Department Of State - Washington, DC

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As a Criminal Investigator in the Office of Investigations, you will provide analytical and digital forensics support to criminal investigators in furtherance of their investigations.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement AN769780 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


U.S. Citizenship

Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.

Must have relevant experience and/or education (see Qualifications).

Incumbent may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Conducts routine criminal investigations of alleged violations of Title 18, U.S. Code.

Collects, processes, and preserves digital evidence from electronic devices.

Participates in the execution of search warrants.

Takes affidavits from suspects and witnesses.

Provides testimony in court to basic procedures and methods used to obtain and analyze digital evidence.

To qualify for this position at the GS-07 level, you must have:

At least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service) that included utilizing investigative methods and procedures; conducting record searches, examining documents, and extracting pertinent investigative data; recording information collected in a format ready to assimilate into an official report; and other legal work such as interviewing suspects and witnesses; or one year of graduate level education or meet the requirements under the superior academic achievement provision; or a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial). Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on Foreign Education .

Work Requirements:
This position requires: Long periods of standing, walking, and running over rough, rocky, uneven, and hazardous terrain; crawling in restrictive areas such as culverts; climbing fences, walls, and freight train ladders; and driving all-terrain vehicles cross country and over rough terrain. The incumbent must be prepared to protect themselves or others from physical attacks at any time and without warning, and to use firearms, as required by the position, only as a last resort. All incumbents must be medically cleared for overseas travel and assignment in accordance with Department standards and are required to take an annual physical fitness examination.

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 the 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 to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

The work environment involves frequent exposure to moderate risks, discomforts, and unpleasant working conditions, adverse weather and darkness. Safety or security precautions sometimes are necessary and the incumbent may have to use appropriate clothing or gear.

This position may require working long, irregular hours on weekends and at night, and changing shifts and duty stations.

All qualification requirements must be met by midnight (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

You will receive a rating based on the degree to which your background information provided matches the responses you selected in the Assessment Questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your experience as it relates to the following competencies:

Problem Solving Skills


Oral Communication

Management Skills

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Application status may be viewed by accessing your Application Manager account at and clicking on the vacancy identification number
(757896) to view your Application Package Status screen.

The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at .

Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214 or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the proof/documents required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see .

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified'. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to: .

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit

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