Criminal Investigator

US Department of Health And Human Services - Atlanta, GA4.1

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This position is being filled using Direct Hire Authority and is open to all U.S. Citizens. All applicants who meet basic requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations. As a Criminal Investigator, GL-07/09, the applicant will:

Study assigned material pertinent to cases of alleged or suspected violations of Federal statutes involving fraud against the Government;
Contact Federal, State and local agencies to obtain facts, signed statement, explanation of actions and study the background of the case, the sequence of events and other case related information;
Collaborate with other agents in increasingly more complex cases in interviewing, observing techniques under highly stressful situation, taking notes and participating in the interviews to obtain specific information and to verify facts;
Collaborate with other agents in the preparation of completed investigation reports to develop knowledge and skills for clear, concise and accurate reporting and documentation of cases with supportable evidence for use in a prosecution of the case;
Carries out undercover assignments and maintains surveillance under close watch by other investigators;
Participates with other agents in working with U.S. Attorneys in the preparation of cases for presentation in Federal courts. Accompanies other agents when serving as a witness in the trail of cases, for training in the process and technical aspects required in presenting evidence to support criminal violation of Federal laws;
Conduct criminal, civil or administrative investigations;
Participate in Secretarial and other dignitary protection details.
Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1811 Criminal Investigation


Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship
Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
One-year probationary period may be required.
Valid U.S. Driver License, Medical Examination, and Drug Testing required.
Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) is required
If selected, you will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement
Training Requirements : Successful completion of the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or an approved equivalent is required. Must successfully qualify with OI-issued firearms on an approved course of fire and successfully complete OI Control Tactics training program. Appointments to this position will be terminated if all of the above are not satisfactorily completed.
Age : The minimum entry age for this position is 21 years of age and the maximum entry age for this position is 36 years of age (the date of appointment must be no later than the date immediately preceding the 37th birthday) unless you have sufficient prior Federal service in a covered law enforcement position or are a preference-eligible applicant. If you are a preference eligible applicant, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must provide a copy of your (DD-214), Standard Form 15 (SF-15) if applicable, other documentation supporting preference eligibility, and any other documentation pursuant to the instructions in this vacancy announcement to receive consideration as preference-eligible applicant in the hiring process.

Specialized Experience:
GL-07 Specialized Experience :
Applicants have successfully completed at least one full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field; OR
Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GL-5 level in the Federal service. Experience in a trainee capacity where knowledge of basic investigative or analytical techniques and methods are applied to determine case resolution; applying knowledge of investigation laws, rules and regulations; as well applying knowledge of the rules of evidence that's applicable in criminal and non-criminal court cases; OR
Possess a bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement.

GL-09 Specialized Experience:
Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized work experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GL-07 level in the Federal service that demonstrates the ability to conduct investigative techniques doing the following: searching public records/databases; interviewing witness/employees to verify facts and obtain specific pieces of information; securing signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence to be included in reports or case records. In addition the ability to write reports for case records; OR
Completion of two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LLB or JD; OR
Possess a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that qualifies. Only graduate education in excess of the first year (18 semester hours) may be combine with experience under this standard.
Security and Background Requirements : A Top Secret clearance may be required to be obtained and maintained; and a credit check is required. If not previously completed, a background investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm and must meet the Lautenberg Amendment requirements as described in Title 18, USC Section 992 (g). Any person who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor or crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm. The term convicted as defined by the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, pardoned, or any person whose civil rights have been restored, so long as the restoration does not restrict the shipping, transport, possession or receipt of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or crimes of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not eligible for this position.
Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Additional information
Law Enforcement Retirement : This position meets the eligibility criteria for law enforcement retirement under both the Civil Service Retirement Systems (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Employees covered by either retirement system that reach age 50 or over with a least twenty years of service as a 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 a least twenty-five years of service as a law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement. Finally, employees who reach age 57 with a least twenty years of service as a law enforcement officer are subject to mandatory retirement.

This position is approved for Primary Law Enforcement coverage under 5 (USC) 8331 (20) or 5 USC 8401 (17).

E-Verify : If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

Direct Deposit : All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation : If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to:

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

Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education (if applicable), and training relevant to the duties of this position. If you are found minimally qualified for the job, your application package will be further evaluated to determine your possession of the critical knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics listed below.

Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

This position is being filled using Direct Hire Authority and is open to all U.S. Citizens. All applicants who meet basic requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Response to the Assessment Questionnaire
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)
College transcript (if qualifying all or in part based on your education
Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim.
CTAP/ICTAP documentation
Financial Disclosure: This position requires a financial disclosure and must be filed within 30 days of the appointment. For more information about Financial Disclosure and OGE Form 450, you may go to the Office of Government Ethics website at and select Financial Disclosure. Frequently Asked Questions can be found at .

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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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