Supervisory Criminal Investigator

Washington, D.C
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Full Time


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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Being a Supervisory Criminal Investigator (Director) makes you a valuable member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Office of investigations, Headquarters Operations Division. You will be responsible for planning and coordinating a comprehensive oversight program to ensure the efficiency and economy in the Department's law enforcement bureaus. Allegations may include criminal activities perpetuated by providers of services, contractors, grantees, employees, private individuals and others involving funding by the Department. Typical assignments include:
  • Manages all OIG criminal, civil and administrative investigative activities as well as administrative operations in their assigned areas through subordinate office and unit management.
  • Participates in and advises the AIGI and DIGI in the development and implementation of OIG investigative policies, procedures and programs to allow the Program Office to effectively carry out its mission and meet national policy objectives.
  • Supports the efforts of the AIGI and DIGI in coordinating program activities with the Deputy Inspectors General in other OIG program offices in developing joint projects.
  • Develops strategic efforts that align with and support the HOD strategic plan as established by the AIGI and/or DIGI.
  • Responds to congressional or other data inquiries, and provides position papers and/or briefings to senior management and congressional staff. These special reviews often require quick turnarounds.

Travel Required

25% or less - Overnight travel required ( 7 nights per month)

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state issued driver's license
  • Completion of one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • You will be required to sign a mobility agreement
  • You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness standards


You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level performing duties such as: Specialized experience at this level includes: 1) Overseeing the operational and functional development, implementation, and supervision of the agency's investigative activities; 2) Participating in and advising Senior Leadership (i.e. the DIG and AIGI) in the development and implementation of agency's investigative policies, procedures and programs to allow the Department to effectively carry out its mission and meet national policy objectives; 3) Supporting the efforts of senior leadership (i.e. DIG and AIGI) in coordinating joint efforts with other OIG Program Offices; 4) Responsible for timely completion of the Semi-Annual Report to Congress and other required data requests/reports within INV's responsibility; 5) Managing investigations of major importance which are frequently sensitive or complex and which have a high-level Agency interest; 6) Developing work plans for the most effective utilization of resources; ensuring investigations are pursued, documented, and finalized in accordance with laws and regulations, and OIG policies and standards.

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 06/14/2021of 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 06/14/2021of 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.


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 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 minimum 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 .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/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
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 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
6. You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and or incentive awards.

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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