Criminal Investigator (Cyber) – Woodlawn

  • Full Time
  • Woodlawn
  • Applications have closed




Serves as a Special Agent with the responsibility for planning, conducting and coordinating extremely complex investigations or inquires derived from digital evidence and independently conducting cybercrime or computer intrusion investigations. This includes Investigative oversight of wrongdoing by others; and investigations of violations to Title 18, US Code, which involves fraud; embezzlement; computer intrusions and other fraud related activity in connection with computers.
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  • Independently conducts extremely complex, difficult, and highly sensitive investigations into criminal and non-criminal cases involving persons and property under the charge and control of the Agency
  • Extremely sensitive investigations may include violations of Standards of Conduct within the Agency involving high-level Agency officials.
  • Determines the most effective manner for planning, developing, and conducting investigations and the additional resources required.
  • Plans, coordinates, and initiates contacts with Federal, State, Local and other key officials related to matters under investigation for the purpose of obtaining facts, signed statements, explanation of actions.
  • Learns the sequence of events and background or related information that may be required.
  • Plans and conducts interviews with suspects, witnesses, and informants in case development.
  • Plans and administers the oath during affidavits; serves search warrants and subpoenas; searches crime scenes for evidence; and participates with other law enforcement agencies as required.
  • Advises the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge or Resident Agent-in-Charge on investigative activities and reports including direction and progress of an investigation's significant findings.
  • Advises the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge on developments, problems or questions of evidence; testimony or law; and actions to be taken on other related matters.
  • Prepares interim and comprehensive final investigative reports for prosecutive and management officials.
  • Responsible for the coordination and integration of investigative findings to ensure clarity, accuracy, concision, and presentation of sufficient detail.
  • Communicates the OIG's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values to the cyber/electronic investigations unit and integrates them into the team's strategies and goals, objectives, work plans and work products and outcomes.
  • Distributes workload among the cyber/electronic investigations unit members in accordance with work flow, skill level or job specialization, making adjustments in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely completion of assigned tasks.
  • Coaches and mentors team members on assigned projects, providing leadership, advice, guidance, and counsel to staff concerning investigative techniques and procedures.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Selective Service Registration: 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
  • Background and/or security investigation may be required.
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results.
  • Federal employees must be in good standing.
  • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
  • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
  • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience as investigations or inquires derived from digital evidence and independently conducting cybercrime or computer intrusion investigations.

Some Examples of such specialized experience are:

  • Investigating cybercrimes or related inquiries into the illicit use of computers and computer related communication technologies; obtaining, discretely handling, and working with digital evidence to initiate investigations or inquiries;
  • Developing evidence for cyber-related investigations by conducting forensic media analysis of digital media, reviews of logs such as application, system or various network logs, or from traditional investigative activities
  • Utilizing various investigative techniques to establish interrelationships between digital records or other digital evidence; technology-based cases involving multiple jurisdictions
  • Performing difficult cyber-based investigative activities

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks at GS-12.

Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.



Tentative selectee must pass a criminal records check and a credit check prior to receiving further consideration.

This is a critical-sensitive position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

The selected employee will not be made a final offer of employment until after we receive notice of the completion of a successful background investigation.

Selectee will be required to pass firearms qualification and may be required to carry a firearm. The selectee will be required to attend a course of instruction on the proper use of Oleoresin Capsicum spray (OCS), which is the oily resin of pepper. This instruction includes being exposed to OCS so that knowledge of its effects can be gained.This position is covered by the special retirement provision for Federal Law Enforcement Officers (FLEO). Selectee without previous FLEO service must be at least 21 years of age and not yet 37 years of age or older on the date of appointment. This requirement does not apply to preference eligible veterans.

Selectee newly assigned to the Criminal Investigator position MUST successfully complete the 9-week Criminal Investigator Program training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, Georgia.

Some travel is required and a valid state driver's license is required.Selectee must sign a mobility agreement to accept relocation to other geographic locations if required by the agency.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS, DRUG URINALYSIS, PRE-EMPLOYMENT SECURITY CLEARANCE: Tentative selectee(s) must pass a pre-appointment physical examination. 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, 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.

Tentative selectee(s) will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment unless currently an SSA employee occupying a position already in a random drug testing program. Appointment to the position is contingent upon a negative test result. After appointment the employee will be included in the agency's random drug test program.

This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment/Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Additional information

WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will only be accepted from applicants eligible for one of the following categories.

  • Federal employees currently serving under career or career conditional appointments;
  • Federal employees currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities;
  • Former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement (i.e., those who have career status or separated from a career-conditional appointment less than 3 years ago);
  • Current or former Federal employees eligible under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); or
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles (i.e., Preference-eligible veterans OR veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service).
  • Federal employees serving under excepted service appointments with competitive service compatibility (e.g. Postal Service, Foreign Service, an agency with an interchange agreement, etc.) may be eligible to apply. Please visit Excepted Service Appointments with Competitive Service Compatibility for more information.

NOTE: Excepted service employees serving under Schedule A appointments for Attorney positions or Pathways Programs appointments (Presidential Management Fellows, Recent Graduates, and Interns) are not eligible for consideration.

Position to be filled under the provisions of the Management Officials Promotion Plan . The best-qualified list for this vacancy may be used to fill the same or similar positions in a component(s) under the same Deputy Commissioner. Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date the best qualified list is issued.

LOCALITY PAY: Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that should they be selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.


This position is not eligible for telework.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a critical sensitive position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 86, Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of criminal investigative procedures and techniques
  • Knowledge of federal laws, regulations, court procedures, and rules of evidence
  • Experience working with Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Experience working with information technology (IT) personnel those in federal, state, and local government and private sector organizations.
  • Skill and experience using digital investigative techniques or analysis to gather information or evidence.
  • Skill and experience conducting a cyber-crime or computer intrusion investigation.
  • Experience communicating technical investigative information orally and in writing.

Applicants will be assessed using the rating criteria listed in the following link: https:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

Your resume must provide all of the information necessary to make qualifications and eligibility determinations (e.g., experience related to your qualifications for this position, grade levels and dates of your current and prior positions, etc.). SSA employees may submit an SSA-45 .

Your resume must specifically demonstrate, in your own words, the possession of the required experience related to the minimum qualifications, selective placement factors and/or evaluation criteria. Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement, rating criteria, KSAs and/or position description will not be considered. If this occurs, you may lose consideration for one or more grade levels or found ineligible.

See information provided in the Education section of this announcement for details and requirements.

If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that that reflects your grade/step, possession of time-in-grade (e.g. a Within-Grade Increase or Promotion/Reassignment dated more than one year ago), and career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service. You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to prove possession of time-in-grade. Current SSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50.

If you are a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must also submit your separation SF-50 showing your separation was not for performance or conduct reasons.

If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. You must also include an explanation if you have changed agencies and have not yet received a performance appraisal from your new agency. If you are a new Federal employee who has not yet received a performance rating, you must upload an explanation.

Current SSA employees and VEOA applicants are not required to submit performance appraisals.

If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit your DD-214 (member 4 copy) and any other documentation demonstrating your preference eligibility, such as a disability letter.

NOTE: If you are a current Federal employee eligible under VEOA, you are subject to the time-in-grade requirement and must submit an SF-50 as required above.

If you are applying for selection priority under ICTAP, you must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting your separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

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