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Criminal Investigator

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U.S. Federal Government

Los Angeles, CA

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Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions.

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**This vacancy is open for 3 days OR to the first 400 applicants who apply. If 400 applicants apply prior to the closing date, the vacancy will be closed the day the number of applicants is reached.**

Two vacancies will be filled between the following announcements: SH10186952 and SH10187123. You are currently viewing SH10187123.

At the full performance level, the incumbent serves as a Special Agent in the Office of Investigations (OI), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Social Security Administration (SSA) with the responsibility for conducting and coordinating difficult and sensitive investigations related to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in Agency programs and operations. Investigations include wrongdoing by applicants, grantees, contractors, or by Agency employees in the performance of their official duties; and investigations of violations to Title 18, United States Code, which involves fraud; embezzlement; collusion; conflict of interest; gambling; use, sale or distribution of narcotics; and organized crime.

Independently conducts difficult and sensitive criminal and non-criminal investigations.

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

Plans and initiates contacts with Federal, State, and local officials; and other key officials related to matters 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.

Plans and conducts surveillance of a suspect or various groups of suspects.

Briefs Special Agent in Charge and Senior Special Agent on investigative activities and reports including direction and progress of investigation; significant findings and 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 clarity, accuracy, conciseness and presentation of sufficient detail of investigative findings.


This is a developmental position leading to the full performance GS-1811-12 position. The duties of this position are substantially the same as those of the full performance position except for the supervisory controls.

Please note the special requirements for the 1811 Criminal Investigator series listed in this vacancy announcement.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

1811 Criminal Investigation



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required

Selective Service Registration, if applicable (

Background and/or security investigation required

Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results

Selectees are required to serve a 1 year probationary period

Relocation expenses will not be paid

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement

Must be at least 21 and not yet reached age 37 prior to appointment


To qualify at the GS-9 level , applicants must possess one of the following:

At least 52 weeks of experience at the GS-7, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience includes assisting on criminal investigations, conducting research for criminal investigations, collecting evidence, and/or other duties related to criminal investigations. The work involves: 1) recognizing, developing, and presenting evidence to reconstruct events, sequences, time elements, relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, and conflicts of interest; 2) conducting investigations in a manner meeting legal and procedural requirements; and 3) providing advice and assistance both in and out of court to the U.S. Attorney's Office during investigations and prosecutions. OR

A master's or equivalent graduate degree, LL.B., or J.D. NOTE:

Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. . OR

Completion of 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent graduate degree. NOTE: Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. OR

A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.


Providing Proof of Education or Substituting Education

For information on providing proof of education or substituting education for experience, visit or

If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts that includes your name, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, and date of completion. Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.

Additional information


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.

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 .

Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


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.


The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include:

Knowledge of criminal investigative procedures and techniques.

Knowledge of federal laws, regulations, court procedures, and rules of evidence.

Ability to work effectively with others, especially with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Skill in using a variety of investigative techniques to gather information or evidence.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link:

Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.

2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret

Required Documents

Required Documents

You must submit supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.


ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. To receive selection priority, candidates must meet the requirements for the Well Qualified category as described in the vacancy announcement. Candidates must also provide:

proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50); and

proof of your most recent performance rating of at least fully successful (Level III) or equivalent.

For more information visit .


If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) . Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit the Vet Guide .


The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.

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.

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