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Grade: 07

To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.
1 Which of the following responses best describes your education related to this position Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year of graduate level education.
  • I have a Bachelor’s degree, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study.
  • I have Bachelor’s degree, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in my major field of study or those courses in my major completed in the last 2 years of study.
  • I have a Bachelor’s degree and ranked in the upper third of my class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or have a membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
  • 5. I have successfully completed a Bachelor’s or higher degree, in any field of study, and have work experience which specifically included investigating criminal activity. (You will be given the opportunity to identify your work experience in the question that follows this one.)
  • I am currently attending a college or university, and am on target to successfully complete a Bachelor’s degree within the next 9 months, in any field of study, and will be graduating with honors (GPA of a 3.0 or higher, 3.5 or higher in the last 2 years, ranked in the upper third of my class, or have membership in a national honor society).
  • I have not completed a Bachelor’s degree, but do have some education that included accounting and business courses, as well as work experience which specifically included investigating crimes. You will be given the opportunity to identify your experience in the question that follows this one.
  • I do not have any education, but have at least one year experience which included investigative work involving financials, accounting, auditing, etc. You will be given the opportunity to identify your experience in the question that follows this one.
  • None of the above.
2 Which of the following responses best describes your experience related to this position? Answer to this question is required
  • I do have education related to this position as indicated in the answer to the previous question.
  • I have at least one year of experience in a law enforcement or criminal investigator position that required investigating crimes, interrogating suspects, conducting surveillance, analyzing and compiling evidence, and executing arrest warrants or search warrants.
  • I have at least one year of experience in a position(s) that required investigating cases of potential financial or accounting crimes, as the lead investigator or the person solely responsible for the case.
  • I have at least one year of experience in a position(s) that required investigating automated accounting systems, cybercrimes, or crimes involving virtual currency, the Dark Web, Deep Web, Deep Net, or Hidden web.
  • I have at least one year of experience in a position that required the use of investigative techniques, researching court records, financial assets, and/or processing forensics, (e.g.,, Investigative Analyst, or Financial Analyst)
  • I have experience in commercial or investment banking conducting financial investigations, evaluating and analyzing complex financial statements, cash flows, revenue streams, revenue projections, inventory analysis, accounts receivable aging and analysis, assets, debt coverage ratios, industry peer ratios, corporate structure and ownership, tax to financial statement reconciliations, financial transactions (customer and account activity) including Wire Transactions, Credit Card Transactions/Payments, Checks, Cash, Non-cash Monetary Instruments, Remote Deposit Capture, and Trade Based Money Laundering, and preparing written reports, proposals and/or Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). This would include Retail, Commercial, Foreign/Domestic Correspondent Banking, Credit Cards, etc.
  • I have at least one year of experience in an administrative, technical, para-professional, or supervisory position. This may have included working in a customer service environment, administrative responsibilities, i.e., processing records or reports, working in a technology environment, and other field not specific to law enforcement, investigations, accounting, or auditing.
  • None of the responses above accurately describe my experience.

Grade: 09

To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.
1 Which of the following responses best describes your education related to this position? Answer to this question is required
  • I have two full years of graduate level education.
  • I have a Master’s degree.
  • I have an L.L.B. or JD.
  • I have some graduate level education that included accounting and business courses, as well as work experience which specifically included investigating criminal activity. (You will be given the opportunity to identify your experience in the question that follows this one.)
  • I do not have any qualifying education but have at least one year specialized experience which includes investigative work relating to Accounting or Auditing of business or commercial practices of subjects. (You will be given the opportunity to identify your experience in the question that follows this one.)
  • None of the above.
2 Which of the following responses best describes your experience related to this position? Answer to this question is required
  • I do have education related to this position as indicated in the answer to the previous question.
  • I have at least one year of experience as a leader or member of a military intelligence or criminal investigations team that was involved in conducting financial investigations, intelligence gathering, or criminal prosecution. (Examples may include: State/local and federal law enforcement, police officer or detective, financial investigator at attorney’s office, and military intelligence.)
  • I have at least one year of experience in a position that involved investigating complex financial claims involving suspected criminal activity or alleged fraud. This included investigating computerized business and/or accounting systems, business practices, and compliance with Federal laws and regulations. (Examples may include: Fraud investigators, auditors, and bank examiner investigators.)
  • I have at least one year of law enforcement experience conducting criminal investigations, surveillance, and undercover work. This law enforcement experience did not involve investigating financial crimes, criminal activity, or an individuals’ or business’ financials. (Examples may include: Private detective and crime scene investigator.)
  • I have at least one year of experience overseeing individuals who have been arrested, awaiting trial, or are serving jail time. (Examples may include: Corrections Officer, Prison Guard, and Probationary Officer.)
  • . I have at least one year of experience leading or working investigations involving cybercrimes, or crimes involving virtual currency, the Dark Web, Deep Web, Deep Net, or Hidden web. (Examples may include: Certified Cyber Crime Investigator or Financial Cyber Crime Specialist/Analyst.)
  • None of the responses above accurately describe my experience.
3 As part of your professional education or experience, have you analyzed or evaluated financial data resulting from a criminal investigation, examination, or inspection of an individual’s or business’s records suspected of fraudulent activity? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Please select the response that best describes your experience preparing/authoring comprehensive technical written reports, which included documenting your findings, conclusions and/or recommendations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience investigating fraud or crimes involving accounting, auditing, business, or commercial practices, and preparing technical reports of my findings, conclusions, and/or recommendations.
  • I have federal, state, or local law enforcement experience which includes investigating criminal financial crimes (e.g. embezzlement, money laundering, mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, etc.) and preparing technical reports of my findings.
  • I have experience investigating or examining fraudulent insurance or similar claims, documenting my findings, and submitting a report of my findings.
  • I have professional experience examining an individuals’ or business’ financial records, documenting my findings, analysis, conclusions, and/or recommendations.
  • I have experience in an internship or similar position which included leading an investigation of criminal activity by examining, inspecting, or analyzing financial records, claims, and preparing a technical report documenting my findings, analysis, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • I have experience at a college level authoring comprehensive technical reports which documented my findings or analysis of an individual or business’s behavior/trends.
  • I have limited experience preparing and authoring technical reports.
  • None of the above.
5 Have you ever investigated financial claims, accounting or bookkeeping practices, or computerized business or accounting systems involving suspected crimes or alleged fraud, or for the purpose of ensuring compliance with relevant laws, rules, or regulations? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Have you ever investigated criminal cases which required the use of recognized investigative methods and techniques which might have included appearing in court to present evidence? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 Have you ever supervised or conducted interviews or interrogations that involved eliciting evidence, data, or surveillance information related to accounting, auditing, business, or commercial practices industry. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 Which of the following best describes your experience related to the position for which you are applying? Answer to this question is required
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Detective
  • Corrections Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Financial Investigator
  • Military Intelligence
  • Claims Investigator
  • Auditor/Bank Examiner
  • Forensics Analyst/Crime Scene Investigator
  • Cyber Specialist/Analyst/Investigator
  • Other
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

Thank you for your interest in applying for this position.
Your responses to the following questions supplement the information provided in your resume.
Throughout the online application process, you will be asked a series of questions that will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and rating and ranking for this position. Your responses to these questions will be further verified against the information provided in your resume, transcripts, and/or any other documents provided. The level and quality of your knowledge, skills, and abilities will be further evaluated throughout the hiring process via un-proctored and proctored assessments and/or interviews.
1 Which of the following responses best describes your accounting knowledge gained through education? Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully completed at least 24 semester hours of accounting.
  • I have successfully completed at least 15 semester hours of accounting, and 9 semester hours from among the following: finance, economics, business law, tax law, money, banking, and/or statistics.
  • I am currently attending a college or university and am on target to successfully complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of accounting (9 of which may be in the following: finance, economics, business law, tax law, money, banking, and/or statistics), within the next 9 months.
  • I have a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained through a written examination in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • I do not have the education described above; however, I do have experience in accounting, auditing, budgeting, or financial management. You will be given the opportunity to identify your experience in the question that follows this one.
  • None of the above.
2 Which of the following responses best describes your accounting knowledge gained through on-the-job experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have accounting knowledge that was gained through education as indicated in the answer to the previous question.
  • I have accounting or auditing experience that required knowledge and application of accounting and auditing principles, and that included analyzing accounting and bookkeeping records, financial statements, related reports and automated financial systems as a routine function of my job.
  • I have experience as a small business owner that included establishing budgets, managing financial assets, using automated accounting or manual bookkeeping systems, filing necessary employment and/or tax forms, and reconciling financial transactions or accounts associated with the business.
  • I have budgeting or financial management experience that required formulating, managing and executing budgets, analyzing financial reports, disbursing funds, and reconciling accounts in or on behalf of a business.
  • I have experience advising clients on financial plans, tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate, which included assessing assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, and financial objectives.
  • I have experience in commercial or investment banking conducting financial investigations, evaluating and analyzing complex financial statements, cash flows, revenue streams, revenue projections, inventory analysis, accounts receivable aging and analysis, assets, debt coverage ratios, industry peer ratios, corporate structure and ownership, tax to financial statement reconciliations, financial transactions (customer and account activity) including Wire Transactions, Credit Card Transactions/Payments, Checks, Cash, Non-cash Monetary Instruments, Remote Deposit Capture, and Trade Based Money Laundering, and preparing written reports, proposals and/or Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). This would include Retail, Commercial, Foreign/Domestic Correspondent Banking, Credit Cards, etc.
  • I have experience analyzing credit data and financial statements on individuals, or in collecting information necessary to complete a financial application for loan processing, insurance claims, credit application, or other process requiring an individuals’ financials.
  • I have experience processing or handling financial transactions, deposits, withdrawals, etc., as a bank teller, cashier, or in a similar position.
  • My experience is not reflected in any of the above statements.
3 Please indicate the languages, other than English, in which you are PROFICIENT. Please remember that you will be asked to demonstrate your proficiency through an assessment of the relevant foreign language skills; this required demonstration is determined by the IRS Business Unit listed in this vacancy announcement and by the nature of the job and may include an examination (test, structured interview, etc.) AND/OR the necessity to present documentation (e.g., a copy of your current position description) which shows that you currently occupy a bilingual position within the IRS. Answer to this question is required
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese Chinese
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Laotian
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese
  • One other than the above
  • None of the Above
4 If you indicated that you were proficient in a foreign language other than those listed in the previous question, please enter the foreign language(s) in which you are proficient, indicating the dialect, if applicable. If not enter NA. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
Provisions of Public Law 93-950 and Public Law 100-238 allow the imposition of a maximum age for original appointments to a law enforcement officer position within the Federal government. The date immediately preceding your 37th birthday is the final date of entry. This age restriction does not apply to those who have previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by Title 5 U.S.C. Section 8336 (c) provisions and preference eligible veterans.
5 Based on the maximum age restriction information provided above, select the answer that accurately describes your situation. [NOTE: Applicants who will reach their 37th birthday prior to being referred for selection will be found ineligible due to the age restriction. Referral will generally take 4 to 5 months after the opening date of this announcement.] Answer to this question is required
  • I am under 37 years of age.
  • I am 37 years of age or older.
  • I am 37 years of age or older, but I have prior Federal civilian law enforcement experience covered by Title 5 U.S.C. Section 8336 (c) that will result in less than 37 years when the years of Federal civilian law enforcement service are subtracted from my current age.
    5.1 Enter the name of the Federal Agency you worked for, include the Position Title, Grade, and Series held that qualifies under Title 5 U.S.C. Section 8336 (c) and the period of time (include dates) that you worked for this agency. Maximum length of 500 characters.
  • I am 37 years of age or older, but I am a preference eligible veteran.
If you answered "I am 37 years of age or older, but I have prior Federal civilian law enforcement experience covered by Title 5 U.S.C. Section 8336 (c) that will result in less than 37 years when the years of Federal civilian law enforcement service are subtracted from my current age."

Then answer the following questions:

6 Enter the name of the Federal Agency you worked for, include the Position Title, Grade, and Series held that qualifies under Title 5 U.S.C. Section 8336 (c) and the period of time (include dates) that you worked for this agency. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
7 What is your date of birth? Use format of MM-DD-YYYY. Answer to this question is required
8 As a Special Agent, you will be required to routinely carry and maintain proficiency in using a firearm. Are you willing to assume this responsibility? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 As a Special Agent, you may be called upon to protect yourself and others. During the course of these activities, you may be required to use deadly force with a firearm. Are you willing to assume this responsibility? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
The Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968 (18 U.S.C. § 922) makes it unlawful for any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition. This prohibition applies to persons convicted of such misdemeanors at any time. Unlike other provisions of the Gun Control Act, this prohibition applies to all federal, state and local government employees.
A misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is defined as one that includes the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent or guardian of the victim.
Instruction: Do not include convictions that have been expunged, set aside, pardoned, or dismissed under federal or state law.
10 Do you currently have charges pending for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    10.1 Please provide the following information with respect to your charges and/or conviction:

    Court / Jurisdiction (include State & County):

    Docket / Case No.:

    Statute / Charge:

    Date of Conviction:

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
If eligible, you will be interviewed at the location of your 1st location preference choice. All travel required for any phase of the hiring process will be at the applicants' expense.
To verify qualifications based in whole or in part on education, you must submit a copy of all of your college transcripts by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit all the transcripts by the closing date may result in a determination of "Not Qualified." These copies do not have to be official/certified copies at this point, though official/certified copies will be necessary if selected.
11 Do you understand that you must submit all college transcripts by the closing date of this announcement, and that failure to provide all the transcripts may result in a "Not Qualified" determination? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not Applicable
Consider the following examples of relevant experience in financial and investigative areas:
Example A. Criminal tax attorney or prosecution/defense attorney with direct experience in white collar crimes (e.g., money laundering, financial fraud investigations, bankruptcy, criminal or civil tax fraud, embezzlement, health care fraud, bank fraud, corporate fraud, investment fraud, trust fraud, securities fraud, tax evasion, employment tax, internet fraud); Law Enforcement Officer/Detective/Investigator with experience involving fraud/financial investigations, or white collar crime investigations (e.g., see above); Military law enforcement or military intelligence (e.g., JAG, CID) involving finance or fraud/financial investigations; Fraud investigation experience, compliance and/or auditing experience involving fraud determinations (e.g., tax fraud, employment tax fraud, sales tax fraud, fuel tax fraud, mortgage fraud, real estate/financing fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement fraud).
Example B. General accounting experience (e.g., bookkeeping with double entry set of books, accounts payable and accounts receivable, tax preparation, accounting paraprofessional) –General investigative experience (e.g., private investigator, law enforcement/task force member, claims adjuster, claims examiner, investigative support personnel).
12 Please select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience with respect to the above definitions of relevant experience in financial and investigative areas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 3 years of full-time experience in at least one of the above financial and investigative areas as described in A above.
  • I have between 2 and 3 years of full-time experience in at least one of the above financial and investigative areas as described in either A or B above.
  • I have less than 2 years of full-time experience in at least one of the above financial and investigative areas.
  • I do not have experience in any of the above financial and investigative areas.
13 Regarding the effectiveness of our recruitment strategies; how did you first hear about this job? Answer to this question is required
  • Automated USAJOBS saved search notification
  • Posting on a job board or search agent other than USAJOBS (Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, LinkUp, etc.)
    13.1 Please indicate the name of the job board or search agent other than USAJOBS you saw the advertisement. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Social Media posting (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, on-line job fairs, etc.)
    13.1 Please indicate the name of the Social Media platform you saw the advertisement. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • IRS Career Website
  • Referred by an IRS employee
  • Attended a recruitment event (Job/Career Fair, Open House, Meet & Greet, Meetup, etc.)
    13.1 Please indicate the name and state of the recruiting event. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • School/University announcement/career counselor
    13.1 Please indicate the name of the school/university of the announcement where you saw the advertisement. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Organizational third party referral (diversity or community organization, church, unemployment office, etc.)
    13.1 Please indicate the name of the Organizational third party referral. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Newspaper (print/online)
    13.1 Please indicate the name of the newspaper and the state you saw the advertisement. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Radio
    13.1 Please indicate the name of the radio station and state you heard the advertisement. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Transit/Bus Advertisement
    13.1 Please indicate the city and state you saw the advertisement. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Banner Advertisement - Major News Websites
    13.1 Please indicate the website. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Banner Advertisement - Movie Theater Websites
    13.1 Please indicate the website. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • IRS Post Card Mailing
  • Classified Advertisement Website (Craigslist, Angie’s List, etc.)
  • I prefer not to answer
14 To qualify for this position and receive full credit for your relevant experience you must list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the questions. Do you understand that failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified determination? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Only select those locations to which you are willing to report and/or relocate. Please see vacancy announcement for information on whether or not moving expenses will be paid.