Job Overview


This position is located in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Smithsonian Institution. The employee conducts and supervises audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations of the Smithsonian, provides leadership and recommends policies for activities designed to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; and keeps the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian and Congress fully informed regarding problems and deficiencies.

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  • Investigates alleged violations of Title 18, US Code, and Title 22, District of Columbia Criminal Code, which may include, but are not limited to, allegations of fraud against the government, false claims and statements, bribery, conversions, corruption, racketeering, embezzlement, conflicts of interest, kick-backs, or other fraudulent or criminal activities affecting Smithsonian Institution programs, contracts, and operations.
  • Investigates alleged improprieties on the part of Smithsonian Institution employees and others in connection with Smithsonian Institution programs.
  • Coordinates investigative initiatives with other federal, state, local, and foreign authorities, as required.
Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to engage in moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must function sufficiently in order for applicants to perform the duties. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, without correction or correctable to 20/30 in both eyes, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of standard text. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of this position are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: The incumbent must qualify semi-annually with and carry an OIG-supplied firearm and conduct full law-enforcement activities and must meet the requirements to be sworn in as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic abuse cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition and is ineligible for this position. The incumbent may be randomly selected to pass drug tests.

APPLICANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE. This position does not offer Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) or a law enforcement retirement annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8336(c).

REQUIRED TRAINING PROGRAM: Basic Requirement: The applicant MUST have successfully completed the basic Criminal Investigator training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center or its equivalent to be considered for this position. Examples of equivalent training are an accredited law enforcement academy for state or local law enforcement agencies such as D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, Montgomery County Police Department, or any State law enforcement academy. Additional Requirement: Once employed, the incumbent MUST satisfactorily complete the Inspector General Transitional Training Program, at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, within the first year of employment. Those who have previously completed this training meet the additional requirement. Employees who fail to successfully meet the IGTTP training will be subject to termination.