Alexandria, Virginia
Jun 15, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time


Performs: evaluations of the Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations and DoD Law Enforcement Organizations; special investigations and reviews of issues directed by the DoD IG; and case based reviews of criminal investigative matters.

As a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR, GS-1811-13, your typical work assignments may include the following:

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  • Participates in the planning, scheduling, and execution of evaluations and oversight of criminal investigations and special assignments in response to requests by the Inspector General (IG), DoD, the Secretary of Defense, Congress, or other sources.
  • Collects data to identify DCIO strengths and weaknesses, analyzes data to assess problem areas, prepares reports to Congress, DoD and the public which recommend corrective actions, prevention of future problems, and operational effectiveness.
  • Reviews and evaluates policies governing the conduct of DoD criminal investigative operations, reviews DoD-wide and DCIO policy implementation, and directs the efforts of staff, DoD and non-DoD personnel to accomplish evaluations and special reviews.
  • Evaluates DoD-wide policies regarding referral of criminal matters by DoD program officials to the appropriate DoD or other Department or Agency investigative organizations.
  • Writes, evaluates, and oversees policies for DoD program officials and criminal investigative activities regarding coordination of general crimes investigations.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison with commanders, senior officials and staff members of all DoD criminal investigative and law enforcement agencies, and with senior officials and staff in other Departments and Agencies.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 15% for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Position has been designated as Critical Sensitive. Incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • This is an Excepted Service position and an applicant receiving such an appointment does not acquire competitive civil service status.
  • This position requires a pre-employment physical exam and a pre-employment physical readiness test. A physical readiness test is required for the duration of employment.
  • This position requires qualifications to carry and use government-owned firearms as part of assigned duties (as a condition of employment you must maintain this qualification).
  • The applicant selected for this position must be able to qualify and maintain authorization to carry firearms including no current or previous domestic violence charges/convictions.
  • Employees are ineligible for this position if, at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless the conviction was expunged, set aside, or he/she received a pardon.
  • Incumbent must have previously completed Criminal Investigator Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.
  • If you have not previously successfully completed a trial or probationary period with the Federal Government in a similar position, you will be required to serve a two year trial period.
  • May be required to submit a financial disclosure form (OGE-450) at time of appointment and annually.
  • Requires the incumbent to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • Permanent Change of Duty (PCS) expenses is not authorized.
  • Federal employees currently serving in the Competitive Service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the Competitive Service by accepting an offer of employment in the Excepted Service.
  • The incumbent must adhere to the DoD Standards of Conduct.
  • Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DoD OIG.
  • Incumbent will be required to work, or be available to work substantial amounts of unscheduled overtime duty based on the needs of the agency.
  • Compensation for this unscheduled overtime is in the form of a special form of premium pay fixed at 25 percent of the adjusted salary (basic and locality).
  • Applicants who have held a non-temporary General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the time-in-grade restriction.


You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-12 level in the federal service or at an equivalent level. Specialized experience is defined as: the investigation of felony crimes within the military criminal investigative organizations, such as the USACIDC, AFOSI or NCIS, or in another federal investigative organization as an active duty military criminal investigator or 1811 criminal investigator; planning, scheduling, data and evidence collection, and conducting oversight reviews of felony criminal investigations; development of data collection methodologies to identify strengths and weaknesses of criminal investigations; and preparing reports that contain a thorough analysis of data obtained during review.

Experience working with a team comprised of special agents and investigators and other program support staff; ability to make sound technical and administrative decisions under pressure and to meet changing priorities and deadlines; experience in the formulation of policies, procedures, and standards of investigations; ability to communicate with senior staff and supervisors regarding investigative programs; ability to analyze problems, gather pertinent data and make recommendations for solutions; proficient in writing investigative and technical reports; knowledge of governmental budgeting and program management; extensive knowledge of military criminal investigative policy, procedures and techniques.

You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions:

All qualifications and time-in-grade (if applicable) requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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.

Any appointment made under the provisions of this announcement is excepted from competitive civil service and may require the incumbent to serve a trial period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the referral certificate issue date.


There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

Additional information

Working for DoD OIG offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

If applicable, you may apply under the appropriate Special Appointment Authority and be considered for non-competitive appointments. Please see link for definitions of the Special Appointment Authorities:

Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement (5 United States Code 3326.)

This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. Employees are ineligible for this position if, at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless the conviction was expunged, set aside, or he/she received a pardon. The applicant selected for this position must be able to qualify and maintain authorization to carry and use government-owned firearms including no current or previous domestic violence charges/convictions.

This position is considered a secondary law enforcement administrative position and is covered under the special retirement provision for secondary law enforcement positions. The applicant must meet all of the following special retirement requirements: (1) Has moved directly (without a break in service exceeding three days) from a rigorous position to a secondary position; (2) Has completed three years of service in a rigorous position; and (3) If the applicant has served in a secondary position continuously (without a break in service of more than three days) since serving in a primary position. If selected, applicants that meet qualification requirements, but do not meet special retirement coverage requirements, will be placed under the regular Federal Employee retirement coverage.

Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG). Current DoD civilian employees are not required to conduct drug testing if moving from one Testing Designated Position (TDP) to another TDP with no break in service, unless deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis by the gaining Component.

Incumbent must have successfully completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, or another Federal equivalent criminal investigator training program, such as the FBI Special Agent training program or Military Criminal Investigative Organization equivalent. Tribal, State, and local law enforcement academy training does not meet this requirement. Application MUST include a copy of the Certificate indicating completion of the course or completion of the course MUST be annotated on the applicant's DD214.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Oral Communication
  • Product Evaluation
  • Writing

Preview the assessment questionnaire here:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

Your complete application package includes:
  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Resume should include the following: where you worked, job title, series and grade, if applicable, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week and salary;
  • Completed assessment questionnaire;
  • Copy of your Criminal Investigator Training Program Certificate indicating course completion or completion of the course MUST be annotated on the applicant's DD214.
  • SF-50(s) - All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 , Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable. If your most recent SF-50 does not show that you meet the time-in-grade requirements or your competitive status eligibility (see below), you are required to submit additional SF-50's for verification. Failure to submit the required verification documents may disqualify you from consideration.
  • For time-in-grade eligibility: You must include with your application materials evidence of meeting time-in-grade. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates you meet the one-year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level.
  • For competitive status eligibility: (#1 on block 34 of SF50) position occupied. If the position currently occupied is Excepted Service (#2 on block 34 of SF-50), you must provide an SF-50 that provides proof that you've held a permanent position with career or career-conditional status, unless your Excepted Service appointment qualifies you for appointment through an interchange agreement or miscellaneous authority. If currently occupying an excepted service VRA, provide an SF-50 documenting your current Veterans Recruitment Appointment.
      Examples of appropriate SF50's include:
      • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
      • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
      • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
  • NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position and will not be accepted. **Current DoD OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your SF-50(s).
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal received within the last 18 months and signed and dated by your supervisor; If you are a current Federal government employee, you must submit your performance appraisal as indicated or document why it is unavailable. **Current DoD OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your Performance Appraisal.
Any additional documentation that would provide proof of your eligibility category for which you are applying. Required documents are listed next to the eligibility category in the "Additional Information" section above.
Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional form/s and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment. All documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

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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