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Criminal Investigator Special Agent Trainee

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Office of the Inspector General

$44,767.00 to $71,189.00

Sacramento, CA

Date Last Verified
Apr 13,2018

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Apr 12,2018

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$44,767 to $71,189 per year

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GL 07 - 09

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento, CA

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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.


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A relocation incentive may be authorized.

This position is located in the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (OI). The Office of Investigations manages, supervises, coordinates, and conducts investigations relating to DOI programs and operations, including, but not limited to, investigations of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in such programs and operations and actual or suspected criminal activity or other wrongdoing by DOI employees, contractors, grantees, lessees, or any other persons or entities doing business with the DOI.

The incumbent of this position serves as a Criminal Investigator trainee in the Western Field Office. He/she performs developmental assignments in selected segments of criminal investigations, compliance and/or survey assignments of various DOI programs and related activities.

The duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Additional selections may be made within 90 days from the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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The incumbent works with the supervisor and/or higher graded investigators, participating in conducting progressively difficult investigations or fact-finding studies involving suspected or charged violations of the Federal criminal code and other Federal laws, rules and regulations. Assignments may include:

Participating in routine investigations for developmental purposes. Develops preliminary planning documents required to conduct an investigation. Confers with the supervisor and/or higher-grade investigators regarding methods, procedures, precedents and techniques;

Conducts fact-finding and preliminary analysis of the request, complaint, or allegation in relation to appropriate laws, regulations, etc. to identify the issues involved and evidence needed. Examines case material and establishes the relationship of facts and/or evidence in the case, reviews documents and other materials, as well as performs extensive record searches;

As part of development assignments, conducts interviews, takes affidavits from suspects and witnesses, and performs routine surveillance. Reports to the supervisor any possible significant administrative and/or program weaknesses discovered during the fact-finding, interview and examination process;

In accordance with established guidelines, prepares investigative reports documenting observations, issues and findings. The incumbent may be called upon to assist in effecting an arrest, a search warrant, or a surveillance activity.

Participates in developmental training. Prepares position papers, and other documents concerning DOI program areas.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Internal employees of Department of the Interior, Office of the Inspector General Who Are - Status Candidates, Noncompetitive and Reinstatement Eligible, ICTAP/CTAP Eligible, Land Management Eligibles, Eligible Veterans.

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

Job family (Series)

1811 Criminal Investigation



Conditions of Employment

U.S. citizenship is required.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service.

Successful completion of a background investigation.

Subject to initial and random drug testing.

May be required to complete a one year probationary period.

OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report is required.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.

CTAP/ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


Minimum Qualification Requirement:

GS-07: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal government. This experience includes activities such as: demonstrated initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and judgment required to collect, assemble, and develop facts and other pertinent data; ability to think logically and objectively, to analyze and evaluate facts, evidence and related information; and to arrive at sound conclusions OR

Completed a bachelor's degree AND meet the requirements for superior academic achievement. [Superior academic achievement is based on (1) class standing: you must be in the upper third of your graduating class in college, university, or major subdivision; (2) grade-point average: you must have a grade point average of (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of required courses completed in your major field or required courses in your major field completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum [Grade point averages can be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0, and 2.94 will round to 2.9.]; and (3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.] OR

Combination of Education and Experience: Combination of education and experience which together qualifies the applicant for the GS-7 level.

GS-09: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal government. This experience includes activities such as: planning and conducting investigations of individuals or organizations to collect facts regarding their character, suitability, qualifications, or to substantiate claims, or for legal cases, or law enforcement purposes; or newspaper reporting where the major duty was fact finding and reporting on substantive issues; or legal work such as interviewing suspects and witnesses; or criminal law practice. OR

(1) Master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree or; (2) two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or (3) LL.B or J.D. OR

Combination of Education and Experience: Combination of education and experience which together qualifies the applicant for the GS-9 level.


Additional information

OIG employees are subject to initial and random drug testing as a condition of continued employment, and must:

Meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates.

Be able to acquire and maintain a government-issued travel charge card. Significant travel is expected.

Complete a one-year probationary period unless already completed or excepted by special authority.

Be available for permanent reassignment to other regional or resident offices, as required.

Pass initial and periodic medical examinations. Failure may result in reassignment from the position of criminal investigator or other appropriate action.

Be able to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle, have and maintain a valid driver's license.

Complete an OGE-450, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests.

Complete the Basic Criminal Investigative Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, or its equivalent.

This position is a primary law enforcement position under 5 U.S.C. 8336 (C) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C 8412 (d) (FERS). You must be no more than 37 years of age upon entry into the GS-1811 series, unless the applicant has previous service creditable under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) law enforcement provisions sufficient to enable you to retire at age 57 with 20 years of creditable service. Persons already in covered secondary positions or with previous approved service who apply for a primary position cannot be considered if their age at reentry into the primary position exceeds 37 years after subtracting their years of service in covered positions. Applicant must provide evidence of current or previous coverage that would qualify. This age restriction does not apply to those entitled to Veteran’s Preference.

Selectee will be required to qualify to carry and use firearms and other weapons as part of assigned duties and maintain such qualification. Applicants are ineligible for this position if convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.

Selectee must meet the initial agency suitability determination (i.e. local police checks, review of past employment data, review of Query National information Center report, results of special agency check, etc.) before a final offer can be made.

Medical Requirements for 1811 occupational series may be found here

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position and tour of duty (full or part time to include number of hours). One year of general or specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are pro-rated. Your responses to the questionnaire and/or competency statements will be evaluated to determine the degree to which your skills match this position. Your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position. Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. The KSAs are:

Basic knowledge of criminal, civil, and administrative investigation techniques, Federal criminal law, Federal Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, including arrest and search and seizure, methods and pattern of criminal operations.

Basic knowledge of administrative and technical reporting procedures to present findings in clear, logical, impartial and concise manner.

Ability to participate as a team member, particularly in conducting criminal investigations, fact-finding, and special studies.

Sufficient skills to investigate limited aspects of program fraud abuse and white collar crime; knowledge to testify on behalf of the government in criminal, civil, and administrative hearings, as appropriate.

Ability to report facts clearly, accurately, logically and objectively; both orally and in writing.

Note: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret

Required Documents

Required Documents

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit the required documents will disqualify you from further consideration for this position.

Resume -your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action- documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.

Performance Appraisal: All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of the most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year and includes the final rating.

Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable) - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214-Member 4 copy), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

ICTAP/CTAP – such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.

Other Documentation - supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, SF-50 etc.)

E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. 30% compensable disabled veterans, severely handicapped individuals, former Peace Corp and VISTA volunteers, etc.), you MUST indicate on your application the special program and submit proof of eligibility with your application. Individuals who are eligible for consideration will be considered non-competitively for this vacancy.

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

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of Interior's OIG Automated Application System. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the Apply On-line button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the eligibility and assessment questionnaires on-line through the automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your student eligibility for this job opportunity.

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement.

ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

Agency contact information

April Hartman April Hartman





Office of Inspector General

U.S. DOI - Office of Inspector General

1849 C Street, NW

Washington, District of Columbia

United States

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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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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.

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