Regulatory Policy Specialist
Department Of The Treasury - Washington, DC

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Become part of the team that safeguards the financial system from the abuses of financial crime. At the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we are at the forefront in preventing and detecting terrorist financing, money laundering, and other financial crime. Serve at the nation's financial intelligence unit and protect the United States financial system from criminals and terrorist financiers.

The Regulatory Policy Specialist position is in the Office of Regulatory Policy (RP), Regulatory Policy and Programs Division (RPP), of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The mission of the Office of Regulatory Policy is to administer effectively the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) through the development and implementation of policy; the issuance of regulations and guidance to ensure better industry compliance with the BSA; and supporting the agencies and organizations examining financial institutions for compliance.
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DUTIES: The specialist performs a range of complex, sensitive work necessary to administer effectively the BSA, including participation in the development and implementation of policy, and the issuance of regulations and guidance. The specialist plays a significant role in the development, drafting and analysis of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism regulations, policies and guidance. He/she works closely with officials from regulatory and law enforcement agencies, financial service firms and international organizations, and responds to inquiries from these and other organizations regarding regulatory and policy matters, and serves as a team member with significant project responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Specialized Experience:

For GS-11 : Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-9 level that provided current knowledge of BSA requirements and/or financial services industry operations, involved discussions with external or internal officials, and included preparing related written materials. OR

Substitution of education for GS-11 : Completion of PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR a related LL.M.

For GS-12 Applicant must have one specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level that provided substantial current knowledge of BSA requirements and/or financial services industry operations; included discussions with external and/or internal officials related to complex regulatory or policy issues, and the preparation of related regulatory or policy matters.

Combination of Education and Experience: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions. If using education and/or combination to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcript. The education must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to .

The experience may have been gained in either public or private sector.

One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S.. For further information, click on

Qualifications Requirements: Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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: Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed and compared to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your qualifications will be further reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist and a subject matter expert, OR panel of subject-matter experts to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical experience requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. Your resume will then be placed in one of three rating categories, Gold, Silver, or Bronze, depending on your experience and education to this position. Although the process is self-assessed, your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score will be changed to a rating commensurate to your described experience. Providing false information may be grounds for not selecting you or termination after appointment.

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 category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will 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)), CTAP and ICTAP Candidates will be considered Well Qualified if they earn a minimum score of 85 on their responses to the assessment questions. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

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BENEFITS: FinCEN offers flexible work schedules, a comprehensive leave program, 10 paid holidays, financial assistance to employees who use public transportation to commute, in-house training, reimbursement for approved outside training, alternate work schedules (AWS) and telework opportunities, and eligibility for performance awards. FinCEN also offers attractive health, life, and long-term care insurance programs, and the employees' health insurance contributions are out of pre-tax dollars. Newer employees are covered by a three-tier retirement plan that includes a pre-tax retirement contribution program with matching funds or, as applicable, continuance in the Civil Service Retirement System. The office is located in a modern commercial building with a health unit and a fitness center (employees pay fitness center fee). The office is located near a metro station. All employees are assigned individual state-of-the-art computers.

OTHER INFORMATION: Sec urity Clearance: This position has been designated national security Level III, Critical Sensitive. Applicants must possess a favorably adjudicated Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI), and have been awarded a Top Secret clearance or be willing to undergo a SSBI, and the SSBI must be favorably adjudicated. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Although individuals may be appointed prior to completion or updating of a full personal history SSBI, continued employment with FinCEN is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the SSBI, the results of which fully meet the FinCEN's special employment criteria. All employees are subject to satisfactory completion of periodic reinvestigation and a continuing life style in conformity with applicable national and FinCEN directives. Any unfavorable information developed during an investigation or other official inquiry may result in termination of employment in accordance with established security policy and procedures.

Personal Identity Verification Credential: If selected, you will go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 ( ). Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

Probationary Period(s): Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Statement of Employment and Financial Interest may be required.

Relocation Expenses: Will not be paid.

Selective Service Registration: If selected, 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.

Executive Branch employees are barred from receiving or considering political recommendations from members of Congress unless they pertain to the character or residence of the applicant.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

Declaration of Federal Employment: Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies occur.

Buyout: If you previously left federal employment and received a separation incentive (buyout) and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.

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