Criminal Investigator

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 21, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as a Criminal Investigator and be a proactive member of our team.

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This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations. The incumbent will be responsible for conducting and reporting upon investigations of suspected criminal violations affecting the programs, operations and employees of the GSA consistent with the Inspector General Act of 1978.

As a Criminal Investigator, the incumbent performs the following responsibilities:
  • Plans, coordinates and conducts complex investigations into criminal and civil violations of law and administrative matters relating to GSA programs, operations and employees.
  • Performs investigative activities such as interviewing witnesses and subjects of investigation; executing search warrants, serving judicial process such as subpoenas and summons; reviewing and analyzing voluminous and complex data; conducting surveillance; and obtaining and preserving evidence.
  • Presents investigative results orally and establishes and maintains liaison with investigative and legal personnel in the other Offices of Inspectors General, U.S. Attorneys' Office, and the Federal Bureau of lnvestigations and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Prepares written reports of investigative activities and final reports of investigation pursuant to OIG guidelines.
  • Makes arrests and testifies in court proceedings and administrative hearings.

Travel Required

50% or less - The position requires frequent travel. Selected applicant must be able to acquire and maintain a government-issued travel charge card.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background security investigation required.
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Medical examination (fitness) and drug testing required.
  • Required to carry and maintain proficiency with a firearm.
  • Applicants must apply online via GSAjobs (see "How to Apply" section).
  • Annual Confidential Financial Disclosue Report.

This position is covered by the law enforcement officer retirement provisions, and as such is covered by a mandatory age requirement. There is a maximum entry age of the day before your 37th birthday (except for veterans preference eligibles) for entry into law enforcement office positions. This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers [5 U.S.C. 8336 (c) or 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d)] and has a mandatory retirement age of 57. If you are over age 37, you must have been or currently be covered by the special retirement provisions and be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57.

Per the Lautenberg Amendment, any person who has been convicted of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition.

The selectee will be required to undergo a pre-employment examination and meet the physical requirements for this position. The duties require moderate to arduous physical exertion. Manual dexterity of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips and knees is required. Arms, hands, legs and feet must be sufficiently functioning in order to perform the duties satisfactorily. Good vision and hearing are required. Selectee must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the selectee to be a hazard to him/herself, or others is disqualifying.

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.

NOTE: Merit Promotion candidates must meet time-in-grade restrictions.

This position is a critical-sensitive national security position. The person selected for this vacancy will be required to undergo a single scope background investigation and the GSA security office must grant you a Top Secret national security clearance. If you are not a GSA/OIG employee, you must pass a preliminary background clearance before we can hire you. Once hired, you must receive and maintain a Top Secret clearance, while employed in this position.


Applicants must demonstrate in their resume and responses to the vacancy questions that they meet the basic OPM qualifications as well as qualifications described below. Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position advertised within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet basic minimum qualifications requirements.

Specialized experience:

For the GS-13: To qualify for the GS-13, an applicant must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 levelthat includes work similar to conducting complex procurement fraud investigations; bribery investigations; internal misconduct investigations; criminal conflicts of interest investigations; complex fraud investigations; undercover operations, overt/covert surveillances; waste, fraud and abuse cases in agency programs and operations; and making arrests and participating in search warrants. There is no educational qualification requirement for this grade level.


Additional information

  • This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.
  • Travel and transportation expenses may be authorized for interviews. Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • The position is authorized law enforcement availability pay of an additional 25%. %. The incumbent must work an annual average of 2 or more hours of unscheduled duty per regular workday to be eligible for LEAP. The biweekly maximum earnings limitation for LEO's are in 5 U.S.C. 5547(c) applies to this position.

Conditions of Employment: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Attend and graduate from the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) unless previously completed. An equivalent federal criminal investigator training program, such as the FBI Academy, may be used to satisfy this requirement, if approved by the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations.
  • Satisfactorily complete a 1-year probationary period unless previously completed.
  • Operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid State driver's license is required.
  • Applicants for this position must be physically fit, and emotionally and mentally stable. Prior to appointment, the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician; and submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into the position.
  • Available to work mandatory overtime.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you are found qualified for this position, you will receive a numerical rating (of 70 to 100 points), based on the quality of your experience demonstrated in your responses to the vacancy specific questions, evaluated by an established rating schedule, and substantiated in your resume. Rating scores are not augmented by veterans' preference points for Merit Promotion announcements. Merit Promotion candidates who are determined to be best qualified are referred in alphabetical order. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAJOBS system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

Note: Your responses must be substantiated by the resume submitted. If a determination is made that in responding to the vacancy questions you have rated yourself higher than is evident in your resume, experience, and/or education, your score may be adjusted by a Human Resources Specialist.

The Knowledge, Skills and Ability for this position are:
  • Knowledge of investigative methods, techniques, and approaches, necessary to plan and conduct criminal, civil and administrative investigations.
  • Knowledge of precedent court decisions, criminal rules of evidence, constitutional rights, arrest authorities, and administrative procedures to be followed in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.

  • CTAP/ICTAP QUALIFICATIONS: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the GSA's Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated well qualified to receive priority selection consideration. You must submit the information outlined in the Supplemental Application Material section of this vacancy announcement to receive priority consideration. Applicants eligible for either CTAP or ICTAP will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 85. Further information on CTAP/ICTAP can be viewed at


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Required Documents:

    You must submit ALL required documents before the closing date/deadline to have a complete application. Review the following list to determine which documents must be submitted online. Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: Effective Date, Position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, Tenure Group, Position Occupied Group, and Name of Agency.

    GSA OIG employees who currently hold a position in the Office of the Inspector General are not required to submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. Current GSA OIG employees must complete the online application and resume.

    GSA Employees: Current GSA employees must submit a SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, indicating current position title, series, grade, and career tenure. Generally, SF-50's for awards does not contain this information.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action) or an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: Effective Date, Position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, Tenure Group, Position Occupied Group, and Name of Agency.

    ICTAP / CTAP Eligible: Submit (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50 and (c) most recent performance rating.

    Veterans and applicants claiming veterans preference : You must submit a copy of the applicable Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of applicable active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing the type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment. If you are claiming 10 point preference or Derived Preference (a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), you must submit the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement. A list of documents which serve as acceptable proof of entitlement is indicated on the SF-15 form.

    Active Duty Military Personnel - Submit certification on a letterhead from the appropriate military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

    Current Federal Employees or Reinstatement Eligibles: Submit your latest SF-50. Note: GSA employees (except for OIG employees) are not required to submit an SF-50.

    F ormer Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers: Submit your Description of Service (DOS). Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) should also state their RPCV eligibility on their resume.

    People With Disabilities: Submit proof of eligibility and certification of job readiness. Select the link People With Disabilities for information on eligibility and documentation required.

    Applicants Applying Under Other Appointment Authorities: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.

    College Transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See Application of Qualification Standards at OPM's General Schedule Qualification Policies website for information on crediting education.

    If you have listed any degree or certification on your resume, you must submit a photocopy with your application. If selected, an official/sealed transcript or certificate will be required prior to appointment.

    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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