Criminal Investigator

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 20, 2019
Full Time


About the Position: The position is located in the Arlington, VA office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) with duty, on a long-term temporary duty (TDY) status, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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The incumbent may oversee a team of investigators, lead several investigations concurrently, or manage a single highly complex investigation ensuring proper application of investigative techniques for the accomplishment of all investigative and preventive activities pursuant to Federal Statutes and general office instructions

Conducts extremely sensitive and complex investigations of violations of Titles 10, 15 and 18, United States Code, including contract, program and property fraud, bribery, larceny, embezzlement, collusion, conflicts of interest, anti-trust violations, confidence games, organized crime, money laundering and its effects on larceny of Government property and influence in United States Government (USG) contracting, and other Federal statutes covering fraudulent activities often nationwide or international in scope. Many investigations are the subject of congressional and media interest.

Responsible for independent analysis of preliminary criminal or final investigative reports to ensure compliance with investigative directives, standards, and guidelines; presents oral briefs to Department of Justice attorneys and assists in the assembling and presenting of evidence for subsequent prosecution.

Initiates and maintains a continuing liaison role with U.S. and Afghanistan officials to assure investigative continuity on matters of mutual interest.

Plans, organizes, and conducts covert and overt surveillances; interviews of suspects, complainants and witnesses; administers the oath during affidavits; carries firearms; serves search and arrest warrants and makes arrests when required.

Presents investigative results in a clear and understandable manner to Department of Justice attorneys or the other agencies or offices responsible for the prosecution of crimes or other sanctions under the statutory jurisdiction of SIGAR.

Develops sources of information such as confidential sources, confidential informants and cooperating witnesses in the furtherance and support of criminal investigations. Maintains confidentiality of such sources in accordance with written rules and regulations pertaining to source development and use.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Overseas travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Overseas travel is required. In support of this travel, the incumbent would be required to meet minimum standards of fitness for deployment.
  • This position requires the incumbent to complete a Form SF 312, Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.
  • The incumbent may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Report.
  • This incumbent must be eligible for and be able to maintain a TOP SECRET clearance.
  • Pre-employment and random drug testing is required.
  • If your position is considered emergency essential, failure to remain in your position may result in separation for the efficiency of the Federal Service (Ch. 75, Title 5 USC; FPM Ch. 752)


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Knowledge Requirements:
  • Must have successfully completed a civilian Federal law enforcement investigator training program such as FLETC's Criminal Investigator Training Program or the FBI or DEA New Agent Training Academy.
  • Agent must have acquired a thorough knowledge of criminal investigative techniques and procedures through service as a law enforcement officer whose duties were primarily to conduct and direct the investigation, apprehension, or detention of persons suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States.
  • Position requires a thorough knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Agent must be aware of precedent setting court decisions concerning admissibility of evidence, constitutional rights, search and seizure, and related issues.
  • Skill in recognizing, developing and establishes relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, conflicts of interest, and related matters, in a manner that meets requirements for presentation in court or other legal or administrative proceedings.
  • Knowledge of and/or skill in the following areas: use of firearms; use/development of informants; searching for physical or documentary evidence or leads; using evidence to substantiate findings or conclusions; examining records to detect links in a chain of evidence and/or information; using cameras, tape recorders, etc. to record evidence and documents; using modern detection devices and laboratory services; detecting discrepancies in information and distinguishing between relevant and non-relevant information; taking written statements and preparing reports of investigation.
  • Skill in collection and assembling facts; bringing the investigation to a logical conclusion; presenting facts to Federal prosecutors and assisting them in preparation for trial or hearing.
  • Skill in effectively communicating, in both oral and written form, facts and circumstances in a fashion understandable to others, in reports of investigation, in court or other legal proceedings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current and emerging management/administrative concepts, principles, and procedures in accordance with the IG's views
  • Must maintain firearm certification.
  • Desired Qualifications:

    Experience conducting fraud and corruption investigations in a conflict zone environment, preferably Afghanistan.

    Demonstrated track record as a case agent with multiple successful prosecutions of fraud, corruption and/or money laundering investigations in U.S. District Court.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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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