Full Job Description
This position is in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which is responsible for conducting DOL employee integrity and related investigations, as well as special investigative and oversight assignments as designated by the Deputy Inspector General or the Supervisory Criminal Investigator. OSI investigates allegations of fraud, misconduct, waste, abuse, and mismanagement involving OIG and DOL employees.
Conducts OIG and DOL employee integrity investigations of a most sensitive nature, with significant impact on OIG and Departmental programs. Investigations may be particularly complex and sensitive, and require high-level attention and coordination with senior level DOL and OIG officials, which arise during employee integrity investigations.
Determines, in conjunction with the supervisor, scope of investigations, techniques to be employed and shares technical responsibility for the results of investigations. Participates in the development and preparation of full documentation necessary for prospective action.
Reviews and evaluates operational plans and keeps abreast of and maintains an overview of investigative programs in assigned area to ensure consistency of approach, proper technical guidance, training, and assistance in complex and/or unusual investigative matters.
Investigates or otherwise addresses special assignments related to the OIG’s oversight responsibilities within DOL.
Develops, establishes and maintains liaison with investigative units of other Federal agencies, Department of Labor agencies, and State and Local representatives to inform them of criminal and civil investigative efforts.
50% or less - Travel is based on agency need and work initiatives.
Job family (Series)
1811 Criminal Investigation
Conditions of Employment
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Requires a valid drivers license.
Requires medical exam and must maintain physical requirements.
Must be at least 16 years old and an U.S. Citizenship.
Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.
Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.
Higher grade level 1811s may receive biweekly and annual premium pay caps (refer to OPM website).
Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Minimum AGE Requirements: An applicant must enter a Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) law enforcement covered position or a Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) law enforcement covered position not one day later than his/her 37th birthday. Please note: Applicants appointed to Criminal Investigator positions in the Federal service must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to the position unless they previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement. This requirement may be waived only for veterans. However, the primary duties of these positions are classified as “rigorous,” and a waiver may be authorized by the head of the agency only in unusual situations. An age requirement waiver is not automatic. An individual who has passed the maximum entry age limit but previously served in a covered position, may be eligible for consideration and reinstatement of coverage if he/she will be able to complete a total of 20 years of covered law enforcement service by the time he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 57. See OPM Retirement Handbook for further details. The Maximum Entry Age requirement (See Maximum Entry may be waived for applicants eligible for veterans' preference.)
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REQUIRED SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: The applicant MUST have one year of specialized experience that equipped him/her 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. The experience must be equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.
GS-13 - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: experience conducting complex investigations for allegations or violations of criminal, civil, or administrative offenses related to financial crimes, contract or grant fraud, false claims, employee integrity, theft or misuse of government funds or equipment, SPECIFICALLY AGAINST individuals at the GS-13 grade level and above, Senior Executive Service, Schedule C, and Presidential appointees.
In addition, specialized experience also includes the use of investigative products that have resulted in a successful prosecution or administrative sanctions by the agency or management.
GS-14 - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to: experience conducting complex investigations for allegations or violations of criminal, civil, or administrative offenses related to financial crimes, contract or grant fraud, false claims, employee integrity, theft or misuse of government funds or equipment, SPECIFICALLY AGAINST individuals at the GS-14 and above, Senior Executive Service, Schedule C, and Presidential appointees.
In addition, specialized experience includes the use of investigative products that have resulted in a successful prosecution, or administrative sanctions by the agency or management; AND preparation of written directives, policies, standards or procedural memorandums related to conducting investigations.
This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.
This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
This position is outside the bargaining unit.
No Permanent Change of Station Funds (PCS) will be offered.
Relocation incentive MAY be offered.
There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience at the GS-13 and GS-14 level.
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. Federal Employees .
Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
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Incumbents are required to be able to perform the following duties: A. Firearm Use. All OIG criminal investigators are required to qualify with the U.S. DOL-issued firearms and to accept assignments where firearms are required. In the exercise of OIG's statutory law enforcement authority, there is the potential that the use of the firearm may be justified and necessary. B. Arrests. OIG criminal investigators make arrests, with or without a warrant, according to the circumstances. C. Search and Seizure. OIG criminal investigators execute warrants for search of premises or seizure of evidence. D. Surveillances. In conducting investigations, criminal investigators may establish and maintain surveillances of suspected criminal acts. E. Undercover Assignments. From time to time, criminal investigators assume undercover roles. F. Review of Records and Other Evidence. Many cases under investigation involve the review of a tremendous amount of records which the agent takes control of and transports for copying. G. Travel. Many criminal investigators travel frequently - up to 50 percent of the time. Much of the travel is performed by automobile driven by the agent from 8 to 10 hours at a time to reach the destination. H. Maintain Top Secret Clearance (SCI).
**Note: This position requires a Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (SCI) clearance.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
Knowledge and Conduct of Investigations: Knowledge and application of principles, practices, and techniques for conducting civil, criminal, and administrative investigations
Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence: Knowledge of applicable Federal rules of criminal and civil procedures; agency and government laws, regulations, and policies; and executive orders.
External Awareness: Identifies and understands economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization.
Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to non-verbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Technology Application: Uses machines, tools, and technical investigative equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to obtain, analyze, and communicate information in the appropriate format.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.
The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):
ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action” which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.
- WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.
- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.
- Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328.
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The following documents are required if applicable:
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.
- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference) - Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents
- Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):
(a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A)
(b) 30% or More Compensably Disabled Veterans (DAV)
(c) Former Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) OR Current or Former Peace Corps Employees (PCE)
(d) Military Spouses (MISP)
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
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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