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Job Title:Supervisory Criminal Investigator

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Office of the Inspector General

Job Announcement Number:MS-12-OIG-OLRFI-23


to / Per Year


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 to Friday, September 21, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Current/former federal employees w/ competitive/reinstatement eligibility; ICTAP/CTAP eligibles in local commuting area; Vet's Recruitment Appointment (up to grade 11) & Vet's Employment Opportunity Act eligibles; Vets 30% or more compensable; persons w/disabilities; present/former Peace Corps personnel.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is located at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations (OLRFI), Division of Program Fraud, HQ. The OIG-OLRFI's mission is twofold: (1) to conduct criminal investigations relating to programs and operations of the Department of Labor, in order to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in such programs and operations; and (2) to investigate labor racketeering and organized crime influence or control in employee benefit plans, labor-management relations, and internal union affairs, and to investigate activitiy by traditional and intraditional organized crime groups that adversely affect the American businesses and workers.


The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.


PCS funds or a relocation incentive will be offered.


A selection will be made from either MS-12-OIG-OLRFI-23 or MS-12-OIG-OLRFI-24.


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a supervisory probationary period if one has not been met.
  • Subject to frequent overtime. Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Appointment to this position requires a background investigation.
  • Subject to drug and medical test prior to appointment
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.


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The incumbent of this position serves as Director, Division of Program Fraud with the following duties and responsibilities: Incumbent supervises criminal investigators in grades GS-13 through GS-14 in reviewing investigative initiatives, development and participation in program training, interregional activity, case management and the integrity of nationwide database information, liaison with program managers, other federal and local law enforcement agences and private sector associations, congressional and the Complaint Analysis Office (CAO) inquiries and responses, coordination of national program projects, and regional program reviews. 


Incumbent is responsible for providing policies and procedures, technical guidance and direction to all OLRFI regional offices involving program fraud cases, including planning, developing, coordinating and controlling short and long range investigative overall plans which have the purpose of attaining maximum results in the execution of the OLRFI's investigative mission.


Incumbent develops an overall OLRLFI annual plan to detail the direction OLRFI will be taking concerning program fraud investigative matters and nationwide projects. Analyzes regional operational plans to ensure a balanced investigative program, and monitors execution of the plan throughout the year and making adjustments to meet changing conditions.


Coordinates with the Special Projects Division in the development of OLRFI's portion of the Inspector Generals Semiannual Report to Congress and analyzes program fraud investigative results, trends and accomplishments during the reporting period to ensure that the report provides descriptions of significant accomplishments.


As delegated by the DAIG and/or AIG, works with the SACs in the implementation of approved plans, investigative strategies, programs, objectives, and goals and monitors their progress. Identifies and resolves broad investigative program planning and coordination. Incumbent coordinates the investigative activities in developing goals and objectives for conformance with broad program goals and the overall management philosophy of the DAIG and AIG. 


Represents the DAIG and/or AIG at various executive committee meetings at the Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies. 


Represents the DAIG and/or AIG at meetings before Congressional committees, high level Departmental officials, and other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, ICE, and DOJ as well as OIG's at other Federal agencies. Incumbent maintains liaison with other Federal enforcement and investigative agencies on program fraud issues concerning the OLRFI's mission. 


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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-14, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience includes demonstrated ability to supervise program fraud investigations of a major department or agency such as grant and contract fraud, federal benefit fraud, federal entitlement program fraud, financial and regulatory reporting fraud, federal employee integrity, etc.  Experience in planning the work of subordinates, setting priorities, assigning cases, outlining problems anticipated, and objectives; providing technical direction and guidance to staff when complex problems arise during the conduct of an investigation.  Experience in testifying as an expertor as a witness in program fraud cases.  Consulting with attorneys where applicable, in preparation of cases for prosecution.  Preparing and disseminating comprehensive investigative reports and administrative findings.  Supervising under cover operations and consensual monitoring of criminal activity.  Providing liaison with U.S. Attorney, District Attorneys and other DOJ officials.


Full performance level is the GS-15.


This position is outside the Bargaining Unit.


This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.  

There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience at the GS-15 level.

Minimum Age Limit: An applicant must be at least 21 years of age to enter a law enforcement covered position. Maximum Age Requirements: An applicant must enter a Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) law enforcement covered position or a Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) law enforcement covered position not one day later than his/her 37th birthday. [Please note: a) This requirement does not apply to preference-eligible veterans; b) An individual who is 37 years of age or older may be reemployed as a law enforcement officer in the OIG if the individual has had prior coverage under the special law enforcement retirement plan.]


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


POSITION REQUIREMENTS FOR OIG CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Labor has the responsibility for conducting criminal investigations of both organized crime/labor racketeering and fraud involving Department of Labor programs. This includes the authority to carry firearms; to make arrests with or without a warrant for Federal criminal violations; to execute search warrants, serve subpoenas, or perform other processes issued under the authority of the United States; and to perform other law enforcement duties necessary in discharging criminal investigative responsibilities. These duties may entail surveillance and undercover assignments, review of records and other evidence, and travel. OIG criminal investigators also perform duties in connection with protecting the Secretary of Labor as part of the Secretary's Detail. They are also required to complete basic federal law enforcement training. Incumbents are required to be able to perform the following duties:

A. Firearm Use. All OIG criminal investigators are required to qualify using U.S. DOL-owned firearms and to accept assignments where firearms are required. In the exercise of this authority, there is the potential that the use of the firearm may be justified and necessary. Criminal investigators must maintain this ability through quarterly requalification. Strength, stamina, and agility are necessary when qualifying or requalifying in the use of firearms. In the event of the actual use of a firearm in an investigative assignment, all of these characteristics, as well as the ability to react quickly, would be essential.

B. Arrests. OIG criminal investigators make arrests, with or without a warrant, according to the circumstances. Effecting an arrest of an individual or individuals in a suspected criminal act may be arduous and require physical strength, stamina, agility, and the ability to react quickly. There is always the potential for resistance, the use of force, the use of dangerous weapons, and attempted flight. OIG criminal investigators must have the capacity to exert strength to subdue the subject, employ defensive tactics, react and move quickly and easily in controlling the subject, and resist attack. They must be able to act quickly when controlling the subject's weapons and when handling their own weapons. In any attempted flight, investigators may be called upon to pursue the subject or, conversely, move swiftly away from a dangerous situation.

C. Search and Seizure. OIG criminal investigators execute warrants for search of premises or seizure of evidence. This may require climbing ladders; crawling in small spaces; lifting, moving, and carrying heavy objects in order to inspect evidence or records. This requires strength, vigor, stamina, and agility. Also, there is always the potential for violent reactions to searches. The criminal investigator must be able to react quickly and have the strength to cope with any such violence.

D. Surveillances. In conducting investigations, criminal investigators may establish and maintain surveillances of suspected criminal acts. This calls for stamina. Surveillances may be arduous and may require agility. A surveillance at times requires the investigator to stand or sit for as long as 8 to 10 hours without relief in a surveillance position. This may be in the back of a van in a sitting or stooping posture; in a stationary automobile without benefit of heat or air conditioning because the engine cannot be operated; in an outdoor area in severe cold or heat; on a makeshift platform; in an open window behind a screen; or in positions which require climbing or crawling behind heating pipes, machinery, etc.

E. Undercover Assignments. From time to time, criminal investigators assume undercover roles. This calls for the ability to work under stressful and dangerous conditions on assignments which frequently involve organized crime figures. Undercover investigators could generate violent reactions on the part of the subjects of the investigations.

F. Review of Records and Other Evidence. Many cases under investigation involve the review of a tremendous amount of records which the agent takes control of and transports for copying. Boxes of records may weigh up to 100 pounds each, which the investigator must lift and move to the automobile and to the office. Considerable stamina is required for reviewing such voluminous records and physical strength for lifting and transporting them. In exercising the search and seizure authority, criminal investigators must also lift heavy boxes, packages, and heavy objects containing other types of evidence.

G. Travel. Many criminal investigators travel frequently -- up to 50 percent of the time. Much of the travel is performed by automobile driven by the agent from 8 to 10 hours at a time to reach the destination. Travel is sometimes performed in severe weather conditions and traffic on hazardous roads. Upon reaching the destination, there is no time for rest and recovery from such arduous driving except at the end of the work day. Investigators frequently spend two or more weeks in travel status before returning home. They work long hours conducting interviews, often at odd hours, and work on reports in the evening in the hotel room after interviewing witnesses, subjects, reviewing records, and performing other aspects of the investigation.

H. Secretary's Security Detail. OIG criminal investigators assigned to the Secretary's security detail may be required to work 14 to 16 hour days on a constant basis. The security detail normally requires criminal investigators to spend much of their time standing without relief. Criminal investigators must remain fully alert at all times in the event of an incident and are required to employ quick thinking and to respond rapidly when the unexpected happens.

I. Basic Law Enforcement Training. As a condition of employment, newly-hired OIG criminal investigators must have successfully completed the basic criminal investigator training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), unless waived by OIG because of proof of comparable special agent or law enforcement officer training. The performance requirements in this training involve arduous efforts as well as strength, vigor, stamina, and ability to perform certain tasks (such as firearm use).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR OIG CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS The physical requirements for the position of OIG criminal investigator are based on the position requirements developed by the Office of Labor Racketeering and Fruad Investigations and the accompanying medical standards. Because of the nature of the position, the physical requirements are exacting and extend over various body systems. A general description of these requirements follow. A. Musculoskeletal System. The physical requirements associated with the musculoskeletal system involve muscle strength, flexibility, integrity of joints and extremities, and good neuromuscular coordination. Because some of the requirements may involve sustained, intense physical exertion, a good cardiovascular status also plays a significant role in the performance of these physical activities. Physical requirements include: 1. frequent heavy lifting, 45 lbs and over; 2. frequent moderate and light lifting, 44 lbs and under; 3. frequent heavy carrying, 45 lbs and over; 4. frequent moderate and light carrying, 44 lbs and under; 5. occasional straight pulling; 6. occasional pulling hand over hand; 7. occasional pushing; 8. reaching above shoulder with either arm; 9. use of fingers in the performance of actions requiring fine and gross motor control; 10. Use of both hands for the performance of independent or joint tasks; 11. walking; 12. standing, occasionally for prolonged periods; 13. running short and intermediate distances; 14. unusual movements such as kneeling and crawling; 15. frequent, repeated bending; 16. climbing, using legs only; 17. climbing, using legs and arms; 18. use of both legs and feet; 19. ability to operate a motor vehicle, often for considerable lengths of time; 20. ability to perform body movements requiring rapid neuromuscular coordination; and 21. ability to remain in the same position for prolonged periods. B. Special Senses. The hearing and visual requirements for this position are based on the need to recognize sounds, objects, and persons quickly and accurately, often in surroundings where the lighting is poor and the noise level is high. Additionally, the position requires the ability to respond quickly and accurately to these stimuli or good neuromuscular coordination. Physical requirements include: 1. near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; 2. far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; 3. the presence of both eyes; 4. adequate depth perception; 5. ability to distinguish basic colors; 6. ability to distinguish shades of colors; and 7. hearing without a hearing aid. C. Other Significant Requirements. 1. Ability to concentrate on a task for prolonged periods of time. 2. Ability to remain alert at all times while on duty. 3. Ability to function under physical and mental stress.

MEDICAL STANDARDS FOR OIG CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS 1. The criminal investigator must be in excellent physical condition and possess the following minimum requirements: a. the ability to hear the conversational voice without a hearing aid; b. good visual acuity and visual fields at a distance, as well as the ability to read, without strain, printed material the size of typewritten characters; glasses and contact lenses are permitted for correction; c. ability to distinguish colors; d. ability to perform strenuous physical activities; and e. ability to perform activities requiring agility and neuromuscular coordination. 2. The criminal investigator will record his or her pre-employment clinical history on the OIG Medical-Physical Evaluation form. This form provides information for the physician performing the investigator's medical examination. 3. The following criteria regarding specific diseases or conditions have been developed to ensure that the individual is capable of performing the duties of the criminal investigator position efficiently without hazard to himself/herself or others. a. Hypertension. A clinical diagnosis of hypertension (usually defined as a blood pressure reading of at least 150/90) should be based on a minimum of three separate blood pressure readings. Such a condition may be disqualifying only when: (1) it cannot be controlled by medication, or (2) the high blood pressure has caused end organ damage (e.g., renal disease brain damage), or (3) the use of medication incapacitates the employee for the safe and efficient performance of duties. b. Diabetes mellitus. The existence of diabetes does not preclude the employment of persons suffering from diabetes in rigorous duty positions provided the condition is controlled and there are no chronic complications which would pose a hazard to the individual or to others. The following specific criteria apply: (1) the condition is controlled by diet and/or oral medication; (2) if the condition is insulin-requiring, there has been no evidence of severe hypoglycemic reactions during the past year; and (3) there are no significant complications (e.g., cardiovascular, visual, renal, neurological). c. Seizure disorders. The history of seizure disorders which can present a hazard to the applicant and to others should be considered disqualifying unless the physician can ascertain that such a condition will not hamper the performance of hazardous duties or endanger the individual or others. 4. When the medical history or physical examination discloses evidence of any of the following diseases or conditions, the ability of the criminal investigator to perform the duties of the position should be judged on a case-by-case basis. In these cases, the physician should provide specific rationale as to why and how the condition will or will not affect performance adversely. a. Communicable diseases, particularly of a chronic or ongoing nature. b. Mental illnesses. c. Musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those resulting in joint or bone deformities. d. Previous amputation of limbs or parts thereof. e. Cardiovascular conditions not included in 3, above. f. Malignant neoplasms. g. Terminal conditions. h. Any other disease or condition that the physician finds may adversely and significantly affect performance or safety. 5. In addition to the actual physical examination, each criminal investigator will undergo several clinical and laboratory tests to ascertain their physical condition: a. chest x-rays (when indicated) b. visual acuity c. audiometry d. blood chemistry -- general health screen e. urinalysis f. electrocardiogram (when indicated) g. pelvic (when indicated) h. serology (when indicated) 6. The criminal investigator must be physically capable of performing the duties of the position efficiently and without hazard to himself/herself and others. If a physician recommends a criminal investigator (or tentative selectee) as physically qualified, even though all the above requirements have not been met, the medical file will be sent to the agency physician for review before the Personnel Officer makes a final medical qualification determination. Other Requirements The incumbent must understand that the position requires: 1. Possible irregular unscheduled hours, a degree of hazard, and personal risk. 2. Possible relocation (change of official duty station) at the direction of management. 3. Meeting OIG medical requirements for Criminal Investigators. 4. Participation in the Agency's drug testing program.Minimum Requirements: - Qualification and Position Requirements.


Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

The Competencies are:


Technical Competencies:


Knowledge and Conduct of Investigations:  Teaches, instructs, leads, or mentors others in the proper and most effective ways to conduct investigations.


In highly-sensitive cases, organizes, integrates, and analyzes information and data from various sources to identify violations and develop findings.


Stays abreast of changes in the principles, practices, and techniques for conducting civil, criminal, and administrative investigations and documenting findings and conclusions.


Mastery knowledge in applying principles, practices, and techniques in the conduct of civil, criminal, and administrative investigations and in documenting findings and conclusions in an efficient, accurate, and timely manner.


Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence:  Serves as an advisor to other staff and management on laws, government regulations, OMB circulars, executive orders, agency rules, and government organization and functions applicable to the operations of DOL.


Stays abreast of changes in the laws and regulations impacting the investigation function and work.


Mastery knowledge in applying laws and government regulations applicable to investigations or in proposing investigations.


Technology Application:  Reviews the work of others in assessing whether technology applications have been utilized to improve or strengthen the investigative process for the most complex and difficult assignments.


Management Competencies:


Building Coalitions and Communications:  Coaches others to ensure that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.

Provides constructive feedback and coaching to staff on oral presentations, entrance conferences, interviews, briefings, or other communications.


Considers and factors in organizational and situational realities (internal and external) when determining how to best advance or achieve organizational objectives.


Business Acumen:  Sets and monitors timeliness criteria, resource requirements, and goal achievement.


Tracks and measures progress toward goals and results and outcomes.


Manages and directs the work of others to meet timelines, remain within budget, and provide efficient services to customers.


Leading Change:  Identifies, keeps up to date on, and integrates key national and international policies and economic, political, and social trends that affect the OIG’s mission.


Manages diverse projects while being responsive to changes in priorities and/or handling unplanned events.


Develops, promotes, and executes long and short-term strategic plans.


Acts as a catalyst for organizational change, when appropriate; builds a shared vision with others.


-       Develops long-term goals or objectives for a major program or organization.


Stays abreast of changes in information technology that impacts the investigations program function and work.


Mentors, coaches, instructs, and/or leads others in making innovative use of technology applications to enhance the investigative process.


With a long-term perspective, identifies complex and strategic use of information technology solutions to improve organizational work, processes, or outcomes.


Leading People:  Implements strategies that ensure the recruitment, maintenance, and development of a diverse staff.


Develops individual staff members and assigns work to leverage the individual and group strengths, talents, and skills of staff.


Communicates and articulates expectations and measures for staff performance, both individually and as a team.


Promotes quality work through effective use of the agency performance management system and accountability of staff.


Networks with peers outside the organization.


Results Driven:  Develops ability to make sound and well-informed decisions, perceiving the impact an implications of any decisions.


In identifying and analyzing problems, distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions.


Manages and directs the work of others to meet timelines, remain within budgets, and provide efficient services to customers.


Monitors and evaluates organizational and work plans, focusing on results and measuring attainment of outcomes. 


The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date.  Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.The following documents are required from all applicants:

- Most Recent SF-50 that indicates grade, step, and competitive status - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit.

- Most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) or you may not be considered for this job.

The following documents are required if applicable:Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility.

- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under Schedule A of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) applying under the area of consideration must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
Click Applicants with disabilities for more details.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted


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Labor, Office of Inspector General
200 Constitution Ave., NW
RM S5028
Washington, DC


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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