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Job Title:  Criminal Investigator
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-865158

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$85,500.00 to $118,481.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 01, 2013 to Friday, April 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Providence, RI United StatesView Map
Beltsville, MD United StatesView Map
San Clemente, CA United StatesView Map
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:  Current federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Military spouses; OR individuals with disabilities (Schedule A).



These positions are located in the Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The OCI is responsible for investigating alleged or suspected violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and related violations of Title 21 and 18 of the U.S. Code.  These positions will focus on the tobacco enforcement program and will conduct investigations that relate to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and other applicable laws related to tobacco enforcement.  1 position will be filled in the Providence Domicile located in Providence, Rhode Island; 1 position will be filled in the Los Angeles Field Office located in San Clemente, CA; 1 position will be filled in the Atlanta Resident Office located in Atlanta, GA;and 1 position will be filled in the Metro Washington Field Office located in Beltsville, MD.

Salary range listed above includes geographical locality pay.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.



  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • You must meet all the requirements by the closing date of this announcement
  • Travel: Up to 75% of the time.
  • A valid Driver's License is required.
  • Current Federal employees must meet Time-in-Grade requirements.
  • Carefully read and follow the instructions under HOW TO APPLY.


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This is an investigator position with the Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The incumbent will serve as a senior Criminal Investigator: Plans, coordinates, conducts, and leads criminal investigations including those of an extremely complex nature in the area of tobacco enforcement and other FDA criminal investigations; serves as team leader for cases that concern extremely sensitive matters related to critical issues complicated by obscure leads; conducts comprehensive research, study, and analysis of cases to determine the applicable laws; plans investigative assignments to validate allegations and evidence gathered; plans, coordinates and initiates contacts with officials of regulated businesses and individuals related to matters under investigation; conducts interviews with suspects, witnesses, and informants in case development; prepares interim and comprehensive investigative reports for prosecutors and management officials; confers with and advises responsible management officials on investigative activities; keeps staff informed of new investigative techniques, policy and procedure changes, and precedent cases; prepares and conducts training and presentations to FDA, other federal, state, or local law enforcement and regulatory agencies, private industry, or other entities as appropriate in support of the tobacco enforcement program and other FDA criminal investigations; conducts outreach and develop leads through meetings with other federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies, private industry, and other entities, as appropriate, in support of FDA's mission.  The senior investigator may also be called upon to lead complex civil and administrative investigations.


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To qualify, applicants must meet all the qualification requirements,  by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

To qualify for the GS-13, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level of the Federal service.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant 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 to be filled.  Examples of specialized experience are: knowledge of and experience in complex investigative techniques; knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to criminal investigations; knowledge and experience with criminal investigations including the illicit trade of tobacco products; ability to analyze complex and/or fragmented information and prepare written reports of investigation; and experience leading a criminal investigation.

Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT:  In addition to the specialized experience requirement, current Federal employees must meet the following time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. 
GS-13: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level or higher in the Federal service. 



Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation (top secret clearance) will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

2. Qualification Inquiry: Applicants for the Criminal Investigator position who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not eligible for employment.  All selectees will be required to sign a Qualification Inquiry prior to confirmation of appointment.

3. Drug Test and Medical Examination: You will be subject to a pre-employment drug test and medical examination and must successfully pass.  If selected for the position, you will be subjected to periodic medical examinations that must be passed successfully to retain the position.  Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability.  Any physical conditions that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself or others are disqualifying.

4. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

5. Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): The incumbent is subject to work unscheduled duty hours and must be available for unscheduled duty based upon the needs of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  Therefore, the incumbent is eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) of an additional 25%, and is subject to the provisions of the LEAP Act of 1994.

6. Basic Criminal Investigation Training:  Selectee must have successfully completed the Basic Criminal Investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or equivalent.

7. Firearms: Incumbent may be required to carry a firearm during the performance of duties.  Firearms qualification with standard issue firearm is required.

8. Relocation: To promote the efficiency of the Service, the Director of OCI may reassign the incumbent of this position to another position and/or location with OCI in the United States or Puerto Rico.

9. Mobility Agreement: Selectees will be required to sign a mobility agreement to accept relocation to other geographic locations, if required by the agency.  Failure to relocate when directed may result in separation from employment in the FDA in accordance with appropriate Government regulations.

10. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

11. Financial disclosure statement may be required.  Certain positions within the FDA are subject to restrictions on financial holdings specifically FDA regulated financial holdings.  This position could be subject to these restrictions.  During the application and interview process, and prior to accepting this position, we advise applicants to seek additional information from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Division of Management Programs at (301) 796-8435.

12. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: Yes

13. Bargaining Unit Position: No

14. Drug Screening Required: Yes

15. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

16. Supervisory position: No

17. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for the GS-13, applicant must have 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level of the Federal service.

18. Federal Law Enforcement Officer (FLEO): This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officer (FLEO).  Candidates without previous FLEO service must be under age 37.  Employees subject to special retirement coverage for law enforcement officers must retire at age 57 upon completing 20 years of law enforcement service under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers.  If these 20 years of service are not attained at age 57, mandatory retirement is required upon completion of 20 years of service.


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.   If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

1. Knowledge of federal laws, regulations and procedures applicable to criminal law, investigative procedures and illicit trade of tobacco products.

2. Ability to communicate orally in performing investigative duties.

3. Ability to analyze information and prepare written reports of investigations.

4. Knowledge of and experience using criminal investigative techniques.


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see 


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 865158.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Atlanta Customer HelpDesk (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - DD-214, Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)

         - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement) 

Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position. 

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 19, 2013


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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