Supervisory Criminal Investigator (RAC)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Los Angeles, CA

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The NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts audits, reviews, and investigations of NASA programs and operations to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement and to assist NASA management in promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. The OIG consists of approximately 200 auditors, analysts, specialists, investigators, attorneys, and support staff at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, and NASA Centers throughout the U.S.

The Office of Investigations (OI), Computer Crimes Division (CCD) is seeking an experienced and motivated candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position. This position will be filled at either the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Resident Agency or the Ames Research Center located in California. CCD personnel are involved in conducting or supporting extremely sensitive investigations involving electronic and other crimes directed at NASA's communications systems and advanced technology programs. These programs are critical to the agency's mission achievement as CCD investigations are international in scope or significance, sensitive in nature, and involve a wide range of issues affecting the infrastructure of the nation and NASA. The Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) serves as an expert overseeing computer crimes investigations.

This is a primary position covered under 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) and 5.U.S.C 8412(d).

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not reached their 37th birthday prior to appointment. Maximum entry age limitations may not be waived for any applicant except those with veteran's preference. Applicants over the maximum entry age must self-certify in the additional information section of OPM's resume builder that they have been or are currently in a LEO covered position to meet the requirement of 20 years of service by the mandatory retirement age of 57.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Satisfactorily complete (or have previously completed) the Criminal Investigation Training Program at Glynco, Georgia, or equivalent federal law enforcement training.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY PAY (LEAP): LEAP in the amount of 25% has been approved for this position.
  • Frequent travel will be required
  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Must pass a pre-employment medical examination and physical fitness test
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance

DUTIES: As the RAC, in CCD, the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Responsible for the direct supervision, oversight and leadership of investigators, computer forensic examiners, and other support staff within CCD. Supervises and leads a geographically dispersed staff involved in conducting investigations, as well direct support to investigations, ensuring the integrity of programs and operations of NASA are in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Provides technical and administrative direction of investigative projects and activities within the OIG, as well as at the local, state, national and international level, as appropriate.

Performs investigations involving persons and property under the charge and control of NASA, pursuant to Federal statutes. Conducts complex investigations in accordance with Title 18 U.S. Code. Performs analysis of the facts or evidence to establish interrelationship; resolves conflicts in the evidence by uncovering the facts or reconstructing information in order to develop the case more thoroughly; substantiates findings or conclusions; examines records to detect links in a chain of evidence or information; and develops and uses informants to get leads on information.

Oversees analyses of electronically stored information (digital evidence) in support of administrative and criminal investigations. Interprets electronic information stored on a wide range of IT systems and networks commonly found in private residences, businesses, and the federal government. Partners with the United States Attorney's Office to coordinate criminal prosecutions and preparing affidavits to be used in the application of search warrants and subpoenas.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, program staff, NASA IT Security and IT administrators, and other federal, state, local, and international law enforcement officials. Effectively collaborates with diverse individuals to meaningfully contribute to the successful completion of time sensitive operational events, such as interagency joint investigations. Conducts continuous outreach to relevant NASA personnel to develop and maintain a working knowledge of key NASA networked systems and programs. Routinely takes steps to stay abreast of current and developing technologies by independent efforts as well as participation in relevant work groups and task forces.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: For the GS-14 grade level, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Specialized experience may include: participating in computer forensic work groups/cybercrime task forces as well as industry sponsored workgroups in order to stay abreast of current trends within the community; experience in conducting computer intrusions investigations involving individuals exceeding their authorized permissions on networked computer systems; ability to lead and coordinate a diverse group of investigators and support staff to effectively prevent, detect and investigate a wide range of crimes, as well as violations of agency-level policies; experience in conducting, planning and directing the investigation of complex crimes where automated information systems were the principal targets or means to consummate the crimes; wrote reports policies to ensure all computer forensic products and procedures of an organization were fully defensible in adversarial judicial or administrative proceeding; demonstrates a rich understanding of the theoretical concepts of computer science, as well as practical problem solving skills required to obtain necessary information.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: The duties of this position 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. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read 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 these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard too himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Resumix's search technology utilizes a comprehensive skills database that combines matching combinations of search terms to help find the right candidates. The system's built in intelligence recognizes the contextual meaning of words within a resume by extracting relevant information. Applicants are strongly encouraged to thoroughly review the major duties of the position and ensure that you prepare a comprehensive resume that narratively demonstrates your skills, education, and experience. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume. NASA will not accept separate KSA statement.

Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows :
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentative meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide. .

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows :
Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to Veterans:

The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

BENEFITS: NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE .


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

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