Criminal Investigator - SID

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Arlington, Virginia
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Full Time


The USPS OIG is seeking highly qualified applicants to fill our Criminal Investigator positions in the Office of Investigations, Special Inquiries Division (SID). SID conducts criminal and administrative investigations of U.S. Postal Service executives, USPS-OIG personnel, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service personnel. SID also conducts workplace environment inquiries and whistleblower reprisal investigations.
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All candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 will be considered.

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

This position is being advertised at the Journey Band level, equivalent to a GS-13. The salary range for this position is $79,468 - $103,309. Locality and Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) is authorized. Compensation includes 1811 LEAP coverage in primary position under law enforcement retirement.

Please note - Duty station location is Arlington, VA. External candidates considered for the Arlington location, relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

The successful candidate must be highly motivated and exhibit a high degree of character and demonstrate experience planning, conducting and/or leading complex Federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.
  • Plans, conducts, and/or coordinates criminal, civil, and administrative investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of Federal laws committed by U.S. Postal Service executives, USPS-OIG personnel, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service personnel
  • Conducts investigations using various techniques such as surveillance, interviewing and interrogating, examining files and records, obtaining physical and documentary evidence and undercover assignments.
  • Prepares and issues reports of investigations and summaries of recommendations or findings.
  • Collects, evaluates, and preserves physical and documentary evidence.

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a current or former Federal Law Enforcement Officer classified as an 1811 series Criminal Investigator (or military equivalent)
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period
  • Selectee subject to random drug screenings



You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Must be a current or former Federal Law Enforcement Officer classified as an 1811 series Criminal Investigator (or military equivalent)
  • Completed Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or its equivalent (You must submit a copy of the certification)
  • At least 5 years of experience as a federal law enforcement officer classified as an 1811 series criminal investigator (or military equivalent). NON-QUALIFYING experience includes; security details, intelligence analysis, corrections or guard duty, physical security, and military/security police officer.
  • Demonstrated experience planning, conducting and/or leading complex criminal investigations
  • Satisfactory performance rating on your previous two performance appraisals (Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020). If a performance appraisal is not available, you must submit a written statement stating the reason (You must submit a copy of your latest two performance appraisals)
In accordance with applicable laws, the applicant selected for this position must:
  • Maintain eligibility to operate motor vehicles
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and not have reached 37th birthday at the time of initial appointment to law enforcement position
  • Qualify and maintain authorization to carry firearms, including no current or previous domestic violence convictions
  • Maintain physical, mental and emotional standards and requirements necessary to perform law enforcement assignments
  • Work unscheduled irregular hours with the possibility of personal risk
  • Must be willing to relocate at the direction of management
  • Knowledge of Postal Service Structure, processes, operations, etc.
  • Advanced academic degree or 10 years of related professional experience
Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualification requirements will not be considered.


You must have the experience, knowledge and skills as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration. Include your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements below in your application and resume:
  • Demonstrated experience assisting, planning, conducting complex criminal investigations
  • Demonstrated ability to define problems, analyze alternatives, and recommend solutions to difficult criminal investigative problems or issues
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, facts and circumstances of investigations and analysis which are understandable to management officials
  • Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.


    Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:

    Additional information

    Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:

    Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.

    For more information about these programs visit

    Retirement and Thrift Savings. For more information about these programs see and

    Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.

    Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.

    For further information, please refer to our website at:

    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).

    This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please send an email to The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor; fail to attach all required documentation; if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position; or if you fail to qualify on the interview. Only the top-rated candidates will be referred to a review official or the selecting official for further consideration. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview. Your rating may be further adjusted or rated as ineligible by the review official or the selecting official based on your interview performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision. NOTE: If you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor or on the interview, you will be considered NOT MINIMALLY QUALIFIED for the position and rated ineligible.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Vacancy Announcement 21-94-11133118-DR, by closing date Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

    1. RESUME - Required, when completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT: You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.

    2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. (Required: You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process)

    3. PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL - Required, dated within the last 15 months. This is required from all applicants including Federal, USPS, OIG, and private sector employees. If a PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL is not available, you must submit a separate statement with the reason a performance appraisal is not available. (Required: Upload and save as "Other" document.) NOTE: An SF-50 IS NOT acceptable as a performance appraisal

    4. SF-50 - Required, if you are a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)

    5. UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS which may include:
      Certificates or Licenses, if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document. Veterans Preference Documentation. If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at, and can download a copy of their VA letter from (If applicable to you, you are required to upload each veterans' preference document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document") Reasonable Accommodation Documentation. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found at .

    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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