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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Criminal Investigator

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Job Announcement Number:FINCN/14-179009EBB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 08, 2013 to Monday, November 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1811-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Vienna, VA View Map

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:

Duty location is currently Vienna, VA.  Projected to move to Washington, DC early 2014.
 
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.

Incumbent serves as a senior Criminal Investigator in the Office of Special Investigations in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.  Incumbent works with law enforcement, regulatory and intelligence officials of other organizations to support criminal investigations in connection with terrorist financing, money laundering, drug trafficking, and other crimes, and simultaneously evaluates potential civil violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA); provides criminal investigatory expertise and insight to internal FinCEN components as well as external law enforcement partners; and develops and implements strategies to conduct sensitive investigations into possible violations of the BSA, to include unauthorized disclosure of BSA records.  Incumbent is assigned to work on high profile, high priority cases with broad implications, and to travel and testify in support of criminal and civil prosecutions, or enforcement actions, as required. 
 
This is a SECONDARY law enforcement officer (LEO) position, as defined in 5CFR 831.902, under the early law enforcement retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336 (c) and 5 USC 8412 (d), in that it is in the law enforcement field, is within an organization having a law enforcement mission, and involves administrative responsibilities for which prior experience in a primary law enforcement position (or equivalent) is a prerequisite.

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.
  • You are required to pass a pre-appointment physical examination.

DUTIES:

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The Criminal Investigator duties:

  • Incumbent works cooperatively with law enforcement, regulators and intelligence officials on investigations that involve financial transactions in connection with money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorist financing and other crimes.   
  • Incumbent collects and analyzes operational and strategic intelligence from wide-ranging sources including Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies, military departments, foreign governments, and financial institutions.   
  • Participates in negotiations and other communication with targets of FinCEN enforcement actions and/or their legal counsel, including matters involving individuals, financial institutions, corporations, and foreign governments.   
  • Represents FinCEN in senior-level internal and, on occasion, interagency meetings, including the coordination of investigations, examinations, and enforcement actions.  
  • Through continuing contacts with law enforcement and senior representatives of other Treasury, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice law enforcement agencies, the incumbent monitors and addresses changes or potential changes/trends in law and regulatory enforcement policies and initiatives affecting both the Bureau and the Department as a whole.   
  • Serves as an advisor to senior management officials of FinCEN in terms of how to make FinCEN’s products and services most meaningful for assisting law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the conduct of criminal investigations. 
  • Acts as critical link between FinCEN and the law enforcement community to provide guidance and support in terms of the use of BSA and related databases to aid in the detection and prosecution of criminal activity.   
  • Prepares and advises on the preparation of a variety of law enforcement related materials that serve as guidelines, issues analyses and discussions, advisory opinions, policy and program recommendations, summaries and descriptions of investigative activities, and a variety of other correspondence for both internal and external consideration.


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 one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level that involved criminal investigations that focused on the research of financial data reported under the provisions of the BSA and USA PATRIOT Act and provided broad knowledge of the access to and use of such data by law enforcement, intelligence, regulatory, and financial organizations.  The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.


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.
Physical Examination:  The selectee must pass a pre-appointment physical examination and meet the physical requirements for this position as required by this agency.  The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather.  Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required.  Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily.  Sufficiently good vision and hearing are required to perform the duties satisfactorily.  Because the duties of this position are exacting, and sometimes performed under trying conditions, the selectee must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the selectee to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.
Law Enforcement Retirement:  Employees who reach age 50 or over with at least twenty years of creditable service as a law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement.  In addition, employees covered by FERS (all new hires to the federal government) of any age with at least 25 years of service as a law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement.  Employees who reach age 57 with at least twenty years as law enforcement
officers are subject to mandatory retirement from that position.

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.
 
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 Equal Opportunity and Diversity on (703) 905-3990 or TDD (703) 905-3838.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Security Clearance: This position has been designated national security Level IV, Critical Sensitive. Applicants must possess a favorably adjudicated Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI), and have been awarded a Top Secret clearance or be willing to undergo a SSBI, and the SSBI must be favorably adjudicated. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Although individuals may be appointed prior to completion or update of a full personal history SSBI, continued employment with FinCEN is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the SSBI, 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 policies and procedures.
Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP):  LEAP has been approved for this position. Special agents are normally assigned to work a 40-hour workweek. Due to the receipt of LEAP, special agents usually work an average of two additional hours per day.
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.
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.
 


REQUIRED 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, or 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.
(NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.)
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/14-179009EBB

Control Number:

355144300