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Rockville, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

***Like all positions within the OIG, this is a hybrid-telework position, combining virtual work with in-person work. The in-person component involves attendance at the OIG office, located within the NRC Headquarters building (free garage parking), at least three days per week, that is, at least six days per two week pay period, subject to revision by the Inspector General. There is flexibility as to which in-person days are chosen. The person selected for this position will be required to relocate to the Washington, DC metropolitan area within 120 days after accepting the position if residing more than 50 miles from NRC headquarters.***

As a Criminal Investigator for the Office of the Inspector General, you will serve under the direction of the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. You will be responsible for performing such investigations and event inquiries to ensure the integrity of operations of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB). You will be responsible for:

1) investigating of possible violations of criminal laws or regulations and other irregularities in the administration of NRC and DNFSB programs and activities.
2) supporting highly sensitive and highly complex investigative technical matters in legal, engineering or scientific areas.
3) serving as liaison with other key law enforcement and investigative personnel in other departments and agencies.
4) identifying, collecting, examining, and preserving evidence using controlled and documented analytical and investigative techniques.
5) analyzing and summarizing those investigations as they relate to the jurisdiction of the NRC by undertaking and documenting these investigations in accordance with professional standards.
6) handling, reviewing, accessing, and/or protecting classified, sensitive, or other information that, if not protected, could potentially cause exceptionally grave damage to national security.

Notice: Applicants for this vacancy may be considered for similar vacancies (i.e., those having comparable duties, same grade level, and same full performance level) that arise within the OIG.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Tested position.
  • Background investigation leading to a "Q" clearance is required.
  • Successful completion of a Pre-employment Medical Examination
  • Completion of the FLETC Criminal Investigator Training Program
  • Filing of the Confidential Financial Disclosure Report form (OGE-450)
  • This position is covered and subject to prohibited securities rules.

OIG's responsibility for detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse within NRC includes investigating allegations of misconduct by staff whose positions directly impact public health and safety; investigating allegations of failure by NRC management to ensure that health and safety matters are appropriately addressed; and investigating allegations of failure by NRC to appropriately transact nuclear regulation publicly.

Candidates for this position must clearly demonstrate the ability to apply professional administrative, legal, engineering and/or scientific data concepts, theories, and practices to investigate allegations that directly impact NRC's ability to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. In addition, Investigators must have experience conducting criminal investigations in one or more of the following areas:

Whistleblower Retaliation Investigations
Misconduct Investigations
Physical Science
White Collar - Financial Crimes

Specialized experience is experience and training that equipped you with the ability to conduct investigations and/or inspections of allegations to determine violations of laws, regulations, and/or procedures. Specialized experience also includes the ability to prepare concise and accurate reports of investigations, inspections, and/or allegations.

The ideal candidate should possess the following:
  • Thorough and broad knowledge of Federal criminal laws and investigative techniques and procedures in order to conduct professional investigations of violations of those laws or irregularities within the jurisdiction of the NRC OIG.
  • Demonstrated experience in the collection, preparation, documentation, analysis and preservation of physical and documentary evidence.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting complex investigations and preparing concise and accurate written summaries and reports and analysis of investigations in line with good investigative report writing techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable administrative policies, practices and procedures within the Federal Government and the NRC.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with NRC personnel, private industry, law enforcement personnel, Congressional personnel, and other personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare written investigative summaries and reports that are accurate, understandable, thorough, clear, and objective.

  • Candidates are subject to the maximum age of original entry into law enforcement positions with this agency, which is 37, unless they have previous service in a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special law enforcement retirement provisions or are a preference-eligible veteran.

    If selected for this position, you will be required to carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is mandatory.

    You must also successfully complete a pre-employment medical evaluation.

    Candidates must have successfully completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA, as well as other courses as prescribed by the OIG to comply with the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency requirements, unless exempt or waived by the NRC OIG based on previous successful completion of such training. This technical training must be successfully completed according to the standards of the agency. Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Such failure will result in separation by appropriate procedures.


    There is no degree requirement for this position, however, a Bachelor's degree or higher is desired.

    In addition, candidates for this position must have successfully completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, as well as other courses as prescribed by the OIG to comply with the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency requirements, unless exempt or waived by the OIG based on previous successful completion of such training. This technical training must be successfully completed according to the standards of the agency. Failure to meet this requirement shall result in the disqualification of your application .

    Additional information

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via . Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

    Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

    Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from federal service.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero-tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

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