Job Overview


About the Agency

The NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts audits, reviews, and investigations of NASA programs and operations to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement and to assist NASA management in promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. The OIG consists of approximately 200 auditors, analysts, specialists, investigators, attorneys, and support staff at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, and NASA Centers throughout the U.S.

The Office of Investigations (OI) is seeking an experienced and motivated candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position located at Kennedy Space Center. The Office of Investigations (OI) investigates allegations of crime, cyber-crime, fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct having impact on NASA programs, projects, operations, and resources. OI refers its findings either to the Department of Justice for prosecution or to NASA management for action. Through its investigations, OI identifies crime indicators and recommends effective measures for NASA management that are designed to reduce NASA's vulnerability to criminal activity. As the Criminal Investigator, you will have an opportunity to lead and coordinate criminal investigations.

LAW ENFORCEMENT RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous law enforcement position under the provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 USC 8412(d) (FERS). Thirty-seven (37) years is the maximum entry age for covered primary law enforcement positions to meet the requirement of 20 years of service by the mandatory retirement age of 57. Persons not appointed by the last day of the month in which the individual reaches their 37th birthday shall not be originally appointed or assigned to these positions. Applicants who are age 37 or over may subtract any of their prior federal service that is in approved primary/rigorous positions and that is creditable for retirement from their current age to meet this age requirement. Applicants must provide proof of this creditable service prior to appointment. The maximum entry age may be waived for applicants eligible for veterans' preference.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Satisfactorily complete (or have previously completed) the Criminal Investigation Training Program at Glynco, Georgia, or equivalent federal law enforcement training.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY PAY (LEAP): LEAP in the amount of 25% has been approved for this position.


As a Criminal Investigator in the Office of Investigations, the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Independently plans and conducts significant and complex investigations involving violations of Title 18 U.S. Code, to include but not limited to fraud, bribery, embezzlement, false statements, false claims, collusion, conspiracy, conflict of interest, and theft of government property. Conducts investigations into violations of criminal statutes relating to grant fraud, complex procurement fraud investigations, cost/labor mischarging, defective pricing, defective parts, false certifications, price fixing, bid rigging, and product substitution.

Performs a variety of law enforcement activities such as interviewing complainants, witnesses and suspects. Interrogates subjects and makes arrests. Administers the oath for affidavits, and serves administrative and grand jury subpoenas when it is necessary to obtain documents pertinent to Agency investigative matters. Plans, serves, and executes search warrant operations for the purpose of obtaining evidence, property, and documents relevant to the investigation.

Coordinates with Supervisor on investigations or inquiries requested by Members of Congress, the NASA Administrator, other high-ranking NASA officials, congressional committees, or other Executive Committee members. Plans, organizes, and conducts comprehensive administrative investigations or inquiries involving highly delicate matters, issues, and investigative problems for which there are few, if any, established criteria, in the shortest time frame possible.

Prepares well written investigative reports, with responsibility for presenting necessary aspects of investigation in sufficient detail and with the highest degree of accuracy to aid in supporting possible prosecution and/or administrative or civil action. Presents cases and/or evidence, both orally and in writing, to Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the preparation of cases for presentation to Federal Grand Juries. Testifies as a witness before grand juries, trial courts, or administrative hearings on results of completed investigations.

The duties listed above are for the full performance level, at lower grade levels, the work is performed in a developmental capacity under greater levels of supervision.