Criminal Investigator

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 14, 2021
Closes
Sep 16, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders.
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Responsibilities

This position is located within the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of Law Enforcement and Security in Washington, DC.

Secondary Law Enforcement Coverage: This position is approved for Secondary Law Enforcement coverage under 5 U.S.C. 8331(20) and 8401(17). Previous experience in a primary (rigorous) law enforcement position, or equivalent outside the Federal Government is a prerequisite. Coverage is extended only if this position immediately follows service in a law enforcement position. FERS applicants for this position must have completed three (3) years of service in a rigorous position (AKS primary position) in order to continue coverage upon selection.

Federal Law Enforcement Officer: This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officer (FLEO). Candidates without previous FLEO service must be under age 37. Employees subject to special retirement coverage for law enforcement officers must retire at 57 upon completing 20 years of law enforcement service under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers. If these 20 years of service are not attained at age 57, mandatory retirement is required upon completion of 20 years of service.

This position is covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP). An additional compensation rate of 25% (subject to statutory limitations) will be added to the locality salary after successful completion of all mandatory training requirements.

At the full performance level (GS-14), the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Responsible for independent planning, organization, accomplishment and presentation of the work assigned. Incumbent is expected to prioritize tasks and should expect that priorities and tasks may change unexpectedly due to emerging circumstances and issues requiring immediate attention.
  • Directs and coordinates law and drug enforcement and security activities, law enforcement response operations, and, employee/visitor safety and health, physical security management, and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Oversees the administration of bureau internal affairs programs and related investigations. Conducts a thorough review of incidents involving the use of deadly force by DOI law enforcement officers.
  • Develops Department-level policy for law enforcement, security, and intelligence programs, ensuring that policies comply with legal and regulatory requirements, reduce risk and liabilities Department-wide. Serves as the recognized technical authority on law enforcement and security policies and procedures within the Department.
  • Monitors programmatic compliance to Department policies. Conducts reviews on the effectiveness of the law enforcement and security programs and practices within the Department and its bureaus.
  • Maintains a close working relationship with bureau law enforcement and security program leaders, the Solicitor, and Inspector General. Serves as a Departmental point of contact and advocate for law enforcement and security programs.
  • Serves as an Emergency Management Coordinator and works closely with the Office of Emergency Management during periods of heighted national security and other major events and incidents.
  • Salary Range Information:
    GS-13: $103,690 - $134,798
    GS-14: $122,530 - $159,286
    First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

    The OLES has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval..

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Incumbent is a commissioned law enforcement officer and will be required to carry and use firearms in the performance of their law enforcement duties. Incumbent will be required to participate in firearms training and qualifications, as well as physical standards and training consistent with Departmental law enforcement requirements.

    This position is Critical-Sensitive. The incumbent must be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance. This position is a drug testing designated position and requires a pre-employment drug test and is subject to random drug testing. Although a Top Secret clearance is required for entry on duty in this position, some Criminal Investigator assignments may be deemed Special Sensitive and require a Top Secret clearance and approval for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).

    The incumbent is designated as an Emergency Employee and is subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations or may be required to remain at work during dismissal or closure situations. Emergency employees are expected to remain in contact with their agencies at all times during emergency situations.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    14

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
    • Selective Service: 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 do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.


    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualification Requirements: To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series/grade to which you are applying.

    Medical Requirements: The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or other is disqualifying.

    Driving Requirements: Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license or be able to obtain one to drive government motor vehicles.

    Selective Placement Factor: A Law Enforcement Commission is required, and the incumbent must meet physical standards to maintain commission. Prior law enforcement experience, as gained by substantial service in a primary law enforcement officer or equivalent experience outside the Federal government is a MANDATORY PREREQUISITE for the incumbent of this position.

    To qualify for this position, you must meet both the selective placement factor listed above and the specialized experience requirements for the series and grade to which you are applying.

    Security Certification such as ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or Physical Security Professional (PSP) preferred but not required.

    Specialized Experience

    To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience (must meet all):
  • Using the Incident Command System and the framework for a coordinated Federal response to security incidents, natural disasters, and national emergencies including experience managing both internal and external coordinated response initiatives on behalf of the Department;
  • Conducting internal affairs investigations OR administrative personnel proceedings; and,
  • Participating in drafting national policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures pertaining to the law enforcement OR security programs.
  • To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience (must meet all):
  • Using the Incident Command System and the framework for a coordinated Federal response to security incidents, natural disasters, and national emergencies including experience managing both internal and external coordinated response initiatives on behalf of the Department;
  • Participating in auditing or conducting bureau internal affairs programs including internal affairs investigations AND administrative personnel proceedings; and,
  • Developing national policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures pertaining to the law enforcement AND security programs.
  • Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Education

    There are no positive education requirements for this position. Education may not be substituted for experience.

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
  • Technical Knowledge (Law Enforcement) - knowledge of existing Federal statutes and advanced and contemporary criminal investigative principles and techniques relative to rules of evidence, search and seizure, surveillance, arrests, interviewing and judicial proceedings.
  • Auditing - knowledge of laws and policies surrounding internal affairs investigations and administrative personnel proceedings to audit internal affairs programs.
  • Security - knowledge of National Security policies, Executive orders, practices and standards pertaining to personnel, physical, information, document, and industrial security in order to develop, implement and administer security programs
  • Emergency Management - knowledge of the Incident Command System and the framework for a coordinated Federal response to security incidents, natural disasters, and national emergencies in order to manage both internal and external coordinated response initiatives on behalf of the Department.
  • Interpersonal Communication - skill successfully communicating verbally with a wide variety of people who may be adversarial, challenging, or difficult including in sensitive, controversial, or critical situations.
  • Written Communication - skill drafting national policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures pertaining to the law enforcement and security programs
  • DUE WEIGHT
    Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

    If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11221049

    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

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at
    https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) SF-50's showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50's submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority; (7) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (8) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.

    NOTE: Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). "Required documentation" includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    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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