This position is in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC or Commission) Office of Inspector General (OIG), located in Washington, DC.
If selected, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for conducting complex civil, criminal and administrative investigations of SEC programs.
Serves as a Special Agent on complex criminal, civil and administrative investigations
Plans, coordinates, conducts, completes, and reports on routine as well as priority, complex, high-profile, and sensitive investigations
Prepares reports summarizing investigative activities and findings based on the investigative record
Responds to questions and inquiries on matters of SEC procedure, or policy relative to the agency investigative policies and/or on-going investigations from agency staff, securities industry staff, other Federal agencies, and the public
Collaborates with the SEC legal staff, U.S. Attorney's Office, and/or other local, state or Federal agencies on matters under investigation
Drafts and prepares extensive reports of investigation summaries, including recommendations for prospective and corrective action
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
1811 Criminal Investigation
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen
Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in you not being considered for this position.
Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
This position has promotion potential to the SK-14.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.
DRUG TESTING: This position is subject to drug testing.
PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance
You must possess a Valid Driver's License
You must have completed FLETC's Basic Criminal Investigator Training Program (or equivalent)
This position is subject to Pre-employment physical exam and random drug testing.
If hired, this position is subject to periodic physical exams and random drug testing.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Time-in-grade for this announcement is one year at the GS/SK-13 level.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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 date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday is the maximum entry age for original appointment to a position within the OIG as a law enforcement officer. Please note: a) this requirement does not apply to preference-eligible veterans; b) an individual who is 37 years of age or older may be reemployed as a law enforcement officer in the OIG if the individual has prior coverage under the special law enforcement retirement plan. This position requires that the selectee maintain applicable qualifications for physical fitness as prescribed in OIG's policy. Performance of the required duties of this position requires moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that the incumbent may perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, glasses permitted, must be acute for reading of printed materials the size of typewritten characters. The ability of incumbent to hear the conversational voice and whispered speech is required. Any hearing impairment may be compensated for use of a hearing aid. Since the duties of the position are exacting, responsible and involve work performed under arduous and dangerous conditions, the incumbent must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition which would cause the applicant to be a hazard to him/her or to others, will disqualify him or her. Work may involve physically restraining others and defending oneself or others against physical attack.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement
SK-14: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-13 level: Specialized experience includes all of the following:
1) Planning, conducting and reporting on complex civil, criminal or administrative investigations involving suspected violations of fraud against the government, financial crimes, misconduct or illegal/inappropriate actions of agency staff; and
2) Leading teams on investigations, search warrants, arrests, surveillance, undercover operations and related activities with guidance from senior agents; and
3) Coordinating the efforts with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and national level as it relates to financial crimes investigations; and
4) Advising other special agents and investigators on work assigned to support case activity.
Disability Employment: For information on disability appointments, please visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) are available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan. Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 80 or higher.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.
Reasonable Accommodation: If you are an applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation for disability to participate in the application process at the SEC, submit the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process here. Please be sure to submit your request at least 5 business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Information for SEC Job Applicants: Federal EEO laws protect all applicants from discrimination on the following bases: race, color, sex (not limited to conduct which is sexual in nature, includes pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender status), age (40 and over), religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, retaliation for participating in the EEO process or opposing discrimination. Applicants who believe they have been discriminated against on any EEO basis can seek recourse through the SEC's administrative complaints process. To be timely, an individual must enter the EEO process within 45 days from when they know (or should have known) of the alleged discrimination. Click here for additional information.
TTY/ASCII: Video Relay Service users are welcome to contact the appropriate SEC office or employee via the contact information listed above. If you do not otherwise have access to a Video Phone or Video Relay service, you may send us an email or use the Federal Video Relay Service via the internet. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service and to create a new account, please see: http://fedvrs.us/
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Communication, Criminal Investigation, Reasoning, and Teamwork
The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10625547.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)
Trust determination process
You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
Required: Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
Required: Your complete and comprehensive resume that includes a complete history of your work experience and the applicable employment dates with months and years. To determine if you qualify for this position, OHR will review your work history that is relevant to the specific position for which you applied. If you are an external candidate selected for this position, OHR will review your complete work history to establish your starting salary. If you are a current SEC employee selected for this position, the standard percentage increases will be applied (i.e., 6% for non-supervisory and 8% for supervisory positions) if your selection results in a promotion. If your selection results in lateral movement (i.e. no change in grade) you will maintain your current salary. Note: Your resume must directly address the definition of specialized experience listed in the qualification section of this announcement and must NOT contain pictures.
Required, if you are a current or former Federal employee: A recent copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing title, series, grade, and full performance level (FPL). Your SF-50 must also demonstrate your eligibility for a competitive service position. Note: If you are in the excepted service, your current agency must have an interchange agreement with OPM - for a list of agencies with current interchange agreements please click here.
Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)
Required, if applicable: VEOA documentation (DD-214, member 4 copy or other documentation containing dates of service and character of discharge.)
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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