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Job Title:  Criminal Investigator
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Inspector General
Job Announcement Number:  OIG-950558-13-31-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$86,260.00 to $112,136.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Rapid City, SD United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the Department of Interior (DOI) whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout DOI. The OIG conducts investigations, evaluations, and audits in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DOI programs and operations.

This position is located in the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Inspector General (OlG), Office of Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (OI). The Office of Investigations manages, supervises, coordinates, and conducts investigations relating to DOI programs and operations, including, but not limited to, investigations of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in such programs and operations and actual or suspected criminal activity or other wrongdoing by DOI employees, contractors, grantees, lessees, or any other persons or entities doing business with the DOI. The incumbent of this position serves as a Criminal Investigator responsible for conducting criminal investigations of various DOI program areas, and/or participating in extremely sensitive investigations and program reviews in support of the unit's mission.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service
  • Successful completion of a background investigation
  • Subject to initial and random drug testing
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the close date.


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The incumbent conducts criminal, civil, and/or administrative investigations that may be local, regional interregional, or department-wide in scope involving a wide range of criminal, civil and administrative investigative techniques. The incumbent independently plans and conducts the investigation, determining the most appropriate methods, procedures, precedents and techniques necessary to address unusual or unique situations. Conducts fact-finding and preliminary analysis of the request, complaint, or allegation in relation to appropriate laws, regulations, etc., to identify the issues involved and evidence needed. Establishes the relationship of facts and/or evidence in the case through questioning of principals and witnesses; taking sworn statements, securing related documents and other materials, as well as performing extensive record searches. Conducts interviews, takes affidavits from suspects and witnesses, and performs surveillance. Reports to the supervisor any possible flagrant and significant administrative and/or program weaknesses discovered during the fact-finding, interview and examination process. The investigator prepares investigative reports documenting observations, issues and findings preparing as needed periodic input regarding high profile cases for Departmental and Congressional reports. The incumbent plans and conducts surveillance activities, affects arrests, issues search warrants, and, testifies in court as a witness to events or to explain basic or routine procedures.

The incumbent coordinates, compiles, and prepares information to be used in preparation of the semiannual and other reports to Congress OMB as well as other internal and external reports required by the IG Act, the Department of the Interior, and Federal Regulations.


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GS-13: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. This experience includes activities such as: conducting investigations that are primarily criminal in nature; effecting search warrants, coordinating all activities with senior investigators to ensure that activities do not jeopardize the potential for successful criminal investigations; and evaluating findings, trends, and patterns in audits, reports, and reviews.

There is no education substitution at the GS-13 level or above.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.


Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position and tour of duty (full or part time to include number of hours). One year of general or specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are pro-rated.

Your responses to the questionnaire and/or competency statements will be evaluated to determine the degree to which your skills match this position. Your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position.

Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAs in an online job questionnaire. The KSAs are:

  • Knowledge gained as a law enforcement officer to conduct complex investigations and effect search warrants.

  • Knowledge of criminal, civil, and administrative investigative techniques; Federal criminal law; the Federal Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedure; the Federal Rules of Evidence, including arrest and search and seizure; methods and patterns of criminal operations.

  • Ability to obtain and secure evidence in accordance with jurisdictional guidelines.

  • Skill in writing a wide variety of reports, information papers, briefing materials, studies, briefings, and other documents to provide advice, technical expertise, and recommendations.

  • Ability to participate as a team member (e.g., criminal investigators, investigators, auditors, evaluators and program specialists), particularly in conducting criminal investigations, fact-finding and special studies.

  • Ability to investigate aspects of program fraud abuse and white collar crime, and to testify on behalf of the agency in criminal, civil, and administrative hearings.

  • Ability to work independently to plan and conduct investigations in collaboration with other government counterparts.

  • Ability to communicate orally.

NOTE: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


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The Department of the Interior offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance; health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement system. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Conditions of Employment:

  • Selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for a Top Secret clearance. You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates.
  • Selected applicants are subject to initial and random drug testing. Failure to pass a Drug Test or maintain a clearance is grounds for removal.
  • Significant travel is expected. Selected applicants must be able to acquire and maintain a government-issued travel charge card.
  • Selectees must complete a one year probationary or trial period unless already completed or excepted by special authority.
  • Acknowledgement of Career Mobility is a condition of employment. You must be available for permanent reassignment to other regional or resident offices, as required by the OIG.
  • You must pass initial and periodic medical examinations. Failure to meet medical requirements may result in reassignment from the position of criminal investigator or other appropriate action.
  • You must be able to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle and have and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • You will be required to complete an OGE-450, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests.
  • Completion of the Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, or its equivalent.
  • This position is a primary law enforcement position under 5 U.S.C. 8336 (C) (CSRS and 5 U.S. C 8412 (d) (FERS). You must be no more than 37 years of age upon entry into the GS-1811 series, unless the applicant has previous service creditable under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) law enforcement provisions sufficient to enable you to retire at age 57 with 20 years of creditable service. Persons already in covered secondary positions or persons with previous approved service who apply for a primary position cannot be considered if their age at reentry into the primary position exceeds 37 years after subtracting their years of service in covered positions. Applicant must provide evidence of current or previous coverage that would qualify. This age restriction does not apply to those entitled to Veteran’s Preference.
  • You will be required to qualify to carry and use firearms and other weapons as part of assigned duties and maintain such qualification. Because of an amendment to 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9), which became effective on September 30, 1986, applicants are ineligible for this position if at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon. For all positions requiring access to firearms or ammunition: The Federal government is prohibited from employing individuals in these positions who have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or a felony crime of domestic violence adjudged on or after 27 November 2002.
  • Selectees for such positions must submit a completed OF-306 form and meet the initial suitability determination before a final job offer can be made.

CTAP/ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

VEOA ELIGIBLES: If applying under VEOA, you must include your DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter (if applicable). If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your unit which states the date you entered active duty and the date you are separating. Your separation date must be within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. For more information on the VEOA, consult the Vets Guide at:

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 950558 Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 11, 2013to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed. To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax: Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items Fax all six pages of 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.


  1. Resume – your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.
  2. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action- documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.
  3. OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment- selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal employment during the pre-employment process.
  4. Performance Appraisal: All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of the most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year and includes the final rating.
  5. ICTAP/CTAP – such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.
  6. Veterans’ Preference Documentation – DD-214 (member copy#4), VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5 point preference. Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, etc.).
  7. If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. 30% compensable disabled veterans, severely handicapped individuals, former Peace Corp and VISTA volunteers, etc.), you MUST indicate on your application the special program and submit proof of eligibility with your application. Individuals who are eligible for consideration will be a considered non-competitively for this vacancy.


Phone: (703)487-5413
Agency Information:
Interior Office of Insp General
Department of the Interior
Office of Inspector General
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 350
Reston, VA


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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