Criminal Investigator

Transportation Security Administration - Fort Lauderdale, FL3.4

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please Click Here.

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This Criminal Investigator position is located in Investigations (INV), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as a Criminal Investigator reporting to a Special Agent in Charge or Deputy Special Agent in Charge within Investigations (Atlanta Field Office). TSA Investigation mission is to promote the integrity of TSA's workforce and operations by conducting criminal and administrative investigation of TSA employees, contractors and regulated parties.

Typical duties include, but are not limited to:
Conducting, monitoring and coordinating complex criminal and administrative investigations and inspections which may lead to potential civil, administrative, or criminal actions. Types of investigation include those involving theft of government property, theft of personal property fraud in worker's compensation claims and mismanagement of government property. Cases might involve conflicting reports, discussions, or testimonies.
Perform the full range of investigation functions on assigned cases or portions of cases, from planning through fact-finding to reporting the result of investigations;
Responding to investigative matters through participating in searches, seizures, and arrest; performing undercover work involving contact with criminal elements or suspects in order to apprehend person suspected of posting a threat to passenger security or of violating Federal criminal statutes; interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspect, giving Miranda warning when appropriate;
Effecting liaison and working relationship with other Federal, State , and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as federally regulated transportation entities for the purpose of securing information and pursuing investigation with multiple interests and responsibilities;
Analyzes result of investigation and coordinates preparation of reports concerning fraud or administrative violations by agency personnel contractors, supplies, recipients and grantees in violation of U.S, criminal and civil laws, or agency regulation.
NOTE: The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower pay band (Pay Band H) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.

Travel Required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1811 Criminal Investigation
Conditions of Employment
You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
You must complete a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI Clearance
Must pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND random drug/alcohol testing.
Selective Service registration is required.
See "Conditions of Employment" in the "Qualifications" section.
You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Appointment to this position is contingent on successful completion of Law Enforcement Pre-Employment Test (LEPET).

To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-G pay band or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such specialized experience is defined as:

Experience conducting, coordinating, and monitoring routine criminal and administrative investigations; and
Experience performing investigative functions to include fact finding, and reporting of results of investigations.
To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-H pay band or GS-12 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such specialized experience is defined as:

Experience planning, conducting, coordinating, and monitoring criminal and administrative investigations; and
Experience performing investigative functions to include fact finding, interrogations of witnesses and making arrests and reporting of investigation results.

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.

NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

Age Requirement: In order to initially be appointed to a law enforcement position covered by the special retirement provisions of Title 5, USC, you must be under the age of 37 as of the date of appointment.
You must have successfully completed basic criminal investigator training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center or equivalent (e.g., FBI, DEA, Postal, AFOSI and DCIS training).
This is a critical sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position.
You must pass pre-employment Drug Screening AND you will be subject to post-employment random drug and alcohol testing.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative drug test result. Any individual tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
You will be entitled to Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) of up to 25% of base pay for availability to work substantial amounts of "unscheduled duty."
DHS TSA employees may be subject to 24-hour on call duty in the event of an emergency. This service may require irregular working hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the position description. You must be able to relocate to emergency sites with little advance notice and function under intense physical and mental stress.
You will be required to carry a firearm and maintain firearms proficiency as part of conducting law enforcement activities. Failure to maintain firearm proficiency may result in either assignment to another position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures. In addition, you must be proficient in the use of hand weapons and be knowledgeable in unarmed combat.
Extensive travel is required.
Physical Demands: Selectee must maintain a high standard of physical condition enabling him/her to work long hours under adverse conditions with unscheduled travel.

Training Requirements: The selectee is expected to successfully complete all agency required training. This includes firearm proficiency requirements as defined by TSA.

LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT: This position may require the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime or domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(g)(9)). A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term "convicted", as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, or pardoned or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition. Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statue are not qualified for this position. Applicants under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by applicants is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).

Screeners, uniform law enforcement officers, Federal Air Marshals (FAMs), and criminal investigators are required to serve a new probationary period, whether or not they have completed a prior Federal probationary period, except that FAMs who enter service for the TSA directly from a FAM position with the FAA and have begun or completed a probationary period as a FAM will be given credit for FAM probationary time served.

This position is under "primary" law enforcement retirement coverage provisions.

Law Enforcement Retirement: This position meets the eligibility criteria for law enforcement retirement under both the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Employees covered by either retirement system that reach age 50 or over with at least twenty years of service as a Federal law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement. In addition, employees covered by FERS (all new hires to the Federal government) of any age with at least 25 years of service as a Federal law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement. Finally, employees who reach age 57 with at least twenty years of service as a Federal law enforcement officer (LEO) are subject to mandatory retirement. Therefore, prior service as a Federal LEO, depending on number of years served in such capacity, your current age and retirement status may impact your eligibility to apply for this position.

This is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation and polygraph as a condition of placement/retention in the position.

Additional information
Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at:

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

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

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.

TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here.

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

You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret/SCI

Drug test required

Required Documents
Required Documents
In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status, Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans’ Service (a veteran who was honorably discharged from the armed forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active duty service):

SF-50 - Current or former Federal employees, to include TSA employees, MUST submit a copy of their most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) stating position title, pay plan, occupation code/series, grade or level (i.e. pay band), salary, tenure group, position occupied (i.e. competitive/excepted), and Agency to verify eligibility.

NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position and will not be accepted.

DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans’ Service, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge.

SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later.

If you do not submit required documentation described in this job opportunity announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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.

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.

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select “Benefits.” Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.

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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.