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Job Title:  Supervisory Forensic Document Examiner
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  DAL-INV-958827-MP-JP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 26, 2013 to Saturday, October 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
McLean, VA United StatesView Map
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.


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.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

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.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service


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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.


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You qualify at the GS-14 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Conducting complex forensic document examinations and analyses.
  • Testifying as a court recognized expert in forensic document examination.
  • Performing original research. Coordinating and overseeing forensic document examinations.
  • Resolving critical problems. Developing and testing new theories involving the forensic examination of documents.
  • Expert knowledge of the mission, organization, and work processes of the programs.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

There is no substitution for education at this grade level.

Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

Time in Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  Time in grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. 

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment).  Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job:

  • Knowledge of forensic document examinations, investigative or analytical techniques and methods.
  • Knowledge of the ISO/IEC 17025 (International Organization for Standardization) requirements for testing and calibration laboratories and it's applicability to crime laboratory accreditation.
  • Ability to prepare written findings in an effective manner to the highest levels of management which includes the ability to produce analytical findings and apply special tools in the development of reports.
  • Skilled in keeping up with new developments in computerized printing technology being used to produce genuine and counterfeit travel documents.
  • Knowledge of the law enforcement missions, operational programs, policies and procedures of criminal analysis in order to plan, conduct, coordinate, identify information, conduct analyses, and exchange highly sensitive and critical information.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits".


  • Promotion Potential: This position is at the full performance level. This is a supervisory position. Under provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act, first time supervisors and/or managers will be required to serve a one (1) year probationary period. You may also be required to complete an appropriate supervisory training course within the one year of assignment to this position.
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college is preferred; a master's degree is desired.
  • Certification in forensic document examination by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, or otherwise possess a current professionally recognized equivalent certification is highly preferred.
  • The selectee must be able to qualify for and maintain a Top-Secret level security clearance.


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To apply for this position, you need to submit a complete initial Application which includes: 

  1. Your resume
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below) 

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Saturday, October 05, 2013

Please note: If materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  Also, if you do not provide an email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application. 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 958827.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email.  If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to the closing date for further instructions. 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144


  1. Resume showing relevant experience (education, training, and/or work experience; work experience should include job title, duties, and employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates with month and year, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
  2. Your responses to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).  Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.  This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Those with foreign education click this link.
  4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)? Submit:
    • a copy of your agency notice
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location
  5. Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates grade, status, tenure and the full performance level (FPL) of the position held.  Please do not submit an SF-50 for a cash/time off award.
  6. Are you claiming Persons with Disability Preference? Submit a letter, record or statement issued from a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any other Federal, State or District of Columbia agency that issues or provides disability benefits. 



Julie Perkins
Phone: (214)905-8721
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
7701 N Stemmons Freeway
6th Floor
Dallas, TX


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJOBS account throughout the process.  We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of this announcement.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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