Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

  • Duties Summary

    This position is located in the Office of the Inspector General (DIG), Office of Investigations (Dl), which is responsible for overseeing and conducting criminal and administrative investigations, and providing related services to the U.S. Department of the Treasury to ensure the integrity of programs operated or funded by the Department.


    Responsibilities

    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13 . If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    • Analyze, plan, coordinate, and conduct investigations of the full range of complaints and allegations received by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Cases may be assigned by the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) or be self-generated from leads provided by a variety of sources. Develop a plan of action to be approved by the ASAC, coordinate, and conduct investigations, including the most complex, difficult, and/or sensitive cases. Recommend to the ASAC formation of teams for certain types of cases, especially those involving other agencies, criminal organizations, wider geographic involvement, and/or large-scale surveillance operations. May be assigned by the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) to lead investigations teams, or to participate as a team member. Typical types of cases investigated include bribery, fraud, embezzlement, attempts to hide evidence of financial failure, money laundering, misuse of Federal grant funds, falsification of records, credit card and Treasury check forgery and theft, scams, identity theft. The incumbent may also be assigned to investigate whistleblower complaints, frequently involving allegations of improper practices in contracting, complaints about employee misconduct, including allegations involving high ranking officials of the Treasury Department, and threats against Treasury employees and facilities;
    • Ensure supervisory participation in operations where required either by regulation or by practice. Such operations include some types of undercover activities, especially where money changes hands, interagency investigations where one has the lead or a major role, and the administration of search and arrest warrants;
    • Use a full range of investigative techniques. These include face-to-face and telephone interviews, some of which may be recorded, with or without the prior knowledge and consent of the interviewee. Other sources of information are tips from informants; data bases, including those maintained by FinCEN; telephone records, bills, receipts, and vouchers; real estate and investment transaction records; and financial and production documentation. The incumbent conducts or participates in undercover operations and surveillance, subpoenas information, uses GPS trackers on vehicles after obtaining prior approval of the responsible U.S. Attorney's Office, and executes property seizures, and search and arrest warrants. May make arrests when required by the situation;
    • Establish and maintain contacts with U.S. Attorney's Office in each case's jurisdiction to ensure sufficient evidence is accumulated to bring cases to prosecution. Maintain contacts with investigators and other relevant personnel in the Bureaus and the IRS, and in other agencies and organizations such as the Secret Service, FBI, ICE, Social Security Administration, U.S. Postal Service, TIGTA, FDIC, and the State Department. Establish and maintain contacts with State and local law enforcement organizations and officials and other State and local entities relevant to the case being investigated;
    • Prepare Memorandums of Activity (MOAs) for each aspect of the investigation, and enters the information into electronic case management system. Upon closure of a case, uses the MOAs as the basis for the Report of Investigation (ROl) to be signed by the Special Agent in Charge (SAC).
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 1-5 nights per month

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1811 Criminal Investigation

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Must be a U.S citizen or U.S National
    • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment"
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    The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

    Qualifications

    It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 350th application or at 11:59 p.m. ET on DATE OF CLOSURE; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

    You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Medical Requirements: The duties of positions in this series 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 perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient 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 him/her, or others is disqualifying.

    Age Restriction: The date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday is the maximum entry age for original appointment to a law enforcement officer position. This requirement does not apply to a) Preference-eligible veterans; OR b) Individuals who are 37 years of age or older and have previously served in law enforcement officer positions that were covered by a special law enforcement retirement plan.

    Specialized experience: For the GS-9, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

    • Applied investigative techniques, including interviews, and surveillance; AND
    • Experience working with laws, rules and requirements to determine whether crimes have been committed.

    OR
    You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Masters or equivalent graduate degree, or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LLB or JD.

    OR
    You may qualify on a combination of education and experience. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education

    In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the followingtime-in-grade requirement, if applicable:
    For the GS-9, you must have been at the GS-7 level for 52 weeks.


    Education
    Additional information
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a non-bargaining designated position.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    • A one year probationary period may be required.
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-9.pdf). Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • Pass a pre-employment physical examination.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.
    • Sign a mobility agreement.
    • Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.
    • Complete or have previously completed the required course(s) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA.
    • Complete a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) by an authorized Government physician and be determined physically fit to perform strenuous physically demanding duties. You will be required to undergo regular physical examinations and to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of this agency.
    • Agree to work an average of two extra hours per day. Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) has been approved to compensate for unscheduled duty in excess of the 40-hour workweek.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:Technical, Analytical and Communication. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a score of 90 or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.


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    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents
    A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips.

    CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:
    • Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The “position occupied” block on the SF-50 should show a “1” and your “tenure” block should show a “1” or “2”.)
    • If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that. Also, you must submit a copy of your DD214 or other documentation showing dates of service and type of discharge and any other applicable documents such as SF-15, VA letters, etc.
    • Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL: Submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year, that includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

    CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

    If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, VRA, Schedule A Disability, etc.), please see applicant guide for required documentation. In order to be eligible under one of these authorities, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.
    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.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes:

    • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
    • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
    • A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.
    • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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