Job Title: Federal Trade Investigator - DEUJob Announcement Number: BCP-ENF-2014-0003
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year
Friday, March 07, 2014 to
Friday, March 21, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Competitive Service, Full-Time -
1 vacancy -
District of Columbia, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
All Qualified Candidates
Public Trust - Background Investigation
About the Agency
The Bureau of Consumer Protection's mandate is to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices. The Bureau enforces a variety of consumer protection laws enacted by Congress, as well as trade regulation rules issued by the Commission. Its actions include individual company and industry-wide investigations, administrative and federal court litigation, rulemaking proceedings, and consumer and business education. In addition, the Bureau contributes to the Commission's ongoing efforts to inform Congress and other government entities of the impact that proposed actions could have on consumers.
This position is located within the Division of Enforcement in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. The Division of Enforcement investigates and enforces compliance with Commission orders and various Statutes, Rules and Guides including the Mail Order Rule and the Guides for Environmental Marketing. The Division also brings national Advertising cases involving economic injury.
If you would like to be considered under Merit Promotion procedures, please apply to announcement number BCP-ENF-2014-0004.
- U.S. citizenship
- This position is included in the bargaining unit.
- May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
DUTIES:Back to top
At the full performance level, the incumbent of this position will perform the following duties:
- Conduct and direct the full range of consumer protection functions for investigations and projects of the greatest scope and complexity concerning enforcement of consumer protection statutes and rules under FTC jurisdiction, making recommendations from investigations that change the interpretation of laws and influence the development and modification of significant policies or programs.
- Objectively review and evaluate reports received from consumers and electronic databases to identify trends and locate potential targets for investigation. Draft declarations summarizing consumer experiences to use in litigation.
- Analyze and synthesize bank records, balance sheets, income statements, regulatory filings, annual reports, tax returns, ledgers, statements of cash flow and other financial documents and reports. Utilize financial documents and reports to assist in identifying potential targets for law enforcement action, extent of consumer harm and location of assets. Draft reports and memoranda summarizing complex financial information from multiple sources.
- Analyze voluminous reports and supporting documentation involving critical and sensitive issues/cases, utilizing a variety of software/hardware to develop the case. Prepare case summaries as required and brief appropriate persons.
- Plan, arrange and execute all aspects of highly complex investigative actions, including travel and coordination with appropriate officials from multiple jurisdictions.
- Conduct onsite investigative actions to collect evidence, including documentation and witness/subject/suspect statements. The incumbent determines the appropriate form in which statements will be obtained (e.g., interviews, sworn testimony/statements).
- Plan, coordinate, and participate in investigative support during trial. Draft and assist in drafting questions to ask during the hearing/trial. Provide substantive ideas for material or evidence to subpoena.
- Conduct discreet, confidential, formal and informal fact-finding examinations. Provide expert technical advice and recommendations to agency officials.
- Analyze investigative reports for the presence of critical and sensitive issues that may warrant special handling and provide advice to agency officials for subsequent action needed. Present conclusions and recommendations in writing in investigative declarations, prepare case summaries and brief appropriate persons.
- Analyze and synthesize voluminous consumer complaint data.
- Analyze and synthesize customer relationship management data obtained during the course of FTC investigations.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
In order to qualify for this position, applicants must meet the following:
At the GS-09 Level: Possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience include completing assigned work on less complex investigations and projects where violations are straightforward and not likely to lead to other issues or violations.
OR you can qualify based on education for the GS-09 level if you have completed:
At the GS-11 Level:
- Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or
- Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. (if related), or
- A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for the GS-09 level above.
Possess one (1) 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience includes conducting less complex investigations, including, but not limited to, collecting, organizing and analyzing data, writing reports and interviewing witnesses where violations are straightforward and not likely to lead to other issues or violations.
OR you can qualify based on education for the GS-11 level if you have completed:
At the GS-12 Level:
- Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. (if related), or
- A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for the GS-11 level above.
Possess (1) 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience includes conducting and directing the full range of functions for investigations and projects of greater complexity by performing investigative and research support and formulating conclusions.At the GS-13 Level:
Possess (1) 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying experience include successfully conducting and directing the full range of functions for investigations of the greatest scope, including, but not limited to, planning, arranging and executing all aspects of highly complex investigative actions.
Applications must be submitted online via www.usajobs.gov
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.
If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.
You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at www.usajobs.opm.gov and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.
STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.
STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.
STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.
NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you.
APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST
__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)
__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position. For each period of Work experience include:
___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
___Duties and accomplishments
___Employer's name and address
___Supervisor's name and contact information
___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
___Number of hours worked per week
___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.