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Job Title:Supervisory Criminal Investigator

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Inspector General

Job Announcement Number:12-VAOIG-096


to / Per Year


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 to Tuesday, September 25, 2012




Permanent - Full time




1 vacancy - Oakland, CA, USView Map


U.S. Citizens who meet ONE of the following categories:

1. Current permanent Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) employees with competitive status;

2. Individuals eligible for the VA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).


OIG is dedicated to helping VA ensure that veterans and their families receive the care, support, and recognition earned through service to their country. The OIG strives to help VA achieve its vision of becoming the best managed service delivery organization in Government. The OIG continues to be responsive to the needs of customers by working with the VA management team to identify and address important issues.

OIG is organized into three line elements: the Offices of Investigations, Audits and Evaluations, and Healthcare Inspections; along with the Office of Contract Review and the Office of Management and Administration. In addition to the Washington, DC, headquarters, the OIG has offices located in 30 cities throughout the country.

The Supervisory Criminal Investigator, located in the Office of Investigations, serves at the Resident Agent in Charge and assists the Special Agent in Charge in the coordination of overall Field Office investigative programs. These responsibilities include fraud prevention activities and serving as liaison for overall program operations.


  • Agency specific requirements. See Qualifications for more details.
  • Applicants must apply on-line via USAJOBS.


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The Supervisory Criminal Investigator will perform the following duties:

  • Exercises oversight and conducts a wide range of sensitive and complex investigations into allegations of unlawful activities adversely impacting the programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Manages and directs a staff of criminal investigators ranging in grades from GS-05 to GS-13 in conducting all investigative and fraud prevention activities pursuant to Federal statutes and Veterans Affairs policies and procedures within the geographical area.
  • Carries out a full range of personnel and supervisor activities which include interviewing and selecting new employees, developing performance standards, supervising and counseling, and identifying methods to improve work operations.
  • Ensures that comprehensive documented reports, reflecting allegations and findings, are prepared within established timeframes.  Exercises broad latitude in planning, directing, coordinating, and developing special investigative techniques and guidelines for extremely sensitive cases.


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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Fifty-two weeks of experience at the GS-13 level, or equivalent that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:

  • Conducting complex procurement fraud and bribery investigations;
  • Providing technical/professional advice and assistance to investigators; AND
  • Leading investigations involving multiple investigators. 


This position requires the incumbent to drive a motor vehicle to carry out duties. Therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid driver's license from one of the 50 states, District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.


Selectee must pass a pre-employment medical examination, unless already working in a position covered under 5 USC 8336(c) with another Federal law enforcement agency and have passed a physical exam within the previous 6 months. Prior to appointment, the selectee must be determined to be physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties such as making arrests, conducting surveillances, using firearms, etc., and also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, mobility of extremities, and other factors) given by an authorized government physician. Any physical condition that would cause the selectee to be a hazard to herself/himself or others is disqualifying. Selectee will be required to undergo, and pass, regular medical examinations and will be required to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of the agency.

For more specific information on medical requirements, please call the point of contact listed in this announcement.


Time-in-Grade: Candidates must have been a GS-13 for fifty-two (52) weeks, if applicable.


Time After Competitive Appointment: Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three (3) months in that appointment.


Candidates must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.



Your application includes your:

1. Resume - Applicants should address specialized experience in the resume.
2. Response to online questions, and
3. Required Supporting documents.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position:

  1. Ability to lead a group of investigators and provide technical guidance.
  2. Knowledge of generally accepted investigative principles, techniques, methods, equipment, and procedures.
  3. Skill in maintaining liaison with other law enforcement agencies.

Please Note: ALL answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, narrative responses, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be modified.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a score of 92 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.


To preview questions please click here.


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Federal Employee Benefits


  • Salary includes locality payment and the selectee will receive 25% law enforcement availability pay authorized for this Criminal Investigator position based on unscheduled work.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • You may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter.
  • You must successfully complete the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Criminal Investigator Training Program OR its equivalent.
  • You will be required to carry a firearm while performing the duties of this position. You must satisfactorily complete (or have previously completed) the firearms component of the Criminal Investigation Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center OR comparable basic criminal investigator training such as that conducted for newly appointed Special Agents by the FBI or DEA. You will be required to maintain firearms proficiency throughout your career. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. 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. Per the Lautenberg Amendment, any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(g)].
  • Satisfactory completion of a one-year probationary period is required, unless previously completed.
  • Satisfactory completion of a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period is required, unless previously completed.
  • Relocation expenses ARE authorized. Allowable relocation expenses, excluding Guaranteed Home Sale, will be made to any eligible applicant selected from outside the commuting area.
  • This position may require frequent travel nationwide under tight deadlines. The incumbent should anticipate frequent walking and standing as a component of this travel.
  • As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
  • Individuals selected for Criminal Investigator positions are covered under special law enforcement provisions. This requires that applicants not exceed the maximum age for entry. The date immediately preceding an applicant's 37th birthday is the final date for selection. The age restriction does not apply, providing the appropriate documentation is submitted, if:
    A. You served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement officer (FLEO) position covered by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement, and after subtracting these covered time periods (years/months) of prior Federal service worked in a primary law enforcement position, you are less than 37 years of age. The maximum entry age limit was established in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 3307 and does not violate age discrimination laws. The intent of the maximum age limitation is to ensure that a Federal law enforcement officer will have the opportunity to work 20 years and therefore be eligible to retire at 57, when mandatory retirement applies to Federal law enforcement officers. OR
    B. You are a preference-eligible veteran.


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

The Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS.  We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications and Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips.

Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online."
You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well.
After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options:  1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.



  • Resume - Make certain that your resume fully addresses your qualifications for this position.
  • An SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action, which shows you have competitive civil service status (Required only if you are NOT a current VAOIG competitive service employee). Indicate in your resume your highest permanent grade held. If this grade is different from your current grade, please submit an additional SF-50 showing the highest grade level held; OR, if eligible under a special appointment authority, submit proof of that appointment eligibility.
  • A Form OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment Form, MUST be completed and included with your package for you to receive consideration for this vacancy. (Note: This form is NOT required for current VAOIG competitive service employees.)
  • A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that shows the final rating. If you have not received or are unable to submit a performance appraisal, please submit a statement clearly explaining why in your application.



Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

Recommended Information:

  • VAOIG employees are encouraged to submit a current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • A list of awards received while employed with the Federal Government, if applicable. DO NOT send copies of the awards.


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Agency Information:
Parkersburg, WV


You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at www.usajobs.gov and checking your application status. We also recommend you opt to receive status update emails through USAJOBS.

Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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