Special Agent in Charge (GG-15)

Rockville, Maryland
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the Inspector General, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations.

The supervisor is the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations.

This position is non-bargaining unit.

Expenses associated with an interview will be paid; however, expenses associated with a relocation will NOT be paid.

This position is subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.

Salary includes 25% law enforcement availability pay.*

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As the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), you will provide day-to-day supervision for all areas of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigations program. You will share delegated responsibility with the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (AIGI) for the conduct and supervision of investigations relating to the programs and operations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB). You will provide technical advice and assistance to the AIGI, the Deputy Inspector General (Deputy IG), and Inspector General (IG) on all aspects of the OIG investigative program.

You will perform the broadest and most significant type of supervisory, managerial and technical assignments under the general direction of the AIGI, Deputy IG, or IG. You will participate in the development and direction of an investigative program which is comprehensive, effective, and responsive to the interests and needs of the IG and ensures the integrity of both the NRC and the DNFSB daily operations.

Finally, you will work in close coordination with OIG staff and management, senior officials of the NRC and DNFSB, and senior officials from other stakeholder organizations and the Congress, and often represents the AIGA in meetings and other settings.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel to nuclear sites and NRC regional offices is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a Q clearance is required.
  • Pre-employment medical evaluation is required.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience providing supervisory, managerial, technical, and administrative oversight for an investigations program or activities in an Office of Inspector General (OIG) or comparable investigations program, office, or agency, which contributed to the successful detection of fraud, waste, and abuse in an organization's or agency's programs, operations, and/or activities.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Extensive knowledge of Federal criminal laws and investigative techniques and procedures in order to conduct and oversee professional investigations of violations of those laws or regulations with the jurisdictions of an OIG or comparable organization.

2. Expert management skills resulting from a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience overseeing federal law enforcement agents and including the ability to direct assignments, assess and manage performance, collaborate with subordinates on goal setting and work planning, and support professional development for all levels of personnel.

3. Superior interpersonal and communications skills including the ability to interview, negotiate, and brief senior officials and executive personnel at all levels within and outside the organization, and the ability to write and edit detailed law enforcement reports.

4. Superior analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to think strategically and identify investigations programmatic needs and requirements in order to carry out a successful execution of the organization's mission, programs, and projects.

5. Ability to operate with a considerable degree of objectivity and independence.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.

NOTE: If selected for an interview, you may be asked to provide a writing sample in essay form along with an attestation as to its authorship. Additionally, during your interview, you may be required to respond verbally to hypothetical scenarios that reflect real-world issues, problems, and taskings that the OIG SAC may face on a daily basis. Failure to provide a writing sample and/or respond to the scenarios may disqualify you from further consideration.

Candidates are subject to the maximum age of original entry into law enforcement positions with this agency, which is 37, unless they have previous service in a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special law enforcement retirement provisions or are a preference-eligible veteran.

If selected for this position, you will be required to carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is mandatory. You must also successfully complete a pre-employment medical evaluation.


There is no degree requirement for this position, however, a Bachelor's degree or higher is desired.

Candidates for this position must have successfully completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, or have successfully completed a federal training program equivalent to CITP, as well as other courses as prescribed by the OIG to comply with the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency requirements, unless exempt or waived by the OIG based on previous successful completion of such training. This technical training must be successfully completed according to the standards of the agency. Failure to meet this requirement shall result in the disqualification of your application . NO EXCEPTIONS.

Additional information

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Disability.Resource@nrc.gov. Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an Office of Personnel Management special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in an NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

1. CITP transcript or transcript from a federal training program equivalent to CITP. (Mandatory)

2. If you are an NRC employee, you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

3. If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

4. For consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, as amended, (VEOA), submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. You can find additional information about VEOA at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
2. Use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
3. Use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

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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