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Intelligence Research Specialist

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U.S Department Of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

$50,598.00 to $79,586.00

Indianapolis, IN

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$50,598 to $79,586 per year

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GS 09 - 11

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Full-Time - Full Time

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Indianapolis, IN

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)


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Position is located in the Office of Field Operations, Columbus Field Division, Indianapolis POD in Indianapolis, IN.

Performs training assignments at the lower grade levels (9) to develop the incumbent for higher grade level intelligence research work. At the GS-11 level Performs work in the collection, analysis, evaluation, interpretatioin, and dissemination of information on conditions, trends, and forces in foreign and domestic areas that directly or indirectly affect the national security. Performs as an experienced all-source analyst, with responsibility for the project and activities within a specifically defined geographical or functional area of responsibility.

These positions requires the Intelligence Research Specialist, upon selection, to sign a mobility statement as a condition of employment. This means management reserves the right to assign or reassign employees assigned in this position or an associated career ladder position. Such an assignment or reassignment may include a permanent change station, as necessary, to accomplish the mission critical goals and objectives of ATF. The selectees must also attend a 4 week intelligence training course.

Note: Although the full promotion potential of these positions is GS-13, promotion to this level is not automatic nor guaranteed. In order to advance, employees must meet ATF's performance standards and demonstrate the potential to perform work at the GS-13 level to be promoted. The successful candidates will be provided with additional information regarding advancement once hired.

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Assists senior IRS’ in liaison services and the debriefing of sources, individual(s) arrested, and/or detainees to exploit the intelligence information for analysis.

Assists in the development and maintenance of computerized intelligence databases to meet the specific needs of the division and to generate statistical and relational reports for division managers and for Headquarters programs and projects.

Performs analysis to include collation of raw, primary and secondary data derived from various sources such as automated data base systems, operational intelligence reports, miscellaneous communications, case files, internal and external automation systems, and other sources.

Collects operational intelligence reports from various Federal, State, and local government and law enforcement agencies.


Under the guidance of a senior Intelligence Research Specialist or Special Agent, clarifies the nature of investigative intelligence indicators, provides investigative leads, requests data to substantiate or verify information, suggests possible new avenue of investigation, and researches information for use in responding to collateral requests.

Performing complex analyses of raw primary and secondary data queried from various sources, i.e. internal and external automated data base systems, intelligence reports, and case files.

Providing detailed analytical reports of the activities of crime groups.

Conducting validation of sources and evaluates information derived from cooperating witnesses, assets, and informants, and preparing production reviews of asset/ informant/ cooperating witness validation efforts.

Accessing local and national intelligence information databases to respond to and validate requests for information.

Developing and maintaining computerized intelligence databases to generate statistical and relational reports.

Makes recommendations for modifications and improvements to existing systems and establishes new collection techniques for unique investigations.

Performing liaison and coordination functions with counterparts and personnel throughout the intelligence and law enforcement communities.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel includes providing on-site analytical support during missions in the field or with other counterpart agencies during significant events. The duration of the travel may be approximately 30-days or more.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from internal employees only of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives serving under a career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service and current or former time-limited employees eligible for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. Applications will also be accepted from CTAP eligibles.

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0132 Intelligence



Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.

Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation.

Must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. See

Required to sign a mobility agreement as a condition of employment.

Attend mandatory IRS 4-week training course as a condition of employment.

Time in Grade requirement must be met by the closing date of the vacancy.

To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.


In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform successfully the duties of the position.

GS-09: Must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service performing duties such as fundamental experience of research techniques to conduct fact-finding, experience of technical or operational aspects of assigned subject-matter area, and experience of intelligence techniques and sources OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field of study related to this position or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related OR combination of education and experience.

GS-11: Must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service performing duties such as: Using a variety of intelligence-gathering methods, compile and analyze intelligence information to support operations, as well as draft complex reports that contain original analyses. Further, brief other law enforcement and intelligence agencies on a variety of intelligence topics and maintain and modify intelligence databases to generate reports. Finally, provide guidance to junior personnel within the organization. OR Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to degree, in a field of study related to this position such as social sciences, business and public administration, behavioral sciences, and sociology or other field of study that provides them with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position OR LL.M., if related OR Combination of education and experience listed above.

If using education to qualify for this position, must provide copy of unofficial or official transcripts.

All academic degrees and course work must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria see

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:

1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility,

2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and

3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.

To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria.

You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:


Additional information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

“Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.”

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:


Knowledge of technical or operational aspects of assigned subject-matter area.

Knowledge of intelligence techniques and sources.

Ability to relate to their subject matter field to intelligence needs.

Fundamental knowledge of research techniques.


Knowledge and experience in law enforcement intelligence techniques and operations.

Knowledge and skill in the applications of intelligence techniques and analytical methodology.

Skill in validating law enforcement intelligence information.

Knowledge of automated systems to determine the need for and the design of intelligence databases.

Oral and written communications skills.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret

Required Documents

Required Documents

Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).

Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, career or career-conditional tenure and a separate award SF-50 dated within the last 3 years, if applicable.

CTAP documentation, if applicable.

An official college transcript (Note: If you’re selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)

Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-47. For more information, click here

It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/ validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement.

Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process.

STEP ONE - (Online Resume- USAJOBS) You must create a user account and at least one federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.

STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions USAJobs) In USAJobs, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the USAJob questions will become your application package.

STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation) You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways: (l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet. (2) You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on My Applications and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select Apply Online. Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on Finished to be returned to USAJOBS. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. SF-50, transcripts, CTAP documents) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Agency contact information

Lorna Williams







Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives

Please apply online

99 New York Ave. N.E.

Washington, District of Columbia

United States

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Next steps

You can check the status of your application anytime by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at You will need to provide your USAJOBS User ID and Password to access the Track your Online Job Application feature. You may also click on the link provided to access additional information on Career Connector. All applicants will be notified at four (4) stages in the hiring process:

(1) upon receipt of your application;

(2) after your qualifications have been assessed;

(3) whether or not you've been referred to the Selecting Official; and

(4) whether or not you've been selected for the position.

If your name is sent to the hiring manager, you may be invited for an interview.

After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer to selectee(s) upon favorable completion of the background.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S Department Of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
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ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. Our Strategic Plan The ATF Strategic Planning Process relies on teamwork and effective communication to focus scarce resources on the global challenges facing America today. The Strategic Plan to address these challenges is based on long-term legislative mission mandates, customer and stakeholder input, and Presidential and Departmental priorities.

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