Criminal Investigator (DEU)

Washington D.C.
Aug 02, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) advances U.S. national security, foreign policy and economics objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

In the post-9/11 world, the export control challenge is to enable legitimate global trade in U.S. goods and technology, while keeping these items out of the hands of weapons proliferators and terrorists. BIS addresses this challenge through assisting legitimate export traders to comply with export control and antiboycott requirements, preventing violations before they occur, and bringing willful export control violators to justice.

EE works with the Department of Justice to impose criminal sanctions for violations, including incarceration and fines, and with the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security to impose civil fines and denials of export privileges. EE also works closely with other Federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, when conducting investigations or preventative actions.

The Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) works to keep the most sensitive goods out the most dangerous hands. OEE conducts its enforcement operations from Headquarters and nine field locations, in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Jose, and Washington, DC. OEE works cooperatively with the exporting community to prevent violations, and conducts investigations to gather evidence to support criminal and administrative sanctions.

This position is located in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement (EE), Office of Enforcement Analysis (OEA).

This position is concurrently being announced under Merit Promotion (MAP) vacancy number: BIS-OEE-2017-0002. Applicants who wish to be considered under MAP must apply separately.

Applicants applying to this announcement must also apply to the vacancy concurrently being advertised under ITA/FCS Regional Criminal Investigator (Export Control Officer), in Beijing, China, announcement #ITA-FSHR-2017-0007. Please note that if selected for ITA-FSHR-2017-0007, in order to receive reinstatement rights to BIS after completion of the time limited appointment you must apply and be selected for announcement #BIS-OEE-2017-0002 (MAP) or BIS-OEE-2017-0003 (DEU).

A probationary period may be required.

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  • Frequent Travel is required -- greater than 25%

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  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • You may be required to serve a 1-year probationary or trial period.
    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12) or equivalent band in the Federal service by the closing date of this announcement.

    Specialized experience is that which equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and should include ALL of the following work activities such as, but not limited to:

    • Production of leads resulting in law enforcement investigations on potential export compliance violations and coordinating with law enforcement officials to analyze information in support of export enforcement administrative and criminal investigations.
    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.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at

    Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

    LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18 U.S.C. 922 (g).

    FIREARMS QUALIFICATION: The selectee must qualify with firearms authorized by OEE and participate in a recurring qualification course. The selectee is expected to abide by current OEE policies. The selectee will also arm at specific times as required by the supervisor.

    FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The selectee must file an initial and annual OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.

    MANDATORY AGE REQUIREMENT: Applicants who have not previously held a law enforcement position as defined in 5 USC 8331 are subject to a maximum age (37 yrs) restriction in filling this position.

    LAW ENFORCEMENT RETIREMENT: Employees who reach age 50 with at least twenty years of creditable service as law enforcement officers are qualified for law enforcement retirement. Employees who reach age 57 with at least 20 yrs of creditable service as law enforcement officers are subject to mandatory retirement.

    LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY PAY (LEAP): Selectee is entitled to LEAP at 25% of base pay after successful completion of training.

    MANDATORY COMPLETION OF BASIC TRAINING: Selectee must complete or have completed the basic criminal investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA (or equivalent training as determined by the selection official).

    DRUG TESTING: The selectee for this position is subject to random drug testing. The selected candidate must pass urinalysis testing prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.

    MEDICAL/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must undergo testing to demonstrate they possess satisfactory physical abilities necessary to perform the essential tasks of a particular position (defined by OPM) in a safe and efficient manner. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to him/her or others is grounds for disqualification.

    TEMPORARY TRAVEL AND MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR’S LICENSE: Frequent temporary travel may be required. The selectee must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle operator's license.

    MOBILITY AGREEMENT: The selectee for this position must be willing to relocate (change of official duty station) at the direction of management.

    DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" OF-306, prior to being appointed.

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    The selectee will perform the following duties:

    • Receive, develop and evaluate leads, original requests, complaints and allegations from informants, industry, the U.S. Government and other sources.
    • Conduct interviews, interrogations, and examination/procurement of pertinent records.
    • Obtain pertinent records including (but not limited to) sales quotes and invoices, shipping declarations and records, bank/payment information and transaction correspondence.
    • Coordinate findings with other law enforcement agencies, other regulatory agencies, the BIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC), other Department of Commerce (DOC) program areas, and the United States Attorney’s Office, as appropriate, in preparation and prosecution of administrative proceedings and/or criminal prosecutions arising from investigations conducted.
    • Make determinations regarding the completion investigations and resolutions.
    • Summarize and report all investigative activities in a clear, logical, and impartial manner.

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