Investigative Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations (INV). INV has broad jurisdiction over criminal, civil, and administrative investigations of alleged violations of Federal laws, regulations, and policies relating to Department/U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) programs and operations. The incumbent serves as an Investigative Analyst.

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The incumbent serves as an expert Investigative Analyst for INV and s/he is responsible for independently conducting and coordinating complex research, analysis and intelligence projects to assist special agents in ongoing investigations. The incumbent is also responsible for conducting and participating in the analysis of Department /USAGM programs that may be susceptible to waste, fraud or abuse by government employees, contractors or beneficiaries. The incumbent uses varied sources of information from evidence, public or subpoenaed records, intelligence available from or produced by foreign law enforcement agencies, open source databases i.e., LexisNexis, CLEAR, Realquest, World Check, and law enforcement databases (i.e., TECS, NCIC, NADDIS) to carry out duties. The incumbent correlates large amounts of information using the intelligence cycle, and uses the information collected to support investigations and the prosecution of cases or pursuit of civil or administrative judgments.

The incumbent may perform the following duties:

-Conducts complex and difficult investigative analysis and data mining projects in conjunction with the initiation, development, and prosecution of major financial crimes, procurement frauds and public corruption cases (for example, multiple suspect money laundering or contract fraud cases requiring data input via a link analysis software package and using advanced software program capabilities and professional analytical skills to connect suspects to key targets).

-Conducts and/or participates in broad-based investigative analysis projects of specific aspects of investigations involving subject identification, link analysis, or intelligence data summarization and reports for other components of OIG, using resources either on-site or through the Department's data systems.

-Serves as a member of the investigative team, which may require occasional travel; analyzes bank records, financial statements, various transactions, and a wide range of sources of data to identify trends and establish patterns of criminal activity (for example, analyzes bank statements to identify money laundering activities in violation of the Bank Secrecy Act, Section 314(a) of the Patriot Act and other criminal statutes; analyzes Electronic Benefits transactions (such as Worker's Compensation, Social Security, Unemployment; analyzes dialed-number recorder and pen-register data; analyzes information obtained from internet sources and other information systems).

-Conducts complex investigative analysis and intelligence research in support of OIG investigations and provides findings and recommendations orally and in writing (for example, briefing memos or PowerPoint presentations) to the supervisor, OIG management officials, special agents, auditors, evaluators, and inspectors to encourage understanding and acceptance of findings.

-Serves as INV's liaison to the OIG Office of General Counsel, OIG's Special Assistant United States Attorneys, and various Assistant United States Attorneys on complex and broad-based investigative analysis and data mining projects.

-Serves as the primary OIG detailee/liaison to the U.S. Department of Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Serve as the Department's Program Coordinator for FinCEN's 314(a) and Egmont Request program. Conduct proactive research and analysis of FinCEN requests for assistance to identify potential cases for referral to OIG.

-Serves as the OIG detailee/liaison to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's International Contract Corruption Task Force (ICCTF).

-Collects, organizes, and analyzes information related to complex investigations, using state-of-the-art software programs (for example, Bankscan).

-Develops and provides technical training to investigative personnel in support of investigations.

Travel Required

25% or less - The duties of this position may require the incumbent to travel outside the duty station to accomplish the assignment.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Experience conducting complex and difficult investigative analysis and data mining projects in conjunction with the initiation, development, and prosecution of major financial crimes, procurement frauds and public corruption cases.
  • Experience conducting and/or participating in broad-based investigative analysis projects involving subject identification, link analysis, or intelligence data summarization.
  • Experience serving as liaison to the Special Assistant United States Attorney and various Assistant United States Attorneys.
  • Experience collecting, organizing and analyzing information related to complex investigations, using state-of-the-art software programs (for example, Bankscan).
  • Experience developing and providing technical training to investigative personnel in support of investigations.

There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Additional information

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or Decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
  • Ability to conduct a wide range of investigative analysis.
  • Thorough knowledge of current computer applications to conduct data searches, and retrieval techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the Department's/USAGM's mission, programs, and structure; trends and current developments in management functions; procedures and accomplishments of major programs; and the purpose, background, and application of the basic laws, regulations, administrative procedures, and human resources policies and procedures affecting the Department/USAGM.
  • Mastery of, and skill in applying, principles and techniques of investigations, including laws and regulations, with knowledge of Federal criminal statutes and rules of criminal procedure.
  • Skill and ability to access, collect, examine, and analyze data, evidence, and other information from a wide variety of sources.
  • Ability to develop new techniques, legal processes, and approaches

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. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here .

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment

4. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, including the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, or incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

5. All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.

6. All non-competitive eligible applicants must submit proof of eligibility (i.e., SF-50 documenting the full performance level of a position held on a permanent basis).

7. Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA). You must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this job announcement.

For Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4 is preferable) or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans' preference, click here .

If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the current or expected discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered as preference eligible. To gain access to your DD-214 online, click here .

Current Federal employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show that time-in-grade requirements have been met.

For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the Vet Guide .

8. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

9. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

ICTAP Considerations

CTAP Considerations

10. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application. For information related to special hiring authorities for veterans, click here . For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons, click here . If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered.

11. All applicants who are not current Department of State employees must complete, sign, date and submit a Declaration for Federal Employment form (OF-306) with their application. The OF-306 will be reviewed in order to determine applicants' suitability for employment, which may be obtained by clicking here .

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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