This position is located with the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG), Office of the Deputy Inspector General of Investigations (DIG INV), Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), and Western Field Office (WFO).Learn more about this agency
The incumbent of this position is a trainee criminal investigator assigned in a developmental capacity to a DCIS Field Office or Resident Agency; receives training and guidance on investigative methodology, techniques and policy; and performs the investigative duties associated with that position. As a Criminal Investigator, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
- Conduct investigations that may result in criminal or civil/administrative prosecution and criminal or civil/administrative penalties.
- Conduct arrests, searches, and seizures in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, pertinent laws, regulations, directives and court decisions; includes collection and the preservation of physical evidence.
- Analyzing allegations, complaints, referrals, and investigations to identity issues involved and the types of evidence need to properly address each matter.
- Preparation of comprehensive investigative reports in order to present complex and conflicting findings in a clear, logical, impartial, comprehensive, and concise manner.
- Advising and/or assisting prosecutors in the preparation of investigations for presentation to Grand Juries, and/or appear as a witness before Grand Juries and trial courts, or participate in other legal proceedings.
- Conducts liaison activities with other internal and external stakeholders and partners, including Federal, State, and local agencies, representing the interests of the employing agency.
- Comply with all existing policies, procedures and guidelines (including the use of force policy) pertaining to use, display, safety and maintenance of firearms and intermediate weapons.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel up to 25% for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Position has been designated as Special/Sensitive; incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) Security Clearance
- May require frequent travel and/or deployment to Southwest Asia.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
- This is an Excepted Service position and an applicant receiving such an appointment does not acquire competitive civil service status.
- This position requires a pre-employment physical exam and a pre-employment physical readiness test (PRT). An annual PRT is required for the duration of employment.
- This position requires qualifications to carry and use government-owned firearms as part of assigned duties (and maintain this qualification).
- The applicant selected for this position must be able to qualify and maintain authorization to carry firearms including no current or previous domestic violence charges/convictions.
- Employees are ineligible for this position if, at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless the conviction was expunged, set aside, or he/she received a pardon.
- Requires 25% of temporary duty travel (TDY).
- Requires the incumbent to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
- If you have not previously successfully completed a trial period with the Federal Government in a similar position, you will be required to serve a two year trial period.
- Incumbent will be required to work, or be available to work substantial amounts of unscheduled overtime duty based on the needs of the agency, and will receive availability pay,
- a special form of premium pay fixed at 25 percent of the adjusted salary (basic and locality).
- This position requires employees to agree to a Mobility Agreement. Selectees will be required to sign the Mobility Agreement as a condition of employment.
- Federal employees currently serving in the Competitive Service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the Competitive Service by accepting an offer of employment in the Excepted Service.
- Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) expenses will NOT be paid.
- Must adhere to the DoD Standards of Conduct.
QualificationsYou must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp (http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp).
GS-07: Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience applying basic inspection, investigation, enforcement, and/or compliance principles, concepts, and procedures; applicable Federal laws and regulations; and practices common to business, public institutions, and other entities in order to select, gather, and organize information from various sources such as databases, witnesses, informants, or Federal, State, and local agencies; perform routine tasks to support the inspection, investigation, enforcement, or compliance process; inspect documents for accuracy and compliance; establish preliminary findings; and prepare reports.
GS-09: Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience applying inspection, investigation, enforcement, and/or compliance principles, concepts, and methodologies; laws, regulations, guidelines, and precedent decisions; requirements of various legal jurisdictions; and practices common to industries and entities regulated by applicable programs. These acquired knowledge and skills must demonstrate skill to independently perform duties such as: identify sources of information to detect illegal activity and document issues or probable cause; conduct investigations using accepted methodology and problem solving techniques; take statements from witnesses, third parties, and other knowledgeable persons; research, analyze, interpret, and evaluate data and information to make appropriate recommendations; and prepare reports and technical information.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definition below:
GS-07: 1 full year of graduate level education from accredited college or university or superior academic achievement (SAA). S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, (2) grade-point average, 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) honor society membership.
GS-09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, LL.B., or J.D. from an accredited college or university that would otherwise substitute for specialized experience.
Combining Education and Experience:
Combined: GS-09 Applicants may use a combination of the educational and experience qualification methods listed above to qualify for this position. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at the GS-09.
Time in Grade: Applicants who have held a General Scheduled (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the second lower grade (or equivalent).
NOTE: Management has the discretion to place selectee at the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level depending on applicant's qualification and the availability of funds.
All qualifications and time-in-grade (if applicable) requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Only experience and/or education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Accreditation: Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html l
Incumbent WILL be required to complete 12 weeks of Criminal Investigator Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, unless incumbent has previously completed this training, or another Federal equivalent criminal investigator training program, such as the FBI Special Agent training program or Military Criminal Investigative Organization equivalent. Tribal, State, and local law enforcement academy training does not meet this requirement. Application should include a copy of the Certificate indicating completion of the course.
Incumbent WILL also be required to complete a 3 - 4 week DCIS-specific Special Agent Training Program course at FLETC within the first year of completing Criminal Investigator Training, but no longer than 2 years of completion.
This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. Employees are ineligible for this position if, at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless the conviction was expunged, set aside, or he/she received a pardon. The applicant selected for this position must be able to qualify and maintain authorization to carry and use government-owned firearms including no current or previous domestic violence charges/convictions.
This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers (FLEO). Position is approved for Primary 6C coverage under the provision of Title, 5 USC, Sections 8336(c) and 8412(d).
There is a Maximum Entry Age (MEA) requirement; Must be under the age of 37. Candidates without previous FLEO service must be under the age of 37. Employees subject to special retirement coverage for law enforcement officers must retire at age 57 upon completing 20 years of law enforcement service under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers. If these 20 years of service are not attained at age 57, mandatory retirement is required upon completion of 20 years of service. See OPM Retirement Handbook for further details. The MEA requirement may be waived for applicants eligible for veteran's preference. Applicants previously covered by Title 5 USC, Sections 8336(c) or 5 USC 8412(d) are not restricted from applying.
Position(s) may be filled by displaced Department of Defense (DoD) employees through the Priority Placement Program.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) does not apply for Excepted Service positions.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the referral certificate issue date.
Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement (5 United States Code 3326.)
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (Knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Ability to provide investigative and/or research support.
- Ability to research laws, regulations, and directives relating to investigations processes.
- Ability to inspect documents, gather data, and prepare reports.
- Written and verbal communications.
You can preview the Assessment Questionnaire here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10223220
Background checks and security clearance
Your complete application package includes:
Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Resume should include the following: where you worked, job title, series and grade, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week and salary;
If using education to qualify, an official or unofficial transcript documenting degree in a related field. Transcript must have name of college/university to prove accreditation. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to your entrance on duty;
A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable, which documents current position occupied. NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) that does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position and will not be accepted.
Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
To claim veterans' preference, submit a DD-214 indicating the most recent dates of service, character of service and type of discharge. To claim 10% or more disability, submit a VA certification letter in addition to a DD-214 (If selected, a completed and signed SF-15 will be required prior to your entrance on duty.). Future military retirees can submit a "Statement of Service" only if retirement DD 214 or proof of transitional leave is not yet available. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable).
Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional form/s and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents above.
Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the vacancy ID number. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.You are highly encouraged to establish a USAJOBS account and submit your application package online so that you can receive status updates. If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.
Agency contact information
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350
You will receive emails at various points in the evaluation process to notify you of: 1) receipt of your application; 2) after further evaluation, whether or not you are referred to the selecting manager for consideration and possible interview; and 3) the final disposition of your application when recruitment is complete.
To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
Reasonable Accommodation: OIG provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the OIG recruiter. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation is made on an individual case basis.
Equal Employment Opportunity: OIG is an equal opportunity employer. Selections for this position are based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other non-merit based factors.
Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.
False Statements: Misrepresentation of your experience or education or otherwise providing false or fraudulent information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
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.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501232500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.