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Job Title:Background Investigator (Recent Graduate)

Agency:Office of Personnel Management

Job Announcement Number:13-152-SWA-Int

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 02, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013




Full Time - Recent Graduates




1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery, AL United StatesView Map


Recent College Graduates - Applicants who can be appointed to a job within 2 years of receiving their college degree or certificate. Veterans, precluded from applying due to military service, must be appointed within 6 years of receiving their degree or certificate.



The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is the President's agent and advisor for the Government's human resources management systems. Our key responsibility is to ensure these systems support agencies in recruiting, hiring and retaining a merit-based, high-quality, diverse workforce necessary to meet the needs of the American people.


This is a Recent Graduate position in the Pathways Program within the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services in Montgomery, AL.  Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic 1 year developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position.


As a Background Investigator in OPM's Federal Investigative Services, you will conduct investigations and interviews/checks to complete background investigations for suitability on current and prospective Federal employees. As an OPM Investigator, extensive travel is required within the local commuting area of this announcement, as well as the possible need for frequent overnight travel outside the local commuting area. 


  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Recent Graduate Eligible (see Recent Graduate Program Eligibility below)


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·        Assisting with conducting Federal Personnel Background Investigations, many of which are sensitive or controversial, where allegations, hearsay information, or other vague or intangible information of an adverse nature exist.

·        Evaluating individual's trustworthiness for access to classified information, placement in a sensitive position, retention in the military services, or placement in Federal employment.

·        Assist with collecting and developing information from a variety of sources.

·        Preparing reports of investigation in accordance with OPM guidelines and instructions.


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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.



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 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


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
  • Writing
  • 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.


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OPM offers a comprehensive benefits package this link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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To apply, click the "Apply Online" button at the right of the screen and follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload your resume and supporting documentation.

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET: Monday, April 08, 2013.

If you are unable to apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX to document your responses to the questionnaire (this form will also serve as your fax cover sheet) View Occupational Questionnaire. You must also attach any required supporting documents. Please reference Vacancy identification number 865022 on the OPM Form 1203-FX.


All Applicants must submit the following documents:
  • A Resume showing relevant experience; (cover letter optional). Your resume must show the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment.
  • This position has a basic education requirement; you MUST submit a copy of your final transcripts that will verify the required education for this position.

    Applicants claiming VETERANS PREFERENCE must also submit:

    • A copy of your DD214, member copy 4; OR
    • Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days; OR
    • Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference, must submit: SF-15 AND ALL documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference.

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    You may submit your documents by uploading them to USAJobs. If you do not have the capability to upload your required documents, you may fax them to the number provided on this Fax Cover Sheet. Please reference VIN# 865022 on the fax cover sheet provided. 


    HR Customer Service
    Phone: (724)794-5612x3096
    Email: WORK4US@OPM.GOV
    Agency Information:
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    The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probationary/trial/program period.

    After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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