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    This position is located in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, Investigation Services. This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and guiding a regional investigative program with oversight from a Special Agent in Charge.

    The position requires expert-level knowledge and skills in investigative techniques, theories, concepts, and practices.

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    The Inspector General of the Department of Education heads an independent and objective organization responsible for audit, investigation, and other inspection services related to programs and operations of the Department. The Inspector General provides leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities designed, to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations as well as to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in such programs and operations. The Inspector General is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Department on the above matters and is responsible for keeping the Secretary and Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of the Department's programs and operations and the necessity for and progress of corrective action.

    The Office of the Inspector General consists of the following five components:

    • Immediate Office of the Inspector General
    • Investigation Services
    • Audit Services
    • Management Services
    • Information Technology, Audits and Computer Crime Investigations (ITACCI)

    Investigation Services (IS) is responsible for all investigative activities relating to the Department’s programs and operations and the prevention and detection of fraud and abuse in these programs and operations. IS also conducts, supervises, and coordinates investigations of suspected fraudulent activity by Departmental employees. Investigation Services is responsible for establishing the necessary procedures for coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on all criminal matters dealing with the Department’s programs and operations.

    As a Supervisory Criminal Investigator, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) with the Investigation Services of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the US Department of Education; the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

    - Supervises agents to plan and conduct investigations of fraud, waste, or abuse in programs and operations administered or financed by the U.S. Department of Education, involving contractors, grantees, educational or financial institutions, Department employees, and other individuals.

    - Develops policies, criteria, and procedures for investigations; conducts special projects and analyses in support of IS; and develops and implements training strategies to promote the professional development of Criminal Investigators.

    - As a recognized national expert in investigations, the incumbent receives only administrative direction in performing the work of the position. The position organizes, analyzes, and evaluates documents and evidence, and prepares and submits reports. Investigations cover the entire investigative spectrum from theft, fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, public corruption, or whistleblower reprisals involving Department programs, operations, or funds.

    - This position supervises all staff actions providing advice, guidance and regulatory interpretation of laws, orders, rules, and regulations pertaining to the investigations conducted by the Investigation Services of the OIG. Personally conducts, supervises, and/or oversees all criminal investigations conducted by subordinate staff.

    - Collaborates orally and in writing with other Department officials within OIG to successfully perform the mission of the office; and participates with intergovernmental task forces on program fraud and abuse.  Submits written reports and makes oral presentations for management and/or prosecutors to substantiate or disprove allegations in accordance with standards and timeframes.

    The duties of positions in this series require moderate arduous physical exertion involving walking, running, operating vehicles in dangerous situations; serving subpoenas and search warrants; and making arrests. The work involves high risks with exposure to a wide variety of potentially dangerous situations in which criminal investigators must be able to defend themselves and others against physical attack. The criminal investigator may also have to work long and irregular hours, on weekends, and at night, be exposed to inclement weather, and frequently works outside the office gathering information or performing undercover and surveillance activities. Since duties of these positions are exacting 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.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Travel required is 50% or less for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1811 Criminal Investigation

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