Criminal Investigator

Washington, D.C
Jan 29, 2023
Jan 31, 2023
Full Time

As aCriminal Investigator, PE-1811-2your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Works within a combined team of investigators, auditors, analysts, attorneys, and methodologists to conduct investigations, inspections, and reviews, covering a wide range of Federal government programs and processes.
  • Collaborates with other investigators in establishing and executing plans for complex and sensitive investigations of alleged violations of federal criminal laws and regulations, with particular emphasis on those that involve potential fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Performs undercover work and mobile or fixed surveillance that includes the use of a variety of electronic surveillance equipment to collect and document evidence.
  • Interviews witnesses, subjects, and informants to solicit information and to collect data.
  • Distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information or evidence, prepares well-defined and well written investigative plans, and drafts reports of investigations and other documentation that support logical and succinct analysis and recommendations, conforming with relevant agency standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Serves as an expert advisor and liaison in developing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders in the Federal government, private industry, state and local law enforcement agencies, and within GAO.
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Conditions of Employment

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.
1. You must be a U.S. citizen
2. You will be required to submit a financial disclosure statement.
3. You must be suitable for federal employment.
4. Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. ( ).
5. Completion of a 2 year probationary period may be required.
6. Medical and Physical Examinations are required.
7. Selectee must have and be able to maintain a valid state driver's license.


You may qualify at the BAND 02 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

To qualify for this position applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band level equivalent to the 1811 series, PE-I (GS-12) grade level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience planning and conducting complex criminal investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of potential fraud, waste and abuse and government corruption; deciphering evidence and information that reconstructs events, sequences and time elements; and advising, assisting and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders within Federal, State and local law enforcement.


This position requires that the selectee has successfully completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) or an equivalent program, such as the program offered to agents from the FBI, DEA and Postal Inspection Service.


The selectee must pass a pre-appointment medical examination by an authorized government physician and meet the physical requirements for this position as required by this agency.

The duties of position in this series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, 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.


You must have reached your 21st birthday to be appointed to this position. This position also has a maximum age restriction. For an initial appointment you should not have reached your 37th birthday. This age restriction does not apply if you are a veteran of a U.S. Uniformed Service or if you are presently or have previously been employed in a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement. Hiring exceptions will be made for veterans' preference eligibles. In order to receive consideration under this announcement, you must include your date of birth in your application package and, if applicable, proof of previous service in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by the special retirement.


This position is covered by the provisions of Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), which is a special form of premium pay fixed at an additional 25% of basic pay (including locality pay). Applicants must agree to work an annual average of two hours extra per day to meet the requirements of LEAP.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This is a bargaining unit position.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit .

Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email .The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one or two-year probationary period.