Criminal Investigator

District of Columbia, D.C
Nov 09, 2019
Nov 12, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in EPA, Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations (OI). YOU MAY APPLY FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATION: Headquaters (Washington, D.C.).

The salary will be commensurate with the duty location.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy

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This position is designated as a "Primary Position" pursuant to 5 CFR 842.802. Primary duties mean those duties of a position that: (a) Are paramount in influence or weight; that is, constitute the basic reasons for the existence of the position; (b) Occupy a substantial portion of the individual's working time over a typical work cycle; and (c) Are assigned on a regular and recurring basis.

Persons serving in this position are covered for purposes of law enforcement retirement by 5 USC 8336 (c).

As a Criminal Investigator in the Office of Investigations, you will:
  • Plan, organize, and conduct complex and sensitive investigations relating to violations of criminal and civil law, and administrative regulations;
  • Perform special investigative projects;
  • Interview witnesses and subjects, administer oaths, provide constitutional rights warnings when necessary, obtain statements, carry firearms in the performance of official duties, make arrests, and execute search and seizure warrants;
  • Work closely with other personnel within the OIG, EPA, law enforcement organizations, and professional business community in investigating and resolving allegations of criminal, civil, and administrative misconduct.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be required to travel up to 25%.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • See requirements under Qualifications Section.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals thereafter.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.

Criminal Investigators - Special Provisions

Medical Requirements: You must be found to be physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties.

Age Requirements: You must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 36 at the time of appointment. In accordance with PL 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirements provisions; therefore, you must be appointed before reaching your 37th birthday unless you presently serve or have previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement retirement-covered position.

Law Enforcement Training: You must successfully complete and pass the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP), OR an equivalent and recognized federal law enforcement training program.

You must carry and regularly qualify with an agency issued firearm. Lautenberg Notice: Title 18 USC, Section 911 (g), automatically disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from being appointed to this position. You must not have been convicted of a felony crime.

Work Schedule: The hours are long and irregular. You must be available at all times, to include holidays. You may also be sent on extended temporary duty station assignments away from your assigned office. You may be reassigned to different duty locations throughout the U.S. based on the needs of the Agency.

You must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle.

You will be required to obtain and maintain a top-secret security clearance.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.


To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have a least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as experience: planning, organizing, and directing investigations (specifically in the areas of financial fraud (i.e., contract or grant fraud), employee misconduct, etc); using required knowledge of criminal investigative techniques, rules of criminal procedures, laws, and precedent court decisions concerning the admissibility of evidence, constitutional rights, search and seizure, and related issues in the conduct of investigations. To be considered qualified your resume must clearly demonstrate, through examples of work, that you meet the specialized experience.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your knowledge, skill, and abilities (KSAs)/competencies in the following areas:
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Surveillance
  • Seizure
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Writing
  • Oral Communication
You do not need to provide a separate response to the KSAs. However, your resume must clearly demonstrate, through examples of work, that you meet the above KSAs.


You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

Additional information

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information

EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information

This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

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This position is not in the bargaining unit.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment 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. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume must clearly show possession of these competencies.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Documents to be submitted on-line:

--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

--Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.

--Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.

--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

--Current and Former Federal Employees: You are required to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) indicating your status eligibility. This SF-50 should include your Position Title, Pay Plan, Occupational Code, and Grade or Level. If you are a current temporary/term employee who previously held a status Federal position, you need to submit your SF-50 which shows your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

--If you are applying for a noncompetitive appointment, you'll need to submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy announcement. If you want to learn more about noncompetitive appointments, visit OPM's web site:

If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site:

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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