Recent Graduate Trainee (Criminal Investigator )
Department Of Commerce - New York, NY

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The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) advances U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economics objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. BIS's activities include regulating the export of sensitive goods and technologies; enforcing export control, and public safety laws; cooperating with and assisting other countries on export control and strategic trade issues; assisting U.S. industry to comply with international arms control agreements; and monitoring the viability of the U.S. defense industrial base.

This position is located in the Department of Commerce (DOC), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement (EE), Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), investigation Division (ID), Dallas and New York Field Offices.

The purpose of this position is to assist senior criminal investigators in enforcing the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended, and the Regulations issued there under and to investigate actual or alleged violations of the Act and Regulations from the point of suspicion or receipt of substantive allegation of violation to the conclusion of any resulting criminal judicial process or administrative proceedings. Serious violations of teh Act are defined as criminal acts, i.e., felonies. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a United States Citizen
Must suitable for federal employment
Must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
Annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report is required.
A Mobility Agreement and Health Physical is a condition of employment DUTIES:

Pathways Criminal Investigator Trainee(s) duties include but are not limited to :

Trains to review and appraise original requests complaints and allegations, develops and uses informants, trade and government sources.

Assists in determining the nature, scope, timing and direction of the investigation.

Assists with the planning for the separate phases (investigative areas) of the investigation. Develops outline for plan of inquiry designed to obtain essential facts.

Makes contacts with other U.S. and/or foreign investigative agencies with the view to

obtaining, when appropriate or necessary, technical and/or other assistance from such agencies.

Performs fact-finding to establish existence of essential elements of proof.
Conducts personally and/or obtains approrpriate instructions and guidance for inerviews, interrogations, and examination/procurement of pertinent records both in the U.S. and abroad.

Applicants qualify based on level of education, specialized experience or a combination of both.

GS-7: 1 full year of graduate level education OR superior academic achievement

GS-9: Completion of all requirements for a master's degree or equivalent degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.

Specialized Experience : Applicants qualifying based on specialized experience must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level by the closing date of the announcement.

GS-7 level : You must possess at least one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as knowledge of criminal statutes involving evidentiary matters, constitutional rights, search and seizures and appropriate criminal and administrative sanctions and their use.

GS-9 level : You must possess at least one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as knowledge of the effect of national security, foreign policy, and counter-terrorism on export controls and/or related issues.

Applicants may qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

MEDICAL/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS. The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion. Any physical conditional that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying. Please view the following OPM Individual Occupational Requirements (Medical) for this position: .

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS: MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE. Applicants who have not previously held a law enforcement position as defined in 5 USC 8331 are subject to a maximum age restriction in filling this position. Individuals who will reach the age of 37 years before entry or duty will be found ineligible for this position. LAW ENFORCEMENT RETIREMENT. Extra retirement contributions are withheld and employees who reach age 50 or over with at least twenty years of creditable service as a law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement. Employees who reach age 55 with at least twenty years of creditable service as a law enforcement officer are subject to mandatory retirement from that position. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION. This is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for a Top Secret clearance as a condition of employment/retention in the position. MANDATORY COMPLETION OF BASIC TRAINING. Selectee must successfully complete or have completed the eight-week basic criminal investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA or an equivalent law enforcement training, as determined by the Director, OEE and must be available to attend this training within 60 days from the date of appointment. Retention in the position and payment of the special rate is subject to successful completion of this training. DRUG TESTING. This position has been identified as Testing Designated Position under the Department of Commerce's, Drug-Free Workplace Program. Satisfactory completion of the drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment. Except as prohibited by law, all applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures. LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY PAY (LEAP). Selectee is entitled to the LEAP 25% of base pay for availability to work substantial amounts of "unscheduled duty" after successful completion of training. FIREARMS. Selectee will be required to carry and use firearms in the performance of the duties of the position and must maintain firearm proficiency. DRIVER'S LICENSE. Selectee must possess or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license. MOBILITY AGREEMENT. The selectee for this position must be willing to relocate (change of official duty station) at the direction of management. Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement. The duration of this Pathways appointment will serve as a trial period.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1. Knowledge of investigative priniciples, techniques and methods and procedures.

2. Skill in conducting interrogations and determining the reliability and credibility of witnesses.

3. Knowledge of Constitutional rights; federal law of search and seizure, testimony, and evidence; fraud, conspiracies; the conduct of grand jury investigations; and appropriate criminal and administrative sanctions and their use.

4. Ability to communicate Export Enforcement objectives to the private sector and to the general public.

5. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

Preference will be given to applicants with the ability to read and translate Spanish and/or other languages.

Your answers to the questions in the online application process serve as the basis for your initial rating and will determine who is best qualified for this position; only the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Your responses will be validated by a human resource specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment. For more information on category rating, please go to:
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The Department of Commerce offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits . OTHER INFORMATION:

Pathways Recent Graduate Program (Recent GraduateTrainee)

This position is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program which is one year training program designed to provide recent graduates with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides manager's a ready source potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the trainee with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment (in some circumstances, temporary or term employment) upon completion.

This appointment must continue for one full year, at which time the individual may, at agency's discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment. Pathways Recent Graduate Trainees are not conferred any rights nor guarantees for conversion and/or promotion during or at the end of the appointment.

Additional Pathways Recent Graduate Program information can be found at:

-- Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any cost incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the individual selected for the position.

-- Equal Employment Opportunity : The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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