Job Overview


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal government.  Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U. S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world.  ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation.  For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

Who May Apply: 

  • Current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees who are serving on a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and work within the local commuting area on a permanent basis; as well as current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees serving under a VRA appointment who work within the local commuting area on a permanent basis.

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Organizational Location: This position is located in Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Headquarters, Forensic Laboratory, McLean, Virginia.  

  • The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.
  • HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues.  HSI special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
  • In addition to criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international affairs operations and intelligence functions.  HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U. S. and 47 countries around the world.
  • HSI conducts criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations who threaten national security.  HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America's legitimate trade, travel and financial systems and enforces America's customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation's borders. 

Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

This is a non-bargaining unit position.


As a Supervisory Forensic Document Examiner you will perform the following duties:  

  • Directs a sub-unit of the forensic support operation that provides forensic examinations of cases involving documents originating from various countries as assigned, and serves as a subject matter expert on all matters of concern to the FDL relating to those geographic regions.
  • Plans, coordinates, assigns, directs and reviews the technical work of Forensic Examiners providing technical assistance as may be required and administrative Supervision on policy matters. In this regard, incumbent evaluates performance, providing personal guidance or initiates training as may be required to sustain acceptable levels of technical competence and capability.
  • Provides expert witness testimony: produces comprehensive reports and illustrative exhibits for federal, state, and local judicial proceedings at a level sufficient to explain evidence interpretation and conclusions from forensic examinations.
  • Serves as a technical advisor in matters relating to the proper collection, preservation, packaging, and submission of criminal evidence.
  • Designs, directs, and conducts innovative and highly complex scientific research for the purpose of discovering new forensic techniques and validation methods, and resolving forensic examination problems.