Criminal Investigator

District of Columbia, D.C
Apr 15, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Full Time


The CNCS/AmeriCorps OIG Investigation Section is responsible for conducting investigations and, bringing to the appropriate criminal and civil justice systems, and administrative systems, those individuals and organizations involved in financial, professional, civil, or criminal misconduct relating to Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)/AmeriCorps programs and operations.
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Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates assigned investigations. Analyzes initial allegations and recommends the extent of investigative resources required and the necessity for any collateral support. Makes recommendations on the basis of such factors as nature and sensitivity of the specific allegation: position held by the suspect official; projected scope of the investigation required: and capability of any additional resources to conduct the investigative support. Analysis and evaluates detailed fiscal documents, databases and program data to ensure compliance with grant provisions and agency regulations.
  • Plans, organizes and personally conducts investigations with regard to a wide variety of allegations received by the AmeriCorps OIG which typically involve complex, difficult or sensitive criminal or administrative investigations of major importance and high level interest and misconduct allegations involving employees, contractor, grantees, members and volunteers. Plans and personally conducts surveillance or undercover work. Apprehends and arrests persons violating U.S. laws and conducts searches and seizures incident to the arrest or when appropriate, by warrant.
  • Under the direction of the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (AIGI) serves as lead case investigator, coordinates investigations, which may involve multiple subjects and/or locations. Conducts peer review of investigative reports and makes recommendations to fellow investigators. Provides technical assistance to other law enforcement personnel by evaluating and discussing investigative problems and by making suggestions.
  • Drafts and prepares concise, logical reports of investigations and summaries, including recommendations for prosecution and corrective action. Participates in the formulation, interpretation, application and execution of plans, policies, standards and procedures affecting the conduct of investigations and activity to deter criminal activity and misconduct by AmeriCorps officials, employees, grantee, contractor, members and volunteers. Prepares reports and testimony supporting the mission, goals and objectives of the Office of the Inspector General to include testifying as a government witness before Grand Juries, in the court (in criminal cases) and at administrative hearings in non-criminal cases.
  • Personally maintains 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 AmeriCorps programs, operations and personnel in the private sector which could assist in ferreting out violations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees
  • Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
  • Must be telework ready
  • Satisfactorily completion a background investigation
  • Physical demands - Irregular, unscheduled hours, degree of hazard and personal risks.
  • Valid U.S. issued driver's license
  • Carrying and usage of a firearm
  • Extra duty provision of 5 USC 5545(a), availability pay for criminal investigators
  • Travel is required at 50% or less of duty time
  • Additional physical and medical requirements are listed


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the mid-upper range of the NY-03 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to the upper range of the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience includes: planning and conducting investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of criminal activity; gathering and analyzing financial data; and collecting and processing document evidence.

In addition to meeting the experience above, applicants must meet both of the following:

A. Training - Satisfactory completion of the basic Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia or an equivalent federal course. (Documentation must be attached to your application package, if not you will not be considered for this position).

B. Maximum Entry Age - Applicants that occupy positions in the 1811 series have a mandatory separation age for retirement. As such, you must meet one of the following: a) not yet reached age 37 by the closing date of this announcement; b) a veteran preference eligible; or c) over the age of 37 and have been or am currently covered by the special Law Enforcement Officer's (LEO) retirement provision and will be able to complete at least 20 years of covered service by age 57.

Failure to meet the requirements above with the supporting documentation will result in loss of further consideration for this position.

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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
  • Accounting Operations
  • Analytical Skill
  • Communication
  • Federal Criminal Law and Rules of Evidence
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Technology Application

Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.

Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:

1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:
1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
  • Documentation of completion of the basic Criminal Investigator Training program at the FLETC or an equivalent federal course
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
  • For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable

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