Investigative Analyst
Department Of State 546 reviews - Arlington, VA

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This position is located in the Investigations Branch, Counterintelligence Division, Office of Investigations and Counterintelligence, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Department of State. The office is responsible for conducting and managing all DS criminal investigations, including policy and liaison; investigates threat and suspicious activity against State employees/facilities; conducts counterintelligence investigations; assesses and manages critical threat posts and personnel related to the post, and provides threat awareness briefings; conducts and manages all overseas criminal and administrative counterintelligence investigations and provides services to field offices.

The incumbent is responsible for database management, database searches using restricted government computer systems and commercial databases, record checks and case analysis duties in support of counterintelligence investigations.

This position is also being announced through Merit Promotion procedures under Announcement #DS-2013-0013. Candidates who wish to be

considered under both Public (US Citizens)and Merit Promotion procedures must apply to both announcements.


Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

Obtain/maintain eligibility to access Sensitive Compartmented Information

U.S. Citizenship is required.

One year probationary period, unless excepted by

  • Provides a wide-range of data entry services; collects, researches, and analyzes information relating to CI cases associated with investigations; verifies and enters information through internal and external counterintelligence databases and provides raw data to post.
  • Processes contact reports; conducts appropriate record checks and records results in the database. Assists in the preparation of summaries, memoranda, cables, and e-mail correspondence. Contributes to the preparation of briefings, presentations, and other informational products. Provides technical guidance in the development of information collection relating to investigative plans and strategies.
  • Assists in case management and case tracking; prepares, organizes and maintains investigative case files; tracks and maintains status of all open cases. Creates and maintains spreadsheets, databases, and contact lists to store and retrieve information; analyzes investigations located in the case management system; Identifies incoming counterintelligence investigative studies from restricted information systems, foreign contact reports, and correspondence with RSOs.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Applicants applying for the GS-09 grade level must meet one of the following requirements:

A. Have at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Understanding of the relevant provisions of law, procedures, agreements, and precedent related to counterintelligence issues;
  • Understanding of administrative regulations, policies and practices to understand the significance of counterintelligence concerns, including espionage, in the context of the domestic and overseas environments;
  • Understanding of federal criminal espionage statues and counterintelligence requirements/regulations, including the relative responsibilities and actions by other offices and outside USG agencies;
  • Understanding of computer resources, to include case management systems and other specialized applications, to collect, organize, and search data regarding passports, visas, and Intelligence Community reporting;
  • Experience researching, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting a wide variety of information related to the investigation of counterintelligence cases;
  • Experience preparing oral and written communications to present analytical results, provide advice and guidance, and present and defend recommendations.

B. Have a 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. from an accredited college or university. This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled;

C. Have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience (as described above), which is equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service. This experience and education together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

Combination of Experience and Education: When an applicant has less than one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. Generally, 18 graduate semester hours is equivalent to 1 full-time year of graduate study (your school and department determine what constitutes 1 full time year of graduate study). The percentage of specialized work experience and the percentage of graduate study must total at least 100%.

Note: All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for this position.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:

Highly-Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.

Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position.

Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Knowledge of relevant provisions of law, procedures, agreements, and precedent related to counterintelligence issues;
  • Knowledge of concepts, principles, practices, procedures and operations governing administrative support functions;
  • Knowledge of federal criminal espionage statues and federal counterintelligence requirements/regulations;
  • Knowledge of computer resources (case management systems, Microsoft Office and specialized applications) to collect, organize, and search data regarding passports, visas, and Intelligence Community reporting;
  • Ability to research, collect, analyze, and interpret a wide variety of information related to the investigations of counterintelligence cases;
  • Skill in oral and written communications to prepare and present analytical results, promote information sharing with other organizations, provide advice and guidance, and present and defend recommendations.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration. For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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The Department of State offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal benefits click here .

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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