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Carefully read each question before responding. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. When you receive your application confirmation notice, we suggest that you request that a copy of the questions and your responses be sent to you by return email. Then, if you identify any inaccuracies, you may change your responses before the closing date of this announcement. If you are rated ineligible based on your responses to the questions, you will be notified by email shortly after the announcement closes.
Note: Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the job-specific questions, or you may not receive credit.
1 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Do you have a performance appraisal rating on your job performance? If yes, you must submit the performance appraisal per the instructions on how to apply for this position. If no, please explain why. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    2.1 If no, please explain why. Maximum length of 250 characters.
3 Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    3.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
4 Will you have reached your 37th birthday by the closing date of this announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • I will NOT have reached my 37th birthday by the close date of this announcement.
  • I am not subject to the age restriction because I am serving or have previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement officer (FLEO) position. You must submit an SF 50 (or equivalent documentation) showing service in a covered civilian law enforcement.
  • I will be 37 or older by the close date of this announcement. I am not a preference eligible veteran and have not previously served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement (FLEO) position.
  • I am a preference eligible veteran and am not subject to the requirements above. You must submit appropriate veterans documentation to establish that you are eligible for veteran's preference in order to waive the age requirements for this position.
5

Have you successfully completed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Criminal Investigation Training Program (or its equivalent)? 

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    5.1

    Please state where and when you have attended a Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or an equivalent basic criminal investigation training course, such as FBI, USPIS, CID, etc.? 

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
6 Would you like the opportunity to be considered for similar positions that require the same knowledge, skills and abilities? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Medical 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.

7 Do you possess the requirements listed above? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Specialized experience is one year (52 weeks) at the GS-13 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
- Working on criminal and administrative investigations; AND
- Leading a team of investigators, investigative analysts, or investigative specialists.

8

Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-13 level as described above.
  • I do not have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
9

Do you have working experience of the Privacy Act and the confidentiality provisions contained in the IG Act of 1978?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
10

Select the choice that best describes your experience in handling demanding and stressful situations in an office environment.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience handling stressful and demanding situations.
  • I have dealt with occasional periods of mild stress as part of my regular job duties.
  • As part of my regular job duties, I have dealt on a daily basis with moderate stress (e.g. handling heavy workloads).
  • As part of my regular job duties, I have frequently dealt with highly stressful situations as the standard work environment (e.g. heavy workloads, tight deadlines, rapidly changing priorities, crisis situations).
11

Select all the following that pertain to you and having the responsibility of being a Point of Contact.

Answer to this question is required
  • Weekly reports.
  • Monthly reports.
  • Quarterly reports.
  • Semi-annual reports.
  • Yearly reports.
  • Evidence custodian.
  • Liaison with Bureau offices.
  • Ad Hoc data calls.
  • Technical Law Enforcement equipment.
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Regional Firearms Coordinator
  • Government vehicles.
  • None of the above.
12 Select the response that best describes your experience with law enforcement/criminal justice theories, techniques, procedures and practices. Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted and coordinated (as Case Agent) investigations involving multi-jurisdictional and multi-defendant cases, or participated in major investigations involving criminal, civil, and investigative procedures.
  • I have applied law enforcement techniques and procedures by serving as an investigator in undercover operations, and/or conducting and assisting in, surveillances, obtaining search warrants, and conducting searches.
  • I have obtained and served search and seizure warrants at the Federal, State or Local levels, provided testimony as a witness before grand juries, and made arrests of violators.
  • I do not possess the above-described experience.
13

Have you conducted Federal, State or Local investigations that extend into other agencies jurisdictions?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
14

Select the statement that best describes your experience planning, organizing, participating in and/or conducting criminal investigations and your experience researching and analyzing evidence, developing leads and witnesses and conducting surveillance and undercover operations.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience conducting investigations that require planning and coordination for investigations in terms of structure and coordination requirements.
  • I have experience conducting investigations requiring the development of new or substantially modified methods to resolve anticipated problems.
  • I have experience conducting investigations with modifications to established criteria for case planning and conduct.
  • I have experience planning, organizing, participating in, or conducting criminal investigations.
  • I have no experience related to the above items.
15

Select all of the law enforcement activities you have led.

Answer to this question is required
  • Making arrests.
  • Conducting physical surveillance.
  • Conducting consensual monitoring or other electronic surveillance.
  • Drafting affidavits in support of arrest or search warrants, or criminal complaints.
  • Participating in the execution of search warrants.
  • Participating in undercover operations.
  • Drafting and serving Inspector General subpoenas.
  • Seizing and storing evidence.
  • Conducting employee misconduct investigations.
  • Conducting non-employee criminal investigations.
  • Conducting bribery investigations.
  • Testifying in court and/or administrative hearings.
  • Determining when to administer Garrity, Kalkines, or Miranda warnings to interviewees.
  • None of the above.
16

From the list below, select the one that best describes your experience working with investigative research tools and/or criminal intelligence databases.

Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted research using internal and external databases.
  • Conducted fact finding for interpretation or projection of the data.
  • Used analysis conducted by others in an investigation I was conducting.
  • None of the above.
17

Select the answer that best indicates your experience in expressing ideas effectively in writing.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have composed correspondence that is highly technical and sensitive, or written testimony that presents highly sensitive and technical agency policies.
  • I have prepared investigative reports, composed responses to requests for information about an investigation, and/or written summaries of recommendations discussed during meetings for documentation purposes.
  • I have communicated, in writing, weekly updates of criminal investigations or assignments to an investigative supervisor.
  • I have experience effectively expressing ideas in writing.
  • I have no experience in expressing ideas in writing.
18

Have you provided input on performance evaluations for other Special Agents?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
19

Choose all statements which best describe your experience in effectively presenting information both orally and in writing.

Answer to this question is required
  • Providing informal verbal briefings to colleagues or supervisors.
  • Making verbal presentations to prosecutors.
  • Conducting formal briefings or presentations.
  • Extracting and formulating information from multiple sources for comprehensive and informative briefings.
  • Completing forms, reports and other written materials for internal distribution.
  • Preparing external memoranda or other correspondence for distribution outside the agency.
  • Preparing formal reports of investigation.
  • I have no experience as described above.
20

Select the group or groups to which you have made oral presentations.

Answer to this question is required
  • Team members and/or other peers.
  • Supervisors and/or managers in your organization.
  • High-level officials in government or private organizations.
  • Audiences outside your organization, including presentations to prosecutors.
  • None of the above.
21

Select the choice that best describes your experience negotiating and/or influencing others through oral communication.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience performing this task.
  • I have justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial issues with a full range of internal and external individuals.
  • I have participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific business problems with individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  • I have conducted discussions or participated in workgroups in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups that are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect (e.g. gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation).
22

Select the choice that best describes your experience in supporting and implementing changes in policies, procedures, and organizational structure.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience performing this task.
  • I have worked with my peers to implement changes in policies, procedures, and organizational structure.
  • I have disseminated information about changes in policies, procedures, and organizational structure to peers and/or subordinates and explained the impact of these changes.
  • I have disseminated information about changes in policies, procedures, and organizational structure, explained the impact of these changes to internal and external stakeholders, and ensured that the changes were implemented.
23

Select the choice that best describes the extent to which you have gathered and analyzed facts, determined the accuracy of the data, defined problems based on the data, and identified solutions.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have gathered data/information in preparation for analysis by others.
  • I have gathered data/information, analyzed it, and summarized the results of my findings.
  • I have gathered data/information, performed analyses, summarized results, and identified problem areas.
  • I have gathered statistical data and narrative information, performed analyses, summarized results, identified problem areas, and proposed/implemented solutions.
  • None of the above.
24

Select the choice that best describes the extent to which you have identified the impact and implications of alternative decisions on your program or organization.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
  • I have participated in brainstorming sessions convened to identify the impact of various proposals on a specific issue.
  • I have developed and presented written analyses of the predicted impact on the organization at the national level of any of multiple alternative proposals, including justification for a recommended course of action.
  • I have led a workgroup charged with determining the most viable option for resolving a matter, and made a formal recommendation to superiors.
25

Select the choice that best describes your experience in responding to Congressional, interagency, or intra-agency inquiries/complain

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
  • I have drafted portions of responses for higher-level review on Congressional, interagency, or intra-agency inquires based on my understanding of Federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • I have written responses/testimony and represented the organization on Congressional, interagency, or intra-agency inquiries based on knowledge of Federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
26

Select the choice that best describes your experience in developing and interpreting policy on designated programs (i.e. Firearms, Tech, Evidence, New Investigative initiatives).

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in developing and interpreting policy on designated programs.
  • I have assisted and provided input to my superiors or subject-matter experts concerning the development of a new policy or the application of a new policy to a specific program.
  • I have drafted and/or studied proposals for the implementation of new policies or provided recommendations for the application of policies to a specific program.
  • I have developed, written, and implemented new policies that impacted a specific program or interpreted the program response to far reaching policy directives.
27

Select the choice that best describes your ability to establish and maintain effective working relations outside of the organization.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
  • I have provided information, resolved simple problems, questions, or complaints, and directed sensitive problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person/office.
  • I have maintained relationships with VA managers and employees.
  • I have developed and maintained relationships with other federal, state and local law enforcement organizations.
  • I have developed and maintained numbered Confidential Informants/Sources
28

Select the choice that best describes your experience providing guidance on policies, techniques, and procedures in a law enforcement environment.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience performing this task.
  • I have experience leading discussions regarding policy and investigative techniques in group settings.
  • I have experience providing guidance on operational policies, techniques, and procedures to law enforcement officers as subject matter expert in certain law enforcement areas.
  • I have experience as a supervisor providing guidance to law enforcement officers in a wide-range of operational law enforcement policies, techniques and procedures.
29

Select all of the following documents you have reviewed and edited as a regular, recurring part of your job to ensure they were logical, conformed to technical standards and grammatically correct.

Answer to this question is required
  • Memoranda of Investigative Activities.
  • Reports of Investigation.
  • Investigative work plans.
  • Administrative reports to management.
  • Responses to Congressional or other interagency inquiries.
  • Briefing papers for senior officials.
  • Policy and procedures.
  • Applications for Inspector General subpoenas.
  • Project/Program planning proposals.
  • Training presentations and other training material.
  • None of the above