Overview

Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The employee serves as a criminal investigator with responsibility for assisting the planning, coordinating, directing, and conducting of investigations relating to Smithsonian Institution programs.

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Responsibilities

Major Duties include:

  • Investigates alleged improprieties on the part of SI employees and others in connection with SI programs.
  • Investigates alleged violations of Title 18, US Code, and Title 22, DC Criminal Code, which may include, but are not limited to, allegations of fraud against the government, false claims and statements, bribery, conversions, corruption, racketeering, embezzlement, conflicts of interest, kick-backs, or other fraudulent or criminal activities affecting Smithsonian Institution programs, contracts, and operations.
  • Investigates alleged violations of other provisions of federal, state, and local statutes affecting labor laws, S.I. grants, contracts, and contractors and their employees, criminal statutes relating to falsification of contractor's payroll, collusive bidding practices, and deviations from or failure to comply with contract specifications

Travel Required

25% or less – Occasionally domestic travel.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Must possess valid motor vehicle operator's permit from state-of-residence.
  • Must have successfully completed basic law enforcement training at FLETC
  • May be required to successfully complete the OIG Transitional Trng at FLETC

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job opportunity announcement closing
date.

For information on qualification requirements, see Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions viewable on the web at http: www.opm.gov/qualifications.

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 himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

Qualifications

GS-11

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as conducting criminal investigations into fraud or other financial or integrity-related offenses, conducting interviews and interrogations, writing investigative reports, collecting evidence admissible in court, drafting and serving arrest and search warrants, and testifying in court or administrative hearings.

Or Education: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related

Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown in the table meets the requirements for positions at GS-7 through GS-11. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards . Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

GS-12

Experience

You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. For this position Specialized experience is defined as experience performing investigations of criminal violations; analyzing or evaluating raw investigative data and preparing comprehensive written investigative reports and investigating complex claims involving suspected crimes.

Education cannot be substituted at this grade level.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Physical Requirements: The duties of the 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 materials 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 himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

Education

Additional information

Flexible Spending Accounts – http: www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance – http: www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave – http: www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance – http: www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance – http: www.ltcfeds.com

Retirement Program – http: www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp

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 first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of the use of criminal investigative information in procurement, administrative law, and personnel matters.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and decisions relating to methods of conducting interviews, interrogations, surveillance, and preparing and executing search and arrest warrants.
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques such as search and seizure and collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive, professional investigative reports, which serve as the basis for preparing cases for legal or administrative action.
  • Ability to testify accurately and convincingly at legal proceedings.
  • Knowledge of specialized technical investigative devices and equipment, such as video and surveillance devices.
  • Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:

    Best Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above.

    Better Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above.

    Good Category – Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree.

    This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

    Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

    Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position.

    Important Note:

    Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    Your application package should include the following documents:

    • Resume – Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

      USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Help Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    • Proof of Veteran's Preference – DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
    • Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
    • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.

    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.

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