Senior Criminal Investigator

Washington, D.C
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 12, 2021
Full Time


Established as a statutory office by the Government Accountability Office Act of 2008, GAO's Office of the Inspector General independently conducts audits, evaluations, and other reviews of GAO programs and operations and makes recommendations to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in GAO. The OIG also investigates allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse, including the possible violation of law or regulation within GAO.

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  • Performs complex and sensitive investigations of alleged or suspected criminal and civil law violations, agency rules and regulations, and white collar crime that involves fraud, waste, abuse and government corruption.
  • Prepares detailed reports on investigations involving criminal, civil, or administrative violations. Reports are referred to the Department of Justice or state/local prosecutor for prosecution and/or agency management for administrative remedies.
  • Briefs senior-level OIG and GAO management, Federal, state and local agency officials, Congress members and their staff to coordinate sensitive investigations and discuss investigative results.
  • Interviews witnesses, subjects, and informants to collect data. Distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information or evidence. Issues appropriate subject warnings. Issues documentary subpoenas.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - .

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You may be required to undergo a background investigation.
  • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report.
  • If selected, you must pass a fitness-for-duty examination.
  • This position does NOT authorize carrying a firearm.
  • You will be required to separate on the last day of the month you become 57 or complete 20 years of service if over that age.
  • 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 register.
  • You will be required to complete a two-year probationary period unless you completed a probationary/trial period at GAO after October 1, 1980.
  • This position is NOT eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP).
  • This position's eligible for law enforcement officer (LEO) special retirement provisions.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.


1. You must have experience in a law enforcement position where your primary duties involved investigating, apprehending, or detaining individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States or protecting the personal safety of United States officials.

2. Successfully completed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) or an equivalent basic criminal investigator training program.

3. Applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent in the Federal Service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as:
  • working in an organization with a criminal investigation mission (e.g., Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigative Division);
  • independently issuing and enforcing subpoenas;
  • independently referring cases to prosecutors; and
  • determining appropriate search and seizure activities for an investigation (i.e., search warrants, when to give Garrity and/or Kalkines warnings at subject interviews).

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.

4. If selected, you must pass a fitness-for-duty examination that will assess if you have:
  • Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints;
  • Arms, hands, legs, and feet that are sufficiently intact and functioning to perform the duties of the position;
  • Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction;
  • Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, that is sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters;
  • Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, that does not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels;
  • Emotional and mental stability; and
  • Any physical condition that would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or others.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS: Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

GAO's OIG does not currently have Federal Law Enforcement Authority. Therefore, this position does NOT include Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP). However, the position is covered under Federal Law Enforcement Retirement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume."

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- If you are using your education to qualify (even partially), you must submit a copy of your transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you will be required to provide official transcripts. Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service.

- If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification must be an official statement of service from the armed forces command.

- Current or former federal employees may submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

-Writing sample:
  • Must show your investigatory writing
  • Must be five pages or less
  • A redacted document is acceptable

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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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