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Job Title:  Recent Graduate - Investigator (Labor)
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Office of Labor-Management Standards
Job Announcement Number:  PW-14-BNY-OLMS-136

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$54,035.00 to $70,243.00 / Per Year
Thursday, June 12, 2014 to Thursday, June 26, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - New York, NY   View Map
Eligible recent graduates from qualifying educational institutions. Refer to "Qualifications and Evaluations" section for more information.
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About the Agency

NOTE: USAJOBS will be down on Saturday, June 14th from 12:01 am to 9:00 AM ET. 

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards. This position has promotion potential to GS-12. There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval. This position is inside the bargaining unit. Relocation costs will not be paid. 

This is an appointment under the DOL Recent Graduates program. The program duration is one year. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement. The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period. Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program.


  • 50% or Greater
  • Frequent travel is required.


  • U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to frequent travel. Requires a valid drivers license.


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The Investigator conducts civil investigations of individuals and labor organizations that have or may violate provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). At this level the Investigator provides support to senior investigators by performing developmental assignments leading to the full performance level. The duties listed here are at the full performance level and include but are not limited to: Planning, conducting and completing complex civil investigations, compliance audits, supervised elections, and as assigned, complex criminal investigations under the LMDRA and other related laws. Independently analyzing the operation of large union entities; resolving obstacles to progression of an investigation and overcomes hostility encountered during enforcement activities. Conducting compliance audits of sizeable unions, investigating conflict of interest by union officers and employees and supervising elections of union officers to ensure compliance with LMRDA and other related laws. Resolving challenges to the election process by union members and candidates; preparing reports of the election process, analyzing and making recommendations on the propriety of the election for use before appropriate judicial bodies. Preparing comprehensive, well documented, quality reports of investigative findings; recommending appropriate disposition that clearly substantiates violations in accordance with elements of proof. Initiating and conducting meetings and conferences with parties connected to the investigations. Explaining LMRDA requirements and OLMS investigative procedures to gain access to records and gather information, pertinent facts, and evidence. Researching, investigating, analyzing, and examining accounting and financial records and the structure, philosophies, policies, and operating practices of labor organizations. Work closely with the U. S. Attorneys' and DOL's Solicitors office in preparing cases for prosecution.

The investigator is required to operate a motor vehicle in varying traffic and/or weather conditions as well as varying road conditions and/or hazards.


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To be eligible for appointment, you must meet requirement 1 or 2 below.
1. Completed the requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate program on or after December 27, 2010 (eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014).
2. A veteran who was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during the two-year eligibility period due to a military service obligation, and not more than six years have transpired since I completed the requirements for completion of a diploma, degree, or certificate program.

Eligible applicants must also possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, in the Federal Service; i.e. for the GS-9 the GS-7.  Specialized Experience GS-9: Your resume must demonstrate the application of investigative abilities, e.g., formulating and planning strategies, identifying issues, and conducting investigations; reviewing financial statements and other types of books and records; interviewing key and other supporting witnesses, complainants, and subjects; documenting investigative findings in memos and reports; and assisting in settlement negotiations or in trial preparation; work involving reviewing, analyzing and interpreting labor laws for compliance; investigating allegations of violation of labor laws; and providing advice/guidance to the public on regulatory requirements of labor laws. 

Qualifying specialized experience for this position is work experience that could have been obtained in a civil/criminal investigative position with local, state or Federal government requiring using a wide variety of investigative, auditing, and law enforcement techniques in order to resolve specific high profile or complex civil and criminal cases. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: work performed as an auditor, tax attorney, IRS agent or investigator dealing with financial data and records, accountant, bookkeeper, statistician.

Applicants may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: A Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related. 

You MUST submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.  

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants meeting the eligibility AND minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying the critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for more information): Investigative Skills, Legal Jurisprudence, Analytical Ability, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication and Self Management.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).   Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans’ preference requirements.  Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.


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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.



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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.  FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week).

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date.


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 pm (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.   Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.  Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

- Proof of Eligibility:  Academic transcript or other official documentation from the qualifying educational institution showing that you meet the eligibility requirements for a Recent Graduate appointment, as described in the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement.  If you are claiming extended eligibility due to military service performed during the two-year period following graduation, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing the dates of such service.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click <ahref="">Active Duty)  

- Proof of Qualifications:  Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify, at least in part, on the basis of your education.  See "Qualifications and Evaluations."

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Veterans’ Preference Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Shirley Walcott
Phone: 617-788-2804
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards
JFK Federal Building
Room E-215
Boston, MA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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