Criminal Investigator (Office of Inspector General)

Washington, D.C
Sep 17, 2020
Sep 25, 2020
Full Time


This position is part of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Office of Inspector General. The incumbent will be responsible for taking an active role in conducting criminal, civil, and administrative investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of criminal laws.
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  • Plans and conducts criminal, civil, and administrative investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of criminal laws committed by or against PBGC employees or PBGC contractors.
  • Participates in investigations requiring coordination of the investigative efforts by serving as a Team Member or Team Lead, providing assistance as directed to staff of investigative type positions, or leading such staff.
  • Assists Government attorneys in the preparation of grand jury presentations and court cases; serves as a witness in grand juries, criminal and civil courts, and administrative forums.
  • Conducts searches and seizures incident to arrest or by warrant.
  • Receives and handles complaints or other information concerning violations of laws, rules, or regulations or mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade (see Qualifications).
  • Position requires an annual financial disclosure.
  • Position requires initial drug test and subsequent random testing.
  • Position requires an initial and annual physical examination.
  • Position requires possession and maintenance of a valid motor vehicle operator license.
  • Position requires successful completion of the Basic Criminal Investigation Training.


For the GS-13 level, you must meet the following qualifications:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to an expert knowledge and understanding of Federal law enforcement techniques to independently conduct criminal investigations related to violations of Federal laws, fraud, waste and abuse; plan, oversee, and evaluate complex and sensitive investigations; and serve as a lead in coordinating investigative activities.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).A written test is not required.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.

Basic Criminal Investigation Training: Selectee must have successfully completed the Basic Criminal Investigator Training Program course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or equivalent training program such as US Army, Criminal Investigation Command (CID), US Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), or Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). (Please provide proof of completion). Basic Criminal Investigation Training is a condition of employment.

Medical Requirements: The duties of positions in this series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, 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. If selected, you must pass a pre-employment medical examination -- unless you are already working in a position covered under 5 USC 8336(c) with another Federal agency and have passed a medical examination within 2 years.

Firearms Requirement: You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency on a quarterly basis is mandatory. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(g)(9)]. A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term "convicted", as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set aside, or pardoned or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment [Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001].

Lautenberg Amendment: This position is covered by the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence ins not eligible for the position.

Motor Vehicle Operation Requirement: Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's license. Proof of license will be required upon selection.

Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): LEAP is approved for Criminal Investigator positions to compensate employees for unscheduled duty in excess of the 40-hour workweek. As part of this Act, the incumbent is required to work an additional 2 hours per day (10 hour workday) in order to receive the 25% Availability Pay allowance that this Act specifies.

Federal Law Enforcement Officer (FLEO): This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officers (LEO). Candidates without previous LEO service must be under age 37. Those with current or prior federal LEO coverage will be considered only if they can demonstrate that they will have completed 20 years of covered service by mandatory retirement age of 57 (this requirement is waived for qualified preference eligible Veterans). If you have current or prior Federal Law Enforcement Officer coverage you must provide SF-50 proof of previous retirement coverage in addition to your current SF-50 in order to be considered for this position. Failure to provide proof of Federal LEO coverage may result in removal from consideration. Must maintain requirements to qualify for LEO retirement coverage (5 USC 8336(c) and 5 USC 8412(d)).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities
OPM Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities

Telework Suitability:
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment:
Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

This position requires possession of a valid driver's license, therefore such proof is required upon selection.

This position is subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty, and random drug testing while you occupy the position.

If selected, you will be required to obtain, prior to entrance on duty, a physical examination by a licensed physician certifying your ability to perform the duties of this position.

If selected, you will be required to file, prior to entrance on duty, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

Work Schedule:
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

PBGC uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

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:

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

Applicants who applied under vacancy announcement # PBGC-MP-20-10905954EV must reapply under this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. 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 you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Influencing / Negotiating
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
2. SF-50 or DD-214
  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional Eligible: Your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis
3. Other supporting documents:
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
  • SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
  • Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal)
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • Cover letter, optional

Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

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