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1 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
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    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.

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  • No
 I am providing, for this vacancy, a copy of my completed annual performance appraisal that has been signed and dated within the last 18 months and shows my final rating. I understand that I can either upload or fax this document through the system at the end of this process.
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Please clearly explain below why you are unable to provide a performance appraisal (i.e., your current employer does not provide them, you have not received one, etc.) Failure to provide a performance appraisal or an explanation why one is not being provided will result in a determination of an incomplete application and ineligibility for consideration for this vacancy.

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Incumbents selected for Criminal Investigator positions are covered under special law enforcement provisions. This requires that applicants not exceed the maximum age for entry. The date immediately preceding an applicants 37th birthday is the final date for selection. The age restriction does not apply if you served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement officer (FLEO) position covered by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement.
3 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 of this announcement.
  • I am not subject to the age restriction because I served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement officer (FLEO) position as described above. You must submit an SF 50 (or equivalent documentation) showing service in a covered civilian law enforcement.
  • I WILL have reached my 37th birthday by the close of this announcement.
  • I am a preference-eligible veteran. 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.
Medical Requirements: The duties of positions in this series 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 in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to him/her, or others is disqualifying.
4 Do you possess the requirements listed above? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I possess the requirements listed above.
  • I do not possess the requirements listed above.
You must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include:

Using IT principles, concepts, methods, standards and practices during a forensic investigation on personal computers, removable media, PDAs and other electronic equipment; AND
Seizing evidence using forensic tools; AND
Communicating analytical findings to a variety of audiences in person and in writing; AND
Providing guidance to junior staff members on criminal or civil investigative matters, as well as digital forensic principles and practices.
5  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 of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
6  Do you have experience conducting digital forensic examinations of computer evidence? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 From the following list, please select the tasks that you have performed on a routine or recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Acquiring computer-related evidence, seizing physical hardware, and/or copying evidence at the site.
  • Ensuring computer evidence is not altered or destroyed in custody.
  • Determining manufacturer of programs or equipment.
  • Establishing hardware and software interfaces and determining compatibilities.
  • Adapting or modifying commercial programs and equipment.
  • Conducting forensic examinations and analyses of computers and related evidence.
  • Researching, evaluating, and recommending additional resources to facilitate evidence analysis.
  • Developing new techniques and methods to access and maintain evidence.
  • Using advanced recovery methods to retrieve information.
  • Identifying, diagnosing, and correcting problem conditions.
  • Performing detailed network analysis.
  • Conducting intrusion investigations.
  • None of the above.
8 Please indicate your highest level of experience using digital evidence collection procedures. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with digital evidence collection procedures.
  • I have read books or other materials about digital evidence collection procedures.
  • I have taken hands-on classes relating to digital evidence collection procedures.
  • I have secured digital evidence in accordance with national standards for such collections.
  • I have experience and expertise in digital evidence collection procedures in varying and challenging environments.
9  Please select the response that best describes your experience using applicable laws and regulations pertinent to computer evidence collection. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience using applicable laws and regulations pertinent to computer evidence collection.
  • I have read books or other materials concerning the laws and regulations pertaining to the examination of digital evidence.
  • I have taken hands-on-training concerning the laws and regulations pertaining to the examination of digital evidence.
  • I have experience using these laws and regulations while collecting digital evidence.
  • I have experience using these laws and regulations while collecting digital evidence in varying and challenging environments.
10 From the following list of problem-solving and decision-making skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied in a work setting. Answer to this question is required
  • Obtained facts, information, or data relevant to a particular problem or issue through observation of events or situation, discussion with others, research, or retrieval from written or electronic sources.
  • Made decision by considering relevant facts and information, potential risks and benefits, and short and long-term consequences or alternatives.
  • Anticipated or identified problems and their causes, developed and analyzed potential solutions or improvements using rational and logical processers or innovative and creative approaches.
  • Considered broad range of internal and external factors when solving problems and making decisions.
  • Sought input from others.
  • Drew accurate conclusions from investigative and other quantitative information.
  • Generated new ideas, recognized the need for new or modified approaches, brought perspective and approaches together in creative ways.
  • None of the above.
11 From the following list, please select the statements that reflect your experience with programming and/or algorithmic design. Answer to this question is required
  • Identifying possible reasons for damaged media.
  • Identifying possible recovery methods for damaged media.
  • Using advanced recovery methods to retrieve information in a usable form.
  • Using advanced recovery methods to retrieve information from customized programs, deleted files, and unusual operating systems.
  • Analyzing programs related to data encryption to assist in decryption of files.
  • Detecting computer viruses or destructive programs.
  • Developing new techniques and methods to access evidence.
  • None of the above.
12  Please select the response(s) that best describes your experience analyzing and interpreting information. Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed basic analytical task(s) in a work situation that required the interpretation of basic instructions, information or data in order to perform routine task(s) or duties.
  • I have performed analytical task(s) in a work situation requiring the interpretation and application of routine and non-routine information, instructions guidelines, regulations or data in order to perform task(s) or duties.
  • I have performed analytical task(s) in job situations that required the interpretation and application of non-routine information, instruction, guidelines, regulations or data in order to perform task(s) or duties.
  • I have experience evaluating information and situations calling for good judgment and decision making to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • I have evaluated and analyzed information using all available resources. I have extracted and analyzed precise and exact information details obtained from observation and research.
  • I have used appropriate analytical procedures and methods.
  • I have assessed potential consequences of various scenarios and developed alternate solutions for the best course of action.
  • I have experience and expertise in evaluating and analyzing varied information using all available resources.
  • I have experience in extracting and analyzing precise and exact information details obtained from observation and research.
  • I have experience in using appropriate analytical procedures and methods.
  • I have experience in assessing potential consequences of various scenarios and developing and implementing alternative solutions for the best course of action.
  • None of the above.
13 From the following list, please select the task(s) you have performed in digital forensic examination. Answer to this question is required
  • Conducting examinations under the guidance of Federal rules of evidence and agency policies.
  • Drafting oral and written reports.
  • Making recommendations for adopting techniques and methods.
  • Ensuring the orderly flow of paperwork to maintain chain-of-custody of evidence.
  • Inventorying, processing, and/or storing evidence.
  • Copying evidence.
  • None of the above.
14 Please select the response that best describes your writing experience and skill level in conveying regulatory information to a variety of audiences. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in developing and writing policies or associated interpretive material and developing decision or option papers at the organizational level. I have experience using available resources and research methods to develop authoritative information on the programs, policies, and functions of the organization. Examples: Contracts, agency directives, narrative analyses of proposed rules/regulations/policies/practices, and/or decision papers.
  • Experience in analyzing, developing and presenting information to maximize understanding and minimize controversy for a variety of audiences who use the information in different ways. Examples: Procedural clarifications, instructions, marketing program materials, information or advisory guidance.
  • Experience in collecting, analyzing, and preparing written products for which there are prototypes or previously established methods and formats. Examples: Basic contracts, reports, case summaries, employee notices.
  • None of the above.
15 Please select the responses that describe the individuals you have interacted with on a regular and recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Vendors or Contractors from outside my own agency.
  • Program Managers or officials from outside my own office.
  • Supervisors from within my own agency.
  • Supervisors from within my own office.
  • Personnel and staff within my own agency or organization.
  • Personnel and staff outside my own agency or organization.
  • None of the above.
16  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.
  • Investigative work plans.
  • Administrative reports to management.
  • Proposals for undercover, surveillance, arrest or search warrant operations.
  • Briefing papers for agency officials.
  • Policy and procedures and/or recommendations for administrative action.
  • Applications or draft information for Inspector General Subpoenas.
  • Project/program planning proposals.
  • Training presentations or other briefing materials.
  • None of the above.
17 Please select the responses which describe your experience orally interacting with a variety of people in various situations to achieve effective solutions and foster productive relationships. Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as a spokesperson/representative for a program/organization.
  • I have facilitated communication between organizational entities.
  • I have mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  • I have presented program specific mission goals, needs or problems to management officials.
  • I have planned and conducted meetings.
  • I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical programmatic or professional issues.
  • I have effectively communicated program strategies, goals, objectives or priorities on a regular basis.
  • None of the above.
18 Have you formulated recommendations to improve efficiency or effectiveness and/or achieve compliance with program requirements? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
19 Select all of the duties listed below that reflect your leadership experience coordinating criminal investigation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in gathering, analyzing, and making sound recommendations on staff assignments.
  • I have experience training criminal investigators.
  • I have experience reviewing finished work for accuracy and completeness.
  • I have experience providing feedback to team members on their performance.
  • I have experience resolving differences among co-workers or team members.
  • I have experience leading investigation teams that included auditors and/or inspectors as well as investigators.
  • I have experience implementing new policies and procedures.
  • I have experience giving advice on problem situations that are highly technical in nature.
  • None of the above.
20 From the list of choices below, select all the responses that best describe your experience leading staff and projects. Answer to this question is required
  • Leading a project or group with little or no supervision or guidance.
  • Mentoring staff or team members.
  • Providing input (i.e. strategic, statistical, and investigative) on project objectives and experimental designs to meet project needs and organization requirements.
  • Seeking the involvement and participation of others from outside my own work unit.
  • Facilitating a project team or work group to ensure achievement of goals.
  • Providing technical consultation and leadership on data studies.
  • Leading a project to conduct research to develop solutions to new assignments.
  • Leading multiple projects or groups concurrently, with little or no supervision or guidance.
  • Prioritizing and assigning tasks.
  • Identifying short term and long term goals.
  • Establishing deadlines.
  • None of the above.