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Grade: 11

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For the GS-11: Specialized experience is one full year at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specialized experience includes:
Researching laws, regulations, guidelines, and approved procedures to provide findings; AND
Writing reports or products that presented facts, findings, logical conclusions, and persuasive arguments; AND
Applying investigative techniques to conduct and assist in investigations.
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Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.M., if related.
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You may qualify by a combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience. Only graduate level education in excess of the first two years 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.
1 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience or education as described above. 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-09 level as described above.
  • I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a LL.M., if related (Attach a copy of transcript or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.)
  • I am qualifying based on a combination of education and experience. Together the percentage of experience and education as they relate to.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as stated above.
2 In which of the following events have you communicated orally or made oral presentations? Answer to this question is required
  • Speeches
  • Conferences / Meetings / Briefings
  • One on One discussions with stakeholders
  • Training / Technical assistance
  • Congressional hearings
  • None of the above
3 Select all of the written products below that you have experience writing. Answer to this question is required
  • Memoranda of Investigative Activities.
  • Reports of Investigation.
  • Administrative reports to management.
  • Proposals for undercover, surveillance, arrest or search warrants.
  • None of the above.
4 When a co-worker or peer has said something to you that caused you extreme discomfort, what was your response: Answer to this question is required
  • Talk to a supervisor
  • Talk to another co-worker
  • Talk to the individual who said it
  • Nothing, I typically let it go
  • None of the above

Grade: 12

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For the GS-12: Specialized experience is one full year at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specialized experience includes:
Researching laws, regulations, guidelines, or approved procedures to provide findings; AND
Analysis of technical documents from different/multiple sources and summarizing review in a written product; AND
Verbal communications that include interviews, briefings or presentations; AND
Writing reports or products that present facts, findings, logical conclusions, and persuasive arguments; AND
Applying investigative techniques to conduct investigations.
1 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience as described above. Review your application and ensure that your response is supported by your resume. 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-11 level as described above.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as stated above.
2 Have you worked as a lead or a senior investigator? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 I have reported criminal investigative findings to federal and state judicial courts systems and worked with the system to prosecute identified criminals. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Please select the option that best describes your primary work experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Detective
  • Background investigator
  • Federal criminal investigator
  • I have work experience that involves inquiry, research, analysis and critical thinking
  • None of the above
5 From the list below, identify all types of audiences with which you have communicated technical information. Answer to this question is required
  • Briefed senior employees/officials on work product findings in an organized, concise and objective manner.
  • Briefed management/customers on policy changes.
  • Presented technical issue to a team or large group.
  • Defended recommendations on controversial issues.
  • Facilitated coordination of efforts between organizational entities.
  • Acted as technical representative.
  • Regularly consulted by others on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues.
  • Presenting investigative findings to Assistant U.S. Attorneys.
  • Providing operational briefings to other members of a task force or tactical operations team.
  • Testifying in court and/or administrative hearings.
  • None of the above.
6 From the list of investigative writings below, select those that you have personally drafted. Answer to this question is required
  • Interview write up or memorandum.
  • Press release or similar prosecutorial summary for release.
  • Affidavit in support of criminal complaint, arrest warrant, or search warrant.
  • Article for trade publication, white paper.
  • Tactical, Operation, or Investigative plan.
  • Memorandums of record or similar work papers.
  • None of the above.
7 From the description below, choose all the following types of affidavits that you have written and submitted, sworn and had approved, that resulted in arrests, seizures, indictments, or penalties: Answer to this question is required
  • Search warrant affidavits
  • Seizure warrant affidavits
  • Criminal complaint affidavits
  • Arrest warrant affidavits
  • Subpoenas
  • None of the above
8 Select the one answer that best describes your highest skill level of self-management in conducting investigations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience participating in criminal investigations.
  • I have experience participating in civil, regulatory, or administrative investigations.
  • I have experience initiating and completing an investigative work/school related project.
  • I do not possess the experience described above.

Grade: All Grades

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 meet the physical requirements as described above? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I possess the requirements listed above.
  • I do not possess the requirements listed above.
8 Select from the list below each of the investigative techniques you have employed in the course of your official duties. Answer to this question is required
  • Interviews / Sworn statements
  • Mail cover / Subpoenas
  • Record checks / Checks of computerized databases
  • Comparison of known documents to questioned documents
  • Link analysis to establish relationships and graphic representations of those relationships
  • Financial based analysis
  • Properly used Miranda, Garrity, or Kalkines warnings
  • Arrest warrants (as affiant) / Search warrants (as affiant)
  • Confidential informants / Undercover operations
  • Data Recovery
  • None of the above
9 Select the types of computer software programs and/or applications with which you have worked and are proficient. Answer to this question is required
  • Word Processing (e.g., Microsoft Word)
  • Spreadsheets (e.g., Microsoft Excel)
  • Microsoft Excel pivot tables and charts
  • Crimedex
  • Presentations (e.g., Microsoft Power Point)
  • Email applications (e.g., Lotus Notes)
  • Case Management Systems (e.g., Concordance)
  • National Crime Information Center database
  • FinCEN Database
  • None of the above
10 Which of the following computer resources have you used? Answer to this question is required
  • General internet search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.)
  • Internet subscriber search engines (i.e. Accurint, Choicepoint, Dun & Bradstreet, etc.)
  • Law enforcement databases (i.e. NCIC, TECS, etc.)
  • Internal agency databases and search engines
  • Academic or Local government databases and search engines
  • None of the above
11 From the choices below, select the law enforcement activities you have conducted. Answer to this question is required
  • Physical surveillance
  • Electronic surveillance
  • Participation in tactical operations
  • Search for physical evidence
  • Conduct seizures of contraband, equipment, and vehicles
  • Make arrests
  • Inspect records and documents for evidentiary value
  • Compile/Develop evidence for orderly presentation to the U.S. Attorney or other legal officers
  • Participate in undercover operations
  • Participate in consensual monitoring
  • Use of informants in an investigation
  • Conduct interviews
  • Financial analysis
  • Participate in task force operations
  • None of the above
12 Please select the types of crimes investigated you have experience with: Answer to this question is required
  • Fraud committed by beneficiaries.
  • Fraud related to pharmaceuticals.
  • Embezzlement/Misappropriation of government funds.
  • Money Laundering/Structuring.
  • Acts of bribery/kickbacks.
  • Ethics violations/Conflict of interest.
  • Health care fraud.
  • Product Substitution fraud.
  • Bank Fraud.
  • Sexual Assault/Rape.
  • Procurement fraud.
  • None of the above.
13 Select the response that best reflects your experience dealing with others in difficult situations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have dealt calmly and effectively with high stress volatile situations, or difficult, distressed people, while remaining professional and objective.
  • I have developed and maintained contact with individuals from varying nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds, and engendered cooperation and acceptance from difficult subjects, continuing associations to derive useful information.
  • I have worked well in group settings and am able to deal effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. I am able to maintain composure and control in difficult situations.
  • I have no experience dealing with others in difficult situations.