Investigator
Department Of The Treasury - Los Angeles, CA

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Do you want an exciting challenge to change your career or build upon your experience in providing support to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)? The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

This position is located in the Trade Investigations Division (TID). You will be responsible for conducting application, product integrity, trade practice, consumer complaint, and revenue investigations to ensure compliance with federal alcohol, tobacco, and firearms and ammunition excise tax laws and regulations.

TTB's mission is to collect alcohol, tobacco, firearms and ammunition excise taxes; to ensure that alcohol beverages are labeled, advertised and marketed in accordance with the law; and to administer the laws and regulations in a manner that protects the revenue, protects the consumer, and promotes voluntary compliance.

"TTB ranks among the top 5% according to the 2012 survey of the "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government."

Key Information:
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.

    • KEY REQUIREMENTS
    DUTIES: The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13 . If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As an Investigator, you will:
    • Conduct investigations of possible violations of federal alcohol and tobacco law.
    • Prepare detailed case reports and make authoritative recommendations for action.
    • Manage projects involving studies of processes, problems and initiatives which concern Bureau programs and associated activities in other Federal, State, local and international enforcement and regulatory agencies and organizations.
    • Prepare and make presentations and prepare speeches for management personnel on all aspects and provisions of IRC, FAA Act, and related regulations or any new developments in Bureau policy, and prepare detailed investigative reports that can be used to take action against parties found in violation of the law.
    • Provide management with detailed perspectives, analyses, background and other authoritative advice on how to best propose and implement cooperative activities, resolve fundamental philosophical differences, and coordinate high level and sensitive joint projects.

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Specialized experience:

    GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
    • Work experience where the applicant has regularly performed civil or criminal investigations or inspections.
    • OR Education: 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, in an accredited college or university that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
    GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
    • Work experience where the applicant has regularly conducted complex civil or criminal investigations involving alcohol and/or tobacco laws (Federal, State or Local).
    You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application includes your:
    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. Required supporting documents.

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
    1. Minimum Requirements : Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical and communication-oral and written. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, A, B or C, depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    3. Referral : If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ), you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here .

    BENEFITS: We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes:

  • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards;
  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year;
  • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire;
  • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
  • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    OTHER INFORMATION:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • We will not pay relocation expenses.
  • This is a bargaining-designated position.


  • CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9( http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf ). Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 1 to 5 days per month.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Telework may be available at a later date pending management approval.
  • Undergo an income tax verification.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Obtain and maintain a high risk clearance.
  • Sign a mobility agreement.

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