Information Sharing Compliance Specialist

Vienna, Virginia
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 09, 2020
IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in the Private-Public Partnerships & Law Enforcement Support Section, Strategic Operations Division, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and carries out duties in connection with Section 314 of the USA PATRIOT Act and HR 3162. The work is concerned with the development and implementation of processes to accomplish compliance with information sharing (IS) processes among financial institutions, regulatory and law enforcement authorities.

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3-Security Clearance: This position has been designated National Security Level III, Critical Sensitive. Applicants must possess a favorably adjudicated Tier 5 level background investigation and have been awarded a Top Secret (TS) clearance. 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 reinvestigation 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.

As an Information Sharing Compliance Specialist, you will:

  • Develop and implement processes, identify and analyze issues and recommend new practices and procedures that support information sharing and enables law enforcement to obtain leads concerning possible terrorist financing and money laundering activities.
  • Serve as an advisor to representatives of financial industry, regulatory partners, the law enforcement community, or organizational managers on complex regulatory compliance issues, FinCEN requirements, or Treasury policies on operational and non-compliance situations for referral related to Section 314(a) and (b) of HR3162.
  • Conduct comprehensive reviews of the FinCEN IS programs for efficiency and effectiveness. Analyze system delivery processes to ensure that IS alerts are communicated to the fullest appropriate group of financial institutions. Conduct research and analysis and discussions with the regulatory and financial communities to identify processes that minimize the delivery failure rates. Review program operations to ensure industry compliance with the regulations. Refer non-compliance situations for resolution by the Strategic Operations Division of to the appropriate Federal financial services regulator.
  • Oversee the Financial Institution Hotline. Analyze data for trends such as same pattern of activity in a certain region; activity involving the same subject entity but received from multiple financial institutions; or previous unknown methodologies detected in the movement of funds.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with the segments of the financial industry subject to IS regulations to obtain and provide information needed to build or rebuild oversight programs; improve or execute organizational activities; interpret and explain information sharing requirements, regulations, and FinCEN policies; resolve technical problems; and discuss industry trends.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

This opportunity is also open to Status eligibles under Announcement 21-FinCEN-23. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

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-13: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Supporting, planning, and coordinating information sharing efforts between law enforcement, regulatory agencies, and financial institutions.

Examples of how that experience could be met include:
- Interacting with officials from law enforcement and regulatory authorities, and representatives of domestic financial institutions, and coordinating investigative and information sharing efforts with these partners regarding money laundering and other financial crimes; or
- Developing and implementing processes to accomplish compliance with information sharing among financial institutions (FIs), regulatory and law enforcement authorities regarding individuals, entities, and organizations engaged or reasonably suspected of engaging in terrorist or money laundering activities; or
- Using the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), USA PATRIOT Act, Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) laws and policy, and/or Department of Treasury Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI) policies to participate in formulating, planning, and directing programs designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) activity; or
- Serving as an advisor to representatives of financial industry, regulatory partners, the law enforcement community, or organizational managers on complex regulatory compliance issues, FinCEN requirements, or Treasury policies on operational and non-compliance situations for referral related to Section 314(a) and (b) of the USA PATRIOT Act; or
- Using all source information to analyze and produce verbal and written communications to and for FinCEN, law enforcement, and regulatory officials, as well as financial institutions representatives in regards to ML/TF cases and the exchange of Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) information.


Additional information

- 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.

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: Administrative Management, Technical, and Communication. 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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

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.) 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 .

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.

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