Intelligence Research Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 16, 2021
Closes
May 21, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, Internal Affairs Division in Washington, DC.

The incumbent is involved in performing work in the collection, analysis, evaluation, interpretation, and dissemination of information on conditions, trends, and forces in foreign and domestic areas that directly or indirectly affect the national security.

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Responsibilities

GS-12
  • Serves as a primary source of intelligence information for special agents, through such activities as clarifying the nature of investigative intelligence indicators, providing investigative leads, requesting data to substantiate or verify information, suggesting possible new avenues of investigation, and researching information for use in responding to collateral requests
  • Assembles, collates and analyzes separate pieces of raw intelligence data from a variety of known and unknown sources gathered under known conditions
  • Provides information and advice on significant and critical intelligence trends, developments, and changes in procedures
  • Develops and maintains computerized intelligence databases to meet the specific needs of the division and to generate statistical and relational reports for division managers and for Headquarters programs and projects

GS-13
  • Serves as a subject matter expert for the most complex illegal national and international criminal and gang activity related to firearms, as well as explosives, arson, other criminal activity, and law enforcement intelligence operations
  • Collects, evaluates, analyzes, and extracts information from various sources, sometimes involving raw intelligence, and complies it into useful, finished analytical products, reports, and correspondence
  • Updates long-range estimates, trends, updates collection procedures, and databases to show projections and status of assigned programs
  • Provides briefings to the field division and/or Headquarters staff on results of independent research and long-range projects pertaining to a wide variety of criminal activities, intelligence reports, and procedures to improve laws enforcement intelligence programs and support provided


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 25% or less than a month

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

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 www.sss.gov
  • Time in Grade requirement must be met by the closing date of the vacancy.


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.

Qualifications

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.

To qualify for GS-12 candidates must also have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11.

GS-12

Examples of specialized experience include: Using a variety of intelligence-gathering methods including link analyses, visual investigative analyses, crime mapping and telephone toll record analyses to support investigative operations; Extracting, compiling and analyzing factual information based on requests from special agents; Maintaining and modifying computerized intelligence databases to generate statistical and relational reports; Drafting multiple complex intelligence reports that contain original analysis, conclusions and recommendations. Producing finished intelligence reports based on a review of data from various sources.

To qualify for GS-13 candidates must also have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-12.

Examples of specialized experience include: Using a variety of intelligence-gathering methods including link analyses, visual investigative analyses, crime mapping and telephone toll record analyses to support investigative operations; Extracting, compiling and analyzing factual information based on requests from special agents; Maintaining and modifying computerized intelligence databases to generate statistical and relational reports; Drafting multiple complex intelligence reports that contain original analysis, conclusions and recommendations. Producing finished intelligence reports based on a review of data from various sources.

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 GS-12 salary range starts at $87198.00. The GS-13 salary range starts at $103690.00. If you are a new federal (civil service) employee, your starting salary will be set at the Step 1 for this position and the grade level for which you are selected.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP 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 proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/career-transition/

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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: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition .

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): (for Merit Promotion announcements) VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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 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 www.sss.gov .

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."

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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:

GS-12
  • Knowledge and experience in law enforcement intelligence techniques and operations and demonstrated knowledge and skill in the application of intelligence techniques and analytical methodology to effectively conduct analyses, and interpretations of the intelligence data concerning complex, conspiratorial-type investigations and provide technical advice
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate the relevance, significance, validity, and potential application of information; draw sound conclusions; and recommend alternatives as appropriate
  • Knowledge of the programmatic areas of assignment and overall operational investigative programs
  • Knowledge and understanding of computer systems in order to determine the need for and the design of intelligence databases and procedures and to research, develop, and implement new programs to enhance the intelligence process

GS-13
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the investigative operations, techniques, restriction, and governing laws and regulations to provide appropriate expert advice, guidance and consultation
  • Skill in inductive and deductive reasoning to analyze and evaluate the relevance, significance, validity, and potential application of information
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and conduct large-scale and long-range intelligence projects, direct project work for other IRSs, and consolidate information
  • Demonstrated ability to speak in an effective, persuasive, and tactful manner and demonstrated ability to conduct briefings to high-level officials in ATF, other intelligence agencies, and Federal, State, and local law enforcement organizations

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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
Suitability/Fitness

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. No award SF-50 as it does not show grade and step.
  • Veterans' preference documentation (Member Copy 4 of DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15 https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf and VA letter, if applicable. NOTE: The revised October 2013 SF-15 is the latest copy and all others are not usable.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
  • Schedule A documentation, if applicable. Note: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Qualified applicants with disabilities may be eligible for special hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A eligibility. Please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities or contact the Selective Placement Program Coordinator at 202-648-7454.

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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