INVESTIGATOR (Open Continuous)

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 09, 2019
Sep 17, 2019
Full Time


This vacancy is for an Investigator, open-continuous, position in the Office of Investigations, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Office of Inspector General (OIG). The Office of Investigations conducts investigations into alleged violations of laws, regulations, and other irregularities by employees, grantees, loan recipients or contractors, and reports the results with recommendations for corrective action to Department officials.

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The individual selected for this position will:

*Major Duty 1: Conducts inquiries and investigations involving alleged improprieties by DOC officials, breaches of program integrity, and allegations of whistleblower retaliation. Assures prompt attention to investigations initiated at the request/direction of OIG, the Department, Congress, GAO, etc.

*Major Duty 2: Conducts investigative interviews, record searches and analyses, and obtains sworn statements and documents, where appropriate, from witnesses, complainants and informants, subjects, Governmental officials, and public and private persons at all levels.

*Major Duty 3: Prepares high quality investigative reports, to include appropriate recommendations and analysis.

*Major Duty 4: Establishes and maintains liaison at the highest executive level with program and administrative officials as well as representatives of other federal agencies, local law enforcement agencies, and officials of state, municipal, and private enterprises.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - As condition of employment, the selectee may be subject to a geographic relocation within the United States in order to meet agency needs and must be willing to sign a mobility agreement. Travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be registered with Selective Service if applicable (
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement
  • Drug Testing is Required
  • If your resume is incomplete, you will not be considered for this vacancy.

The selectee will be required to complete a confidential financial disclosure statement upon entrance and on an annual basis thereafter.

The selectee must be able to obtain and retain a TOP SECRET security clearance.

The selectee is required to test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in this position and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter.


Basic Entry Requirement for All Grade Levels:
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including the following, by the closing date:

In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below.

For the GS-11: Fifty-two weeks of experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Knowledge of generally accepted investigative principles, techniques, methods and procedures applicable to administrative investigative function. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.

For the GS-12: Fifty-two weeks of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.- Coordinates with other law enforcement agencies nationwide as required to further investigate situations, individuals, and/or groups. Provides technical guidance and direction by coordinating the staff's activities and, when necessary, reviewing their findings for adequacy of coverage and adherence to investigative policy.

For the GS-13: Fifty-two weeks of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.- Participate in highly sensitive investigations, to include those requested by Congress, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and senior Departmental officials, into alleged violations of noncompliance with requirements of legislation and or administrative policies, rules, regulations and orders.

**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.


Additional information







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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

How You Will Be Evaluated:

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

KSA 1. Knowledge of Federal Law and Investigative principles and techniques sufficient to conduct complex administrative investigations.

KSA 2. Ability to independently plan, conduct, and complete complex administrative investigations sufficient to prepare investigative plans, gather and analyze evidence, and coordinate with investigative components.

KSA 3. Skill in written communications, to include preparing investigative reports in a clear, concise and professional manner, in order to communicate clearly and accurately the results of investigations.

KSA 4. Ability to effectively orally communicate sufficient to interview senior level officials and brief senior managers on complex issues.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents:

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Resume showing relevant experience, cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
  • Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge and/or character of service, VA letter, SF-15 etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements please go to: for more information.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
  • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, graded earned, completion dates, and quarter and semesters hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges and universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.
  • Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - . You must provide a copy of the letter contain the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    You are not required to submit official documentation at this time, copies are sufficient

    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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