This position serves as a Criminal Investigator (Desk Officer) within the Office of Investigations (OI), assigned to the Investigations Liaison and Special Operations Division (ILSOD), performing under the direction of the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for the office.
Establishes and maintains liaison with USDA agency top management representatives
Informs USDA agency managers of OIGs investigative and enforcement responsibilities and concerns for the integrity of the individual agency's programs and operations
Maintains liaison with other Federal (non-USDA agencies) and State and local government organizations
Maintains liaison with OIG Audit officials and Office of Investigations staff within the OIG. Advises agency managers of investigative trends, broad program weaknesses, significant case developments, and findings
Provides expert technical direction and program guidance to the Investigations regional offices on all matters pertaining to agency program responsibilities
Provides information on new or revised legislation, regulations, and other matters which affect assigned programs
Counsel investigative regional offices and staff on unusual or difficult issues involved in investigations and resolving questions and problems encountered
Personally handles exceptionally complex, technical investigative problems or controversial, novel, or exploratory questions and issues, and advises on potential investigations areas and new investigative approaches
Collaborates to establish objectives of the OIG investigative program, determines the need for investigations, and prepares recommendations of priorities and justifications that have an impact on long-range planning and annual budget preparation
Serves as Task Force member or outside agency liaison, working from an alternate duty location, relaying information and accessing outside agency resources to support OIG investigations, including performing criminal or administrative investigations
75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
1811 Criminal Investigation
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for a Top Secret (TS) clearance. You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates
A one-year probationary period MAY be required.
Direct Deposit Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/
You will be required to complete an OGE-450, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests
Relocation expenses are NOT authorized
You must pass initial and periodic medical examinations
Selected applicants are subject to initial and random drug testing
Pre-employment Screening Assessment is required
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENT FOR GS-13:
Specialized Experience for GS-13 Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent in the Federal service. This experience includes performing such duties as:
Independently conducting a full range of criminal investigative functions on assigned investigations, from planning and conducting fact-finding, to reporting the results of investigations.
Independently performing or leading undercover and surveillance work; conducting investigative interviews; and analyzing investigative facts to arrive at sound conclusions.
Preparing comprehensive administrative and technical reports in order to present complex and conflicting findings in a clear, logical, impartial, comprehensive, and concise manner.
Conducting liaison activities with other investigative agencies, including Federal, State, and local agencies, representing the interests of the employing agency as well as stakeholders, and developing new approaches to performing investigative functions, including responses to identified weaknesses and vulnerabilities in on-going operations.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
Time in grade: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F. Evidence of one year or more of specialized experience must be clearly documented in your resume.
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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THIS GRADE LEVEL.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information.
Must be able to acquire and maintain a government-issued travel charge card.
Acknowledgement of Career Mobility is a condition of employment. You must be available for permanent reassignment to other regional or resident offices, as required by the OIG.
You must be able to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle and have and maintain a valid driver's license.
Successful completion of the Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, or its accredited agency accepted equivalent.
You must be no more than 37 years of age upon entry into the GS-1811 series, unless the applicant has previous service creditable under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) law enforcement provisions sufficient to enable you to retire at age 57 with 20 years of creditable service. Persons already in covered secondary positions or persons with previous approved service who apply for a primary position cannot be considered if their age at reentry into the primary position exceeds 37 years after subtracting their years of service in covered positions. Applicant must provide evidence of current or previous coverage that would qualify. This age restriction does not apply to those entitled to Veteran's Preference.
You will be required to qualify to carry and use firearms and other weapons as part of assigned duties and maintain such qualification. Applicants are ineligible for this position if at any time, they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.
You will be required to participate in a multi-phase selection process, which may include interviews and ability assessment.
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 your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need only meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
Note: If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.
To review Questionnaire, please click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10723481
Background checks and security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness, National security
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume (Required) that includes:1)personal information such as name, address, contact information;2)education;3)detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable);4)other qualifications.
Cover Letter/Letter of Interest (Optional)
Current and former Federal employees:
Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (Required) showing you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade held (or promotion potential) on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND
Most recent performance appraisal-Summary Rating Page AND All Accompanying Narrative Pages (Required): (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute.
Proof of Completion Certificate (As Applicable to facility) (Optional): Completion of the Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA, or its accredited agency accepted equivalent. (Submit "Proof of Certificates of Completion" if seeking to claim recognition for referenced certifications.)
Proof of Certificate of Completion (As Applicable to facility) (Optional): Successful passing completion of the federal law enforcement Firearms Instructor Certification training program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, or its accredited agency accepted equivalent. (Submit "Proof of Certificates of Completion" if seeking to claim recognition for referenced certifications.)
Current permanent FSA County employees must submit your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, that shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.
If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: Copies of Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50) showing the employee served in eligible appointment(s) for a period(s) of more than 24 mos w/o a break between appointments of two+ years. Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and separation SF-50s for each period. Submit performance rating(s) showing acceptable performance for each period counted towards eligibility signed by supervisor(s). If documentation does not exist for one or more periods, submit a statement from supervisor(s) indicating acceptable performance. Applicants who do not have performance documentation for any period shall provide a reason why the documentation is not available and statement that performance for all periods was at an acceptable level.
Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority or an interchange agreement with another merit system not listed above, see the requirements for that authority and submit the required supporting documentation. Go to: USAJOBS Hiring Path for Special Authorities or Special Hiring Authority for more information.
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