Fingerprint Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 03, 2021
Closes
Aug 06, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Joining the Secret Service, Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division will allow you to utilize your expertise in fingerprint analysis to support criminal investigations carried out by the Secret Service. For more information on the Secret Service click here.

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Responsibilities

The selectee will serve as Fingerprint Specialist in the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division. Typical work assignments include:
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge of the entry and searching of latent and inked prints in Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).
  • Knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices associated with the processing and development of latent prints to serve as a technical authority for assigned programs and apply technical knowledge of the techniques for the processing and development of latent prints.
  • Ability to advise, consult and assist intelligence and investigative personnel and legal counsel regarding all aspects of handling of physical evidence and material.
  • Providing technical expert guidance and experience in multi-faceted legal court proceedings, expert witness testimony in the latent print discipline, to include trace evidence collection, testifying under direct and cross examination to explain technical procedures, interpret results and findings.
  • Creating illustrative court exhibits using various platforms (digital or photographic).

Apply for this exciting opportunity to impact the the ability of the Secret Service to successfully complete its investigative mission. The Fingerprint Specialist position starts at a salary of $60,129 (GS-09, step 1), with potential to $94,581 (GS-11, step 10).

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - Full Performance Level (FPL)

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.


Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page .
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.


Qualifications

You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

GS-9: You qualify for the GS-9 level (starting salary $60,129) if you possess one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level performing duties, such as: basic knowledge of latent print examination acquired through training and study of the principles, techniques, and processes involved in laboratory examinations; chemical, physical and instrumental techniques; and knowledge of laboratory safety and quality control/quality assurance practices.

OR

Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., or a combination of education and experience.

GS-11: You qualify for a GS-11 level (starting salary $72,750) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level performing duties, such as: participating in chemical, physical and instrumental techniques and exercises to develop and compare friction ridges; preparing laboratory reports of examinations; utilizing a variety of computer hardware and software systems, and training or education in testifying as an expert witness.

OR

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., or a combination of education and experience.

All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) is defined as: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0000/fingerprint-identification-series-0072b/.

National Service Experience: (i.e., volunteer experience) 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.

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF), and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.

2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPF's and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.

3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

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.

Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of 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.

Education

Please see Qualifications section.

Additional information

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage.

In the Secret Service, we:
  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Click here to learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

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.

This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

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.

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Knowledge of procedures, methodologies, and equipment used in the Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation, and Verification of latent and inked prints. Knowledge of the entry and searching of latent and inked prints in Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).
  • Knowledge of procedures, techniques, and equipment utilized in the development of latent prints on a wide variety of surfaces encountered in latent print examinations sufficient to provide quantitative and qualitative results.
  • Knowledge of evidence handling procedures within the boundaries of accreditation standards, agency policies, applicable laws and regulations, and best practices.
  • Knowledge of technical skill to appear in court as an expert witness in latent print case while subject to vigorous cross-examination under adversarial conditions.
  • Knowledge of the technical skill to prepare clear, concise and accurate laboratory reports of latent print analysis.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

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

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
  • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Are you a Veteran? Submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) 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. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.


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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