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Vacancy Details

Grade: 13

No questions specified.

Grade: All Grades

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

    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
2  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.  Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

    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.

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
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.
For the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes all of the following:
Providing technical and analytical assistance concerning investigations and criminal intelligence; AND
Experience using generally accepted investigative principles, techniques, methods and procedures applicable to civil/administrative investigations; AND
Demonstrated experience in oral and written communications, to include knowledge of accepted standards of writing, use of proper grammar and the preparation of investigative reports in a clear, concise and professional manner, in order to communicate clearly and accurately the results of investigations.

3 Select the answer that best describes your experience as it directly relates to the specialized experience statement. Carefully review your application and ensure that your response is supported by your resume.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
4  Do you have experience researching federal laws, regulations, and case law?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Which of the following duties have you performed?

Answer to this question is required
  • Preparing investigative plans.
  • Gathering evidence.
  • Analyzing evidence.
  • Coordinating efforts with investigative components.
  • None of the above.
6 Please select all of the duties listed below you have performed as a regular and recurring part of your Investigations experience.

Answer to this question is required
  • Manage multiple priorities.
  • Develop work plans.
  • Execute work plans.
  • Bring cases to closure.
  • None of the above.
7  Which of the following duties do you have experience performing?
Answer to this question is required
  • Prepared investigative reports concerning administrative violations.
  • Prepared investigative reports concerning Congressional correspondence.
  • Interviewed senior level officials.
  • Briefed senior managers on varied issues.
  • None of the above.
8 Select the choice(s) that describe your experience identifying and analyzing problems, making logical decisions and providing solutions.
Answer to this question is required
  • Identified and analyzed information and distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  • Used qualitative data and analytical tools in problem solving.
  • Developed policies, regulations, procedures and plans for meeting goals and objectives.
  • Independently interpreted and applied statutes and regulations to resolve problems and issues.
  • Prepared and presented analytical information. Analyses were used to explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings and recommendations.
  • Developed comprehensive material for reports, briefings or meetings.
  • None of the above.
9 Indicate your experience(s) gathering and evaluating information and data.
Answer to this question is required
  • I have applied analytical and evaluating methods, theories, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues (e.g., researching and analyzing documents, compiling and charting statistical data, gathering, summarizing and analyzing information for incorporation into investigations, carrying out specified portions or segments of specific projects).
  • I have tracked and monitored completion of assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and documented any trends.
  • I have conducted analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements.
  • None of the above.
10 Select all of the communication activities that you have performed in your employment.
Answer to this question is required
  • Interviewing witnesses.
  • Interrogating or interviewing subjects of investigations.
  • Presenting investigative status and other investigative matters to senior agency officials.
  • Providing advice, guidance or direction to investigators of lower grades on regulations or procedures.
  • Testify in court or administrative hearings.
  • Providing oral training presentations.
  • I do not have any of this experience.
11 Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience communicating with management, co-workers, or customers?
Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided information regarding standard practices and procedures as outlined in an organizations reference material regarding administrative matters.
  • I have communicated with employees, supervisors, or managers to obtain, clarify, or give facts or information concerning security, law enforcement, or personnel security policies or procedures.
  • I have communicated with employees, supervisors, or managers to plan, coordinate, or advise on security, law enforcement, or personnel security work efforts or to resolve problems in mostly cooperative situations where we were working toward mutual goals.
  • I have some experience, education, or training, but less than the levels described below.
  • I have no experience performing this work.
12 Select all of the written products below that you have experience writing.
Answer to this question is required
  • Reports of Investigation.
  • Investigative work plans.
  • Administrative reports to management.
  • Proposals for undercover, surveillance, arrest or search warrant operations.
  • Responses to Congressional or other interagency inquiries.
  • Briefing papers for senior officials.
  • Employee position descriptions.
  • Policy and procedures.
  • Applications for Inspector General subpoenas.
  • Project/Program planning proposals. (
  • Training presentations and other training material.
  • None of the above.
13 Do you have experience working with other investigators, lawyers, auditors and other staff to complete work assignments under stringent time limits?
Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No