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Criminal Investigator Cg

Company name
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

$76,122.00 to $140,810.00

Chicago, IL

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$76,122 to $140,810 per year

Pay scale & grade

CG 11 - 12

Work schedule

Full-Time - Competitive Service, Permanent

Appointment type

Permanent - Full-Time


1 vacancy in the following location:

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.


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This position is located in the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations (OI), Chicago Regional Office, Chicago, IL. The FDIC OIG is an independent and objective unit established under the inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. The OIG's mission is to promote the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of FDIC programs and operations and to protect against fraud, waste, and abuse to assist and augment the FDIC's contribution to stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system. In carrying out its mission, the OIG conducts audits, evaluations, and investigations; reviews existing and proposed legislation and regulations; and keeps FDIC Chairman and the Congress fully and currently informed of problems and defiencies relating to FDIC programs and operations.

The Office of Investigations carries out a comprehensive nationwide program to prevent, detect, and investigate criminal or otherwise prohibited activity that may harm the operations or integrity of the FDIC and its programs.

There is currently only one vacancy and candidates are encouraged to apply early to maximize their opportunity for consideration. Additional selections may be made should we determine there are more vacancies to fill in the same position.

Hiring decisions will take into consideration budgetary constraints and uncertainties.

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Carries out a full range of investigative assignments as a lead agent or team member. Investigates a variety of alleged criminal violations including bank, mail and wire fraud; commercial loan fraud; false entries in bank records; misapplication/embezzlement of funds; bribery/kickbacks; and obstruction of examinations. Additionally, the special agent will conduct investigations into employee misconduct.

Conducts comprehensive research and analysis of cases to determine applicable laws and the implementing regulations that were violated; and the proof required to support such cases and the methods for obtaining them. Determines the most effective manner for planning, developing and conducting investigations and the additional resources required.

Plans, coordinates and initiates contacts with Federal, State and local officials and other key officials related to the matter under investigation for the purpose of obtaining facts, signed statements, explanation of actions, and to learn the sequence of events, and background or related information that may be required.

Advises the Special Agent-in-Charge and Senior Special Agents and others on the progress of investigative activities, significant findings and developments, problems or questions of evidence, testimony or law and actions to be taken on other related matters.

Testifies before grand juries, courts, or administrative hearings on the facts of investigative cases.

Advises and/or assists the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys in preparing cases for presentation to Federal Grand Juries and in trial courts on matters involving violations of Federal criminal statutes.

Prepares investigative reports to support possible prosecution and/or administrative action.

Plans and coordinates the investigative activities of lower graded criminal investigators assigned to assist in extremely complex and sensitive investigations. Provides technical information, advice and guidance on problem situations. Considers and evaluates investigative resources needed in order to validate allegations, gather evidence, and relate events to the milestones and critical points in the progress of the case.

Plans and conducts interviews with suspects, witnesses and informants in pursuit of case development. Obtains affidavits; serves search warrants and subpoenas; researches crime scenes for collection of evidence; and participates with other law enforcement agencies as required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Applicants with status (i.e., current permanent Federal employees in the competitive service and former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility) and those eligible for appointment under special hiring authorities

; in the local commuting area; and veterans eligible for VEOA appointment

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

1811 Criminal Investigation

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Conditions of Employment

Registration with the Selective Service.

High Risk Position - Background Investigation (BI) required.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Employment Conditions.

This position requires occasional overnight travel.

The minimum age for initial appointment to a law enforcement position is 21, and the maximum age is 37 (except for veterans' preference eligibles). Individuals must be selected for these positions prior to their 37th birthday.

Completion of Confidential Financial Disclosure may be required.

High Risk Position - Background Investigation (BI) required.


For the CG-11 Specialized Experience:

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a major related field, or LL.M, if related, that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.


Candidates must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the CG-09 grade level in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience is experience in planning, organizing and conducting investigations or other fact finding reviews; obtaining and analyzing information and data from various sources to develop and justify sound conclusions and recommendations related to professional liability and financial crimes.

For the CG-12 Specialized Experience:

Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized equivalent in responsibility and scope to the grade 11 in Federal Service. For this positon, specialized experience is experience in planning, organizing and conducting investigations or other fact finding reviews; obtaining and analyzing information and data from various sources to develop and justify sound conclusions and recommendations related to professional liability and financial crimes.

There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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. Additional qualifications information can be found here


Additional information

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1. Applicants must meet the age requirements for covered positions under the special retirement provisions for law enforcement officers' positions. Minimum age restriction -- You must have reached your 21st birthday to be appointed into this position. Maximum age restriction -- You can be appointed into this position as long as you have not reached your 37th birthday. The maximum age restriction does not apply if you are a preference eligible, or you are presently or have previously been employed in a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered under the 6c retirement coverage (Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d)). In order to receive consideration, you need to include your date of birth in the application process.

2. LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [Title 18, USC, Section 922 (g) 9]. A misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term convicted, as defined in the statute excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, or pardoned, or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, USC, Section 1001).

3. MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Candidate selected must meet and maintain medical requirements for law enforcement officers. This includes a pre-employment physical examination and periodic physical examinations throughout the incumbent's career as a law enforcement officer.

4. DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENTS: Candidate selected may be subject to random drug testing.

If selected, you may be required to serve a probationary period.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and the online assessment questionnaire will be reviewed, to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements outlined in this announcement. Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

Your resume will also be evaluated to measure your responses to the assessment questions. If you rated yourself higher on the questionnaire than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected.

The competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) you will be assessed on are listed below. Top ranked candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration.

Knowledge of modern criminal investigative principles and theories, practices, and procedures, and rules of evidence, and techniques in order to plan, organize, and conduct complex criminal investigations.

Ability to conduct trend analysis in the collection of electronic media relating to financial fraud and electronic crimes investigations.

Knowledge of the principles of IT security and frameworks relevant to government network operations.

Knowledge of computer concepts and theory in order to work with various operating systems, software, networks, and computer applications.

Ability to conduct interviews, obtain and summarize information, and present facts in an unbiased and logical manner.

Ability to work in a team oriented environment.

Ability to prepare written documents and reports.

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

To preview questions please click here

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret

Required Documents

Required Documents

Please review the following to determine your eligibility and which document(s) is required to complete your application:


HIRING AUTHORITIES FOR VETERANS: If you are applying for consideration under VEOA and special hiring authorities for veterans, click here


applying for consideration under special appointing authorities for people with disabilities, you will be required to provide proof of disability documentation to specify that you are a person who (1) has a severe physical disability; (2) an intellectual disability; or (3) a psychiatric disability. Severe physical disabilities include but are not limited to blindness, deafness, paralysis, missing limbs, epilepsy and dwarfism. The documentation does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history or need for accommodation, however, the letter should clearly state that you are eligible for appointment under this authority. THE DOCUMENTATION MUST HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM: (a). Licensed medical professionals; or (b). State or private vocational rehabilitation specialists; or (c). Any Government agency (e.g. VA, etc.) that issues or provides disability benefit. To view sample Schedule A proof of disability letters and for more information on this special appointing authority, click here

. Please note that employees hired under this Schedule A hiring authority will be required to complete a Standard Form 256 to identify their disability status.


displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the ICTAP, you must submit proof of eligibility. For more information, click here


COMPETITIVE STATUS: A copy of your most recent SF Form 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows: (1) permanent or career-conditional tenure (codes 1 or 2, in block 24), and (2) position occupied in the competitive service (code 1, in block 34). To be considered as a non- competitive eligible candidate, the SF-50 must show the highest grade level or promotion potential level applicant has attained competitively and grade must be equivalent or higher than the grade for which applying.

FDIC EMPLOYEES: Submit a final digitally signed copy of your most recent Annual Performance Appraisal and Evaluation form. The final PDF form is also acceptable.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTS: If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, submit a copy of your college transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable). Education must be from accredited institutions. For a listing of accredited educational institutions, click here

. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For more information, click here

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

Relocation benefits are not authorized.

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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 begin, click the Apply button and follow the prompts. If you haven't already, register and establish a USAJOBS account. After you register online, click the Apply button to complete the online assessment questionnaire, and submit all required documents. Please be sure to click Submit Application to complete the application process.

You must apply online. Applicants requesting an exception from the online process must contact the Human Resources Specialist or contact point listed in this announcement prior to 12:00 noon local time on the closing date.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS

account and click on Applications tab. Click on the Position Title, and then select Update Application or Additional Application Information to continue.

You have until 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.

Please ensure you have completed the application process by verifying the status of your application on-line to reflect: Received. Failure to complete the application process will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered for the position.

Agency contact information

Shaun Stever Shaun Stever





Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Office of Inspector General

3501 Fairfax Drive

Arlington, Virginia

United States

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Next steps

You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through USAJOBS

by signing in and selecting Application Status. Thank you for your interest in working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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

or how to contact an agency.

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

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
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Company Profile
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency created by the Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system by: insuring deposits; examining and supervising financial institutions for safety and soundness and consumer protection; making large and complex financial institutions resolvable; and managing receiverships. Vision The FDIC is a recognized leader in promoting sound public policies, addressing risks in the nation's financial system, and carrying out its insurance, supervisory, consumer protection, resolution planning, and receivership management responsibilities.

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