US Department of Energy - Washington, DC4.2

The Office of Counterintelligence (OCI) develops and implements an effective counterintelligence program throughout the Department of Energy (DOE) whose goal is to identify, neutralize and deter foreign government or industrial intelligence activities directed at or involving DOE programs, personnel, facilities, technologies, classified information and unclassified sensitive information.


As a GS-14 full performance, Investigator, you will:
Investigate allegations of espionage at DOE Headquarters facilities and entities throughout the laboratory complex.
Conducts preliminary and administrative inquiries to confirm or refute allegations or information indicating a DOE or non-laboratory or contractor employee is involved in or subject to, covert collection of DOE sensitive or classified information on behalf of a foreign intelligence service.
Develop sources of intelligence/information from the appropriate intelligence and law enforcement communities concerning the foreign intelligence threat to DOE national assets.
Maintain and develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in order to carry out investigations involving intelligence threats
Travel Required
25% or less - Overnight travel may be required 25% of the time.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1810 General Investigation


Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
New appointees must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
Current Federal employees must successfully complete a 1 year trail period

This is an Excepted Service position. This appointment will not confer Competitive Service career-conditional or career tenure status. This means that if you are selected, you would have to compete with other applicants in open competition to meet requirements for another Federal position, unless you meet the requirements for reinstatement. Applicants who voluntarily convert from the competitive service, Senior Executive Service, or other pay systems to a non-time limited appointment under this excepted service authority are not afforded “fallback rights” to the pay system previously assigned prior to conversion.

Conditions of Employment

Eligible candidates for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance AND qualify for a Q clearance.
Must successfully complete a CI Evaluation, which may include a CI-scope polygraph examination.
As a condition of appointment to this position, you will be subject to pre-employment/pre-appointment testing for illegal drug use under the U.S. Department of Energy Employee Drug Plan. If you are selected you will be provided information regarding drug testing. Failure to undergo testing or positive findings resulting from the test will eliminate you from further consideration for this position. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.
May be required to return to assigned duty station or travel to distant locations to perform one or more of the duties cited herein or to provide support to DOE policy makers, particularly during crisis periods.

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade GS-13 level, in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

For the GS-14 position, experience must be at least equivalent to the GS-13 level:

Experience preparing reports and provide analysis, assessments, briefings and testimony on counterintelligence issues including foreign intelligence threats
Experience searching databases, analyze and review information obtained, initiate indices searches, and review pertinent file references.
Experience reviewing pertinent file reference and resolve questions.
Experience briefing and providing advice and recommendations to senior officials.
Experience executing and managing counterintelligence investigations and activities designed to mitigate and neutralize foreign intelligence and other national security threats.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

Knowledge of principles and concepts of Counterintelligence related to educating personnel to guard against foreign intelligence and terrorist targeting, detecting foreign intelligence and terrorist targeting personnel and assets, identifying foreign intelligence officers or terrorist operatives in contact with personnel or assets, disclosing patterns of foreign intelligence or terrorist activity impacting DOE, producing information for use in analytical and awareness products and detecting situations in which an investigation is warranted.
Knowledge of functions and operations of other U.S. intelligence/counterintelligence services; and a broad awareness of the actual and/or potential impact of counterintelligence investigations/operations on U.S. foreign policy.
Knowledge of the full range of counterintelligence regulations, policies, and procedures.
Knowledge in investigative techniques, counterintelligence trade craft and operations activities to ensure full understanding of an compliance with Federal Laws, DOE policy and Executive Orders.
Ability to communicate, both oral and written findings, to express abstract concepts clearly and effectively.
Ability to exercise resourcefulness, versatility, ingenuity and originality in planning and organizing investigations.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

There is no education requirement for the GS-14 level, and education cannot be substituted for experience.

Additional information
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Some positions may require completion of a trial period of up to 2 (two) or 1 (one) year.
Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
This position is not included in a bargaining unit.
EEO Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:

Veterans Information:
Selective Service Registration:

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

The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official. This position is in the excepted service and is being filled in accordance with 50 U.S.C. 3024(v). All candidates that meet all of the minimum requirements of this position as stated in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement will be referred to the selecting official.

Selecting official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration. References will be checked on the selectee prior to an employment offer.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more 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.


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