Joining the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division will allow you to utilize your expertise in fingerprint analysis to support criminal investigations carried out by the Secret Service. This Fingerprint Specialist position starts at a salary of $81,548 (GS-12, step 1), with promotion potential to $126,062 (GS-13, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.
The selectee will serve as a Fingerprint Specialist in the Office of Investigations, Forensic Services Division. Typical work assignments include:
Developing, examining, comparing, analyzing and reporting fingerprints on a variety of surfaces using highly technical and advanced laboratory equipment and chemicals.
Performing complex digital enhancements of prints; and searching, comparing and analyzing prints using an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
Serving as a team member/coordinator of teams dispatched to crime scenes; collecting, preserving and analyzing evidence while maintaining chain of custody and integrity of the evidence.
Serving as an expert witness in court proceedings; planning, coordinating and conducting technical research projects; drafting and reviewing reports, recommendations, standard operating procedures and guidelines. Conducting training for developmental level specialists; and serving as a technical expert and liaison.
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Job family (Series)
0072 Fingerprint Identification
Conditions of Employment
U.S. citizenship is required.
Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:
Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page .
Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
Physical Demands: The work is mostly sedentary, but requires standing, bending and carrying of light items such as papers, files, and packages. At crime scenes, heavy lifting of objects (i.e. printing presses, equipment, packages, etc.) may be required.
Work Environment: The work is performed predominately in a laboratory setting. Special safety precautions such as the wearing and use of protective devices (goggles, dust and mist respirators, rubber or plastic gloves, and laboratory smocks) are often required. Some work is performed in the field.
GS-12: You qualify for the GS-12 level (starting salary $81,548) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level performing duties such as: analyzing complex fingerprint cases; imperfect and partial latent fingerprint impressions that contain only the minimum number of points necessary to make an identification; conducting methods development projects to improve latent fingerprint examination capabilities; serving as a team member for a team dispatched to crime scenes; conducting research projects to devise new methods and techniques to enhance latent fingerprint examination capabilities; assisting with training for developmental level specialists; preparing written laboratory reports based on examinations; testifying as an expert witness in the area of latent fingerprint examinations.
GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 level starting salary $96,970) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level performing duties such as: analyzing complex fingerprint cases; imperfect and partial latent fingerprint impressions that contain only the minimum number of points necessary to make an identification and partial latent fingerprint impressions; conducting methods development projects to improve latent fingerprint examination capabilities; serving as a team coordinator for a team dispatched to crime scenes; planning and coordinating projects to improve latent fingerprint examination capabilities; coordinating and conducting training for developmental level specialists; preparing written laboratory reports based on examinations; and testifying as an expert witness in the area of latent fingerprint examinations.
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.
Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage.
In the Secret Service, we:
Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
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.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
This position is covered by Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and additional compensation may be paid at the rate of up to 25% of the base salary.
E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Click here to learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
Mandatory Suitability Statement:
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, fine, or imprisonment.
This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
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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 rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
Knowledge of organic/inorganic chemistry/physics, and the theories, principles, and techniques of fingerprint examination.
Knowledge of technological advances and digital enhancement.
Knowledge of investigative operations, procedures sufficient to preserve evidence.
Ability to serve as an expert Fingerprint Specialist in order to communicate in court.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: 1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined in the job analysis. 2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis. 3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined in the job analysis. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.
Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
Are you a Veteran? Submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.