Criminal Investigator

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 10, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
Full Time


GAO's Forensic Audits and Investigative Service (FAIS) team provides Congress with high-quality forensic audits and investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse; other special investigations; and security and vulnerability assessments. As an agent within FAIS, you will support congressional oversight and interact with high-level congressional contacts and agency officials to assess the integrity or security of operations, programs, and policies across the federal government.

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  • Works within a combined team of investigators, auditors, analysts, attorneys, and methodologists to conduct investigations, inspections, and reviews, covering a wide range of Federal government programs and processes.
  • Collaborates with other investigators in establishing and executing plans for complex and sensitive investigations of alleged violations of federal criminal laws and regulations, with particular emphasis on those that involve potential fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Performs undercover work and mobile or fixed surveillance that includes the use of a variety of electronic surveillance equipment to collect and document evidence.
  • Interviews witnesses, subjects, and informants to solicit information and to collect data.
  • Distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information or evidence, prepares well-defined and well written investigative plans, and drafts reports of investigations and other documentation that support logical and succinct analysis and recommendations, conforming with relevant agency standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Serves as an expert advisor and liaison in developing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders in the Federal government, private industry, state and local law enforcement agencies, and within GAO.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • A 2 year probationary period is required.
  • Financial Disclosure Statement is required.
  • Medical and Physical Examinations are required.
  • Selectee must have and be able to maintain a valid state driver's license.


The selectee must pass a pre-appointment medical examination by an authorized government physician and meet the physical requirements for this position as required by this agency.

The duties of position in this series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.


You must have reached your 21st birthday to be appointed to this position. This position also has a maximum age restriction. For an initial appointment you should not have reached your 37th birthday. This age restriction does not apply if you are presently or have previously been employed in a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement. Hiring exceptions will be made for veterans' preference eligibles. In order to receive consideration under this announcement, you must include your date of birth in your application package and, if applicable, proof of previous service in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by the special retirement.


This position is covered by the provisions of Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), which is a special form of premium pay fixed at an additional 25% of basic pay (including locality pay). Applicants must agree to work an annual average of two hours extra per day to meet the requirements of LEAP.



To qualify for this position applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band level equivalent to the PE-I (GS-12) grade level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience planning and conducting complex criminal investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of potential fraud, waste and abuse and government corruption; deciphering evidence and information that reconstructs events, sequences and time elements; and advising, assisting and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders within Federal, State and local law enforcement.


This position requires that the selectee has successfully completed the Basic Criminal Investigator Course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, or an equivalent course, such as those provided for agents of the FBI, DEA, or Postal Inspection Service.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This is a bargaining unit position.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Selectee may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Selectee will be required to work long hours, which may include evenings, nights, and weekends.

Selectee must have successfully completed the Basic Criminal Investigator Course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, or an equivalent course, such as those provided for agents of the FBI, DEA, or Postal Inspection Service.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one or two-year probationary period.

This position is also covered by the special retirement provisions of Federal Law Enforcement Officer Retirement. Employees subject to special retirement coverage for law enforcement officers must retire at age 57 upon completing 20 years of law enforcement service. If these 20 years of service are not attained by age 57, mandatory retirement is required upon completion of 20 years of service.

NOTE: While this is a primary law enforcement position, because it is within the legislative branch of government, it does not convey law enforcement authorities. Also, this position does not authorize the carrying of a firearm.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the qualification requirements stated above, you will be further rated based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Please make sure that your responses to the vacancy questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume".

All applicants will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) or competencies:
  • Comprehensive and expert knowledge of investigative tactics, techniques, methodology, and procedures to determine the concept to be used to conduct inquiries/investigations. This includes identifying methods of interrogating and interviewing suspects, witnesses, and informants; locating, securing, and assembling documentary evidence; and reconstructing records in the absence of established information.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques for analyzing and measuring the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of federal, state, and local programs and activities.
  • Ability to analyze reports of investigation/inquiry to ensure technical sufficiency; and compliance with professional investigative standards and established laws, rules, and regulations; and readability.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to convey the results of investigative activities, and to participate productively in meetings/briefings with senior management officials to effectively negotiate, justify, and defend potential investigative options and decisions. This includes efficiently summarizing oral interviews and preparing executive summaries and formal Reports of Inquiry/Investigation and GAO reports, as appropriate. By way of definition, oral communication may include methods used by employees with disabilities such as sign language interpretation, text-to-speech or TTY technology, and amplification devices.
  • Ability to gain the confidence and cooperation of others by exercising a high degree of tact, diplomacy, resourcefulness and judgment; ability to report facts clearly, accurately, logically and objectively in both concise written form and oral discussions; and ability to coordinate multiple phases of an investigation, or separate investigations being conducted simultaneously.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty: an official statement of service from your command.

- Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

- If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof disability.

- Proof of successful completion of the Basic Criminal Investigator Course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, or an equivalent course, such as those provided for agents of the FBI, DEA, or Postal Inspection Service.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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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