Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

Washington, D.C
Jun 21, 2019
Jun 28, 2019
Full Time


Joining the Secret Service, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, as a special agent will allow you to perform critical protective intelligence assignments. The special agent position salary is $99,172 (GS-13, step 1), to $128,920 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here .

This position is covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) which is an additional compensation of 25% of the base salary will be added to locality pay.

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We are looking for talented and focused retired Criminal Investigators to assist with unprecedented operational tempo and travel. Criminal Investigators will carry out assignments in protective intelligence and may be temporarily assigned to duty stations throughout the U.S. and other countries. Duties include:
  • Supporting protective operations for various protectees and protected venues by conducting protective intelligence assessments and investigations during both foreign and domestic visits. This will include assignments related to National Special Security Events.
  • Coordinating protective intelligence assessments and investigations across the Secret Service.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel in the United States and other countries will be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Possess a valid U.S. state driver's license.

Conditions of Employment you will be required to:
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Disclose any prior drug use, attempted use, and/or experimentation.
  • Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is 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.
  • Completion of a Reemployed Annuitant Reintegration Course to be held in the National Capitol Region or an abbreviated U.S. Secret Service special agent training course.
  • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
  • Individuals who retired under CSRS or FERS law enforcement special provisions may not be re-hired to a primary/rigorous position after the age of 60. (If hired before the age of 60, the individual can be kept on the rolls after that age. (5 CFR 831.809, CSRS and FERS Handbook, Chapter 100 at Section 100A1.1-2 and Section 100B1.1-1).


You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $99,172) if you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level, which is in or directly related to coordinating difficult and complex protection assignments or staff assignment including but not limited to: covering designated security post at official functions/events and restricting secure areas to authorized personnel; as assigned, keeping in close proximity to designated protectee and taking any measure required to protect his/her life; providing protection while on travel with a protectee; supporting protective operations by interviewing unauthorized individuals attempting to gain access to secure areas to determine whether a security threat exists; and writing associated reports.

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 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.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

In addition to meeting the basic eligibility criteria, ICTAP applicants must be well qualified for the position. Well-qualified is defined as having knowledge, skills, and abilities that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. ICTAP applicants must possess a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria to be eligible for selection.

Those applicants who are ICTAP eligible who are found to be well-qualified for this vacancy will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here .

If your application and supporting documentation does not support your responses to the questionnaire, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

Applicants must successfully complete the following in order to receive final consideration for employment.
  • Security Interview
  • Medical examination;
  • Polygraph examination may be required; and
  • Background investigation (a top secret security clearance) completed/updated as applicable.

Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.


General Medical Requirements:

As determined by the Office of Personnel Management, the duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of fingers, wrist, 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.

Since the duties of this position are exacting and involve the responsibility for the safety of others under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any condition that would hinder full, efficient performance of the duties of this position or that would cause the individual to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others is disqualifying.

There are also specific medical requirements for this position, and any chronic disease or condition affecting the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, nervous, genitourinary, and other systems that would impair full performance of the duties of the positon may also be disqualifying.

Additional information

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

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.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Reemployed annuitants may be eligible for a salary offset (dual compensation) waiver. If a waiver is granted, annuitants will be able to maintain their full retirement annuity in addition to their salary without penalty.

Travel is required for annuitants.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and branding) on the head, face, neck, hand and fingers (any area below the wrist bone).

DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Click here to learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Pursuant to an exception granted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), your application must contain a completed Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to update your OF-306, and to again sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Important! All the information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

Please make sure that you have attached your resume. You will be disqualified from consideration if your resume has not been submitted before this vacancy closes.

Please remember to send all supporting documentation to the HR office for proper consideration.

Thank you for your interest in working for United States Secret Service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Your on-line application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered and deemed eligible. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Knowledge of state and Federal criminal laws, including procedures, regulations, guidelines, and precedents.
  • Ability to apply full range of prescribed protective and investigative procedures.
  • Ability to approach, and detain uncooperative, hostile, evasive, and/or dangerous individuals.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques used to plan and conduct protective operations and advances.
  • Ability to identify and implement information-gathering techniques, and draw conclusions from information collected.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to addressing the job opportunity announcement specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
  • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in detail and in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (proof of your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent.), and your most current SF-50 noting duty location, tenure code, position occupied, highest grade and step, retirement code, and full performance level.
  • Are you a Veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. If a DD-214 is not available, submit certification from the Armed Forces that list the beginning and ending dates of active service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. Click here for more veterans' information.
  • Are you a former Federal Employee? Submit a copy of your retirement SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied, and highest grade and step. If you had service in a Federal Law Enforcement position covered by law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement, the SF-50 must show the retirement code. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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