Criminal Investigator

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Apr 07, 2021
Closes
Apr 15, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In our dynamic environment, the OIG conducts investigations, audits, evaluations, and inspections to enhance program effectiveness and efficiency and to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DHS programs and operations.
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Responsibilities

The position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General (DHS OIG), Office of Investigations of Investigations (INV). The Office of Investigations is responsible for investigating and bringing to the appropriate criminal and civil justice system those individuals and organizations involved in financial, professional, civil, or criminal misconduct relating to Department of Homeland Security programs and operations.

Being a Criminal Investigator makes you a valuable member of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations. Major Frauds and Corruption Unit (MFCU) is a highly specialized unit established to proactively identify and investigate fraud and corruption that poses significant risk and major financial impact to DHS. MFCU leverages a multi-disciplinary team of special agents, analysts, data scientists and forensic auditors/accountants to uncover and investigate high dollar procurement and grant fraud schemes throughout the U.S. and its territories. You will evaluate allegations and evidence, and participate in the planning and conduct of investigations involving illegal and criminal acts (Title 18, U.S. Code) such as bribery, fraud, conflicts of interests, embezzlements and misconduct, by Department employees including senior DHS officials. Typical assignments include:
  • Evaluating assigned investigations. Analyzing initial allegations and recommends the extent of investigative resources required and the necessity for any collateral support.
  • Planning, organizing and personally conducting investigations with regard to a wide variety of allegations received by the Office of Inspector General which typically involve extremely complex, difficult or sensitive criminal or administrative investigations of major importance and high level interest and misconduct allegations involving high ranking officials of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Coordinating major multi-agent cases or investigations, which involve multiple subjects.
  • Preparing concise, logical reports of investigations and summaries, including recommendations for prospective and corrective action for the Office of Investigations.
  • Maintaining liaison with other law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and national levels for purpose of obtaining their cooperation in furnishing information concerning illegal activities involving violations of criminal law related to DHS personnel in the private sector which could assist in ferreting out violations.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain Top Secret security clearance
  • 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 period may be required
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state issued driver's license
  • 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


Qualifications

You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing at least 4 of the following duties:

1) initiating investigations from informant tips or leads; 2) developing evidence involving financial crimes, including contract or procurement fraud, by interviews, documentary searches, surveillance, etc.; 3) participating on multi-agency task forces and working groups involving contract or acquisition fraud and/or financial crime investigations; 4) preparing concise, logical reports and summaries involving major fraud and corruption investigations; 5) maintaining liaison with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and national level as it relates to financial crimes investigations; 6) executing search and arrest warrants pursuant to criminal investigations; 7) testifying in criminal, civil or administrative court proceedings.

Additional Requirements:
    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. This age restriction may not apply to those who have previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by special hazardous duty retirement provisions. Training Requirement: This position requires that you complete or have completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. Retention in the position is subject to successful completion of the training. Firearm Requirement: This position requires you to be authorized to carry a firearm and maintain firearm proficiency. Therefore, it is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment, 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g) (9) and you will be required to verify that you have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Medical Requirement: This position requires you to maintain physical fitness standards set by the agency. Physical stamina, excellent eyesight and hearing, and emotional stability are essential. The duties of positions in the criminal investigator series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather
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 04/12/2021of this announcement.

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 04/12/2021of 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.

Education

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 basic 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 https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11068358 .

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veterans must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under
Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets .)

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

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 https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11068358
3. Are you a current or former federal employee? 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. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information .
5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit a copy of your:
- Agency notice,
- Most recent performance rating, and
- Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
6. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
- Position title
- Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
- Agency
- Beginning and ending dates of appointment
7. Are you a Military Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty relocating or spouse of a disabled or deceased member of the Armed Forces? Submit the following:
- Documentation Verifying Marriage (i.e. Marriage Certificate)
- A copy of your Spouse's Active Military Orders; and
- DD-214 (member 4 copy), "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) or Statement of Service/Proof of Service (in lieu of a DD-214) from your command or local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD).

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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