Investigative Specialist (Global)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Apr 08, 2021
Closes
Apr 10, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The position is an Investigative Specialist (Global) located in FinCEN's Global Investigations Division (GID). GID investigators use all source intelligence and FinCEN's statutory special authorities under the Bank Secrecy Act to collect information on foreign illicit finance threats (which may occur in fiat or cryptocurrencies) and propose actions - which may affect U.S. foreign policy, international relations and economics - to prevent those threats from accessing the U.S. financial system.

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Responsibilities

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 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.

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14 grade 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 to address illicit finance concerns, which can be denominated in fiat currency, or via other methods such as convertible virtual currency (also known as cryptocurrency), or more broadly, virtual assets.
  • Represents FinCEN in meetings with other Treasury offices focused on illicit finance, as well as in interagency meetings requiring coordination of U.S. Government (USG) actions to counter illicit finance threats. Briefs and secures support from senior government officials, including political appointees of the National Security Council, Department of the Treasury, State Department, Department of Justice, and Federal banking agencies. Meets with target's senior staff and opposing counsel to negotiate FinCEN's impending steps in convincing the target to improve its anti-money laundering controls. Meets with mid-to-high level officials of foreign governments to discuss the impact of using Section 311 of the USA Patriot Act on their economy and socio-political impacts on the country.
  • Drafts, reviews, and edits evidentiary records and decisional memos for decision makers that confirm foreign jurisdiction, institution, class of transactions, or type of account to be of primary money laundering concern. Recommends actions that have potential impact on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, national security, international finance, and international economics.
  • Evaluates the need to impose additional reporting requirements on members of the public including financial institutions, non-financial trades, and businesses by determining the impact of the proposed collection strategically on a vulnerability in the U.S. financial system or tactically on a specific law enforcement investigation or illicit activity.
  • Provides subject matter expertise that may include 1) Financial institution operations; 2) Financial institution products and services; 3) Illicit finance typologies and methods; 4) Illicit finance risk; and 5) illicit finance conducted through convertible virtual currencies (aka cryptocurrencies), or more broadly, virtual assets. Illicit finance may include, but not be limited to, that related to money laundering, proliferation finance, terrorism finance, corruption, transnational organized crime, and/or cybercrime.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 nights per month

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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


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.

Qualifications

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 or equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal service, 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, illicit finance involving cybercrime or cryptocurrencies, etc.); AND
- Identifying information related to illicit finance which supports or negates investigative theories; AND
- Linking information from illicit finance investigations to laws, regulations, or policies which support or negate the need to take actions that may affect U.S. foreign policy, international relations, national security, international finance, and/or international economics.

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Specialized experience for the GS-13 is defined as one year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal service, 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 illicit finance (i.e. money laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing, evasion of financial sanctions, illicit finance involving cybercrime or cryptocurrencies, etc.); AND
- Providing subject-matter expertise and guidance regarding illicit finance.

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Specialized experience for the GS-12 is defined as one year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service, 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 illicit finance (i.e. money laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing, evasion of financial sanctions, illicit finance involving cybercrime or cryptocurrencies, etc.); AND
- Collecting and analyzing operational and strategic intelligence to assess illicit finance threats; AND
- Providing subject matter expertise on financial institutions and/or illicit finance threats to direct economic actions that have potential impact on U.S. foreign policy, international finance, and/or international economics.

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Specialized experience for the GS-11 is defined as one year of experience at or equivalent the GS-09 level in the federal service, 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 obtaining and analyzing evidence regarding actions that relate to illicit finance (i.e. money laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing, evasion of financial sanctions, illicit finance involving cybercrime or cryptocurrencies, etc.); AND
- Maintaining subject matter expertise on one or more geographic portfolios (e.g., Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Central and South America, Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia) on matters related to U.S. foreign policy, international finance, international economics, and/or illicit finance; AND
- Assisting in drafting, reviewing, and editing evidentiary records and/or decisional memoranda for multiple stakeholders and decision makers regarding illicit finance and/or matters related to U.S. foreign policy, international finance, or international economics.

OR you may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:
- Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR
- 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR
- LL.M., if related;

OR you may qualify on a combination of education and experience. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.

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Specialized experience for the GS-09 is defined as one year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal service, 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:

- Analyzing or drafting of evidence related to actions affecting U.S. foreign policy, international finance, international economics, and/or illicit finance.

Examples of such experience might include:
- Assisting with obtaining and analyzing evidence regarding actions that relate to illicit finance (i.e. money laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing, evasion of financial sanctions, illicit finance involving cybercrime or cryptocurrencies, etc.), OR
- Maintaining subject matter expertise on one or more geographic portfolios (e.g. Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Central and South America, Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia) on matters related to U.S. foreign policy, international finance, international economics, and/or illicit finance; OR
- Assisting in drafting, reviewing, and editing evidentiary records and decisional memoranda for multiple stakeholders and decision makers regarding illicit finance.

OR you may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:
- master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR
- 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR
- LL.B. or J.D., if related;

OR you may qualify on a combination of education and experience. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.

Education

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.
- A recruitment incentive may be offered.
- Student loan repayment may be offered.
- We offer opportunities for telework.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- 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: This announcement is issued under the "direct-hire" authority. Consistent with 5 U.S.C. 3304(a)(3) and OPM regulations (5 CFR 337 Subpart B) on direct-hire: All candidates who meet all the qualifications and other eligibility requirements may be referred for consideration. Competitive examining rules providing for rating and ranking and veterans' preference do not apply.

Referral: All qualified & eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.

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
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required
Yes

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 .

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.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: You are not required to submit transcripts for this initial phase of the application process. Candidates will be referred for consideration based on their self-certification. If you are selected for a position which has a positive education requirement (as described in the vacancy announcement) and/or you are qualifying solely on your education, you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency, if you are selected. Refer to the OPM instructions .

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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