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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)
Open Period:
04/25/2012 - 05/01/2012
EL - 1811 12/13
$84352.00 - $162435.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 2 in Saint Louis, MO, US
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center


Who May Apply:

U.S. citizens who meet any of the categories shown under the heading "Who May Apply" at the end of the Job Summary section below.


This announcement is also being posted for the St Louis area at the EL-09/11 levels - see 12-FHFAIG-069.

Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:

Become a part of the most challenging and important mission in the country today. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG) ensures that all FHFA programs and operations are effective and efficient by conducting audits, investigations and reviews of the activities, programs, and other operations of the FHFA, and recommending courses of action designed to assist the FHFA in promoting economy and efficiency in the administration of its programs and operations.


Selectee will receive Law Enforcement Availability Pay at the rate of 25% of base pay unless pay exceeds the applicable pay cap.


FHFA regulates and supervises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks (the Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs)). FHFA's primary mission is to ensure that the GSEs operate in a safe and sound manner and support a stable, liquid, and efficient mortgage market, including sustainable home ownership and affordable housing.


The FHFA-OIG Office of Investigations investigates allegations of misconduct and fraud involving the programs and operations of FHFA and the GSEs. Primarily, the Office of Investigations focuses on conducting criminal investigations relating to mortgage, bank, and securities frauds as they relate to the GSEs. The office is staffed by Special Agents with specialized expertise in conducting complex financial fraud investigations.


Who May Apply


1. Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status or current Federal employees in excepted service positions covered by an interchange agreement;

2. Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;

3. Individuals eligible for:

  • the FHFA-OIG Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP);

  • the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) from the local commuting area;

  • 4.  Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individuals with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, certain military spouses);

    5.  U.S. citizens, no matter where you live, who are eligible for appointment under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act; or

    6. FHFA-OIG employees currently serving on a Veteran's Recruitment Appointment (VRA).

    Supervisory Position:
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    Key Requirements:

    You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period. You must pass a pre-employment security check and background investigation. This position requires a Top Secret security clearance.


    The Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) is called upon to spearhead large, complex, and sensitive criminal and occasionally non-criminal investigations which come under the jurisdiction of FHFA-OIG. At the full performance level, you will perform the following duties:

    -Act for the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge ("ASAC") in his her absence and provide advice and guidance to lower grade Special Agents.

    -Plan and conduct investigations to determine whether Federal laws and regulations were violated.

    -Question subjects and third party witnesses (formally and informally) and secure evidence from other outside sources to determine the nature and extent of violations of Federal laws and regulations.

    -Apprehend and arrest persons who violate Federal laws, and conduct searches and seizures incident to an arrest or pursuant to a warrant.

    -Confer with and assist U.S. Attorneys in preparing information and evidence for trials.

    -Testify as a government witness before Grand Juries, and in courts in criminal, civil, and administrative cases.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    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: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:


    • Knowledge of the technical aspects of Mortgage, Bank and Securities Fraud and other white collar criminal investigations.

    • Skill in conducting complex and sensitive criminal, civil and administrative investigations, particularly those involving procurement fraud, program fraud or abuse, and conflict of interest of high-level officials.

    • Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, in order to present facts and evidence in an organized, logical and coherent manner; convey ideas and concepts; and prepare and issue reports detailing investigative findings for high-level officials and prosecutors.

    • Ability to participate in and/or lead multi-agency investigative teams and work with other law enforcement organizations in joint investigations.

    We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.


    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to the 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 have a score of 95 or higher to be determined as well qualified to receive special selection priority.



    Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, including the following, by the closing date:


    Time After Competitive Appointment: Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a nontemporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.


    Time-In-Grade for the EL-12: Candidates must have been an EL/GS-11, or equivalent, for 52 weeks (when applicable).


    Time-In-Grade for the EL-13: Candidates must have been an EL/GS-12, or equivalent, for 52 weeks (when applicable).




    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including the following, by the closing date:


    Age RestrictionThe date immediately preceding an individuals 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. AND


    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.


    Specialized Experience for the EL-12: You must have one full year of experience at the EL/GS-11 level, or equivalent, that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position must include:


    -Independently initiating investigations from informant tips or leads;

    -Developing evidence by interviews, documentary searches, surveillance, etc.; and

    -Establishing interrelationships of facts or evidence; investigating sensitive, controversial subjects.


    To qualify at this level, applicants must also cite experience that required involvement in portions of criminal investigations involving financial or mortgage related fraud where fraud is committed against and by financial institutions.

    Specialized Experience for the EL-13: You must have one full year of experience at the EL/GS-12 level, or equivalent, that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position must include exercising those duties and responsibilities necessary to fully address and resolve all allegations under investigation; utilizing various investigative techniques to corroborate information and establish interrelationships of facts and evidence; and conducting Title 18 criminal investigations involving working with Assistant United States Attorneys, testifying before Grand Juries, writing and swearing to Search and Arrest warrants involving sensitive or complex financial or mortgage related frauds where fraud is committed against and by financial institutions.

    Benefits and Other Info


    HEALTH INSURANCE: A variety of Federal Employee Health Benefit plans to choose from which can be paid from pre-tax income. FHFA-OIG pays 90% of the bi-weekly premium

    DENTAL INSURANCE: 100% of the premium for employees and their family members. There is a $2,500 annual maximum per employee and a separate orthodontic benefit for dependent children to age 19 (Annual deductible apply)

    VISION INSURANCE: 100% of the premium for employees and their family members. (Co pay applies). Coverage includes reimbursement according to a fee schedule for eye examinations, frames and contact lenses once every 12 months.

    401 (K) PLAN: FHFA-OIG employees may contribute up to 10% of their pay annually on a before-tax basis (subject to IRS limits).

    COMMUTING EXPENSES: 100% of the cost of your public transportation commuting expenses (e.g., vanpool, metro bus, and metro train) is paid. The first $230 is tax-free and $90 per month is provided to cover the cost of parking at Metro operated lots.

    GYM: Free use of an on-site gym and locker room with shower facilities.

    Click here to learn more about Federal benefits programs.

    Other Information:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

  • Relocation expenses may not be authorized.

  • You must carry a firearm and conduct full law enforcement activities. NOTE: Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition, [Lautenberg Amendment, Title 18, U.S.C. Section 922(g)(9)].

  • You must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle. 

  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

  • This position is subject to the random drug testing program.

  • 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 identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

  • Travel is required at least 25% of the time.

  • Pass a pre-employment physical examination.

  • You may be required to complete a confidential financial disclosure statement upon entrance and on an annual basis thereafter.
  • How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    The FHFA-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 FHFA-OIG vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers. To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
    Required Documents:

    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position. No attempt will be made to solicit missing materials from applicants who fail to submit them by the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


    All applicants are required to submit the following:


    1. An application that includes work experience, training, education, and awards relevant to the qualifications requirements. For tips on creating a resume, click here.

    2. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent substitute documentation used by your agency, which shows your current grade and competitive civil service status; OR which shows you are currently serving on a VRA appointment (if applicable).

    3. For noncompetitive eligibles listed under "Who May Apply," proof of eligibility for noncompetitive appointment.

    4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Intercareer Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must also submit documentation in order to be considered. Please click here for more information.

    5. For VEOA eligibles: Form DD-214 or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Eligibles claiming 10-point preference must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15 along with the required documentation listed on the back of the form. For more information on veteran's preference, click here


    In addition, the following materials are recommended:


    1. A copy of your most recent performance appraisal including an evaluation/rating.

    What to Expect Next:
    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at and checking your application status. We also recommend you opt to receive status update emails through USAJOBS. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.