Investigative Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 17, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Full Time


The OIG, named the Best Place to Work in DOJ, offers telework and excellent work-life flexibilities and encourages Schedule A and diverse applicants. The Investigations Division (INV) investigates alleged criminal violations and misconduct that govern DOJ employees, operations, grantees, and contractors. Annually INV receives more than 13,000 complaints, opens approximately 250 investigations, and makes an average of over 90 arrests.
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This position is in the Immediate Office, Hotline Operations Branch under the Investigations Division located in Washington, DC.

If you are selected as an Investigative Specialist, your responsibilities would include, but would not be limited to: investigating allegations of bribery, fraud, abuse, and violation of civil rights and other laws, policies, and procedures that govern DOJ employees. Typical work assignments include:
  • Monitors the OIG Hotline, receiving allegations made through the Hotline phone; documents in writing the allegations or complaints received; interviews the complainant; and distributes the case to the appropriate DOJ/OIG field office or DOJ Component to initiate an inquiry/investigation.
  • Inputs allegations into an automated tracking system and maintains statistics on Hotline calls, mail and operations; provides periodic statistical reports from that data.
  • Analyzes and evaluates a full range of complicated criminal case information including incomplete background facts, research records, and compiles information for reports, verifies case related information through the use of investigative activities.
  • Sets up and monitors the proper functioning of a suspense system to disseminate accurate information.
  • Maintains the confidentiality and security of sensitive information and material located in the office, maintaining accountability over sensitive subject matter and criminal investigative files, to meet current needs and demands for material.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • You must be registered for the Selective Service, if applicable.
  • You must successfully pass and are subject to random drug screenings.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You may be subject to a probationary period.
  • If you are a current Federal employee, you must provide your most recent performance appraisal.
  • You must complete the Vacancy Announcement Questionnaire in USAjobs in order to be considered for this position.


To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level obtained in the public sector. (Specialized experience is paid or unpaid experience which has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.) Examples of specialized experience include such duties as: processing, analyzing, and preparing complaints for the investigative process; searching and gathering a broad range of investigative data from a wide variety of law enforcement sources; verifying case related information through the use of electronic criminal investigative systems and preparing statistical investigative reports for senior level managers.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade level (or equivalent).


There are no positive education requirements for this position.

Additional information

The Career Transition Assistance Plan ( CTAP )/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan ( ICTAP ): The CTAP/ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for CTAP/ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at: .

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes.

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. Additional information is found at:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the below competencies. You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the competencies identified below:

1. Planning and Evaluation
2. Technical Competency
3. Written Communication
4. Oral Communication

If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for further employment consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume showing relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained. 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. (cover letter optional). Veteran documentation, (if applicable)
  • Copy of your most recent SF-50 , Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable, which documents current position occupied and COMPETITIVE status. NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) that does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position will not be accepted. **Current DOJ/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 DOJ/OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your Performance Appraisal.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable)
  • Veteran documentation, (if applicable), (DD-214 or Statement of Service documented on the installation's letterhead)
  • Schedule (A) Documentation (if applicable)
  • Your Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

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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