Criminal Investigator
Department of the Army 26,810 reviews - Federal Way, WA

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

Salary listed above does not include applicable locality pay or availability pay.

About the Position:
You will be criminal investigator responsible for independently planning, developing, and conducting major fraud criminal felony investigations.

LAW ENFORCEMENT RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous law enforcement position under the provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 USC 8412(d) (FERS). Thirty-seven (37) years is the maximum entry age for covered primary law enforcement positions. Persons not appointed by the last day of the month in which the individual reaches their 37th birthday shall not be originally appointed or assigned to these positions. Applicants who are age 37 or over may subtract any of their prior federal service that is in approved primary/rigorous positions and that is creditable for retirement from their current age to meet this age requirement. Applicants must provide proof of this creditable service prior to appointment. The maximum entry age may be waived for applicants eligible for veterans' preference.

Who May Apply:
US Citizens


This position requires travel for business approximately 25% of the time.

Major Duties:
You will be responsible for independently planning, developing and conducting major procurement fraud criminal investigations and significantly participating in all criminal, civil, and administrative resolutions processes of founded cases on behalf of the Army. The allegations investigated normally involve federal felony crimes committed against major procurement and logistical programs performed by the Army worldwide in support of its multiple missions. Independently executes planning and coordination with other Federal and worldwide law enforcement agencies, and often leads or serves as a member of a joint investigative task force composed of members from these federal and/or foreign agencies. The investigative process, to include interviewing and the collection, preservation and protection of evidence, may be conducted worldwide to include areas where the Army is conducting contingency or humanitarian relief operations.

To qualify, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level. Specialized experience is defined at the following levels for the corresponding grades:

GS-09: One year of specialized experience in conducting criminal investigations at the GS-07 level.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience in planning, developing, and conducting major fraud criminal felony investigations at the GS-09 level.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience in planning, developing, and conducting major procurement fraud criminal felony investigations at the GS-11 level.

GS-13: One year of specialized experience in planning, developing, and conducting major procurement fraud criminal felony investigations at the GS-12 level.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

Ability to Plan and Coordinate Investigations

Skill in Conducting Criminal Investigations

Skill in Written Communication

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.

Time in Grade Restriction: Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

Education may be subsituted for experience as follows:
GS-09: One year of experience directly related to the occupation equivalent to at least the next lower grade level; or Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; or equivalent combinations of experience and education.

GS-11: One year of experience directly related to the occupation equivalent to at least the next lower grade level; or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; or equivalent combinations of experience and education.

GS-12 and above: One year of experience directly related to the occupation and equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's basic qualifications requirements, and the skills needed to perform the duties of this position as described in this vacancy announcement.

ONLY degrees from an accredited college university recognized by are acceptable meet positive requirements or substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office Personnel Management (OPM) U.S. Department of Education websites: qualifications and admins finaid accred index.html

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.

Position requires a pre-employment and random drug testing.

Position requires 25% travel to other duty locations.

Must submit annual financial statement.

A medical examination is required.

This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment/Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Firearms testing required.

Must sign a mobility agreement if selected.

Valid motor vehicle operator’s license required.

Physical Requirements: Incumbent may plan and participate in dangerous operations such as Sensitive Site Exploitations and Battlefield Interrogations. Performance of these kinds of duties 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 applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Applicants must possess sufficiently good vision, with or without glasses, each eye, in order that they may perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, glasses permitted, must be acute for the reading of printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of the position are exacting and responsible, and involve the activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition, which would cause the applicant to be a hazard to him/herself or to others, will disqualify him for appointment.

An applicant who is selected that has not successfully completed a recognized federal-level criminal investigative training program will be required to successfully complete the CID Apprentice Special Agent Course or equivalent.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if the following conditions are met:

This vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility.

You apply under the instructions in this announcement.

You are found well-qualified for this vacancy.

Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference.

You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

Comprehensive health and life insurance

Competitive salaries

Generous retirement programs

Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time

Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules

Paid employment related training and education

Possible student loan repayment

Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable

Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job

Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at .

In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at

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