Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

Washington D.C.
Mar 04, 2019
Mar 04, 2019
Full Time

75% or less - Overnight travel

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

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  • Must be a U. S. Citizens or National
  • You must pass a medical examination prior to being appointed. This position requires moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with free motion of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must function sufficiently in order for applicants to perform the duties satisfactorily.

    Vision: Near vision, corrected or uncorrected, must be sufficient to read Jaeger type 2 at 14 inches. Normal depth perception, peripheral vision, and the ability to distinguish shades of color-by-color plate tests are required. If you have undergone refractive surgery, you must meet Treasury approved requirements, including documentation that you have passed exam and protocol testing. The earliest the refractive surgery evaluation can be performed is: three months post Laser in Situ Keratomileusis (Lasik); six months post Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). Visual acuity requirements are expressed in terms of the Snellen vision test. Uncorrected distant vision must test 20/200, and corrected vision must test 20/20 in one eye, and 20/30 in the other.

    Hearing: Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 30 decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz ranges. You must be able to hear the whispered voice at 15 feet with each ear without the use of a hearing aid.

    Other Medical Requirements: You must possess emotional and mental stability. Any condition that would hinder full, efficient performance of the duties of this position or that would cause an individual to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others is disqualifying.
    All of the medical requirements MUST be met at the time of initial examination/test. Applicants failing to meet the medical requirements at the time of their initial examination/test will be considered ineligible for the position. 
    Some positions require foreign language proficiency. If you indicate language proficiency, you may be tested to determine if you possess the required level of proficiency.

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE: Provisions of Public Law 93-950 and Public Law 100-238 allow the imposition of a maximum age for original appointments to a law enforcement officer position within the Federal government. The date immediately preceding your 37th birthday is the final date of referral for selection. This age restriction does not apply to those who have previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. Section 8336 (c) provisions and preference eligible veterans.
    GS-07 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience in or related to investigation of criminal violations that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the IRS Special Agent. Experience must have required: (1) the exercise of tact, initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness and judgment in collecting, assembling, and developing facts, evidence and other pertinent data through investigative techniques which included personal interview; (2) the ability to make oral and written reports and presentations of personally conducted or personally directed investigations, examinations, or inspections; AND (3) the ability to analyze and evaluate evidence and arrive at sound conclusions. To be qualifying, this experience must have been acquired in investigative work related to the ACCOUNTING  OR AUDITING OF BUSINESS OR COMMERCIAL PRACTICES OF SUBJECTS INVESTIGATED.

    OR You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: One full year of graduate level education which included or was supplemented by at least 15 semester/23 quarter hours in accounting plus an additional 9 semester/14 quarter hours from  among the following fields: business law, economics, finance, tax law or money and banking.

    OR Superior Academic Achievement provisions:
    -GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study
    -GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in your major field of study or those courses in your major completed in the last 2 years of study
    -Rank in the upper third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or
    -Membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

    NOTE: Superior Academic Achievement is credited only if you have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree which included or was supplemented by at least 15 semester/23 quarter hours in accounting plus an additional 9 semester/14 quarter hours from among the following fields: finance, economics, business law, tax law, or money and banking.

    GS-09 LEVEL:
    You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience in or related to investigation of criminal violations that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. The experience must have been acquired in investigative work related to the accounting, auditing, business, or commercial practices of subject(s) investigated.

    OR You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Two 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education; a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree (i.e.; L.L.B. or JD). AND All of the above education requirements must be supplemented by at least 15 semester hours (or 23 quarter hours) in accounting, AND an additional 9 semester hours 14 quarter hours) from among the following or closely related fields: finance, economics, money and banking, tax law, and business law.

    Examples of specialized experience for grade 7 and 9 include:
    •Leader or member of a military intelligence or criminal investigative team or component in which the principal duties consisted of financial investigation, intelligence gathering, or criminal prosecution.
    •Analyzed or evaluated raw investigative financial data and prepared comprehensive written investigative reports.
    •Investigated complex financial claims involving suspected crimes or alleged fraud.
    •Supervised or conducted interviews or interrogations that involved eliciting evidence, data or surveillance information related to accounting. Investigated computerized business and/or accounting systems and formed sound conclusions as to related criminal business practices and compliance with federal laws and regulations.

    You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    -The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
    -To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.


    Vacancies are located in Criminal Investigation (CI), Field Operations. The vacancies may be filled in any of the following field offices:

    Anchorage, AK; Mobile, Huntsville, AL; Fayetteville, AR; Tucson, AZ; El Monte, Laguna Niguel, Santa Ana, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, CA; New Haven, CT; Washington, DC; Miami, Maitland, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Sarasota, FL; Savannah, GA; Honolulu, HI; Boise, ID; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, IA; New Orleans, Baton Rouge, LA;  Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; St. Paul, MN; Jackson, MS; St. Louis, Town and Country, MO; Billings, MT; Springfield, NJ; New York, Buffalo, Bethpage, NY; Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, OH; Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ok; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, PA; Columbia, SC; Nashville, TN; San Antonio, Austin, TX;  Richmond, VA; Seattle, WA; Milwaukee, WI; Charleston, Bridgeport, Parkersburg, WV; Cheyenne, WY.

    -We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies 
    -This is a non-bargaining unit position
    -We offer opportunities for telework
    -We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules
    -Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements
    -Pay retention may be offered where applicable by law and regulations

    -A three (3) year probationary period with limited appeal rights is required (unless already completed)
    -Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check)
    -Public Trust - Background Investigation
    -Obtain and maintain a moderate risk clearance
    -Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency-Commuting distance for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (Required). For the purpose of availability pay, in accordance with Title 5 CFR 550.182(D) the employing agency must determine that a criminal investigator is generally and reasonably accessible to perform unscheduled duty based on the needs of the agency. The provisions of Treasury Directive 74-06 Home-to-Work Transportation Controls paragraph 3(d) require that special agents reside within 50 miles of their official duty station to be considered for “Home to Work” transportation, which can only be granted or waived by Treasury.
    -If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so
    -Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    -Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position
    -Possess a valid state motor vehicle operator’s license or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and maintain a valid license while you occupy the position
    -File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on
    -Undergo an income tax verification
    -Sign a mobility agreement
    -Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside
    -Complete or have previously completed the course(s) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA
    -Complete a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) by an authorized Government physician and be determined physically fit to perform strenuous physically demanding duties. You will be required to undergo regular physical examinations and to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of this agency
    -Work 50 hours per week per LEAP regulations
    -The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Category A Veteran preference eligibles and CPS veteran regardless of category will be assessed first and once all preference eligibles have been assessed, if additional applicants are needed, non-preference eligibles will be assessed based upon the number of positions to be filled in application date order.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Arithmetic, Accounting,Logical Reasoning,Thinking/Decision Making/Problem Solving, Memory, Learning, Teamwork/Social Skills, Openness to Change, Conscientiousness/Integrity,and Communication (Written and Oral). Category rating (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified) will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Candidates found to be minimally eligible based on your responses to the first set of online questions will then receive an email for an on-line assessment including directions for accessing the assessment website and a unique link to register for your personal testing session. This session consists of online assessments which are pass/fail and includes a Realistic Job Preview video and a job simulation.  Candidates who pass this phase will be invited for a third phase of testing at a proctored test site where you will take additional pass/fail tests, the Special Agent Knowledge and Skill Examination and Writing Sample test. If you pass this phase you may be invited for an interview. All travel required for any phase of the hiring process will be at the applicants’ expense. For more information on each phase of the Special Agent assessment process, please visit the IRS Careers website at

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. During the selection process, applicants may be asked to participate in a selection interview. All travel required will be at the applicants’ expense. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a category B or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

    Test results are valid for 3 years from the date of test administration. If you fail any part of the assessment you will need to wait 12 months from your test date to retake it.

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    Drug test required Yes

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