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Job Title:Section Chief-Depository Institutions Section

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Job Announcement Number:FINCN/13-176139EBB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 to Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applicants who reside in the Washington DC commuting area who are: permanent Federal competitive service employees, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, or Federal employees in Excepted Service positions covered by an Interchange Agreement; and individuals eligible under CTAP/ICTAP; preference eligible veterans or veterans separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous service (VEOA); and 30% Disabled Vets.

JOB SUMMARY:

Become part of the team that safeguards the financial system from the abuses of financial crime. At the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we are at the forefront in preventing and detecting terrorist financing, money laundering, and other financial crime. Serve at the nation's financial intelligence unit and protect the United States financial system from criminals and terrorist financiers.

The Chief of the Depository Institutions Section heads a major component within the U.S. Department of Treasury’s FinCEN.  This position is located in the Enforcement Division, Office of Compliance and Enforcement of FinCEN. The Enforcement Division is the primary action arm of FinCEN, responsible for enforcing compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) through effective, proportionate, and dissuasive measures.  The division handles a caseload of BSA civil regulatory matters that are initiated through referrals from examining agencies, as well as FinCEN’s own intelligence-driven targeting of high-priority criminal and national security threats.  Each matter can involve a range of compliance and enforcement activities ranging from onsite examination to investigation, summonses of documents and witnesses, injunctions, and civil monetary penalties.  The Enforcement Division is also responsible for implementing various statutory special measures enforced by FinCEN including Section 311 of the PATRIOT Act, which is designed to limit the exposure of the U.S. financial system to foreign jurisdictions, financial institutions, classes of transactions, and types of accounts of primary money laundering concern.  Additionally, the division investigates unauthorized disclosures of BSA information for possible referral to the criminal authorities.

The incumbent serves as the Chief for the Depository Institutions Section and is the first level supervisor for a sizable staff of investigators and industry specialists who implement programs, initiatives, and where appropriate compliance and enforcement actions designed to improve compliance with the provisions of the BSA and its amendments and related regulations.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must apply on-line. See the How to Apply Section.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Drug testing is a condition of employment; subject to random drug screening
  • You are required to participate in Direct Deposit for salary payment.

DUTIES:

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The Section Chief, Depository Institutions Section duties are:

  • Serves as a key advisor to the Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement on the formulation, planning, development, and implementation of compliance and enforcement strategies related to Depository Institutions that have industry-wide, national, and/or international impact, including those related to national security.
  • Develops and manages a sizeable staff of investigators and compliance and enforcement specialists, identifying objectives, managing strict timelines and implementing section-wide practices for effectively evaluating and advancing a large caseload of compliance and enforcement matters. 
  • Works with line employees to develop and implement intelligence-driven targeting and investigative plans, apply facts to law, assess the strength of evidence, and determine the appropriate use of FinCEN authorities.
  • Works directly with line employees in the drafting and editing of FinCEN enforcement actions and supporting memoranda.
  • Ensures that FinCEN enforcement actions and supporting memoranda are free of factual, logical or typographical errors prior to their review by the Office Director.
  • Represents FinCEN in internal and on occasion interagency meetings involving the coordination of examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions involving depository institutions.
  • Participates in important management conferences, planning sessions, or other meetings to present proposals and discuss options concerning enforcement activities that impact other programs in FinCEN.
  • Exercises first level supervision over staff involved in highly complex compliance and enforcement program activities involving depository institutions.   
  • Seeks to maximize communication with all other components of FinCEN and at all levels to ensure each component’s unique expertise and authorities are brought to bear in a collaborative effort for maximum impact against the most serious money laundering and national security threats.
  • Collaborates with other supervisors within the division on the establishment of broad program objectives, organizational goals, policies, priorities, methods to assess the accomplishment of such objectives, and the resources required to be successful. 
  • Collaborates with other supervisors within the division on the establishment of employee performance standards, evaluates performance, promotes team building, settles disputes, recommends personnel actions, and promotes adherence to public policy, including diversity and equal opportunity in employment.
  • Provides effective leadership, mentors, develops, and motivates staff. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must demonstrate in their resume and responses to the evaluation criteria/assessment questions that they meet the qualification requirements described below.

Specialized Experience:  Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level that provided knowledge of drafting civil enforcement penalty documents and/or criminal indictments, informations, or deferred prosecution agreements relating to violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering laws, or other laws related to financial crimes. 

 


Time-in-grade Requirements: Applicants must have acquired 52 weeks of Federal service at or equivalent to the next lower grade level no later than 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications Requirements: Applicants must meet all qualification requirements no later than 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application includes your: 1. Resume, 2. Responses to the online questions, and 3. Required supporting documents. We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: responses to the assessment questions. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Although the process is self assessed, your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score will be changed to a rating commensurate to your described experience. Providing false information may be grounds for not selecting you or termination after appointment.

3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), CTAP and ICTAP Candidates will be considered Well Qualified if they earn a minimum score of 85 on their responses to the assessment questions.

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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FinCEN offers flexible work schedules, a comprehensive leave program, 10 paid holidays, financial assistance to employees who use public transportation to commute, in-house training, reimbursement for approved outside training, alternate work schedules (AWS) and telework opportunities, student loan repayment, and eligibility for performance awards. FinCEN also offers attractive health, life, and long-term care insurance programs, and the employees' health insurance contributions are out of pre-tax dollars. Newer employees are covered by a three-tier retirement plan that includes a pre-tax retirement contribution program with matching funds or, as applicable, continuance in the Civil Service Retirement System.  All employees are assigned individual state-of-the-art computers.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Security Clearance:  This position has been designated national security Level IV, Special Sensitive.  Applicants must possess a favorably adjudicated single scope background investigation, and have been awarded a Top Secret clearance or be willing to undergo a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI), and the SSBI must be favorably adjudicated.  In addition, this position requires the applicant to be eligible to obtain access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Although individuals may be appointed prior to completion or updating of a full personal history SSBI, and certification of SCI eligibility, continued employment with FinCEN is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the SSBI, and certification of SCI, the results of which fully meet the FinCEN’s special employment criteria.  All employees are subject to satisfactory completion of periodic reinvestigation and a continuing life style in conformity with applicable national and FinCEN directives.  Any unfavorable information developed during an investigation or other official inquiry may result in termination of employment in accordance with established security policy and procedures.

Personal Identity Verification Credential: If selected, you will go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf). Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

Probationary Period(s): Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Statement of Employment and Financial Interest may be required.

Relocation Expenses: Will not be paid.

Selective Service Registration: If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

Executive Branch employees are barred from receiving or considering political recommendations from members of Congress unless they pertain to the character or residence of the applicant.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

Declaration of Federal Employment: Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies occur.

Buyout: If you previously left federal employment and received a separation incentive (buyout) and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.

Privacy Act: Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579.5 USC 552a). This information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Sections 3202 and 3361.



HOW TO APPLY:

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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed under "Contact Information." Applicants MUST CONTACT US 3 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR to the Closing Date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

FinCEN provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status of a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership, non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor. To file a complaint of discrimination, contact FinCEN, Office of Outreach and Workplace Solutions on (703) 905-3990 or TDD (703) 905-3838.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. For more resume tips click here http://treas.gov/organization/employment/docs/Resume%20Tips.pdf.

You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload, fax, or e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.

Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:

1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or

2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.

In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.

E-Mail: Send your documents by e-mail to CareerConnector@fincen.gov. We cannot accept ZIP file documents.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all questions listed in the announcement are answered and that all supplemental documents are received by the closing date. If required documents for a complete application package are illegible, then the applicant will be removed from consideration for this position.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified throughout this announcement including the below requirements, you may not be considered for this position or receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible.

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your current grade and competitive civil service status in block #34. Indicate on your application your highest permanent grade held if this grade is different from your current grade. Please submit an additional SF-50 showing the highest grade level held

Performance Appraisal. Applicants are required to submit a copy of a current (or last) performance rating of record. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.

SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Charlene Freeman
Phone: 703-905-3904
Fax: 703-905-3909
TDD: 703-905-3839
Email: careerconnector@fincen.gov
Agency Information:
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
P.O. Box 39
Suite G99
Vienna, VA
22183
US
Fax: 703-905-3909

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications." If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, send your updated information to CareerConnector@fincen.gov to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

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Job Announcement Number:

FINCN/13-176139EBB

Control Number:

349529400