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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
HUD - Office Of Inspector General
Position Title:
Criminal Investigator, (Senior)
Open Period:
03/29/2012 - 04/12/2012
GS - 1811 14
$105211.00 - $136771.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 1 Vacancy in Washington, DC, US
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center


Who May Apply:
Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens who meet any of the categories shown under "Who May Apply."
Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
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. Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.

Who May Apply:

1. Current permanent HUD OIG employees with competitive status;

2. HUD OIG employees currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA);

3. Individuals eligible for:

-the HUD OIG Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) OR

-the HUD Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) from the local commuting area;

Supervisory Position:
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As a (Senior) Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) in the Office of Investigations (OI), in the HQ Operations Division, you will:

  • Manage, oversee, or independently conduct reviews, analysis, and evaluations of investigations and productivity;

  • Analyze and review case data for presentation before senior management;

  • Review, evaluate, and report on monthly productivity report statistics;

  • Perform and report on quality assurance reviews monthly;

  • Coordinate with field staff concerning significant and congressional cases, and periodic reporting to the Inspector General and senior management;

  • Review, evaluate, and make recommendations on referrals of PFCRAs and SIRs; Meet with HUD program officials;

  • Represent the Office of Investigation and the agency at meetings with other law enforcement entities;

  • Work in a team environment with other criminal investigators; and

  • Serves in an acting capacity in the absence of the Special-Agent-in-Charge (SAC) or Assistant-Special-Agent-in-Charge (ASAC).
  • Qualifications and Evaluations

    Although all required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement, applicants have until 30 days after the closing date to meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements.

    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:

    (1) Ability to research, analyze, and make recommendations on complex investigative and administrative issues.

    (2) Ability to effectively present information both orally and in writing to convey ideas and concepts, defend rationale, and gain support for a position or proposed activity.

    (3) Knowledge of the technical aspects of program fraud, abuse, white collar, and violent crime.

    (4) Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others from within and outside the agency at a variety of levels and with differing backgrounds and points of view (refer only to those contacts relating to criminal investigations and related activities).

    (5) Knowledge of OIG operations or related investigative experience.

    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 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 receive a rating of at least 85 out of 100 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.



    Time-in-Grade: Candidates must have been a GS-13 for 52 weeks (when applicable).

    Time After Competitive Appointment: Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least 3 months in that appointment.

    All applicants must be U.S. Citizens.


    1. 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.

    2. 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: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes:

  • Overseeing or personally examining records, books, payrolls, reports, correspondence, and other data of consequence related to transactions, actions, or allegations under investigation;

  • Developing and implementing investigative programs and methods for activities designed to prevent and detect fraud, abuse, and other criminal activities; and

  • Reviewing/finalizing reports of investigations and summaries, including making recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Benefits and Other Info


    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

    Other Information:

    -Relocation expenses will 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.

    -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.


    -If selected for this position you will be required to: 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.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by no later than noon EST on the announcement's closing date. HUD-OIG provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS ( --We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax.

    You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into 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 lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants: A copy of your most recent performance appraisal, including the evaluation/rating. If you have not received this documentation for any reason (not employed, current employer does not give a performance appraisal, etc.) you must explain why in your application.

    Current federal employees: An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your civil service status and current grade; OR which shows you are currently serving on a VRA appointment. If you are 37 years of age or older and have been previously covered under the special law enforcement retirement plan, please submit a SF-50 which reflects this coverage in addition to your current SF-50.

    CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), submit all of the following: a) An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation, that shows that you a) were declared displaced or surplus while serving as a career or career conditional competitive service employee, in tenure group 1 or 2; OR b) are a current or former Executive Branch Agency employee in the excepted service serving on an appointment without time limit, at grade GS-15 or equivalent and below, and who has conferred noncompetitive appointment eligibility and special selection priority by statute for positions in the competitive service; b) An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation that shows the position you may be or are being separated from has the same or higher promotion potential as that of the vacancy; and c) A copy of a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent (required unless you are an ICTAP eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement). For CTAP eligibles only: Also submit a copy of your Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area, Certificate of Expected Separation or other official notice indicating you are in a surplus organization or occupation or eligible for discontinued service retirement. For ICTAP eligibles only: Also submit a copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area, documentation showing you were separated as a result of a RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area, or a letter from OPM or your agency documenting other priority consideration status as described in 5 CFR 330.708(a)(2).

    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 change 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.