This position is located in the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG). The incumbent of this position will work within the Office of the Deputy Inspector General of Investigations (DIG INV), Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), mid-Atlantic Field Office located in Alexandria, VA.Learn more about this agency
As a Criminal Investigator, GS-1811-12/13, your typical work assignments may include the following:
- 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.
- Prepare comprehensive investigative reports in order to present complex an conflicting findings in a clear, logical, impartial, comprehensive, and concise manner.
- Advises and/or assists U.S. Attorney's or other prosecutors in the preparation of investigations for presentation to Federal, State or local Grand Juries, and/or appears as a witness before Grand Juries and trial courts in 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 required up to 25% temporary travel (TDY)
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Position has been designated as Critical; incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (TS) security clearance.
- May require travel internationally 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. A physical readiness test is required for the duration of employment.
- This position requires qualifications to carry and use government-owned firearms as part of assigned duties (as a condition of employment you must 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.
- Incumbent will be required to work, or be available to work substantial amounts of unscheduled overtime duty based on the needs of the agency.
- Compensation for this unscheduled overtime is in the form of a special form of premium pay fixed at 25 percent of the adjusted salary (basic and locality).
- If you have not previously successfully completed a trial or probationary period with the Federal Government in a similar position, you will be required to serve a two year trial period.
- Requires up to 25% temporary duty travel (TDY).
- May be required to submit a financial disclosure form (OGE-450) at time of appointment and annually.
- Requires the incumbent to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
- This position requires employees to agree to a Mobility Agreement. Selectees will be required to sign the Mobility Agreement as a condition of employment.
- Permanent Change of Duty (PCS) expenses WILL NOT be paid.
- 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.
- The incumbent must adhere to the DoD Standards of Conduct.
Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Minimum Qualification requirements as noted below.
You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirements:
Specialized Experience: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-11 level in the federal service or at an equivalent level. Specialized experience is defined as: substantive skill in planning and conducting investigations relating to alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal laws; recognizing, developing, and presenting evidence to reconstruct events; sequences, time elements, relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, and conflicts of interest; devising new investigative approaches, techniques and policies; preparing written documentation such as reports, describing evidence, recording facts about persons, objects and events; communicating instructions verbally, presenting case facts and recommendations, conducting interviews and interrogations; assisting other criminal investigators, management, and US Attorneys under the guidance of a senior level investigator.
You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirements:
Specialized Experience: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-12 level in the federal service or at an equivalent level. Specialized experience is defined as: mastery of skill in planning and conducting investigations relating to alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal laws; recognizing, developing, and presenting evidence to reconstruct events; sequences, time elements, relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, and conflicts of interest; devising new investigative approaches, techniques and policies; preparing written documentation such as reports, describing evidence, recording facts about persons, objects and events; communiciating instructions verbally, presenting case facts and recommendations, conducting interviews and interrogations; assisting other criminal investigators, management, and US Attorneys.
Selective Factor: Experience in planning, organizing, and conducting complex investigations involving contract and procurement fraud schemes.
You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp.
All qualifications and time-in-grade (if applicable) requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
Any appointment made under the provisions of this announcement is excepted from competitive civil service and may require the incumbent to serve a trial period.
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.
Position(s) may be filled by displaced Department of Defense (DoD) employees through the Priority Placement Program.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the referral certificate issue date.
This is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officer (FLEO). Candidates without previous FLEO service must be under age 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. This requirement may be waived only for veterans. See OPM Retirement Handbook for further details. The Maximum Entry Age requirement may be waived for applicants eligible for veterans' preference. Applicants previously covered by 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C 412(d) are not restricted from applying.
GS-12 & GS-13 There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.
Working for DoD OIG offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
If applicable, you may apply under the appropriate Special Appointment Authority and be considered for non-competitive appointments. Please see link for definitions of the Special Appointment Authorities:
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.)
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 considered a secondary law enforcement administrative position and is covered under the special retirement provision for secondary law enforcement positions. The applicant must meet all of the following special retirement requirements: (1) Has moved directly (without a break in service exceeding three days) from a rigorous position to a secondary position; (2) Has completed three years of service in a rigorous position; and (3) If the applicant has served in a secondary position continuously (without a break in service of more than three days) since serving in a primary position. If selected, applicants that meet qualification requirements, but do not meet special retirement coverage requirements, will be placed under the regular Federal Employee retirement coverage.
Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG). Current DoD civilian employees are not required to conduct drug testing if moving from one Testing Designated Position (TDP) to another TDP with no break in service, unless deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis by the gaining Component.
Incumbent must have successfully completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, 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.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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:
- Criminal Investigation
- Criminal Law
- Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
- Oral Communication
Preview the assessment questionnaire here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10454730
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Your complete application package includes:
Please send all required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date and they will be uploaded into your application package.
- Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Resume should include the following: where you worked, job title, series and grade, if applicable, 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;
- Completed assessment questionnaire;
- Copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable, which documents current position occupied. If currently occupying an excepted service VRA, provide an SF-50 documenting your current Veterans Recruitment Appointment. 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 will not be accepted.
- Most recent Performance Appraisal received within the last 18 months and signed and dated by your supervisor; If you are a current Federal government employee, you must submit your performance appraisal as indicated or document why it is unavailable.
- 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).
- To claim Military Spouse Preference, submit a copy of the PCS orders (you name must be included on the orders) AND a copy of your marriage certificate. Additional documentation may be required at the time of selection.
- Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): does not apply for Excepted Service positions.
- Any additional documentation that would provide proof of your eligibility category for which you are applying. Required documents are listed next to the eligibility category in the "Additional Information" section above.
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. All documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
Agency contact information
AddressDODIG - DIG FOR INVESTIGATIONS
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: DoD 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 hiring agency directly. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation is made on an individual case basis.
Equal Employment Opportunity: DoD 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/529558000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.