Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) - ICTAP ELIGIBLES & VEOA ELIGIBLES ONLY

US Department of Homeland Security - Washington, DC3.8

Full-time | Part-time
The special agent position starts at a salary of $99,172 (GS-13, step 1), with promotion potential to $128,920 (GS-13, step 10).

Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) and additional compensation of 25% of the base salary will be added to locality pay.

This job opportunity announcement is for Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles in the Washington, DC commuting area and Persons eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 .

During the course of their careers, special agents carry out assignments in both investigations and protection and may be assigned to multiple duty stations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Duties include:
Providing protection for various protectees.
Conducting criminal investigations pertaining to financial obligations of the United States.
Planning and implementing security designs for National Special Security Events.
Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1811 Criminal Investigation


Conditions of Employment
U.S. citizenship is required.
Possess a current valid driver's license.
Conditions of Employment if selected for this position, you will be required to:

Possess visual acuity no worse than 20/100 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 in each eye. (Note: Lasik, ALK, RK, and PRK corrective eye surgeries are acceptable eye surgeries for Special Agent applicants. Applicants will be considered eligible for the Special Agent position provided specific visual tests are passed. The following are waiting periods for visual tests: Lasik-3 months after surgery, PRK-6 months after surgery, and ALK and RK-one year after surgery).
You must be between the age of 21 and less than age 37 at the time you receive a conditional offer of employment, unless you have previous service in a Federal Civilian Law Enforcement position covered by special law enforcement or firefighter retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement. Applicants with veteran's preference must receive a conditional offer of employment prior to reaching age 40 to continue in the application process.
Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
Disclose any prior drug use , attempted use, and/or experimentation.
Carry and use a firearm . Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.
Complete 12 weeks of intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA and 16 weeks of specialized training at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, MD. Failure to pass the training program on the first attempt may result in separation from the Secret Service.
Sign a mobility agreement stating your willingness to accept assignments anywhere within the United States and overseas.
Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary $99,172) if you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level, which is in or directly related to difficult and complex protection, investigative, or staff assignment including but not limited to: investigates violations of the law related to fraudulent manufacture and/or use of credit/debit cards, access devices, computer/telecommunication equipment; electronic fund transfer and financial institution fraud; participates in undercover and surveillance assignments; participates in advance security surveys; conducts protection activities; and works with U.S. Attorneys in preparing and presenting cases for prosecution in Federal courts.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service.

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

In addition to meeting the basic eligibility criteria, ICTAP applicants and VEOA applicants must be well qualified for the position. Well-qualified is defined as having knowledge, skills, and abilities that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. ICTAP applicants must possess a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria to be eligible for selection.

Those applicants who are ICTAP eligible and and Persons eligible under the VEOA and who are found to be well-qualified for this vacancy will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

If your application and supporting documentation does not support your responses to the questionnaire, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

Applicants must successfully complete Phase I to be certified to receive a conditional offer of employment notification. In addition applicants must successfully complete Phase II in order to receive final consideration for employment.

Phase I: Competency

Special Agent Entrance Exam (SAEE); may be subject to an Applicant Physical Abilities Test; and Structured Panel Interview.
Phase II: Security

Credit check; Security interview; Polygraph examination; may be subject to a Psychological assessment; Medical examination; and Background investigation (a top secret security clearance).
To view the entire application process, please click here . Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.

Additional information
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and branding) on the head, face, neck, hand and fingers (any area below the wrist bone). If you have visible body markings, you will be required to medically remove such visible body markings at your own expense prior to entering on duty with the Secret Service.

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

Your on-line application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. All answers provided in the on-line 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 and deemed eligible. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
Knowledge of state and Federal criminal laws, including procedures, regulations, guidelines, and precedents.
Knowledge of criminal and administrative court proceedings and procedures.
Knowledge of domestic and foreign financial institutions, including their operations, currencies, securities, financial obligations, and notes.
Knowledge of methods and techniques used to plan and conduct protective operations and advances.
Knowledge of laws, principles, and procedures used in apprehending a criminal suspect.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
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 (proof of your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent.), and your most current SF-50 noting duty location, tenure code, position occupied, highest grade and step, retirement code, and full performance level.
Are you a Veteran eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 . ? Submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility. 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 .

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.