Apply for this exciting position to support the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.
For over two centuries the USCG has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), CGIS Headquarters, Electric Crimes Section, in Alexandria, VA.
Special conditions: Incumbent is subject to work unscheduled duty hours and must be available for unscheduled duty based upon the needs of the USCG. Therefore, the incumbent is eligible for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) of an additional 25% and is subject to the provisions of the LEAP Act of 1994. Selectee must have completed or be able to successfully complete basic criminal investigator training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), or equivalent training, and must do so before being authorized to receive LEAP.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
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NOTE: This announcement has the following cut-off dates.
As a "rigorous/primary" position, this position is covered by the Law Enforcement Retirement System. In accordance with Public Law 100-328 and Departmental Personnel Management Letter 338-2, candidates for law enforcement positions cannot have reached their 37th birthday prior to the date of referral on a Certificate of eligible for a federal civilian law enforcement position. In unusual situations, a waiver may be authorized by the USCG Commandant up to age 39. 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 will be able to complete a total of 20 years of covered law enforcement service by the time he reaches the mandatory retirement day of 57. See OPM Retirement Handbook for further details. The Maximum Entry Age requirement may be waived for applicants eligible for veterans' preference. (See Maximum Entry-Age Requirements for Veterans' Preference Eligibles .) This position requires a mobility agreement. The selectee will be required to sign a mobility agreement indicating their willingness to accept reassignment to positions in other duty locations as determined by and based on the needs of the Coast Guard Investigative Service. The mobility agreement must be signed during pre-appointment and will remain as a condition of employment. The incumbent must carry firearms and maintain proficiency in their care and use. Therefore, the position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment, 18 U.S.C. Section 922(g)(9) and selectee will be required to certify whether he has ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, USC., Section 1001). This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment physical, which certifies that you are physically and medically qualified to perform the full duties of the position. Please see the GS-1811 Medical Requirements . Results of a recent (up to one-year old) physical examination must be provided prior to appointment. Determination as to sufficiency of medical record will be made at time of appointment.
You will work as a Special Agent/Digital Forensics Examiner in the CGIS National Digital Forensics Lab under the direction of the Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC), with responsibility for conducting complex and highly sensitive investigations into matters involving felony violations to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ); internal affairs investigations into alleged misconduct by CGIS personnel; investigations into violations of federal laws and statues under the maritime jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG); and investigations into matters referred by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General to CGIS Headquarters.
Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team, typical duties include:
Conducting highly complex criminal investigations usually within established geographical and jurisdictional boundaries but sometimes outside these boundaries, often working with cold information and/or evidence or with highly reluctant witnesses or suspects; handling a significant volume of complex and sensitive internal affairs investigations possibly on high-ranking officials.
Conducting highly sensitive and complex cases, which may include arson assault, bribery, burglary, child abuse, criminal fraud, disclosure of classified/sensitive matter, manslaughter, narcotics violations, sabotage, rape sexual assault, subversive activity, and other violations of the UCMJ and other Federal statutes and regulations.
Carrying out assignments, which may include, undercover operations, surveillance; search and seizure operations; making apprehensions/arrests; interviewing witnesses; interrogating suspects; and providing armed force protection services.
Preparing clear and concise investigative reports and other documents in a timely manner and presenting all indicated and developed information to supervisors, relevant commands, attorneys and courts.
Preparing and delivering effective oral briefings to senior military and civilian personnel of the Coast Guard and other Federal, state, and local agencies at all levels.
Occasional travel - This position requires travel.
Who May Apply
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Subject position(s) will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA)
All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration. The "Rule of Three," Category Rating, Veterans Preference, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.
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Job family (Series)
1811 Criminal Investigation
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship a valid state driver's license is required.
Applicant is required to meet the medical requirements of the position.
This position requires a Top Secret clearance.
The applicant is subject to pre-appointment and random drug testing.
Pre-appointment Polygraph Test Required
A mobility agreement is required.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
At the GS-13 level: Applicants must have 1 full year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the federal service).
Specialized experience includes: Demonstrating mastery of, and skill in, applying laws, regulations, executive orders, advanced principles, concepts, as well as advanced investigative techniques associated with operational law enforcement intelligence collection; obtaining and evaluating information from many diverse sources including alleged criminals and reluctant witnesses; surveillance planning, including those surveillance activities involving multiple parties, the latest technology, and methods that are subject to changing legal admissibility; and detection practices to identify crimes involving financial instruments, narcotics trafficking, cyber crimes, subversive organizations, terrorism, threats to national security, and criminal rings; using advanced investigative techniques to provide functional and technical oversight to special agents; and overseeing subordinate agents; and comprehensive knowledge of and ability to apply laws, policies, regulations, directives, procedures, and instructions regarding Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) and the Federal statutes and regulations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Title 10, U.S. Code).
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.
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.
The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here
Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.
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 at click here
Recruitment incentives may be authorized.
Moving expenses may be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.
Irregular overtime including evenings/weekends may be required.
Pre-appointment Polygraph Test Required.
A Mobility Agreement must be signed prior to appointment to document agreement with mobility program provisions.
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.
More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 60 days from the date the certificate was issued.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6262. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This position will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA)
All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration. The "Rule of Three", Category Rating, Veterans Preference, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.
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Background checks and security clearance
1. Your resume
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3.If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility.
4. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here.
All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system with fax number and instructions. Required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-1211HQ), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.
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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