Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (1811)

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 14, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Full Time


Organization Location: Office of the Inspector General.

Interview Expenses: Expenses associated with an interview will be paid.

Relocation Incentive: An NRC or other Federal employee who relocates to Rockville, Maryland from a different geographic (commuting) area may be considered for a relocation incentive.

Relocation Expenses: Expenses associated with relocation will not be paid.

Supervising Executive: Deputy Inspector General and the Inspector General

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NOTE: This vacancy was previously advertised under announcement number: OIG/AIGI-2020-0005. APPLICANTS THAT APPLIED TO THE PREVIOUS POSTING MUST REAPPLY TO THIS VACANCY TO BE CONSIDERED.

As the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (AIGI), you will provide management structure and strategic direction for the OIG investigations program. You will serve as the principal advisor to the Deputy Inspector General (Deputy IG) and the Inspector General (IG) for investigative matters relating to the programs and operations of the NRC and DNFSB (The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is an independent organization within the executive branch of the United States Government, chartered with the responsibility of providing recommendations and advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy regarding public health and safety issues at Department of Energy defense nuclear facilities, and is also under the purview of this OIG.).You will provide executive leadership for all investigative staff and ensure that investigative resources are focused on high impact matters involving NRC and DNFSB programs and operations.

In accordance with the provisions of the Inspector General Act, you will oversee investigative activities designed to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct, by NRC/DNFSB employees and contractors in agency programs and operations and promote efficiency and economy in the programs and operations of these agencies.

You will manage the conduct of criminal, civil, and administrative investigations pertaining to NRC and DNFSB programs and operations. You will assure the investigation of credible allegations and design and implement responsive investigative policies, strategies, and priorities. You will direct and manage a staff that includes criminal investigators, and technical and administrative staff. You will also develop, prescribe and coordinate pertinent investigative policies and guidelines for investigative work conducted at NRC and DNFSB.

You will coordinate and collaborate with the Assistant Inspector General for Audits, as appropriate, to facilitate joint audit-investigation efforts resulting either from audit or investigative activities.

This is a Career-Reserved position in the Senior Executive Service.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required to regional offices, conferences, or licensee facilities.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Background investigation leading to a Q (Top Secret) clearance is required.
  • Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Access Required.
  • Must serve a 1-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Initial & Annual Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) is required.
  • See OTHER INFORMATION for additional requirements.

Maximum Age Restrictions:

Applicants are subject to the maximum age for original entry into law enforcement positions with this agency which is the date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday. Also, considered eligible will be: (a) those applicants who have reached the age limit during the selection process before actual entry on duty or (b) those individuals age 37 through 56 who have previous service creditable under the CSRS or FERS law enforcement provisions sufficient to enable them to retire at age 57 with 20 years of creditable service. For those persons currently covered under the CSRS this position meets the provisions of Title 5 U.S.C., Section 8336(c) (law enforcement). For those persons currently covered under FERS this position meets the provisions of Title 5 U.S.C., Section 8412(d)(law enforcement).

Physical Requirements:

The selectee must pass a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular, mobility of extremities, and other factors), unless already working in a position covered under 5 USC 8336(c) and 5 USC 8412(d), or the selectee works for another Federal law enforcement agency and has passed a physical exam within the previous (3) months. Prior to appointment, the selectee must be determined by an authorized Government physician to be physically fit to perform strenuous and demanding duties such as making arrests, conducting surveillance, and using firearms. Any physical condition that would cause the selectee to be a hazard to oneself or others is disqualifying. The selectee will be required to pass regular medical examinations and maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of the agency.


Highly qualified candidates will have served for at least 1-year in a supervisory Criminal Investigative position at or above the Federal GS-14 level or its equivalent with State or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations. Your application must clearly reflect specialized experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing managerial and supervisory direction to a diverse Federal, State, or local government agency/organization responsible for conducting criminal, civil and administrative investigations deigned to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct that promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level.

Successful candidates will possess significant experience in the field of Criminal Investigations and Law Enforcement that has led to recognized, well-established professional status, including the management of seasoned, experienced, law enforcement professionals. This experience must demonstrate sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communications skills, good judgement, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, your application must show evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability, and that is directly related to the duties of this position and the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Tech. Qualifications (PTQs) listed below. Applicants who do not meet or do not demonstrate possession of the ECQs and PTQs in their application will be eliminated from further consideration.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must submit online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately and are required to respond to all ECQs. Please limit your written statements to no more than two pages per ECQ. You must provide the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of responsible individuals who can verify the information provided for each ECQ.Use the following approach to describe your accomplishments:
  • Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR) Model Use one to two examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. The number of examples is not as important as ensuring that your experience matches the ECQ criteria.
  • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
  • Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
  • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
  • Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

  • Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services you managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. You should use action- oriented leadership words to describe your experience and accomplishments (e.g., Led the development and implementation of...) and quantify your experience wherever possible to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g., number of employees supervised, size of budget managed, amount of money saved, etc.).

    Additional information on the ECQs is available at .

    Example ECQ statements are available at .

    Fundamental Competencies - The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs and should be evident over the course of your required resume: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

    Executive Core Qualifications:
    • ECQ1 - Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.
    • ECQ2 - Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.
    • ECQ3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.
    • ECQ4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.
    • ECQ5 - Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.

    Professional Technical Qualifications: All applicants must submit online written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) of accomplishments that would satisfy the following PTQs. You must address each PTQ separately. Please limit your statements to no more than two pages per PTQ.
    • PTQ1. Demonstrates expert knowledge to direct and implement major criminal investigative policies, programs, and operations. Demonstrates expertise in overseeing the preparation of investigative reports and other significant written materials, including appropriate recommendations to management officials that address relevant, sensitive, or controversial matters.
    • PTQ2. Demonstrates extensive experience in the management of fiscal, human, and material resources, including budget execution; government procurement; and the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of employees. (Your application must clearly reflect specialized exp. in a managerial capacity, including experience addressing inter-personal conflict, differences in opinion on how to manage an investigation, and other management challenges often found within an agency/org. of this type.)
    • PTQ3. Demonstrates extensive experience in conducting complex fraud and economic crime investigations, and managing a program involving complex fraud, waste, abuse, and personnel misconduct matters. Expert Knowledge of investigative techniques, devices, tactics, procedures, rules of evidence, criminal justice system, and Federal criminal laws.
    • PTQ4. Demonstrates extensive knowledge of the functions and jurisdictions of OIG programs and operations, as well as, other Federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. Demonstrates ability to effectively and constructively represent the organization and communicate effectively orally and in writing with senior Government officials, Congressional representatives and staffers, and other relevant public and private stakeholders.


    Applicants for this position must meet the following training requirement:

    Candidates must have successfully completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, GA or equivalent.

    This position authorizes you to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or higher crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (18 U.S.C., Section 922 (g)(9)). Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime or higher of domestic violence are not qualified for this position.

    Applicants for all Criminal Investigator (1811) positions must meet all GS-1811 Criminal Investigator Qualifications Standards, including Medical Requirements, please see (, failing to meet the medical requirements at the time of their initial medical examination and drug test will be considered ineligible for the position.

    Additional information

    • Occasional travel may be required.
    • Expenses associated with interview will be paid.
    • Expenses associated with relocation will not be paid.
    • When NRC OIG determines that, in the absence of such an incentive, it will be difficult to fill the position with a suitable candidate, NRC OIG may offer a relocation incentive to a current Federal employee who is required to geographically move.
    • Veteran's Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
    • Salary for Senior Executive Service positions varies depending on qualifications and the responsibilities of the position.
    • Selected candidate will be subject to a 1-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service unless required probationary period has been served.
    • This position is subject to Public Financial Disclosure Reporting requirements and NRC prohibited securities ownership restrictions. Selected candidate is required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) within 30 days after appointment.
    • The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 287-0712. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
    • Selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
    • A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a "Q" (Top Secret) clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a section 145(b) waiver under the Atomic Energy Act. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you need favorable education verification, and reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a waiver is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.
    • All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, poliitical affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.
    • The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. The individual selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the qualifications for this position. Your application will be evaluated by a rating/ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and undergo reference checks. Recommendation(s) for hire will be forwarded to the appointing authority.

    Unless you have been already certified by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your Executive Core Qualifications must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.

    All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's QRB unless the selectee has previously been certified through successful completion of an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program. An individual's initial SES appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 1-year probationary period. For additional information concerning the SES, visit

    All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. You should expect that we will verify employment history, performance, suitability, security information and take that information into account in making employment offers. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    All applicants must provide the following required documents:

    1. Online resume and responses to vacancy questions, ECQs, and PTQs.

    2. Most recent performance appraisal if you are a current Federal employee

    3. Unofficial College/University transcript(s) (If applicable)

    4. If you are currently serving under a Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointment, or are eligible for reinstatement to the SES on a previous career appointment, please submit a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), that documents your SES career appointment and/or eligibility for reinstatement.

    In addition to the above required documents, non-NRC applicants must provide a copy of a recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or other documentation, that indicates Federal status, tenure, and grade.

    All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

    1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or

    2. Use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or

    3. Use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

    You may also send a copy of your supplemental material directly to Michelle Williams, OIG Human Resources Officer, at

    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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