Student 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 currently enrolled in a qualified academic program.
Must be a United States Citizen.
Must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
Must be able to pass a background security investigation

and obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance 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.

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

Education:
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.

This position is a Pathways Internship (Student Trainee), as such, applicantions will ONLY be accepted from those enrolled in a qualified academic program for the current semester (Spring 2013). ** Note: This internship program should not be confused with the Pathways Recent Graduate program, you must be a degree/certificate seeking student. See 'Other Info' for more details.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS:
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: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1800/criminal-investigation-series-1811/ .

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. 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: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1800/criminal-investigation-series-1811/ .

FAILURE TO MEET ANY OF THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS WILL RESULT IN TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your transcripts, resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications (education and or experience, etc.) for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, your application will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by veteran preference status; (1) Preference eligibles (2) candidates not eligible for veteran preference.
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BENEFITS:
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 Internship Program (Student Trainee)

PATHWAY INERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides manager's a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the student 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.

CONVERSION:
This appointment may continue until the selectee earns 640 work education hours AND education program requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at agency's discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment. Pathways interns are not conferred any rights nor guarantee for conversion at the end of the appointment.

Additional Pathways Internship Program information can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/interns/

-- 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.

-- Selective Service : If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov

-- Veterans' Preference : If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-- For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member 4 ), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a letter from the Veteran's Administration to support your claim, DD-214 ( Member 4 ), and the required documentation.

-- For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

-- 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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