One year of experience that is equivalent to the GS-05 level in or directly related to the line of work of this position that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Typically, to be qualifying, experience should include technical or professional experience that includes conducting background investigations or reviewing investigative forms and reports for completeness and accuracy, or technical work reviewing investigative documents (such as employment applications, investigative questionnaires, affidavits, credit and police reports, etc.) to identify discrepancies, inconsistencies, and areas potentially requiring clarification or additional investigation, experience in applying the laws, Executive Orders, regulations, and operating procedures.
At least one year of work experience involving planning and conducting surveys or investigations to collect facts regarding suitability, qualifications, claims, legal cases, military intelligence, law enforcement or legal work such as interviewing suspects and witnesses, or criminal law practice.
Meet one of the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement by earning a bachelor's degree with at least one of the following (1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; (2) a 3.5 GPA for required courses completed in a major field of study during junior and senior ear of a 4-year college or university; (3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or a major subdivision of the college; or (4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies.
One full year of graduate level education in an accredited college or university. The education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
A combination of education and experience as listed above.
NOTE: GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
To meet the Program requirements, you must have obtained a qualifying Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational or Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years.
All Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: Accreditation. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by OPM accordingly.
ATTENTION VETERANS: A veteran, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108, who due to military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the individual's eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION ELIGIBILITY:
Program participants MAY be converted, without a break in service, to a term, career or career conditional appointment upon completion of program requirements.
To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:
Complete one continuous year of work experience acquired through a Recent Graduate Program
Complete 40 hours of formal interactive training
Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted
Meet any agency-specific requirements specified in the Participant's Agreement
Demonstrate successful job performance that results in a rating of record of at least Fully Successful and a recommendation for conversion by the first level supervisor
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your application package to ensure you meet the job requirements. Your application package must support your answers to the occupational questionnaire. If your answers cannot be verified, your rating will be changed to an appropriate level.
All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:
- Investigative Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
- Oral Communication
- Planning & Organizing
Qualified applicants will be placed in one of four groupings:
- Preference eligible having a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more
- Other 10-point preference eligible
- 5-point preference eligible
- No preference eligible
Selection will be made from the highest available preference group, as long as at least three candidates remain in that group. When fewer than three candidates remain in the highest group, consideration may be expanded to include the next category.