Labor Investigator (Non-LEO)

Department of Labor - Detroit, MI (30+ days ago)4.0

Also being advertised as job announcement #MS-18-CHI-OLMS-0076 status applicants, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act applicants & persons eligible under these non-competitive authorities: Veterans Recruitment Appointment; 30% or more compensably disabled veterans; persons w/disabilities (Schedule A); present/former Peace Corps (PC) personnel & former PC volunteers. To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

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.

This position is located in the Department of Labor/Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) in Detroit, MI or Milwaukee, WI. OLMS administers provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA).

This position has promotion potential to GS-12. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.
  • This position is inside the bargaining unit.
  • Relocation costs will not be paid.
GS-5: Provides support to higher-grade investigators by performing developmental assignments during which the incumbent applies basic civil and criminal investigative and financial audit techniques familiarizing the employee with the Labor-Management Reporting Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA)statutory requirements. The incumbent participates in civil and criminal investigations and compliance audits of union accounting/financial records. Prepares replies to a variety of inquires from outside the agency concerning specific provisions and requirements of the LMRDA. Accompanies higher-grade investigators to meetings with union officers.

GS-7: Duties are the same as GS-5, but performed with less supervision.

GS-9: Plans, conducts, and completes straight-forward civil and, as assigned, criminal investigations and compliance audits of local unions, and participates in elections supervised by OLMS. Participates in investigations of election complaints, gathering specific data as directed. Initiates and arranges for interviews with union officials and other parties involved in the case. Examines and analyzes accounting and financial records and the structure and operating practices of local unions. Drafts complete, well-documented reports of investigative findings, and recommends appropriate enforcement actions for straight-forward civil and criminal cases. Provides compliance assistance to clientele to achieve and improve compliance with the regulatory and statutory requirements of the LMRDA and related statutes. Participates in meetings and conferences with union officials and their attorneys/accountants. Serves as team member on complex civil and criminal investigations.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel to various geographic sites.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. Citizens; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Prog and Career Transition Assistance Prog eligibles in the local commuting area.

This position will be filled either in Detroit, MI location or Milwaukee, WI location. There is only one position to be filled.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)
1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship.
Requires a valid drivers license.
Requires a one year probationary period.
Must be at least 16 years old.
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Subject to frequent travel.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

If selected for an interview, a writing sample may be taken at the conclusion of the interview.

GS-5: Three years of general experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level. General experience is progressivley responsible experience that demonstrates the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Specialized Experience is experience in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of that position.

For GS-7 level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-5, in the Federal Service.

Specialized expereince is defined as experience where the investigator demonstrates active investigative abilities, e.g., formulating and planning strategies, identifying issues, and conducting assigned portions of audits and investigations; reviewing financial statements and other types of books and records; interviewing key and other supporting witnesses, complainants, and subjects; documenting investigative findings in memos and reports; and assisting in settlement negotiations or in trial preparation; work involving reviewing, analyzing and interpreting labor laws for compliance; investigating allegations of violation of federal laws; and providing advice/guidance to the public on regulatory requirements of labor laws.

For GS-9 level: Applicant must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-7, in Federal Service.

GS-9: In addition to the GS-07 grade level specialized experience, the investigator plans, conducts, and completes straight-forward investigations (i.e., civil and criminal). Experience examining and analyzing accounting and financial records.
GS-5: Four (4) years course of study leading to a bachelor's degree. GS-7: One (1) full academic year of graduate level education or *superior academic achievement as described below. GS-9: Two (2) full academic years of related graduate level education or master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. *Superior academic achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. (1) Class standing - applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. (2) Grade-point average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade point average of: (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed on 4 years of education, or computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or required courses in major field competed during final 2 years of curriculum. (3) election to membership in national honor society.

Additional information
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.


Bargaining Unit: NULI

Promotion Potential: GS-12

Authorization code: DOL-1

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Conduct of Investigations: Knowledge and application of principles, practices, and techniques for conducting civil, criminal, and administrative investigations and documenting findings and conclusions in an efficient, accurate, and timely manner.
Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others.
Oral Communication: Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information.
Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals.
Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner.
Legal, Government and Jurisprudence: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, Government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, Government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.

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). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category "B" or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Applicable

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document . You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. 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.

  • Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to:
  • Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
  • 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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