Supervisory Fingerprint Specialist

Beltsville, Maryland
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 14, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Science & Technology Forensic Science Laboratory-Washington Identification Section located in Beltsville, MD.

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  • The incumbent oversees budget development and administration of the Section and ensures that the work fully supports the Bureau's mission.
  • Incumbent provides technical expertise, combined with knowledge of planning and analysis to formulate concepts, direct studies, identify problems, initiate solutions, approve procedures and evaluate results.
  • The incumbent performs the full range of supervisory duties for staff. Incumbent distributes and balances workload among assigned employees and assures timely adjustments to meet changingpriorities.
  • Incumbent prepares employee performance evaluations, promotions and awards, initiates adverse actions, promotions, training and selection for positions, reviews work assignments,advises employees of their progress, and resolves minor grievances and complaints.
  • The incumbent plans, coordinates and administers the quality assurance procedures for fingerprint examinations in the ATF laboratory system in accordance with accepted laboratory standards.
  • Incumbent coordinates periodic reviews of examinations performed by all specialists in the Identification Section.
  • The incumbent maintains state-of-the-art knowledge of the principles and theories of the field by analyzing the most complex types of cases received by the laboratory, such as evidence containing surfaces that require complex chemical analysis in order to develop latent prints and impartial latent fingerprint impressions.
  • Incumbent furnishes depositions or affidavits, testifies in evidentiary hearings, bench and jury trials, and before other adjudicators of fact to support findings and expert opinions.
  • Incumbent anticipates and defends against vigorous challenges to testify under cross-examination.
  • The incumbent is responsible for the laboratory fingerprint training program, including issuance and revision of manuals and instructional materials, and orientation and training of new examiners.
  • Incumbent disseminates technical information updates on collection, packaging and processing of fingerprint evidence to ATF Special Agents.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel 5 nights per month.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • Must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service. See
  • Must sign a mobility agreement as condition of employment

The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

MOBILITY PLAN : New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF's mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.


To qualify for GS-14 candidates must also have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-13.

Specialized experience is demonstrated experience, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Experience must be in the normal line of progression or must be related to the work of the position advertised and must be reflected in resume. Examples of specialized experience include performing complex fingerprint examinations and analyzing the most complex types of cases received by the laboratory, such as evidence containing surfaces that require complex chemical analysis in order to develop latent prints and impartial latent fingerprint impressions. Experience in providing court testimony on the basis of laboratory examinations.

Please do not cut and paste the position description, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume, as this will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:

1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility,
2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and
3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.
To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria.

You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations from ATF's Human Resources Operations Division. Please click on the following link to read important information. DOJ Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color , sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

"Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized."

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. 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.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:

  • Extensive knowledge of the techniques and procedures in the examination and analysis of latent print evidence and materials.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the investigative procedures for effective collection, preservation, and packaging of evidence, as well as other forensic laboratory capabilities.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and facts, both orally and in writing in order to effectively present analytical results.
  • Skill in analyzing issues, overcoming obstacles, fostering teamwork and coordinating the work of several organizational segments or projects.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, step, career or career-conditional tenure dated within the last year, if applicable. Do not provide an award SF-50 as it does show provide the grade and step.
  • CTAP documentation, if applicable.
  • An official college transcript (Note: If you're selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)

It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/ validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement.

Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

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