Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)
Department Of Housing And Urban Development - New York, NY

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The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has as its primary mission the detection and deterrence of fraud, waste, and abuse in the administration of over $30 billion in Federal funds each year by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

Through its programs, largely carried out by thousands of approved lenders and public housing authorities throughout the United States, HUD expands housing opportunities for American families by extending such benefits as mortgage insurance and rental subsidies for qualified persons. Employees of the OIG help to ensure that HUD funds are used only for the purposes for which they are intended, thereby ensuring maximum benefit to the American public. HUD OIG is recruiting to build, sustain, and deploy a skilled, knowledgeable, diverse, and high-performing workforce to meet the current and emerging needs of government and its citizens.

Key Information
  • Selectee is entitled to Law Enforcement Availability Pay at the rate of 25% of base pay.
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DUTIES: The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13 level. 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 a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent), you will:
  • Plan, direct, and execute investigations of diverse housing programs and activities-both within and outside the Department.
  • Review legislation, reports, and other background information and hold discussions with program personnel in order to become familiar with program requirements and operations; determine any potential problems; develop required connections to offices, organizations, and program personnel; and identify preliminary scope and course of investigation.
  • Develop the investigative strategy/plan. Throughout the course of the investigation, modify the plan by changing and/or adding areas of emphasis and devising new approaches as required to meet unanticipated developments or complications. As new cases grow out of the original investigation, incorporates them into the overall plan.
  • Conduct and direct investigation. Determine what information is required to review, and when and how to obtain information. Develop and/or modify methods to ensure thorough and accurate investigation. Examine accounting and financial records, bank statements, check registers, invoices, books, payrolls, reports, correspondence, and other data related to transactions, actions, or allegations under investigation. Develop and work with informants. Determine need for surveillance and/or undercover work and devises strategies, including coordinating with other jurisdictions for personnel resources and technical support. Determine the need for, justify, obtain, and execute search warrants and serve subpoenas. Verify and corroborate all information obtained, presented, or alleged to establish accuracy and authenticity of facts and/or evidence. Make arrests.
  • Analyze and use leads generated nationwide by other law enforcement agencies or other Federal/State investigative agencies. Work closely with U.S. Attorneys in investigating complex cases involving intricate conspiracies, kickbacks, and embezzlements of Federal funds. Provide expert input to U.S. Attorneys on investigation background, evidence, and findings to date; as well as on HUD program and operational laws, policies, and requirements. Provides advice on prosecution strategies. Assist in location of defendants and witnesses. Serve as a witness for cases that go to trial. Provide input on negotiations between U.S. Attorney and other parties.
  • Determine when all necessary investigative work has been completed and when further investigative work would be unproductive. Develop reports of findings that include recommendations for improvements to program operations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
  • The date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday is the maximum entry age for original appointment to a position within the OIG as a law enforcement officer. Please Note: a) This requirement does not apply to preference-eligible veterans; b) An individual who is 37 years of age or older may be redeployed as a law enforcement officer in the OIG if the individual has had prior coverage under the special law enforcement retirement plan.
  • Physical Requirements: The selectee must pass a pre-appointment physical examination and meet the physical requirements for this position as required by this agency. The duties of this position require 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 and hearing are required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Because the duties of this position are exacting, responsible, and sometimes performed under trying conditions, the selectee must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the selectee to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying. AND
Specialized Experience:
For the GL-09 level:

You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GL/GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: Working with Criminal Investigators performing segments of investigations which includes the following types of tasks:

- searching public records/databases;

- interviewing witnesses/employees to verify facts and obtain specific pieces of information;

- securing signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence to be included in reports or case records; AND

- writing reports for case records.

OR You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Masters or equivalent graduate degree, or two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LLB or JD.

Note: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. 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:
  • Resume,
  • Responses to the online questions, and
  • 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 will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating : Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
    • Knowledge of Federal criminal statutes, Federal criminal and civil procedures, rules of evidence, and constitutional rights.
    • Ability to effectively present information both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to participate in multi-agency investigative teams.
    • Ability to investigate aspects of program fraud abuse, white collar and violent crime.
    Your application will be rated based on theWe 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 depending on the position and grade level of the job.
    3. Referral:
    If you are among the top qualified candidates and eligible for selection, 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)), you must be rated in the second category or better to be considered 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.

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    BENEFITS: Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:

    • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Selections may be made from this announcement or from any other appropriate source.
    • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
    • The HUD OIG has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain personnel services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising the vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position you will be required to:
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the United States. If your identity and employment eligibility cannot be confirmed, you may be terminated.
    • Complete a one year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment and pass a pre-employment inquiry regarding your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after Dec. 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from this requirement.
    • Pass a detailed background investigation.
    • Must be willing to travel.
    • Test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in this position and be subject to random drug testing thereafter.
    • Satisfactorily complete the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Criminal Investigator Training Program, or its equivalent.
    • Carry a firearm, maintain firearms proficiency, and conduct full law enforcement activities. Any person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence may not be hired [Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(9)].
    • Be willing to work irregular unscheduled hours and under hazardous conditions.
    • Be willing to relocate at the direction of management.
    • Pass a pre-employment physical examination.
    • Possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
    • Provide a confidential financial disclosure statement.

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