status Employees. Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action showing Tenure(SF-50 or equivalent) and Type of Service (competitive/excepted).  Veterans Hiring Authorities and/or Veterans Preference. Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces (i.e., Member 4 copy of the DD-214, which indicates Character of Service). To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. Disabled Applicants. If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring authority for people with disabilities, you must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness.


Allison Y. Powell
Phone: 202-512-5502
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


After the closing date, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your rating and/or ranking. If interviews are required, you will be contacted. We anticipate notifying applicants of the outcome within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

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