Criminal Investigator GS-1811-13/14
Department Of The Interior - Reston, VA

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The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Islanders.

This position is located in the Office of Law Enforcement and Security Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. The Office of Law Enforcement and Security is responsible for conducting comprehensive and impartial investigations into allegations of misconduct of the Department’s law enforcement managers and employees; managing the Department’s critical assets protection program, and for developing and implementing a counter drug policy and strategy.

The person selected for this position will serve as a senior law enforcement and security official located in Reston, VA.

This position is Critical-Sensitive. The incumbent will be subject to a favorable background investigation, and must be eligible for a TOP SECRET/ SCI Clearance with a counterintelligence polygraph examination.

This position is subject to drug testing.

This vacancy is also announced as OS-EG-13-MM826735 (MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities). You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses WILL NOT be authorized.
  • Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES: The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

• Serves as a member of the Office of Law Enforcement and Security (OLES). Coordinates with other Divisions and programs in support of employee and visitor safety and health facilities management, and emergency preparedness and response.
• Conducts investigations of a sensitive or special nature.
• May conduct reviews on the effectiveness of the law enforcement and security programs and practices within the Department and its bureaus.
• Reviews existing and proposed national law enforcement and security standards and certification procedures and approves programs for implementation by the bureaus.
• Represents the Department and provides national coordination with other departments, agencies, and organizations on law enforcement, intelligence and counterintelligence matters.
• The incumbent will serve as a Criminal Investigator working in the Counterintelligence/ Insider Threat Unit.

The duties listed above are for the GS-14 grade level. At the GS-13 grade level the incumbent will not perform the full range of duties described above, but will be expected to gradually assume more complex assignments and to work with greater independence.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: A Law Enforcement Commission is required, and the incumbent must meet physical standards to maintain commission. Prior law enforcement experience, as gained by substantial service in a primary law enforcement officer position or equivalent experience outside the Federal government is a MANDATORY PREREQUISITE for the incumbent of this position.

Specialized Experience GS-13:

To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: Law enforcement experience with land management or natural resource law enforcement; Investigating cases and/or managing investigations, of a sensitive or special nature and working long term (1 year or longer) investigations to include writing affidavits, testifying in federal court and serving search warrants for the purpose of prosecuting criminal cases; researching, developing, and conveying an agency position or objective to senior level managers to include creating presentations and giving briefings; commensurate with the classification level or sensitivity of the material and the intended audience, provides information for senior decision makers or other agency personnel; works collaboratively and at varying levels with other agencies/organizations to improve information sharing and support for law enforcement and intelligence programs.

Specialized Experience GS-14:

To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as : Law enforcement experience with land management or natural resource law enforcement; Investigating cases and/or managing investigations, of a sensitive or special nature and working long term (1 year or longer) investigations to include writing affidavits, testifying in federal court and serving search warrants for the purpose of prosecuting criminal cases; serving as a program manager to include budget development, policy development, and organizational skills; managing employee issues to include recommendations regarding performance, morale, conduct and discipline, Equal Employment Opportunity and training.; researching, developing, and conveying an agency position or objective to senior level managers to include creating presentations and giving briefings; commensurate with the classification level or sensitivity of the material and the intended audience, provides information for senior decision makers or other agency personnel. Information or intelligence is shared and safeguarded appropriately; works collaboratively and at varying levels with other agencies/organizations to improve information sharing and support for law enforcement and intelligence programs. Effectively represents the Department on high-level committees and groups.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp .

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. http://www.sss.gov .

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position. Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.

There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the ( Online Questionnaire ) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Law Enforcement - Experience reviewing and researching laws, legislation, directives and policy directives. Reviewing and developing procedures and standards for operation and using investigative techniques to establish facts and relationships.

Communication- Ability to communicate effectively with people in stressful or hostile situations. Ability to negotiate and interact with high level officials.

Analytical Ability - Ability to analyze and properly handle classified information, knowledge of physical and operational investigative techniques and methods used to advise and make recommendations in the development of practices, policies and programs.

BENEFITS: To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION: Important Note : All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: www.boemre.gov/adm/ethics.html for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

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