Job Overview


The NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts audits, reviews, and investigations of NASA programs and operations to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement and to assist NASA management in promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. The OIG consists of approximately 200 auditors, analysts, specialists, investigators, attorneys, and support staff at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, and NASA Centers throughout the U.S.

The Office of Investigations (OI), Computer Crimes Division (CCD) is seeking an experienced and motivated candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position located at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory. CCD personnel are involved in conducting or supporting extremely sensitive investigations involving electronic and other crimes directed at NASA's communications systems and advanced technology programs. These programs are critical to the agency's mission achievement as CCD investigations are international in scope or significance, sensitive in nature, and involve a wide range of issues affecting the infrastructure of the nation and NASA. As the Criminal Investigator, you will have an opportunity to lead and coordinate criminal investigations.

LAW ENFORCEMENT RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous law enforcement position under the provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 USC 8412(d) (FERS). Thirty-seven (37) years is the maximum entry age for covered primary law enforcement positions to meet the requirement of 20 years of service by the mandatory retirement age of 57. Persons not appointed by the last day of the month in which the individual reaches their 37th birthday shall not be originally appointed or assigned to these positions. Applicants who are age 37 or over may subtract any of their prior federal service that is in approved primary/rigorous positions and that is creditable for retirement from their current age to meet this age requirement. Applicants must provide proof of this creditable service prior to appointment. The maximum entry age may be waived for applicants eligible for veterans' preference.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Satisfactorily complete (or have previously completed) the Criminal Investigation Training Program at Glynco, Georgia, or equivalent federal law enforcement training.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY PAY (LEAP): LEAP in the amount of 25% has been approved for this position.


As a Criminal Investigator in the Office of Investigations, the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Plans and conducts investigations of various violations of law, to include but not limited to computer intrusions, export control violations, theft of intellectual property, child pornography, fraud, bribery, embezzlement, false statements, bid-rigging and violations of other Federal statutes covering fraudulent activities.

Demonstrates both a rich understanding of the theoretical concepts of computer science, as well as practical problem solving skills required to construct and maintain modern-day distributed computer networks. Develops fully functional software programs and/or automated scripts to efficiently solve a variety of computer, network and data recovery problems; many of the problems require novel solutions developed under time constraints.

Prepares well-written reports where key concepts and facts are presented in sufficient detail to accurately and concisely convey all relevant information to the target audience. The target audience for most reporting will generally consist of supported agents, senior agency officials, federal prosecutors and judges.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, program staff, NASA IT Security and IT administrators, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. Effectively collaborates with diverse individuals to meaningfully contribute to the successful completion of time sensitive operational events, such as the service of search warrants. Conducts continuous outreach to relevant NASA personnel to develop and maintain a working knowledge of key NASA networked systems and programs.

Prepares well-written investigative reports and affidavits, with the responsibility for presenting necessary aspects of an investigation in sufficient detail and accuracy to aid in supporting possible prosecution and/or administrative action. Plans and executes assigned aspects of search warrant operations.

The duties listed above are for the full performance level, at lower grade levels, the work is performed in a developmental capacity under greater levels of supervision.