Job Overview


About the Agency

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF. This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations.


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts investigations relating to NSF programs, grants, contracts and operations pursuant to Federal statutes and NSF regulations. The OIG is the point of contact for liaison activities with other Federal law enforcement organizations in the Executive Branch, the General Accounting Office, and state and local government law enforcement organizations. It is also, the point of contact with NSF for allegations concerning questionable activities relating to NSF programs, grants, contracts, and operations. The OIG is responsible for reporting semi-annually to the Congress on the status of OIG operations and results of work performed, including matters referred to prosecuting authorities. It is also responsible for maintaining a system of records of investigations. This position is responsible for carrying out all investigative and related activities of the OIG that are necessary to comply with the intent of the Inspector General Act of 1978 as amended. Major Duties include:

  • Developing and implementing the OIG investigative program, including polices and procedures for OIG investigations;
  • Managing OIG criminal, civil and administrative investigative activities;
  • Supervising the preparation of investigative reports and reviewing reports to ensure that investigations are thorough and complete and that the findings and conclusions stated in the reports are adequately supported by evidence, etc.;
  • Serves as an OIG representative in interagency investigative matters. Maintains close and cooperative relationships with key officials of the Department of Justice and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that investigative matters are fully and successfully coordinated, etc.
  • Develops special examinations of programs and personnel performance to identify and report operating conditions, etc.;
  • The individual is responsible for the direct supervision of OIG's civil and criminal investigative unit. Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of criminal investigative staff; sets priorities and goals, established deadlines, and ensures timely completion of work assignments; assigns work, identifies training needs, approves leave, furthers equal employment opportunities, etc.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel Required: up to 25%.

Relocation Authorized

  • No