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Specialized experience is one full year of experience at the EL/GS-14 level, that is directly related to the position as listed above and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience must include: supervises or oversees and coordinates on-going investigations (i.e., criminal, civil and administrative) of government programs and operations where complex financial or mortgage-related frauds where fraud is committed against and by financial institutions, public and private individuals, and corporations or entities. In addition, provides direction to the staff and ensures documentation is accurate and updated to include making sure the regulations, laws and rules have been followed.

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 reemployed as a law enforcement officer in the OIG if the individual has prior coverage under the special law enforcement retirement plan.

* 1.Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized investigative experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the EL/GS-14 level as described above.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized investigative experience equivalent to the definition as described above.


* 2.Do you meet any of the following categories?
  1. I have not yet reached my 37th birthday.
  2. I am not subject to the age restriction because I served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement officer (FLEO) position as described above.
  3. I am a preference eligible veteran.
  4. I do not meet any of the above categories.


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.

* 3.Do you meet the physical requirements as described above?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Have you conducted criminal investigations under Title 18 of the US Code, which involved working with Assistant US Attorneys and testifying before Grand Juries?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Please cite the positions(s) in your resume where you have conducted Title 18 criminal investigations.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 6.Have you conducted criminal investigations involving sensitive or complex financial frauds such as bank, securities, or mortgage related frauds?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Please cite the positions(s) in your resume where you have conducted criminal investigations involving sensitive or complex financial frauds such as bank, securities, or mortgage related frauds.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 8.Have you provided direction and assistance to teams on investigative findings, which involved making recommendations as to appropriate action to be taken?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Select all of the law enforcement activities with which you have experience.
  1. Making arrests
  2. Conducting physical surveillance
  3. Conducting consensual monitoring or other electronic surveillance
  4. Drafting affidavits in support of arrest or search warrants, or criminal complaints
  5. Performing interrogations/subject interviews
  6. Participating in the execution of search warrants
  7. Conducting undercover operations
  8. Conducting operations using confidential informants
  9. Drafting and serving Inspector General subpoenas
  10. Conducting employee misconduct investigations
  11. Conducting fraud investigations
  12. Conducting mortgage or securities related fraud investigations
  13. Conducting bank fraud investigations
  14. Conducting bribery or public corruption investigations
  15. Conducting investigations in which Title III wiretaps are utilized
  16. Testifying in court
  17. None of the above


* 10.Choose all of the statements that apply to you regarding the types of investigations you have been involved with as well as have either supervised or led an investigative team (in the event you are interviewed, you may be asked to provide an example of each).
  1. Criminal investigation (leading to prosecution)
  2. Civil investigation (leading to litigation)
  3. Administrative investigation (serious employee misconduct leading to discipline)
  4. Criminal, civil and/or administrative investigation (having 2 if not all 3 types of actions occurring in cases supervised or led)
  5. Undercover operation
  6. Complex (multi-program), high profile (Congressional, news media, or other public interest), involving key executives (senior governmental, contractor, or external entities integral to the Department/Agency's program or operation)
  7. Internal affairs cases or oversight of law enforcement, police or security
  8. Intelligence or National Security Community cases or oversight
  9. Federal cases
  10. Local, County, State, Tribal or International cases
  11. Seizures and/or Forfeitures
  12. Contractors and/or Grantees
  13. Suspensions and/or Debarments
  14. Private individuals and/or entities
  15. None of the above.


* 11.Select all of the following that apply to your knowledge and experience of systems and practices.
  1. Investigative Case Management System
  2. Semi-annual and Fiscal Year statistics
  3. Evidence Inventory
  4. US Courts PACER system
  5. National Criminal Information Center databases
  6. Treasury Enforcement Communication System
  7. National Law Enforcement Telecommunication system
  8. None of the above


* 12.Choose the statement that best describes your ability to conduct investigations of complex financial fraud such as Mortgage related frauds, securities fraud, bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud.
  1. I have extensive experience conducting highly complex investigations such as bank, mortgage, securities, bankruptcy related frauds.
  2. I have experience conducting complex criminal financial fraud investigations.
  3. None of the above.


* 13.Choose all that you have encountered.
  1. Been a technical liaison internal and external to the organization and Department/Agency
  2. Led a team, supervised or managed a special highly complex, exceptionally sensitive, and highly visible multi-jurisdictional investigation with national impact
  3. Led a team, supervised or managed cases which involved high profile key executives, private individuals or other entities who were government executives, corporate or private individuals who are or involved contractors or grantees.
  4. None of the above.


* 14.Select the statement from the list below that best describes your highest level of related experience with program fraud, abuse, white collar and general crime.
  1. I have experience working in an OIG, investigating allegations of criminal financial fraud, abuse, white-collar crime (e.g. mortgage fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud), that are complex and/or sensitive in nature and involved organizations with strong political impact, a high degree of visibility, or Congressional and Executive interest and have participated in major joint criminal investigations with other Federal law enforcement agencies.
  2. I have experience in conducting, financial fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement investigations; conducted criminal investigations working with law enforcement agencies in combined operations investigations with other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.
  3. I have experience conducting complex criminal investigations.
  4. None of the above.


* 15.Choose the statement(s) that best describe your communication/briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals and the agency leadership. While you are encouraged to select all that may apply, if subsequently interviewed, applicants may be required to provide an example(s) that supports their answer(s) to this question.
  1. I regularly communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations to various levels of stakeholders.
  2. I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to managers and/or employees.
  3. I represent my agency in meetings with third party individuals and/or organizations.
  4. I brief managers on agency policy, goals, and objectives.
  5. I defend or explain agency position(s) with external entities or third parties who perform oversight review of programs.
  6. I foster cooperation and obtain consensus among groups in achieving agency goals.
  7. I build consensus by collaborating with others to obtain information, achieve results, and accomplish goals
  8. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 16.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in reporting to higher-level officials on program status and/or technical problems requiring resolution.
  1. I have no experience in performing this task.
  2. I have reported primarily to my immediate supervisor, either formally or informally, on program status and/or technical problems requiring resolution.
  3. I have given informal briefings to higher-level officials in the organization regarding program status and/or technical problems requiring resolution.
  4. I have given formal written reports and oral briefings to higher-level officials both within and outside my organization regarding program status and/or technical problems requiring resolution.


* 17.Select all of the verbal communication activities that you have routinely performed in your employment.
  1. Conducting law enforcement interviews.
  2. Presenting criminal investigative findings to Assistant U.S. Attorneys.
  3. Presenting investigative status and other investigative matters to senior agency officials.
  4. Providing oral presentations.
  5. Providing operational briefings to other members of a task force or raid team.
  6. Providing advice, guidance or direction to investigators of lower grades on regulations or procedures.
  7. Serving as mediator in discussions between varying groups or individuals with opposing opinions and/or goals.
  8. Testifying in court and/or administrative hearings.
  9. None of the above.


* 18.Select all of the written products below that you have experience writing.
  1. Memoranda of Investigative Activities
  2. Reports of Investigation
  3. Investigative work plans
  4. Administrative reports to management
  5. Proposals for undercover, surveillance, arrest or search warrant operations
  6. Responses to congressional or other interagency inquiries
  7. Appliations for approval for consensual monitoring
  8. Applications for administrative / Inspector General subpoenas
  9. None of the above.


* 19.Select all the following types of affidavits that you have written and submitted, sworn, and had approved, that resulted in arrests, seizures, indictments, or penalties.
  1. Search / seizure warrant affidavits
  2. Criminal complaint affidavits
  3. Arrest warrant affidavits
  4. None of the above.


* 20.Select all of the following types of interpersonal communication duties you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Briefed Assistant United States Attorneys on Criminal Investigative activities in support of Title 18 investigations.
  2. Facilitated coordination of efforts between various Federal Law Enforcement Investigative Agencies.
  3. None of the above.


* 21.Choose the statement that best describes your skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations outside of the organization.
  1. I have no experience in performing this task
  2. I have maintained relationships with members of other work units within my organization who have diverse needs, assessed their needs, and provided moderately complex information to them. I have resolved fairly complex or non-routine problems, questions, or complaints
  3. I have developed and maintained relationships with interest groups with diverse needs, anticipated and assessed their needs, and provided complex information to them. I have resolved complex or non-routine problems, questions, or complaints
  4. I have extensive experience working with the most highly visible and complex contacts and groups outside of the organization. These contacts involve extraordinarily sensitive, complex and important cases, which are highly visible and draw Congressional and Executive interest


* 22.Choose the statements below that describe your experience working with other law enforcement agencies. (Select all that apply)
  1. Conducting joint complex financial fraud investigations involving criminal violations of Title 18, United States Code, with other federal law enforcement agencies
  2. Conducting joint criminal investigations with state or local law enforcement agencies
  3. Serving as a member of a federal criminal investigations task force
  4. Serving as a formal agency liaison to another law enforcement agency or organization
  5. None of the above


* 23.Please choose the one answer that best summarizes your experience in planning, prioritizing, organizing, and executing assignments (performance-based case management).
  1. As an individual, I have planned and developed a strategy for initiating and continuing an investigation (non-complex and non-high profile); planned and participated in a major investigation (complex and/or high profile); and modified goals for either type of investigation to conform to newly released information or constraints.
  2. As a supervisor or as a leader of a team, I have done No. 1 and proactively initiated assignments derived from leads, tips, or developed initiatives; ensured the investigative or operational plans of others were organized, accurate and timely; the assignments made, priorities set and schedules made by and/or with others supervised or led, were always monitored to fulfill program and operational requirements; and with the purpose of moving cases forward, utilizing appropriate techniques and methods to include those that ensure for the safety and legality of others work while maximizing their creativity, to achieve desired performance outcomes.
  3. As a supervisor or team leader, I have done No. 2 as well as developed and refined strategic and annual plans (mission, vision, goals, objectives, performance measure) and immediate operational or tactical plans; integrating all types of planning to ensure for performance-based case management within the personnel supervised or team led as well as the overarching organization.
  4. I do not possess the above describe experience.


* 24.Which one statement best describes your experience in providing guidance to subordinates or team members.
  1. I have completed formal supervisory education or training, but have not yet supervised criminal investigators on the job.
  2. I have supervised criminal investigators under close supervision by a supervisor or manager to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  3. I have supervised criminal investigators as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or manager.
  4. I am an expert in supervising criminal investigators in complex financial fraud investigations and I have supervised investigators or led a team of investigators in conducting complex financial fraud investigations.
  5. I have no experience or education in supervising investigators in complex financial fraud investigations.


* 25.Which one statement best describes your experience in regards to supervising subordinates or team members to ensure that senior management's objectives are met, that senior management is provided with accurate and timely information, and that administrative processes are in place and working effectively.
  1. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  2. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor or manager to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or manager.
  4. I am an expert in this task, and I have trained or supervised subordinates or lead team members in the performance of this task.
  5. I have no experience or education in performing this task.






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