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Job Title:  Criminal Investigator
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  14R-JC-299028-MPA-OIG

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

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 15, 2013 to Friday, November 22, 2013
Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
The following Smithsonian Institution employees may apply: Current employees with Federal career/career-conditional status or eligibility.


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.

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."


  • Requires career/career-conditional status or eligibility.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Must pass medical suitability requirements for this job series.
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Provide proof of valid driver's license.


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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.


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Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.  For this position Specialized experience is defined as conducting sensitive/complex criminal investigations into fraud/financial/integrity-related offenses.  In addition, the incumbent must have successfully completed basic law enforcement training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) or equivalent training at a state or local law enforcement training academy.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Qualification requirements, including one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level for promotion candidates, must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  1. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and decisions relating to search and seizure, methods of conducting interviews, interrogations, surveillance, and raids.
  2. Knowledge of investigative techniques such as collection and preservation of evidence, criminal methods of operations, detection of discrepancies, and relevance of information or evidence.
  3. Ability to prepare comprehensive, professional investigative reports, which serve as the basis for preparing cases for legal or administrative action.
  4. Skill in testifying accurately and convincingly at legal proceedings.
  5. Knowledge of the use of criminal investigative information in procurement, administrative law, and personnel matters.
  6. Knowledge of the functions and jurisdictions of other federal, and state and local agencies as well as the scope, application, and interpretation of their specific laws and regulations.
Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.



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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.


Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, notification of Personnel Action.


John Chiu, Jr.
Phone: 202-633-6344
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Agency Information:
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
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  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (

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