To qualify at the grade GS-13 grade level, applicants must have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as 1) Gathering and consolidating data, facts, events, and other intelligence material for use in the detection, apprehension and prosecution of criminal or terrorist activity; 2) Interpreting regulatory guidelines, policies, criminal and administrative statutes, and court decisions to determine procedures and appropriate handling of investigations; 3) Performing investigations of violations or attempted violations of law, suspected criminal or terrorist activities or conspiracies; and 4) Establishing and maintaining liaison or working relationships with other law enforcement personnel, and dealing with individuals and groups who may be hostile, evasive, or dangerous in order to gain cooperation and exchange information.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, acts of terrorism, or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): Incumbent is subject to work unscheduled duty hours and must be available for unscheduled duty based upon the needs of the agency. Therefore, the incumbent is eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) of an additional 25% and is subject to the provisions of the LEAP Act of 1994.
Primary/Rigorous Requirement: Experience in primary/rigorous law enforcement position(s), or equivalent experience outside the Federal government, is a mandatory prerequisite (5 CFR 831.902 & CFR 842.802).
Age Requirement: There is a maximum entry age of the day before your 37th birthday (except for veterans preference eligibles) for entry into law enforcement office positions. This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers [5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. 8412(d)] and have a mandatory retirement age of 57. If you are over age 37, you must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57. Veterans preference eligibles are exempt from this restriction.
Medical Requirements: The satisfactory performance of duties of positions for positions in this series requires moderate to arduous physical exertion including 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. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 30 decibels at 1000 - 2000 Hz and not exceed 40 decibles at 3000 Hz. Since the duties of these positions 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.
Medical Examination: Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties; and pass a medical examination reviewed by an authorized government physician. This position may be subject to periodic incumbent examinations in the future.
Drug Test: Must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position. After appointment, you may be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
Training Requirement: Incumbent must successfully complete the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Criminal Investigator Training Program, or its equivalent.
Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence are not eligible for the position.
Motor Vehicle Operation: Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operators license. Motor vehicles must be driven and managed in accordance with Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Federal Protective Services (FPS) policies and guidance.
Mobility Agreement: This position may require the incumbent to be reassigned to a different geographic location. Accordingly, the incumbent will be required to sign a mobility agreement, which will remain in effect while assigned to this position as a criminal investigator.
There is no substitution of education at this grade level; please do not submit transcripts.
Time-in-Grade Requirements: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows:
Best Qualified Demonstrates better overall or key knowledge, skills, or abilities for a specific position.
Well Qualified Possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position, but does not necessarily meet the definition of best qualified.
Qualified Meets the minimum qualifications standards, including any selective placement factors, for a specific position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents
- Skill in planning and evaluating work operations
- Ability to communicate orally
- Ability to communicate in writing
- Ability to work and maintain effective working relationships
- Spanish Language Items
- Spanish Writing Items
Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligible within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.