U.S Department Of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
$113,929.00 to $148,108.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$113,929 to $148,108 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
This job is open to
Land & base management
Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.
Internal to an agency
Current federal employees of this agency.
This position is located under the Assistant Director, Field Operations-East-Boston Field Division, Boston VI Field Office, located in Boston, MA.
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The Incumbent serves as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator assigned to a field division of the Bureau. The incumbent is responsible for the prevention, detection, and investigation of substantive and conspiracy type violations of laws enforced by ATF. Supervises a group of criminal investigators stationed at field offices where group size ranges from small to moderate, who are engaged in substantive criminal investigation work and the work must be greater than average in difficulty. Incumbent is responsible for the detection and investigation of criminal cases that may require the gathering and piecing together of complex evidence often difficult to secure; result in precedent-setting court decisions; require substantial coordination with other agencies in tracing leads and gathering intelligence; involve illegal activities conducted under cover of legal enterprise; be extremely sensitive due to the suspects involved and have the potential for jurisdictional problems.
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 under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. Applications will also be accepted from CTAP eligibles. Travel and relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid.
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Job family (Series)
1811 Criminal Investigation
Conditions of Employment
Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
Time in Grade requirement must be met by the closing date of the vacancy.
Requires proficiency with a firearm per ATF's Standard.
May be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in, or directly related to, the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To meet the specialized experience requirements, you must demonstrate that you possess appropriate experience in, or have shown the potential to develop, the qualities of successful leadership such as: Judgment and Problem Solving; Plan, Organize and Prioritize; Lead Others; Relate to Others; General Investigative Knowledge; Knowledge of Relevant Laws, Regulations, and Policies; measured during ATF’s EPAS.
Any employee who currently occupies or has previously occupied a permanent GS-1811-14 position with prior or current specialized experience may apply to be considered for noncompetitive reassignment.
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 (for scored examining) 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: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
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 www.sss.gov. Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation.
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.
This vacancy is in conjunction with the Special Agent Career Plan ATF O 2311.4B, dated and effective February 24, 2015. As such, provisions of paragraph 11 apply as follows:
11. PROMOTION TO GS-1811-14. GS-1811-13 special agents interested in progressing to the 14 level are eligible to apply after meeting the below requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:
A. A minimum of 6 years’ service with ATF as a special agent.
B. A minimum of 3 years as a GS-1811-13 criminal investigator in a field enforcement group assigned to the non-specialized position, PD# 0SP220, or to the Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) position, PD#094159. NOTE: In the case of special agents who moved into a specialized position before completing the required 3 years, an exemption must be requested, based any of the following circumstances:
1) For those special agents who completed their journeyman at the GS-12 level, i.e., had to compete for the GS-13 level, and do not meet the criteria in b. above, must obtain a management exemption memorandum addressed to the Chief, Human Resources Operations Division, signed by the Special Agent In Charge and approved by the Deputy Assistant Director. The memorandum must include your career history which will be verified by Human Resources Operations Division.
2) For those special agents whose SAC deemed it mission critical to reassign an agent to a specialty position prior to their completion of three years at the journey level as noted in b. above, must obtain a management exemption memorandum addressed to the Chief, Human Resources Operations Division, signed by the Special Agent In Charge and approved by the Deputy Assistant Director. The memorandum must include your career history which will be verified by Human Resources Operations Division.
NOTE: As part of the application process, all approved exemptions must be uploaded prior to the vacancy announcement closing through USAJobs. The same exemption may be used when applying for any future vacancy announcements, however, it must be uploaded each time an agent applies to a vacancy announcement.
C. A passing and valid Electronic Promotion Assessment System (EPAS) score. NOTE: All GS-1811-13 special agents are required to pass the EPAS prior to being able to apply for any GS-1811-14 position. A special agent is eligible to take the EPAS after completion of 1 year as a GS-1811-13 (as of the close of the EPAS vacancy announcement) and after having obtained at least an “Fully Successful” rating on the most recent annual performance appraisal. For additional information on the EPAS, see ATF O 2311.1A.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have taken the 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 EPAS and received a passing score. The best qualified list (BQL) is comprised of the top 5 EPAS scoring candidates applying to this position. This position falls under the Merit Promotion Board (MPB) process, that will include an interview of the competitive candidates by the Board.
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Background checks and security clearance
Required Documents (if applicable):
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.
Veterans' preference documentation (Member Copy 4 of DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15 https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf
and VA letter, if applicable. NOTE: The revised October 2013 SF-15 is the latest copy and all others are not usable.
CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
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
All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. 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.
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
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 Monster Recruiting System 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. DD-214) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. It is also your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable. 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.
Agency contact information
Ann Blagmon Ann Blagmon
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
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Washington, District of Columbia
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After the vacancy closes, the Human Resources Office will use the application package to automatically rate, rank and certify candidates. You can check the status of your application anytime by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at http://www.usajobs.gov
. 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.
Upon receipt of your application
After your qualifications have been assessed
Whether or not you've been referred to the Selecting official
Whether or not you've been selected for the position.
This position will require an interview before the Merit Promotion Board (MPB), the MPB will consider each BQL candidate and make a selection based upon the following:
1) EPAS profiles outlining assessed competencies.
3) Structured interviews.
If you are contacted for an interview you will be provided specific instructions on that process.
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.
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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.
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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.