Criminal Investigator

Washington, D.C
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 04, 2020
Full Time


Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and U.S. Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

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This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations (INV), which is responsible for overseeing and conducting criminal investigations, and providing related services to the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to ensure the integrity of programs operated or funded by the Department.

You will serve as a Criminal Investigator and as the national Technical Operations Program Manager within the Office of Investigations Digital Forensics and Analysis Unit. In this position, you will have the responsibility of planning and coordinating a comprehensive technical operations program across INV to ensure the efficiency and economy across the Department. Typical assignments include:
  • Managing INV technical operations program, including the procurement, maintenance, and deployment of all technical equipment; oversight over all technical operations; deployment of a video management service; and mentoring and training field technical operations agents.
  • Serving as the technical and programmatic OIG liaison with the Department's law enforcement bureaus for all technical operations activities
  • Supporting technical operations and conducting criminal investigations(s) which may involve classified information or programs preparing detailed written reports of investigation, briefing high level officials on investigative findings
  • Presenting new and novel technical operations solutions requiring an extraordinarily high degree of ingenuity and initiative. Providing direction in implementing these technologies in support of criminal investigative functions and oversight of the Department.
  • Managing and tracking technical operations across all field offices. This includes personally overseeing complex operations on-site, as well as remotely monitoring and supporting the execution of technical operations led by field technical operations agents.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing
  • You will be required to carry a firearm
  • You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness standards
  • Financial disclosure is required
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Completion of one year probationary may be required
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state issued driver's license
  • You must be able to obtain Top Secret clearance
  • You will be required to sign a mobility agreement
  • This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment, 18 U.S.C. Section(g)(9)/Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
  • Age Requirement: Applicants are subject to the maximum entry age into law enforcement positions with this agency, which is the date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday
  • Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): LEAP in the amount of 25% has been approved for this position


You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level performing the following duties: 1) Planning and conducting technical operations, including the installation and operation of pole cams, body wires, fixed and mobile covert cameras, and tracking devices; 2) Writing and reviewing complex technical operations plans in support of criminal investigations.; 3) Processing and analyzing audio, video, and geolocation/surveillance data; 4) Conducting complex criminal investigations, including those involving classified information and programs.; 5) Preparing detailed written reports of investigation and briefing high level officials on investigative findings.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date 12/03/2020

Current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade band in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date 12/03/2020 of this announcement.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position.

DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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 supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Preview the job questionnaire .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume NOTE: For what to include in the resume, click on the link.
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire
3. Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that demonstrates your eligibility for consideration, e.g., length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases); your current promotion potential; proof of permanent appointment if applying based on an interchange agreement; etc.
4. You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and or incentive awards.

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