Investigative Specialist (Global)

Washington, D.C
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 22, 2020
Full Time


The position is an Investigative Specialist (Global) in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's Global Investigations Division (GID). Incumbents investigate foreign illicit finance threats to the U.S. financial system, propose use of FinCEN's special information collection authorities under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) to obtain supporting data, and draft evidentiaries and decision memoranda that compel action by senior government officials to disrupt those threats.

Learn more about this agency


4-Security Clearance: This position has been designated National Security Level IV, Special Sensitive and requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain eligibility for a Top Secret (TS) clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Applicant must meet and continue to adhere to the requirements of a Tier 5 level background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Continued employment with FinCEN is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the Tier 5 level background investigation, the results of which fully meet the FinCEN's special employment criteria. All employees are subject to satisfactory completion of periodic re-investigation and a continuing life style in conformity with applicable national and FinCEN directives. Any unfavorable information developed during an investigation or other official inquiry may result in termination of employment in accordance with established security policies and procedures.

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Conducts investigations and tactical actions against facilitators of illicit financial activity; drafts evidentiary records and decisional memoranda that confirm a target to be of primary money laundering concern; and compels U.S. Government action by proposing special measures that address threats to the U.S. financial system.
  • Constructs and presents case strategies and supportive analyses and interprets and enforces compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Assesses foreign financial institutions and jurisdictions, classes of transactions, and types of accounts for their vulnerability to illicit finance threats, and for deficiencies in anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism programs.
  • Evaluates the need to impose additional reporting requirements on members of the public including financial institutions, non-financial trades, and businesses. Determines the need for and impact of the proposed collection on a vulnerability in the U.S. financial system or tactically on a specific law enforcement investigation of illicit activity.
  • Provides subject matter expertise on illicit finance to inform administrative priorities. This subject-matter expertise may include 1) financial institution operations; 2) financial institution products and services; 3) illicit finance typologies and methods; and 4) illicit finance risk.
  • Negotiates with representatives of other U.S. Government agencies and departments; liaises with national security community; meets with domestic and foreign financial industry representatives, and foreign government partners, to discuss the impact of illicit financial activities and strategies for addressing them.

Travel Required

25% or less - 1-5 nights per month

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment." Click "Print Preview" to review
  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

This opportunity is also open to Status eligibles under Announcement 20-FinCEN-42. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply. This position is also posted at the GS-9 and GS-11 under 20-FinCEN-47, and 20-FinCEN-48-P.

The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience for the GS-14 is defined as one year of experience at the GS-13 level, or equivalent that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Developing and implementing intelligence-driven targeting and investigations of financial crimes (i.e. money laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing, evasion of financial sanctions, etc.); AND
  • Identifying information related to financial crimes which supports or negates investigative theories; AND
  • Linking information from financial crimes investigations to laws, regulations, or policies which support or negate the need to take further action.

Specialized experience for the GS-13 is defined as one year of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Independently managing a portfolio of investigations related to financial crimes (i.e. money laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing, evasion of financial sanctions, etc.); AND
  • Providing subject-matter expertise and guidance regarding financial crimes.

Specialized experience for the GS-12 is defined as one year of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Assisting with the management of a portfolio of investigations regarding financial crimes (i.e. money laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing, evasion of financial sanctions, etc.); AND
  • Collecting and analyzing operational and strategic intelligence to assess suspected financial crimes; AND
  • Drafting, reviewing, and editing evidentiary records and decisional memoranda for multiple stakeholders and decision makers regarding financial crimes.


Additional information

Become part of the team that safeguards the financial system from the abuses of financial crime. At the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we are at the forefront in preventing and detecting terrorist financing, money laundering, and other financial crime. Serve at the nation's financial intelligence unit and protect the United States financial system from criminals and terrorist financiers.

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Relocation expenses: No
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

All candidates will be considered regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, status of a parent, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical/mental disability (if not a job factor), membership, non-membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor. To file a complaint of discrimination, contact FinCEN, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity on (703) 905-5052 or TDD (703) 905-3838.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical, Communication, Teamwork, and Analytical. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, Gold, Silver, or Bronze depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional, but are strongly encouraged .) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .

PLEASE NOTE:This is an open continuous announcement. The open period is 180 days. The initial cut date will be 04/21/2020. Subsequent cuts will be held as additional vacancies arise. Applicants need only apply one time, and if found eligible and qualified, may be considered for all future cuts. Applicants may update their application package at any point during the open period. If you submit your application after a particular cut-off date, your application will be considered on the next cut-off date/period.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

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.

Similar jobs