Washington, D.C
Oct 22, 2019
Oct 23, 2019
Full Time


The Consumer Protection Branch is seeking qualified investigators to conduct investigations and develop cases. The Branch pursues both criminal and civil enforcement actions in matters of national importance related to complex consumer fraud schemes, prescription drug diversion, adulterated and misbranded food and drugs, and hazardous products. The Branch works closely with the U.S. Attorney's Offices and investigative agencies throughout the country, including the FBI, DEA, USPIS, and FDA-OCI.

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  • Investigates organizations that are complex in structure and financing with a large number of primary and subsidiary activities and components.
  • Pieces together evidence that comes from other investigations in various locations.
  • Identifies and locates assets and individuals.
  • Uses a variety of data sources to identify trending schemes and fashions an investigative plan to address such schemes.
  • Analyzes and evaluates data and investigative materials, connected with allegations of mass marketing, health care and other fraud involving complex problems areas and novel issues.
  • Analyzes large volumes of data to identify suspicious activities, suspicious patterns, trends, and fraud.
  • Makes determination of what issues merit investigation or examination for various sanctioned activities.
  • Writes reports and summaries of findings and schemes.
  • Prepares a variety of complex reports that included formal analyses and findings for resolving highly difficult investigative cases.
  • Conducts interviews of witnesses.
  • Participates in settlement discussion and testifies at trial.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You must successfully pass a security/background investigation and drug screening.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Selective Service registration is required, see the announcement for full details.
  • You must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process.
  • Additional selections may be made from this announcement, for up to 90 days, if openings occur in this office or other offices serviced by the Civil Division.


To qualify for the position of Investigator (GS-1810-13-14), you must meet the qualification requirements listed below.

To qualify for the GS-1810-13 Investigator, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service which involves extensive planning and coordination with attorneys; collecting and analyzing often conflicting evidence; conducting interviews of victims, witnesses, and suspected violators, and preparing reports of findings.

To qualify for the GS-1810-14 Investigator, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Service which involves gathering information and performing investigations to substantiate alleged or suspected instances or patterns of violations; analyzing facts and drawing conclusions; and reconstructing partial or inadequate records involving financial institutions, email service providers, customers relations management databases, and other records needed for the investigation of cases.

You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/28/2019.
Your resume must support your responses to the questionnaire and qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. See the Required Documents section for important notes about what must be included in your resume.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Other Information:
  • DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:
  • Selective Service: If you were born male, on or after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: .
  • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Our policy can be found at:
  • Schedule A for Persons with Disabilities: Learn more at USAJOBS - Individuals with Disabilities .
  • Preference Eligible Veterans and Military Spouses : Please see USAJOBS Veterans Preference for more details.
  • Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP & ICTAP) : For more information visit: USAJOBS Career Transition Programs

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm ET on10/28/2019), a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted, the information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified for this particular position.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):
  • Investigative Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Documentation requirements may vary from applicant to applicant based on your eligibility claims.
For example, if you are a student using education to qualify (where applicable), a transcript would be required for you, but not for applicants qualifying based on experience alone. Likewise, Veteran documents would be required only from applicants claiming Veteran's Preference. It is your responsibility to carefully review the list of document descriptions below, to see which documents are required for your application.
  • Resume

All applicants must submit a detailed resume !
Your resume must contain detailed information about your past employment, education, and qualifications. You should also include unpaid work experience (volunteer work) as well, we may be able to credit you for this experience.
If you're unsure about what to include in your resume, please review the USAJOBS Resume Writing Tutorial on YouTube.
Your resume MUST include:
(1) official position title,
(2) employer name and contact information,
(3) start and end dates ( including month and year ),
(4) a detailed list of duties & accomplishments,
(5) your highest salary (or grade/step) achieved, and
(6) the number of hours worked per week (or indicate full time).
You are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder , as this will ensure you're including everything that is required.

If you are claiming a Veterans Preference eligibility:
  • When claiming a Veteran's Preference, you must submit your last DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) form, specifically the Member #4 Copy, indicating dates and character of service and discharge type.
  • If you are a V eteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more , you will need to additionally submit the SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference) and a copy of your VA Letter stating your disability rating.
  • If you are the qualifying parent or spouse of a disabled, deceased, or deployed Veteran, and are seeking a derived preference eligibility, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation such as the Veterans DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, and/or Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. See Veteran Family Preference for more information.
  • For more information on each type of Veterans Preference, and the documentation required for each, see FedsHireVets .
If you are a person with a severe disability, claiming eligibility under Schedule A :
  • You must submit "proof of a disability" documentation.
    • "Proof of a disability" is a letter stating that you have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability.
    • You can get this letter from your doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
  • For more information about Schedule A and verification requirements, please see OPM's Schedule A site .
If you are a displaced Federal employee claiming eligibility under CTAP or ICTAP :
  • You must submit your separation notice or agency RIF letter from your agency.
  • If you have not yet been separated, you can provide the letter of intent to separate you from the agency because of reduction-in-force.
  • See USAJOBS' Career Transition Programs for more information.
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