INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH SPECIALIST (FDNS)
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Every day, our Intelligence Research Specialists represent the organization on committees and working groups; participate in developing and drafting policies, procedures, and guidelines; analyze and evaluate large volumes of intelligence materials.
This position of INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH SPECIALIST (FDNS) starts at a salary of $79,720 GS-13 Step 01 grade level, with promotion potential to$145,629 GS-14 Step 10 grade level. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate, RAIO FDNS Program Branch within the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate, Washington, DC.
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Status candidates may also apply at: CIS-10009945-FDS/FOR
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.
Shift work may be required.
Relocation expenses are authorized if you are a USCIS employee assigned to the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations program and have been approved for rotation from an overseas assignment. Relocation expenses for USCIS employees assigned to an OCONUS location will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.
- Occasional Travel
- Occasional travel may be required.
Selective Placement Factor: You must have proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in the Arabic Language.
GS-12: You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
- Performing legal research and writing on immigration issues to produce reports or legal memoranda
- Analyzing and evaluating raw data to produce descriptive reports
- Applying established intelligence practices to specific problems
- Establishing and maintaining contacts with law enforcement and intelligence organizations
- Experience performing legal research and writing to produce strategic analytical products and qualitative analysis of public benefit programs.
- Applying (and modifying, if necessary) established intelligence practices to specific problems, which involve many variables.
- Preparing descriptive and current reports on immigration fraud trends, national security concerns, and geopolitical conflicts.
- Assisting in identifying key technical issues and evaluating alternatives for complex administrative and technical policies and procedures and participating in the development and drafting of policy, procedures, and guidelines required to accomplish overall or special segments of the intelligence program.
- Identifying immigration benefit fraud trends and patterns through complex analysis of large volumes of data.
- Conducting strategic analysis, including the evaluation, testing, and validation of intelligence research and emerging concepts in the intelligence field.
- Serving as an expert in immigration-related intelligence information, providing briefings to senior level officials and/or congressional offices, and evaluating new concepts in the intelligence field.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity. Please be clear and specific when describing your work history as we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions.
Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
- Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
- Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
- Employer's name and address
- Supervisor name and phone number
- Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
- Start and end dates for each grade/pay level if you've held a federal position.
- Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience)
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 criteria 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 service. Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience.
EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution at these grade levels.
Training: New recruits will attend a 6-week BASIC training program (if not previously attended). 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 either reassignment to a different position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures. FOBTC: Selectees will be required to attend FOBTC (Fraud Officer Basic Training Course). A pre-requisite to this course is attendance at USCIS BASIC (if not previously attended). FFITC: Selectees will be required to attend FFITC (FDNS Field Intelligence Officer Training Course). RAIOCT: If you have not already done so, you will be required to attend the residential, paid RAIO Combined Training course at a USCIS training facility. Depending on the position, the courses may last up to nine weeks, including six weeks of residential training and three weeks of online training. All training must be successfully completed according to the standards of the agency.
Probationary Period:You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement ( 06/21/2017).
Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.
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Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
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